1, Kapilavastu

Book - 2006
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The first volume of Tesuka Osamu's fictional biography of Siddhartha, Gautama Buddha. Introduces Chapra, a slave boy who tries to escape his fate; Chapra's slave mother, who sticks by him no matter what; Tatta, a crazed wild child pariah who communes with animals; and Naradatta, a monk attempting to decipher strange portents of the Buddha's birth.
Published: New York : Vertical, Inc., c2006.
ISBN: 9781451714326
Branch Call Number: GN BUD 1
Characteristics: 400 p. :,chiefly ill., maps ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Kapilavastu


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Apr 14, 2014

This series is about the life of Buddha, yet this volume merely mentions the birth of Siddhartha over a couple of pages. The rest of the volume is about a slave child, Chapra, and his attempt to rise above his station to become a nobleman; a pariah child, Tatta, with mysterious powers; a disciple of a prophet, Narradatta, who is sent out into the world to look for "the chosen one".
The graphics are interesting and well done. The author even puts in a cameo appearance in a few frames, which was an interesting spin. Some minor characters with such exaggerated features that they appear cartoonish (even in the scope of a graphic, cartoony book).
Volume 1 sets the scene of culture, belief, caste. It's Buddha's starting point; the things that will start him thinking.
There's humour, action fight scenes, conflict, mystical happenings. It's quite a blend of an ancient story with modern elements.
Oh, and the women......they all look the same. Slave or princess or anything in between, they are all dark haired, slim (even the 6-month pregnant princess is slim.....as she is on the day she gives birth).

An amusing, interesting beginning to Buddha's life story.

PrinceBishop Feb 10, 2012

A highly recommended work by Osamu Tezuka, known as the God of Manga. According to the review in "Manga: The Complete Guide", Tezuka "...spices up the story of Prince Siddhartha's journey toward enlightenment with heaping doses of action, intrigue, and even slapstick comedy. Tezuka faithfully follows the outline of Buddhist dogma but...Western readers may be shocked or baffled by Tezuka's often irreverent take on his subject matter; it's hard to imagine a Christian comic about the life of Jesus featuring bloody fight scenes, anachronistic sight gags, and the occasional fart joke alongside transcendent depictions of religious enlightenment. But 'Buddha' has all these and more, and is ultimately both an engrossing, densely layered story and an inspiring exploration of faith."


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