"Strange Beings," the first of the two stories in this volume of Phoenix, takes place in the 7th century. The vengeful daughter of a lord becomes trapped on an alternate plane where she must atone for the murder of her father by treating the ailments of Strange Beings. The second story, "Life," takes place in the year 2155. A television producer devises a plan to boost ratings by televising the hunt of human clones. But things take an ironic turn when he comes in contact with a very special bird!
About the Author
Regarded by many as the "God of Manga," Osamu Tezuka was a prolific author and artist, and is generally regarded as the single figure responsible for developing Japan's massive manga and anime industries. His cinematic art style and novelistic narratives have made his work as universally accessible and relevant now as when first published in Japan. A list of his well-known and universally loved work includes the classic Jungle Emperor Leo (also known as Kimba the White Lion), Black Jack, Adolf, Mighty Atom (known as Astro Boy in the U.S.) and Metropolis (made into a hit anime film in 2001).