Buddha, Volume 1: Kapilavastu

This emotional manga (400 pages) was published in November of 2017 by Vertical. The book takes you to japan. David read Buddha, Volume 1: Kapilavastu and loved it; it wouldn't be on our site if he didn't recommend it.

Buddha, Volume 1: Kapilavastu

Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka is an undisputed master of manga. In this comic that defies categorization, he brings his own original characters to the true history of Siddhartha, blending a cartoony art style with a dramatic story. It’s exciting and all-together original.

This 8-book series is ostensibly about the history of Buddhism — but along with the biographical elements, we also get adventure, human suffering, and a little romance. It’s a bit dark, especially when you consider that Tezuka is best-known for creating Astroboy.

Each character in this story is complex, distinct, and quite likable. We meet a wild child who can communicate with animals, a slave who poses as the son of a general to escape, a devoted and loyal mother, and a monk on a mission. These compelling characters embark on unexpected adventures. Along the way, we’re treated to an examination of Tezuka’s perspective on fate and violence. But it’s not all deep and meaningful; there are also moments of broad humor and those charming drawings.

Combining modern language, cliff-hangers, dramatic events, amusing art, and an in-depth look at historical events — deadly locust swarm, anyone? — this manga is like nothing else you’ve ever read. And that makes it just right.

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