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UPDATES #2 & 3: New, limited tiers now available. Please see here and here.
UPDATE #1: Add ons, including digital & print editions AND some great swag!

Hello, Tezuka family old and new! Welcome back! Thank you for stopping by our site. For our backers from previous campaigns, thank you for continued support.

For this campaign we would like to print the sentai series Wonder 3 by renowned manga creater, Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy, Black Jack, Kimba the White Lion (a.k.a. Jungle Emperor Leo), Alabaster, and Unico.

Sentai can be translated to “task force” and a lot of Japanese anime/manga/live action shows are generally aimed at children with the main characters as protectors of Earth where they can transform and gain superpowers. Ever seen Power Rangers? That's a Super Sentai series.

Wonder 3 takes place in an alternate Earth in the year 196X and the world is overrun with war and violence. The Galactic Federation consisting of all the advanced species of the universe convene to decide the future of Earth, but due to a lack of information they decide to send an elite team, Wonder 3, to observe human species for one year and determine whether or not humans are worthy of saving. Upon landing on Earth, the three members of Wonder 3 – Bokko, Nokko, and Pukko – disguise themselves as animals and come across the two Hoshi brothers who defend humanity in their own way. With a time limit of one year, what can Wonder 3 learn from the Hoshi brothers about life on Earth?

Crazy kid...!
Crazy kid...!

Wonder 3 is one of the Tezuka titles that piqued my interest in his collection more than 35 years ago and is a series I still hold dear. The Disney movie Lilo and Stitch is similar in tone and story to Wonder 3 as Disney's Lion King is similar to Tezuka's Jungle Emporer Leo. – Hikaru Sasahara, President of DMI

There is also a stretch goal to print Osamu Tezuka's The Film Lives On. The single volume stand-alone manga is about friends Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro pursuing their dreams of becoming animators, but they soon have a falling out. Musashi falls in love with a woman named Otsu, but her yakuza family disapproves of their relationship, so they burn over 500 cels of Musashi's animation and damage his eyesight in the process. Despite all his tribulations, Musashi perseveres through adversity to make his animation truly “alive.”

For this campaign there will be limited edition items available for pledges as well, such as the wooden collector's coin, baseball shirts with the Wonder 3 logo, limited edition hand-made cel art, and the limited edition Wonder 3 journal from Moleskine with the option to have your name printed on the cover of your journal. There is also swag for when the campaign is funded, so let's make it to the goal and find out!

EDIT: The video had mentioned the Moleskine optional name addition will be imprinted on the interior cover, but should be on the FRONT COVER instead. 

Here are the specifications for Wonder 3:

• Hardcover
• Size: A5 (5.875"x8.25"), same as our other Tezuka manga
• White Offset paper stock
• Right to Left Manga Reading format
• Pages: v1:200 pgs; v2:256 pgs; v3:232 pgs
• Kickstarter Release dates: April 2016
• MSRP: $22.95 per volume
• Appropriate for All Ages

 Stretch Goal: Print The Film Lives On by Osamu Tezuka

When we reach $55,900 we will be able to print Osamu Tezuka's manga, The Film Lives On. It will be printed on paper like Barbara and the reprint of Swallowing the Earth.

To reiterate, the story is about friends Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro pursuing their dreams of becoming animators, but they have a falling out, Musashi falls in love with a yakuza princess but her family doesn't approve and harms Musashi and his work. Despite all his worries, Musashi does his best to create the most "alive" character in animation.  

Musashi says, "You can do it!"
Musashi says, "You can do it!"
Mock-up cover only. Official cover art coming soon!
Mock-up cover only. Official cover art coming soon!
(XS – 2XL size available, 3/4 sleeves)
(XS – 2XL size available, 3/4 sleeves)
Placeholder only. Official image coming soon!
Placeholder only. Official image coming soon!

Why Kickstarter?

We believe that all of Tezuka's work carry a spirit of global community, and there is no better way to reflect that than on a crowd funding platform such as Kickstarter. The Tezuka fan community has grown over the years on this platform and we want to continue to see it develop to where all generations, old and new, can convene into a place of common interest. Let's once again get together to achieve this goal!

Check out our press release posted on Crunchyroll about our partnership with Tezuka Productions: "Digital Manga, Inc. to Bring the Remaining Tezuka Library to the Rest of the Manga Reading World!"

Risks and challenges

We weigh heavily on the comments, praise, and criticisms from you, the fans. As many of Tezuka's work heavily explores the human condition, we at Digital Manga, Inc., also try to follow suit from his message—recognize and analyze where we went astray, get back on our feet and make good to get back on the correct path, and then strive to improve even more so in future endeavors.

