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Buddha Manga




Osamu Tezuka’s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his epic of Siddhartha’s life and times. Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha’s ideas; the emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the prince Siddhartha runs away from home, travels across India, and questions Hindu practices such as ascetic self-mutilation and caste oppression. Rather than recommend resignation and impassivity, Tezuka’s Buddha predicates enlightenment upon recognizing the interconnectedness of life, having compassion for the suffering, and ordering one’s life sensibly. Philosophical segments are threaded into interpersonal situations with ground-breaking visual dynamism by an artist who makes sure never to lose his readers’ attention. Tezuka himself was a humanist rather than a Buddhist, and his magnum opus is not an attempt at propaganda. Hermann Hesse’s novel or Bertolucci’s film is comparable in this regard; in fact, Tezuka’s approach is slightly irreverent in that it incorporates something that Western commentators often eschew, namely, humor. Received the Bungei Shunju Manga Award in 1975 and ended in 1984. Won the Best U.S. Edition of International Material for the Eisner Award in 2004 and 2005.

Chapter name Scanlator Uploader Date added
Buddha 65 Jan 2, 2013
Buddha 64 Jan 2, 2013
Buddha 63 Jan 2, 2013
Buddha 62 Jan 2, 2013
Buddha 61 Jan 2, 2013
Buddha 60 Jan 2, 2013
Buddha 59 Jan 2, 2013
Buddha 58 Jan 2, 2013
Buddha 57 Jan 2, 2013
Buddha 56: Emancipation Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 55: A Battle of Wills Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 54: Encounter With Prince Crystal Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 53: Death Swamp Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 52: Death Swamp Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 51: A Crowd of Critics Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 50: Sariputta and Moggallana Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 49: Imprisoned Prince Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 48: Venuvana Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 47: River of Crocs Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 46: Kassapa's Conversion Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 45: The Fire Shrine Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 44: Angulimala Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 43: Lata Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 42: Detective Pampas Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 41: Enter Ananda Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 40: Fool's Way Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 39: The Legend of Sebu the Ox Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 38: Deer Park Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 37: Crisis Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 36: Showdown Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 35: Opponents Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 34: The Swordsman and the Drifter Jan 15, 2011
Buddha 33: The Story of Yatala Jan 8, 2011
Buddha 32: The Crystal Prince Jan 8, 2011
Buddha 31: Sujata Jan 8, 2011
Buddha 30: Assaji's End Jan 8, 2011
Buddha 29: Chastised Jan 8, 2011
Buddha 28: In the Forest of Trials Jan 8, 2011
Buddha 27: Interview at Mt. Pandava Jan 8, 2011
Buddha 26: Sukanda the Knight Jan 8, 2011
Buddha 25: The Hag and the Waif Jan 8, 2011
Buddha 24: Survival of the Fittest Jan 8, 2011
Buddha 23: The Ordeals Jan 8, 2011
Buddha 22: The Death of Bandaka Jan 7, 2011
Buddha 21: Dawn of the Journey Jan 7, 2011
Buddha 20: The Five Ascetics Jan 7, 2011
Buddha 19: Rahula Jan 7, 2011
Buddha 18: The Four Encounters Jan 7, 2011
Buddha 17: Migaila Jan 7, 2011
Buddha 16: Yashodara Jan 7, 2011
Buddha 15: The Rapids Jan 7, 2011
Buddha 14: The Garden of Meditation Jan 7, 2011
Buddha 13: The Prince Feb 28, 2009
Buddha 12: The Wall of Death Jul 21, 2008
Buddha 11: The Judgement Jul 21, 2008
Buddha 10: The Prophecy Jul 21, 2008
Buddha 9: All for a Cure Jul 21, 2008
Buddha 8: The Contest Jul 21, 2008
Buddha 7: The Birth Jul 21, 2008
Buddha 6: The King's Cup Jul 21, 2008
Buddha 5: Chapra Jul 21, 2008
Buddha 4: The Announcement Jul 21, 2008
Buddha 3: General Budai Jul 21, 2008
Buddha 2: Tatta The Urchin Jul 21, 2008
Buddha 1: Brahmin Jul 21, 2008
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