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Tanuko Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Osamu Tezuka TV Specials Anthology

posted on by Adriana Hazra

Image via Tanuko's Kiss Kiss Bank Bank page

French company Tanuko launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank for a Blu-ray Disc box set anthology of Osamu Tezuka's television specials. The box set will include the following anime:

The Blu-ray Discs will feature English, French, and Spanish subtitles. The collectors' box set will have an outer packaging with the appearance of a 1980s television set and have individual packaging for each Blu-ray Disc resembling a VHS tape. It will also include a book featuring the complete storyboard of the Undersea Super Train: Marine Express anime, Philippe Bunel's TEZUKANIMATION book, eight postcards featuring key art from each anime, and two lenticular cards for displaying in the collectors box.

Image via Tanuko's Kiss Kiss Bank Bank page

The campaign has a goal of 300 pre-orders and has reached 66 pre-orders as of press time. Kiss Kiss Bank Bank states that there are 42 days left in the campaign. The projected shipping date for rewards is September 2024. Stretch goals for the campaign includes a hardcover edition for the TEZUKANIMATION book, a VCR-shaped design for the Undersea Super Train: Marine Express storyboard book, and varnish options as well as additional embossing for the collectors' box.

Tezuka was a prolific manga artist who drew numerous influential works, including Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor Leo, Black Jack, Princess Knight, Dororo, and Phoenix among many others. These works would go on to inspire following generations in manga storytelling and art, which would earn him the moniker "The God of Manga." Equally significant is his founding of the Mushi Production studio, where he would helm the production of anime adaptations of much of his manga, and other original productions. Perhaps most significant of these was Astro Boy, based on Tezuka's manga, which became Japan's first half-hour animated series. The show pioneered animation techniques and production methods that gave rise to the earliest aesthetics and styles of television anime.

Source: Kiss Kiss Bank Bank

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