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We want to publish over 1,500 pages of manga for kids and teens by the great Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy and Buddha.

UPDATE: THE RECKONING: An important note about Triton -- all potential and current backers should take a look!

UPDATE: We've posted the exciting opening pages of Triton for you to read!

Confused about the rewards? Click here for a table explaining what's included at what level.

UPDATE: Our second stretch goal is "Triton of the Sea"!

If this campaign can reach $47,000, we'll be publishing not only Unico and ATOMCAT but also Tezuka's adventure classic "Triton of the Sea!"

In Vol. 1... a baby is found abandoned by the sea, bringing in his wake a terrible tsunami. As he grows up in urban Tokyo, he discovers his true identity: Triton, the last survivor of the destruction of Atlantis by the god Poseidon. With his dolphin Luka by his side, Triton sets off on a journey to discover the truth behind his origins, and avenge his family.

Eventually, in Vol. 2, Triton starts a family of his own, but he doesn't have time to enjoy domestic bliss. A final battle is brewing between the god of the sea and the prince of the mermen. Meanwhile, Triton’s people face the specter of extinction at the hands of human hunters.

A coming-of-age tale set again the background of an epic adventure, Triton of the Sea is acclaimed for its thrilling art and action as well as its moral and environmental themes. With cautionary messages about human prejudice and our fragile world, Triton blends a touching family tale with a global battle for the soul of the sea!

Triton was also adapted into a classic animated series directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of "Mobile Suit Gundam."

Here's how we'll do it:

  • Paperback
  • Size: A5 (5.875"x8.25"), same as our other Tezuka releases 
  • Pages: 488+440 
  • Release dates: June 2013/August 2013 
  • MSRP: $19.95 per volume

If we hit $47,000, anyone who chooses a reward level worth more than $50 will receive Vol. 1, and anyone who chooses a reward level worth more than $100 will receive both volumes. (For more details on what reward will be included with what level see this table.) If we can get Triton, we'll have four Tezuka books to release to you over the next year. Think of it as a Tezuka subscription plan!

UPDATE: OUR FIRST STRETCH GOAL is Tezuka's own "Astro Boy" spinoff, ATOMCAT!

This is a delightful update on his most famous character. For more and a video about it, see our latest update!

If we can hit $26,000, we'll publish ATOMCAT as well as Unico! Here's how to get your copy:

  • You'll notice we've added some new pledge levels. The ones that say ATOMCAT include a copy of the book and other goodies. You're welcome to use them!
  • If you just want to add a copy of ATOMCAT to your current pledge, simply add $12 to your pledge. It's that easy. We'll confirm with you that you want a copy of ATOMCAT during the survey process later.
  • We're doing stickers and T-shirts for ATOMCAT too! They're going to be adorable!
  • And if we can hit $26,000, we'll announce an even more exciting stretch goal... this one is really going to blow your mind.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Even though we just added these rewards Kickstarter mixed them in with the Unico ones. The Unico rewards do NOT include ATOMCAT (even if they say "includes previous rewards"). The $45 pledge, for example, includes only the Unico book, the Unico PDF/stickers and the $5 reward. To get ATOMCAT you must choose a reward that says ATOMCAT in the name. Sorry for the confusion!

Thanks for putting Unico over the top in just FIVE DAYS! We're looking forward to bringing this little unicorn to you!

Hello again, Kickstarteers!

Dozens of volumes of manga by Osamu Tezuka have now come to American shores, many to great acclaim. The vast majority of them have been stories written for adults. Yet many of Tezuka's most famous characters in Japan appear in manga meant for children. We think it's unfortunate that so few of Tezuka's manga for kids are in print in English, so we set out to publish "Tezuka manga to read with your kids."

The obvious choice was Unico.

Unico is a little unicorn who possesses the magical power to help those who love him. His story begins in the Greece of mythology, with Tezuka's take on the story of Psyche. In his version, Unico brings great happiness to the mortal Psyche, who in return cares for him and loves him. But the goddess Venus is jealous of Psyche, tricking her and ordering Zephyrus, the West Wind, to kidnap and banish the unicorn to someplace far away after wiping his memory. Before Unico can spend too long in one place, Zephyrus returns to carry him away again.

Unico: "Hey, why is Venus so mean to me?"
Zephyrus: "Because Venus is the goddess of beauty, and it is a cruel thing to be beautiful."

Unico's adventures take him to the Wild West, medieval times and more, and along the way he meets kids, animals and supernatural creatures, discovering who his true friends are and transforming their lives. 

