Photo/IllutrationThe venue for France’s Angouleme International Comics Festival where Osamu Tezuka’s works are on display ((c) Jorge Fidel Alvarez/ 9eArt+)

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TAKARAZUKA, Hyogo Prefecture--A special exhibition celebrating the 90th anniversary of the birth of Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989), creator of “Astro Boy,” is being held at the city-run Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum here.

Titled “Osamu Tezuka--Manga no Kamisama,” the exhibition in the museum, located in the city’s Mukogawacho district, is devoted to the late comic artist dubbed “manga no kamisama,” or the “god of manga.”

The art event was originally held in France, where the legendary cartoonist was also widely known. The exhibition offers Japanese fans a chance to discover new charms of Tezuka’s works from an overseas point of view.

Subtitled “Osamu Tezuka seen from France,” the exhibition started on Nov. 3 on what would have been his 90th birthday. The original edition was organized by a French curator as part of the Angouleme International Comics Festival held in the western French city.

According to museum officials, Tezuka began to be known in France after his “Astro Boy” animated TV series aired in the country in the 1980s. His manga works also started being imported from Japan in the 1990s, influencing Western creators.

The five-part exhibition shows how Tezuka’s style transitioned in response to changes in Japanese society.

The current run focuses on the first three parts.

Titled “the age of innocence,” the first part covers the period from 1945 to 1950 to feature Tezuka’s first long story, “New Treasure Island,” and other titles released after World War II.

The second part, titled “in pursuit of ideals,” deals with “Jungle Emperor Leo,” “Princess Knight” and other works created during Japan’s reconstruction period from 1950 to 1965. The third part, dubbed “confrontation with reality,” presents “Black Jack” and other pieces featuring nihilistic characters that were published from 1966 to 1978.

About 100 art pieces including original hand-drawn manuscripts are on display at the venue until Dec. 24. The exhibition will resume in April next year to cover the remaining two parts, with the museum temporarily closed for renovations from Dec. 25 to March 31.

Admission is 700 yen ($6.20) for adults, 300 yen for junior and senior high school students and 100 yen for elementary school students. The venue is closed on Wednesdays.

For more information, visit the official website at (http://www.city.takarazuka.hyogo.jp/tezuka/4000020/4000215.html).