We also provide backers with clear explanations about our goals and giveaway tiers, fast responses to questions, and frequent updates on the progress of the books and the giveaways. With that said, if you have any questions or concerns please message us (through the "Contact Me" button above) and we will reply as swiftly as possible.

"What if the merchandise is late?"

This would be because we were not satisfied with the makers of our merchandise and had to find an alternative company to produce them or demand a complete redo. Backers will be informed the minute it happens, and when we receive the completed goods.

"What if the books are late?"

It's not uncommon for books to be late. There are multiple parties involved with publishing a book. Of course, you will be informed right away about the problem and how long of a delay you can expect.

DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that the tiers are set and we cannot switch items out in exchange for other items. If an item becomes unavailable or damaged before shipping out the rewards package to the backer, an item of equivalent or greater value will be substituted.

To stay updated on the latest happenings with our campaign, the progress of the production of the books, rewards, questions, comments, please follow us on the following SNS networks:
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    We Love You! +

    Not only do you get our supreme gratitude for supporting our campaign when you donate $1 or more, you also receive a hand signed thank you card from the president of DMI, Hikaru Sasahara, and campaign updates in your email!

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    You're 'da bomb!

    Want to invest in a part of history but don't want to be bothered with the logistics? By pledging $15 or more--less than the cost of a pizza and drinks!--you'll get our undying gratitude, every campaign update right in your inbox, AND your name in the book, plus the limited edition wooden coin to add or start your collection!

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    Solo Mission

    While preparing for a secret mission, grab a volume of Wonder 3 for a quick read!

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    Kouichi Hoshi

    Like a secret agent on the lamb, bring your treasured electronic books with you as you escape enemy territory. Or pretend to be a comic book artist.

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    Bring Backup!

    It's dangerous to go alone, so make sure to bring a partner!

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    Shinichi Hoshi

    Nothing like good old fashioned print, a real book you can grab with your grubby paws ... just make sure you actually read your books, unlike Shinichi.

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    Hoshi Star Power

    BEST DEAL OF THE GALAXY

    The Hoshi brothers help each other through thick and thin, so get your Star power on with this DIGITAL and PRINT editions of Wonder 3 like the unbeatable pair of brothers.

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    Souvenir From Earth

    You went to Earth, observed the species, and got a few books, a poster, and a wooden coin in the process. Success!

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    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 DIGITAL)
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    Nokko

    For Nokko the hard working engineer a sturdy shirt is a must, so whether you're working, relaxing, or enjoying a game, grab all the swag plus an awesome shirt.

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    • e-Love and campaign updates
    • Thank You card signed by Hikaru
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 DIGITAL)
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 PRINT)
    • Wonder 3 POSTER
    • Limited Edition Wooden Coin
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    Pukko

    Ah, the notorious Pukko. He'd relax more if he had a journal to write all his frustrations out, and now so can you! This limited edition Moleskine journal is made specifically for this campaign, and there's also an option to personalize your journal by embossing your name on the cover of your book for an additional fee of $15.

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    • e-Love and campaign updates
    • Thank You card signed by Hikaru
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 DIGITAL)
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 PRINT)
    • Wonder 3 POSTER
    • Limited Edition Wooden Coin
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    Black Jack

    Tezukify your cell phone with a great case and earphone jack, both guaranteed to start conversations! Plus, we’re throwing in a set of 4 Black Jack collector’s cards. PLEASE NOTE: this iPhone case is for the iPhone 5 or 5s ONLY.

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    • e-Love and campaign updates
    • Thank You card signed by Hikaru
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 DIGITAL)
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 PRINT)
    • Wonder 3 POSTER
    • Limited Edition Wooden Coin
    • Black Jack iPhone 5/5s case
    • Black Jack earphone jack
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    Leo/Kimba #1

    For the discerning Jungle Emperor Leo (aka: Kimba the White Lion) collector. Love Leo; live Leo.

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    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 DIGITAL)
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 PRINT)
    • Wonder 3 POSTER
    • Limited Edition Wooden Coin
    • dual language manga, "Leo Edition"
    • desk-sized vinyl Leo figure
    • hand-painted stainless steel spoon; hand wash only

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    Go on a Picnic!

    Take your chillins out for a nice, Tezuka-inspired picnic with this sturdy table cloth picnic sheet (approx 3’x4’) and these 4 stainless steel fork and spoon sets! (Included: 4 forks, 4 spoons)

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    • e-Love and campaign updates
    • Thank You card signed by Hikaru
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 DIGITAL)
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 PRINT)
    • Wonder 3 POSTER
    • Limited Edition Wooden Coin
    • table cloth picnic sheet (approx. 3'x4')
    • Astro Boy stainless steel spoon, set of 4
    • Astro Boy stainless steel fork, set of 4

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    Bokko

    She's small and in charge, but always looks at the bright and beautiful side of life. Share in her joy of art with fantastic cel art to adorn your wall.

