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Drawing Japan: Tezuka Osamu


Have you ever watched The Lion King?  Well, you might be surprised to learn that some people think the movie got its inspiration from Japan—and more specifically, from cartoonist Tezuka Osamu. Join host Cameron Peloso for this incredible story about the “god of Manga.” As a child, Tezuka loved to draw. He would hunt insects and draw them. As Japan entered World War II, Tezuka continued to draw and develop a new style of cartoons that would be called “Manga.” It’s an important story of perseverance and doing what you love, even when it seems impossible. Today, Tezuka is one of the most famous Japanese cartoonists to ever live. Now, we’ll learn more about his story.

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This episode was written by Heidi Coburn and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.