„I am convinced that comics should not only make people laugh. For this in my stories found tears, anger, hatred, pain and end not always happy.“

— Osamu Tezuka, Quoted in Helen McCarthy, Osamu Tezuka: God of manga , translated by Fabio Deotto, Edizioni BD, 2010, back cover.
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