Mechademia 8: Tezuka?s Manga Life by Frenchy LunningMechademia 8: Tezuka?s Manga Life by Frenchy Lunning

Mechademia 8: Tezuka?s Manga Life

EditorFrenchy Lunning

Paperback | January 21, 2014

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Known as the “Walt Disney of Japan” it is no surprise that Tezuka Osamu is still the best-known manga creator to Western fans. Current scholarship has uncovered the profound complexity and ambiguity not only of his work but of the man, the artist, and his life—dismantling his position as the god of manga.

Contributors to this volume of Mechademia—a series devoted to creative and critical work on anime, manga, and the fan arts—analyze Tezuka and his complicated approaches toward life and nonlife on earth, as well as his effect on the lives of other manga artists. Using essays and reprints of Japanese manga on Tezuka, this book questions his influence and attitudes toward the nonhuman, evolutionary theory, the aesthetic lineage of contemporary manga, incipient feminism in the reinscription of the nonhuman feminine, the sexual politics of manga bodies, the origins of the moe culture, and the styles of didacticism revealing the digressions of insects and classical modes, among others.

The authors offer varying perspectives on the historical transformations in production, distribution, and reception that gradually integrated and differentiated an overlapping series of markets and readerships in the postwar era. Divided into four sections that explore different “lives”—“Nonhuman Life,” “Media Life,” “A Life in Manga,” and “Everyday Life”—Mechademia 8 serves as a prehistory of the impersonal politics of the present while tracing Tezuka’s legacy.

Contributors: Akatsuka Fujio; Anno Moyoko; Linda H. Chance, U of Pennsylvania; Jonathan Clements; Hideaki Fujiki, Nagoya U; Patrick W. Galbraith; Verina Gfader, U of Huddersfield; Alicia Gibson; G. Clinton Godart, USC; Yorimitsu Hashimoto, Osaka U; Ryan Holmberg; Hikari Hori, Columbia U; Mary A. Knighton, College of William and Mary; Thomas Lamarre, McGill U; Christine L. Marran, U of Minnesota; Natsume Fusanosuke, Gakushuin U, Tokyo; Ōtsuka Eiji, Kobe Design U; Baryon Tensor Posadas; Renato Rivera Rusca, Meiji U; Frederik L. Schodt; Marc Steinberg, Concordia U; Tezuka Osamu; Toshiya Ueno, Wako U, Tokyo; Matthew Young.

Frenchy Lunning is professor of liberal arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Title:Mechademia 8: Tezuka?s Manga LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.1 inPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:University Of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Introduction. Manga Life: Tezuka . . .

Thomas Lamarre

Nonhuman Life

“Becoming-Insect Woman”: Tezuka’s Feminist Species

Mary A. Knighton

Diary of an Insect Shôjo’s Vagabond Life

Tezuka Osamu

Translated by Mary A. Knighton

Tezuka Osamu’s Circle of Life: Vitalism, Evolution, and Buddhism

G. Clinton Godart

Atom Came from Bugs: The Precocious Didacticism of Tezuka Osamu’s Essays in Insect Idleness

Linda H. Chance

On the Fabulation of a Form of Life in the Drawn Line and Systems of Thought

Verina Gfader

The Metamorphic and Microscopic in Tezuka Osamu’s Graphic Novels

Christine L. Marran

Media Life

Where Is Tezuka?: A Theory of Manga Expression

Natsume Fusanosuke

Translated by Matthew Young

Phoenix 2772: A 1980 Turning Point for Tezuka and Anime

Renato Rivera Rusca

Copying Atomu

Marc Steinberg

Tokiwasou Story

Akatsuka Fujio

Translated by Matthew Young

A Life in Manga

Toward a Theory of “Artist-Manga”: Manga Self-Consciousness and the Transforming Figure of the Artist

Yorimitsu Hashimoto

Translated by Baryon Tensor Posadas

Manga Shônen: Katô Ken’ichi and the Manga Boys

Ryan Holmberg

Implicating Readers: Tezuka’s Early Seinen Manga

Hideaki Fujiki

Tezuka’s Anime Revolution in Context

Jonathan Clements

Designing a World

Frederik L. Schodt


Anno Moyoko

Translated by Matthew Young

Everyday Life

An Unholy Alliance of Eisenstein and Disney: The Fascist Origins of Otaku Culture

Ôtsuka Eiji

Translated by Thomas Lamarre

Osamu Moet Moso: Imagining Lines of Eroticism in Akihabara

Patrick W. Galbraith

Tezuka, Shôjo Manga, and Hagio Moto

Hikari Hori

Out of Death, an Atomic Consecration to Life: Astro Boy and Hiroshima’s Long Shadow

Alicia Gibson

Wolf Head in Phoenix

Toshiya Ueno


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