Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Manga Review: Buddha - Vol. 1: Kapilavastu, manga by Osamu Tezuka

buddha volume 1 by osamu tezuka front cover
Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu (front cover)

Title: Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu
Originaly Published by: Ushio Shuppan
English Publisher: Vertical Inc.
Edition Language: English
ISBN: 1932234438
Date Published:
Series / Volume: 1
Genre: Manga, Comics, Graphic Novel

I luckily bought this book from Thriftbooks.com for a cheaper price. It's actually a chase one. Click below or the title of this blog post to read my full review.

buddha volume 1 by osamu tezuka front cover without dusk jacket
Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu (front cover w/o dusk jacket)

buddha volume 1 by osamu tezuka rear cover without dusk jacket
Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu (rear cover w/o dusk jacket)

buddha volume 1 by osamu tezuka edge & book spine
Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu (edge and spine)

Buddha manga is based on the life of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Some parts of the story are fabricated to make the story entertaining for all audiences and is not solely focus on teachings and practices of Buddhism.

buddha volume 1 kapilavastu by osamu tezuka sample page
Buddha, Vol. 1 sample page

Kapilavastu tells you the story of pride, revenge, and bad karma. Note: Kapilavastu is an ancient city where Siddhartha Gautama was born. It's in the southern location of Nepal.

Tatta is one of the protagonists of the story. Gautama Buddha was just born in this volume. I guess, we'll find him in action in the next book and how he'll correlate with Tatta.

You'll find characters you may think will survive for long but dies in the end. The end is unpredictable and makes you longed to read the next volume.

After finishing this volume, I actually feel compassionate and I became observant of my actions. Why? I witness the wheels of karma in this book from the fate of some characters. It's not that I'm religious or spiritual in real life. It's still a good way that we apply the Golden Rule for the better good of all.

If you're looking for a worthy manga to read, this book is a must-have to your collection or reading list.

I'm rating this 5.0 / 5.0


  • Osamu Tezuka (1928 - 1989) - is the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally intended to become a doctor and earned an M.D. before turning to what was then a medium for children.
  • Awards: Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material (2004)




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