Osamu Tezuka Biography Manga Gets Live-Action Show

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Masaru Miyazaki & Kōji Yoshimoto's Black Jack Sōsaku Hiwa goes behind-the-scenes on making of manga doctor

A live-action television adaptation of the nonfiction manga Black Jack Sōsaku Hiwa ~Tezuka Osamu no Shigoto-ba Kara~ (The Secret Story of the Creation of Black Jack: From Osamu Tezuka's Studio) has been green-lit.

In Black Jack Sōsaku Hiwa, Masaru Miyazaki and Kōji Yoshimoto recount the true story of how manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy/Mighty Atom, Kimba the White Lion/Jungle Emperor, Phoenix) created Black Jack, his classic tale of a brilliant maverick doctor. Miyazaki and Yoshimoto used firsthand accounts from people who were actually at Tezuka's studio to give their behind-the-scenes account.

Black Jack Sōsaku Hiwa ranked #1 among the "Top 10 Manga for Male Readers" in the 2012 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. The manga ran in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion, the very same magazine that serialized the original Black Jack manga from 1973 to 1978. The magazine has also run several revivals of Black Jack, including Yū-Go Ōkuma's 2011 Young Black Jack prequel and last year's version based on real-life medical stories.

Black Jack not only inspired several anime projects, but also live-action versions with Yūzō Kayama, Daisuke Ryū, and Masahiro Motoki as the titular doctor. Most recently, Masaki Okada (Hana Zakari no Kimi-tachi e, Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu, Space Brothers) starred as Young Black Jack in 2011.

Vertical publishes the original Black Jack manga, which marks its 30th anniversary this year, in North America.

[Via Manga News]

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