Manga Giveaway: Osamu Tezuka’s Barbara

Hi all! It’s the winter holiday season, and giving gifts and spending time with the people you care about is an integral part of this time of year. With that in mind, and with a whole new season of blogging ahead of us, I am starting my holidays with some manga giveaways.

The first is the Osamu Tezuka manga Barbara – this manga is a psychadelic tale of art, muses, and the power of the mind. This manga was originally translated and published in English by Digital Manga Inc. using their Kickstarter campaign system. It turned out to be a fascinating read.

My full review will be up later this week, but to enter to win a copy, here’s what you do:

1) Leave a comment in the section below stating your favorite Osamu Tezuka manga. Did you find the fragile darkness of Ayako compelling, or are you more interested in his non-adult manga like Princess Knight?

2) You must be 18 and older to enter (Barbara contains mature content). Persons outside North America are welcome to enter! The winner will be asked to verify their age and address before I send out the manga.

3) You can enter for a second chance to win by tweeting about the contest! Just make sure to mention my twitter handle, @mangawidget, when you do, so that I can see your entries.

4) The winner will be drawn Friday, December 7th. Good luck!

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20 thoughts on “Manga Giveaway: Osamu Tezuka’s Barbara

  1. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway! My favorite Tezuka manga is definitely Princess Knight, 1. for what an impact it had on shojo manga and 2. because admittedly I haven’t read many others!

    I’ll be tweeting, as well :)

  2. Ooh I have to enter this! My absolute favourite Tezuka manga is Ode to Kirihito, one of those all-time greats that just delved into the frailty of the human psyche, and indeed how that relates to illness and physical appearance. It’s chilling and intelligent, showing off that when Tezuka does anything medical-related, he does it better than anyone.

    Tweeted here:

  3. Peggy says:

    OH?!!? Sometime we Canadian stand a chance at winning?!?!
    I found MW to be a really compelling story. The majority of the character in this are flawed, some are extremely more flawed then others.

  4. My favorite Tezuka manga is Princess Knight. It was my first shoujo manga and my first Tezuka manga and I couldn’t have picked a better place to start for both. Out of the few Tezuka manga I have read, I found Princess Knight to be the most fun and entertaining. I enjoyed the more thought provoking and interesting aspects of Tezuka’s mature titles, but in the end, entertainment is what I value most and Princess Knight delivered that the best.

  5. Retweeted it! I’d say I prefer Ayako and Book of Human Insects over his lighter stuff, but I did buy Princess Knight as well, new to Tezuka but I am planning to expand my collection.

  6. I always found something compelling about “Ode to Kirihito” but I’ve never been quite able to pinpoint what exactly. There are some uncomfortable depictions of race and there’s more than a little misogyny in there, but I still find it a fascinating read.

  7. AirCommodore says:

    It’s a toss-up between Princess Knight and Adolf, for me. Princess Knight had one of the most ridiculous plots paired with an insanely quick pace that never let up, and was tons of fun. I liked Adolf because I’m a sucker for historical fiction, and it was the first Tezuka I read.

    tweeted @commodorewood

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  9. I am a huge Tezuka fan and have dedicated a bookshelf in my home to his works. My favorite is definitely Buddha! Currently I’m reading Message to Adolf. Have not yet read Barbara so I really hope I win! Thank you for this opportunity.

  10. I usually say Ode to Kirihito, but I’ve loved what I’ve read of Phoenix and Buddha as well, and I enjoy the hell out of Princess Knight, Astro Boy, Black Jack, and Dororo. Still need to read lots more, like Ayako, Book of Human Insects, Adolf, and always more.

  11. I think my favorite is a tie between Phoenix and Princess Knight. But it’s really hard to chose, because I honestly love everything of his I’ve read! :D
    Tweeted about the giveaway as well. Good luck, everyone!

  12. Grew up with UNICO so I have a strong bond with him. Recently went about obtaining some of the original Lyricas.

    Going to tweet also. :) Thanks for the opportunity, I’ve heard so much about Barbara but haven’t had a chance to read it.

  13. insaneben says:

    Aside from a couple chapters of Blackjack, I’ve never really read any of Tezuka’s works (despite the fact that I meant to read Astro Boy… ten years ago).

  14. Ahavah says:

    Black Jack! The comic combines some of the darker elements of Tezuka’s comics for adults with the humor of his earlier manga for an all ages effect. I love the realism Tezula was able to inject in it since he actually went to medical school.

    But mostly I just love Black Jack, the badarse, morally gray surgeon who just might be the best comic book character ever created!

  15. delzey says:

    it’s BUDDHA all the way for me. it’s an amazing accomplishment even among his other outstanding work.

    i would love to win this, so, fingers crossed!

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  17. I like Buddha? It’s kinda sad that it’s hidden away in the “comics” dewey decimal system area (741.5) since it’s an adult book vs. in the young adult “comics” section. I haven’t read all of it yet, but I plan on doing so during my winter break! :D

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