SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Viz Communications, Inc. proudly
announces the May release of Phoenix: A Tale of the Future, by acclaimed
author Osamu Tezuka, widely known and respected for his numerous
contributions to the manga and anime industries. A 296-page, square-bound
graphic novel, Phoenix: A Tale of the Future retails for $22.95 U.S. ($37.95
After several nuclear wars, civilization has gone underground due to the
toxic atmosphere. The five cities resemble huge shopping malls, with each
city ruled by an enormous super-computer that calculates every action for
its inhabitants and rules supreme. Meet Masato, who secretly keeps a Moopie
as a companion – a forbidden extraterrestrial creature capable of assuming
any form and inducing hallucinations in those it contacts. In this highly
regimented world, the super-computer Hallelujah cannot allow for anything
outside its exacting calculations. When Hallelujah discovers Masato’s
secret and decrees that the Moopie, known as Tamami, must be destroyed,
Masato chooses to defy the order and makes a daring escape with Tamami to
find a safe haven. Their escape triggers a visitation by a mythical bird
and an adventure of epic proportions.
Regarded by many as the “God of Manga” Osamu Tezuka was born in 1928 in
Toyonoka, in Osaka, Japan. A prolific author and artist, Tezuka is
generally regarded as the single figure responsible for developing Japan’s
massive manga and anime industries. His cinematic art style and novelistic
narratives have made his work as universally accessible and relevant now as
when first published in Japan. A list of his well known and universally
loved work includes the classic Jungle Emperor Leo (also known as Kimba the
White Lion), Black Jack, Adolf, Mighty Atom (which became known as Astro
Boy in the U.S.) and Metropolis (recently made into a hit anime film).
Tezuka continued creating comics until his death in 1989.
The twelve self-contained yet interlinked stories that compose Phoenix (Hi
no tori in Japanese, literally “Firebird”) is considered by many to be the
summit of Osamu Tezuka’s artistic achievement. Tezuka himself referred to
Phoenix as his “life work.” Painstakingly composed over a span of decades
(early versions appeared as early as 1954), serialized in a number of venues
and left incomplete with Tezuka’s death in 1989, Phoenix represents Tezuka’s
ambitious attempt to push all he knew about the comics medium to address
fundamental questions about existence. This edition, Phoenix: A Tale of the
Future, is an English translation of the second of the twelve Phoenix
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