Think Quantum Leap meets classic Disney, with a dose of Tezuka's unique, humane spiritual sensibility.

(Want a sample? Scroll down!)

Today Unico is finally starting to get the attention it deserves, with the two animated films coming out in the United States on DVD. But the original manga remains unreleased.

Why come to Kickstarter?

Tezuka originally drew Unico for Lyrica, a glossy magazine published by Sanrio, the company that owns Hello Kitty. That magazine was in full color, which means Unico is one of the few Tezuka manga to be created in color from the beginning. Publishing manga in color is difficult and incredibly expensive, so almost all of the editions of the Unico manga in Japan are in black and white. In fact, the color edition has been out of print in Japan for years.

But we'd rather treat it right.

We want to publish Unico in a single volume in full color.

Printing manga in color is shockingly expensive, but if we can hit our target, we'll be able to do it, and put it in not only your hands, but those of a new generation of Tezuka fans across the world. We want to make this a kid-friendly edition, with a translation accessible to young children (though it'll certainly be a vocabulary-builder), clear and fun lettering and design and colors just as vibrant as the original.

Here are the specs:

Paperback
Size: A5 (5.875"x8.25"), same as our other Tezuka releases
Pages: About 412
Full color
Retail price: $34.95

Shipping is free for all rewards for backers inside the United States.

To our friends outside the United States: You will need to add additional funds to your pledge for international shipping. Please consult this table for information on how much to add.

Address any shipping questions to editor@dmpplatinum.com.

If your order contains 2 of fewer books and/or 2 or fewer T-shirts, add $13 to cover shipping. All other rewards please add $60 to to cover shipping.

And if we make it to our goal with time to spare, we will be immediately announcing a higher goal to add yet another print license, and you'll be able to raise your pledge to get that book too!

Enjoy the first ten pages of Unico below! 

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • Unico reads left to right, like an American comic. It was done this way because it ran in a glossy magazine and not a typical manga magazine.
  • You may notice that the images below look, well, bad. That's because they're based on quick scans of the last Japanese color edition (which is now eleven years old). Our final version will look MUCH better.
  • This is a rough translation. The final version will be translated and adapted to read well for both adults and kids.

Thanks to our letterer on Barbara, Evan Hayden, who created the cleaned-up Unico logo and lettered these sample pages!

Video music: Arriving at the Magic Glade (Alastair Cameron) / CC BY 3.0

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    Six issues of the Astro Boy Magazine on eManga.com (an $18 value) or $10 worth of online manga at eManga.com and your name on an acknowledgments page on the DMP Platinum Web site. Thanks for supporting awesome manga!

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    ATOMCAT Plus: A copy of ATOMCAT plus a PDF digital companion and color ATOMCAT stickers! (Kickstarter EXCLUSIVES.)

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    Unico Plus: The previous rewards plus a sheet of cute COLOR STICKERS with characters from the manga and a PDF copy of the Platinum Manga Companion to Unico, with notes, bonus art and fun games and activities for your family to enjoy together! and a sheet of cute color stickers with characters from the manga! (The stickers and companion are KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVES that will NEVER be available at retail.)

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    "Just The Books": $20 worth of online manga on eManga.com plus Unico, ATOMCAT and Triton Vol. 1 and 2 (if we hit our $47,000 stretch goal). WARNING: If we do not hit our $47,000 stretch goal you WILL be charged but this reward WILL NOT be fulfilled. If that happens you may switch to any reward of equal or lesser value. You can cancel your pledge at no cost before July 21, but there will be no refunds for this level after the campaign ends.

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    Unico Producer Pack: Your choice of the $75 rewards plus membership in the Unico Production Committee: receive periodic updates on the production and get a chance to weigh in on the logo and cover art, and have YOUR NAME (or your child's name) printed in the book!

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    Unico Producer Pack/ATOMCAT Plus: The Unico Producer Pack and the ATOMCAT Plus rewards. Members of the Unico Production Committee will also be members of the ATOMCAT Production Committee.

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    Producer+POSTER: The Unico Producer Pack plus a limited-edition Unico poster screen-printed in the USA for Digital Manga! (KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE)

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    Power of Love Pack: One of the $125 rewards plus a copy of the complete black and white Unico in Japanese and the "Elementary School Version" Tezuka drew for young children in Japanese; copies of any other books licensed through this Kickstarter campaign; a personal thank-you note from Digital Manga President Hikaru Sasahara; your name at the TOP of the acknowledgments page in the book; a tour of the Digital Manga office next time you're in LA; and a couple more sets of those Unico stickers just for good measure!

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