Having someone that actually had a remote clue how actual people acted and behaved and what their struggles were and could write about things that weren't strictly related to otaku culture and for all ages and audiences to boot would be a huge boon to the industry for sure. If people want to start an "Oh he was overhyped hurf durf" thing by all means go ahead, but I'll just offer that there was a reason he was called the god of manga and was respected for his contributions to the industry. It wasn't a matter of just an era, his stuff is kind of timeless and people should read more of it. If you want something a little darker try MW or Ode to Kirihito. If you want something a little more light hearted try Astro Boy or Jungle Taitei. If you want something that attempts to study the human condition try Buddha or Phoenix.
He did his damage. There's no reason for the industry to be much different besides another guy who would probably be complaining about 'the state of the industry'. Honestly, look at Nagai. You don't really see him do anything substantial anymore.
See how he was influenced by Gekiga. He himself had to adapt to the changes in the industry he created.
>>121555102 >Having someone that actually had a remote clue how actual people acted and behaved and what their struggles were and could write about things that weren't strictly related to otaku culture and for all ages and audiences to boot would be a huge boon to the industry for sure
There's plenty of that already. Why do you think reading manga is common for all demographics in Japan? Because there's plenty of mangaka that can already write stories that resonate with their readers, whether they be children, teens, adults, or seniors.
Also, I've read quite a few of his stuff, even translated one, in fact. I prefer his lighter stories as I think his darker stuff tends to get outclassed by his contemporaries.
Mushi Production went bankrupt for two reasons. One is because it didn't have a very feasible business model with strictly adapting Tezuka's manga to anime in an era where anime really didn't have much of a driving force behind it and there was simply little market for it the way their was for manga. The second is because despite his many upsides Tezuka was a noted control freak who wanted to have absolute say in everything and this annoyed other staffers to the point where they decided they wanted to have a fresh start and be able to produce their own content and have a say in things for themselves. Thus they left the company and founded Sunrise.
Tezuka went on to found Tezuka Productions and unfortunately designed a business model known as the production committee model to make the new studio economically feasible so that the same things wouldn't happen again. Today said model is now used by big interests who give zero fucks about anything but their own ends that's used to make todays mishmash multimedia oriented commercial series. Of the many things I respect him for that's the one thing I wish he'd never done to anime, though in all fairness at the time I doubt he could have ever predicted how far the production committee model would go to stifling creativity decades after the fact. Had he I doubt he would have floated the idea in the first place.
Tezuka is fine but sometimes I think people forget how much of a jerk he was to other artists whenever he became jealous of their skill levels or considered their work to be unfit for manga/anime format. Aside from that he was an incredibly hard worker and perfectionist, which I respect him for.
I personally prefer his works like Buddha and Phoenix as well. Some of the stories could be really depressing but others could be quite uplifting and hopeful. Also the guy really knew how to use the format and frames well. I've never seen something like the whole Black Jack fragmented well. Naoki Urasawa manages to capture his tendency to use simple body language and framing to convey more than text ever could, but he never really adopted his use of framing that I'm aware. Like one page you could be looking at a full two page spread, the next you'd get something like pic related.
>>121555485 >more like the anime demographic is merely a part of the manga one No, a lot of the anime demographic don't read manga, and seasonal anime are more likely to be LN adaptations or original than manga nowadays. Not to say that there aren't still a lot of manga adaptations, but they aren't the majority.
Manga is one of the few genres that has managed to stay multi-demographic and shows the least signs of this changing. Anime has slipped a lot IMO since it started becoming increasingly dependent on adaptations of popular light novel and visual novel stuff towards the end of the 2000's. Originals aren't exactly lighting the world on fire lately either and are starting to imitate the otaku wank tendencies of LN/VN stuff more and more, possibly because a lot of todays most popular and prolific writers are starting to become ones that have crossed over from those mediums and that's the only audience they really know how to write for.
>>121555617 Weren't those actual novels? And I feel like any writer wanting to reach a broader audience would write a regular novel and not a LN. LNs just seem like people trying to write "anime" of their own.
>>121555677 I don't think is any mangaka from the current generation in league with the likes of Tezuka and Nagai. They had series going on simultaneously in dozens of magazines weekly and somehow managed to pull it off.
>>121555695 LNs are basically just genre fiction, mostly YA genre fiction. Think Harry Potter and Twilight. The reason that overlaps with anime so much is specifically because anime started adapting LNs so much.
>>121554267 >Would the industry be better off if he were still alive? Yes One of the only people doing something different Basically created both manga and anime as we know them His short films were all at least interesting and at best awe inspiring If alive he would surely have influenced many animators further whether directly or not He paved a path but could've gone further, no one else dares to do that, they just follow what's been laid out
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