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Michael Rose


Tezuka Osamu is one of the most accomplished manga artists from Japan. He set the stage for many more artists to come by breaking traditional norms, but the way he went about gaining his fame however could be called into question. Could it all have been just a guise to take over the market? Osamu was so popular that he practically had a monopoly over the entertainment industry in Japan and became known as manga no kamisama, meaning God of Manga. His domination proved to be crippling to other artists. He was born into a fairly affluent family and would not have needed to become extremely rich from his art. Osamu endeavored to spread his work and educate as many people as he could reach, not only in Japan, but around the world. He had clear messages in his stories about life that he wished to convey to his audience. Believing his values to be important, Osamu strove to make sure that his work was readily available around the world.

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Michael Rose is a second-year history major. He wrote this paper for his LANG 199: First Year Seminar Elements of Japanese Culture in Fall 2012 under the direction of Dr. Minae Savas of the Foreign Languages department.

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