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    • e-Love and campaign updates
    • Thank You card signed by Hikaru
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 DIGITAL)
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 PRINT)
    • Wonder 3 POSTER
    • Limited Edition Wooden Coin
    • Cel Art

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    Leo/Kimba #2

    Can’t get enough of Jungle Emperor Leo (aka: Kimba the White Lion)? We have two sets of totally unrelated things that all still relate because they’re all Leo! Love Leo; live Leo.

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    • e-Love and campaign updates
    • Thank You card signed by Hikaru
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 DIGITAL)
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 PRINT)
    • Wonder 3 POSTER
    • Limited Edition Wooden Coin
    • Leo earphone jack
    • awesome Leo bathmat
    • silver-plated stainless steel fork & spoon set (5 forks, 5 spoons); hand wash only

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    Pinoko

    We have just ONE of Black Jack’s Pinoko, and we’re throwing in a set of 4 Black Jack collector’s cards for good measure!

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    • e-Love and campaign updates
    • Thank You card signed by Hikaru
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 DIGITAL)
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 PRINT)
    • Wonder 3 POSTER
    • Limited Edition Wooden Coin
    • Pinoko doll w/closing eyes (approx. 11.5" tall)
    • set of 4 Black Jack collector's cards

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    WONDERful Team

    The defenders of Earth must come together to protect the planet. Can't decide on your teammate? Pick all of them! This tier includes all items created for the campaign, and if you want another shirt you can include it as an add-on.

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    • e-Love and campaign updates
    • Thank You card signed by Hikaru
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 DIGITAL)
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 PRINT)
    • Limited Edition Wooden Coin
    • Baseball shirt (Red OR Black)
    • Moleskine journal (+$15 for name embossing)
    • Cel Art

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    Tezuka DIGITAL Bundle

    First time Tezuka reader? Hard-core fan? Here's an opportunity to own all the Tezuka titles we have in our DIGITAL library so far along with Wonder 3.

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    • e-Love and campaign updates
    • Thank You card signed by Hikaru
    • Wonder 3, v. 1-3 DIGITAL
    • Atomcat DIGITAL
    • Age of Adventure DIGITAL
    • Crime and Punishment DIGITAL
    • Mr. Cactus DIGITAL
    • New Treasure Island DIGITAL
    • The Castle of Dawn DIGITAL
    • Storm Fairy DIGITAL
    • Clockwork Apple DIGITAL
    • Alabaster vol. 1&2 DIGITAL
    • Triton of the Sea vol.1&2 DIGITAL
    • Captain Ken vol.1&2 DIGITAL
    • Ludwig B vol.1&2 DIGITAL
    • Barbara DIGITAL
    • Swallowing the Earth DIGITAL
    • Unico DIGITAL

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    Tezuka PRINT Bundle

    Here's an opportunity to own most of the PRINT editions of the books we've printed so far along with the Wonder 3 hardcover books from this campaign.

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    • e-Love and campaign updates
    • Thank You card signed by Hikaru
    • Wonder 3, v. 1-3 PRINT
    • Atomcat PRINT
    • Clockwork Apple PRINT
    • Storm Fairy PRINT
    • Crime and Punishment PRINT
    • Brave Dan PRINT
    • Barbara PRINT
    • Swallowing the Earth PRINT
    • Captain Ken vol.1-2 set PRINT
    • Alabaster vol.1-2 set PRINT
    • Ludwig B vol.1-2 set PRINT
    • Unico Hardcover PRINT

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    Goast Man (and more)!

    Get your hands on the very, VERY rare Goast Man Japanese language hardcover, an Astro Boy-themed Let’s Draw Manga, and four Tezuka book covers (two of each color)! Grey cover 11.25” x 8.25” (29.5cm x 21cm); Brown cover 14.25” x 10” (36.5cm x 25.5cm)

    WHAT YOU GET
    • e-Love and campaign updates
    • Thank You card signed by Hikaru
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 DIGITAL)
    • Wonder 3 (v. 1-3 PRINT)
    • Wonder 3 POSTER
    • Limited Edition Wooden Coin
    • Goast Man Japanese language hardcover
    • Let's Draw Manga!: Astro Boy
    • Grey book cover, set of 2 (paper, 11.25” x 8.25”)
    • Brown book cover, set of 2 (paper, 14.25” x 10”)

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Funding period

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