In the sixth volume of manga visionary Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha, the devil Mara possesses the bandit Ananda, half-brother of Devadatta, in an effort to eliminate the Buddha. A ruthless killer who is impervious to physical harm, Ananda will retain the devil’s favor only if he spurns his love interest.
When Ananda and his bandit buddy attack the Fire Shrine of the Brahmin brothers Kassapa, it is none other than the Awakened One who happens by. Buddha must confront his eternal enemy, Mara, before he can open the eyes of arrogant priests and hardened criminals.
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"Infused with humor and history, the epic of Siddhartha is perhaps Osamu Tezuka’s crowning acheivement and illustrates why, without irony, Tezuka is referred to as ‘The King of Japanese Comics’." – LA Weekly"Buddha is one of Tezuka’s true masterpieces. We’re lucky to have this excellent new edition in English." – Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics"In handsome volumes designed by Chip Kidd, the Vertical books present Tezuka at his best." – National Post
"Buddha is an engrossing tale. The armchair philosopher, the devout Buddhist, the casual manga fan – this book satisfies all with its tale of humanism through sequential art, and definitely earns its place on a bibliophile’s bookshelf." –Anime Insider"This is one of the greatest acheivements of the comics medium, a masterpiece by one of the greats." –Artbomb.net"In Tezuka’s world, the exquisite collapses into the goofy in a New York minute, the goofy into the melodramatic, the melodramatic into the brutal, and the brutal into the sincerely touching. The suprising result is a work wholly unique and downright fun." –Time Out NY"Tezuka’s Buddha is a striking and memorable confluence of ancient wisdom and contemporary popular art." –Yoga Journal