If you are familiar with anime, there’s a good chance you know the name Osamu Tezuka. If you aren’t, well, you probably have no idea who that is.

For those unfamiliar with the auteur, he is known as the “Father of Anime.” He created the ground-breaking cartoon Astro Boy, was recruited by Stanley Kubrick to become his art director and has been compared on many occasions to Walt Disney.

So why is this relevant now, nearly two decades after he has passed away? Well, the Tokyo International Film Festival is set to present his best-known works over the next week. For a lengthy read on Tezuka, check out Dominic Wells’ piece here.


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