Anime of the Week: Buddha

Buddha

Buddha

Main Characters: Siddhartha Gautama, Chapra, Princess Yashodara, Bandaka
Release Dates: May 28 2011 (Movie One), February 8 2014 (Movie Two)


Background: The manga was drawn by Osama Tezuka and is his interpretation of Guatama Buddha. It is often referred to as being sexual and gritty. The manga begin in September 1972 and ended in December 1983, being one of his last epic manga work. Each volume has sold over 9,000 copies while the first volume alone has sold over 20,000. An anime was adapted in 2011 and a sequel followed in 2014.


Plot: The story unfolds in India where a plague has brought on a drought and famine. This causes war and injustice in the area especially with the caste system. Siddhartha sets out on a spiritual journey. Unhappy souls are intertwined into his life. He intends to become the Enlightened One and to bring a spiritual rebirth to the desperate people of India.

Buddha

Why I chose this: Buddha was a fantastic manga to read so the movies were quite enjoyable as well. It is always nice to be able to learn something while enjoying an anime. The art was very nice as well.