Tezuka Production’s official NFT project “From the Fragments of Tezuka Osamu” starts up.
1A portion of the proceeds are donated for charity for children suffering under Covid-19 pandemic.The first series of the project, “Astro Boy” goes up for sale and auction on December 1st.
double jump.tokyo, Inc.（headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Hironobu Ueno; hereafter “double jump tokyo”）, a company that supports NFT businesses using blockchain technology, is pleased to announce that it will support “From the Fragments of Tezuka Osamu” (https://tezuka-art.nftplus.io), the first official NFT project of Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Takayuki Matsutani; hereafter “Tezuka Productions”) through its NFT business support service “NFTPLUS.
The first series of the digital art NFT project, “Astro Boy” are auctioned and sold from December 1, 2021, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated for charity.
<From the Fragments of Tezuka Osamu>
Tezuka Osamu was a pioneer who established the base of manga now known as one of the most influential pop cultures. So far manga has contributed to the development of cultures all over the world, and infiltrated into a wide range of industries as well.
In 1946, Tezuka made a debut as a manga artist though he had a medical degree. He continued to create manga works through his life to establish the realm of so-called Story Manga in postwar Japan. Furthermore, he conveyed his thoughts for universal but serious themes, such as importance of life, warnings on the destruction of nature, and criticisms against war, to the readers by means of manga, as an accessible and easy way to public. He was also a productive manga artist. Through his career, he drew 150,000 sheets of manuscripts for 700 manga titles. Such his works are still appealing to a lot of his fans.
Now, “From the Fragments of Tezuka Osamu”, the digital NFT art project based on numerous manga manuscripts by Tezuka Osamu, is finally revealed as the official NFT works authorized by Tezuka Productions. The project consists of two categories, “Mosaic Art NFT” and “Generative Art NFT”, both in motif of Tezuka Osamu’s representative works. The first series features “Astro Boy”, followed by “Black Jack”, and “Phoenix” continuously.
The project also has an aspect of a charity. Tezuka Osamu always thought of children. He kept writing manga for boy’s manga magazines even when his works targeted for adults were well received. He believed manga should be the thing for children. If Tezuka experienced today’s pandemic once in 100 years, he would surely do something to help children suffering.
Therefore, it’s decided that Tezuka Productions donates 20 percent of the net revenues arising from the project to certain public interest organizations such as UNICEF and the like.
<Mosaic Art NFT>
- Background -
For the creation of the art pieces, massive numbers of Tezuka’s manuscripts were exploited. Most of them were in black and white while about five percent of them were in color. In terms of the backgrounds, not only well-known scenes but also frontispieces not contained in the comic books as well as rare manuscripts hard to obtain were selected, and a total of 840 color manuscripts with another layer consisting of eight color frontispieces unique to each comic were arranged. No excess adjustment was made in order to keep the taste of the original manuscripts and to avoid ruining his brushwork. What’s seen on the background is a variety of his works and characters, from heroes to heart-warming scenes to seductive women.
- Character -
Over 4000 sheets of black and white manuscripts excerpt from the manga: Astro Boy were used to form Astro Boy as the motif. All manuscripts were cut into more than 40,000 fragments, and over 6000 of them were placed as mosaic materials. The tone of the character was set based on the original colors of the magazine pages used then. To realize the original tone, the engineers manually adjusted the tone piece by piece. Literally, this art piece can be enjoyed in various ways. Seen from distance, it appeals to audience as a powerful integrated picture. Seen up close, each tiny piece gives off Tezuka’s exceptional enthusiasm for manga creation. This is one and only one art piece in the world. Only the owner can experience the overwhelming world of Tezuka Osamu.
<Generative Art NFT>
Generative Art NFT is a randomly generated artwork based on the image materials used in Mosaic Art NFT. Each artwork consists of the following image materials.
- 25 images carefully selected from color manuscripts of the target title
- 1 image placed randomly for each artwork
- More than 900 images carefully selected from color manuscripts of Osamu Tezuka’s works other than the target title
- 4 images placed randomly for each artwork.
- 3,200 images carefully selected from fragments of black-and-white manuscripts of the target title
- 32 images placed randomly for each artwork.
- 4 colors replicating the original image of the magazine series applied
In the category, 1050 pieces are prepared for each target title. 1,000 pieces of them are for sale, and the remaining 50 pieces of them are exploited for marketing and other purposes.
The pieces not purchased during the sales period will not be sold again.
< “Astro Boy” Sales Schedule >
- Mosaic Art NFT -
Sales Format: English Auction
Auction site: OpenSea
Period (UTC): From 3:00am on December 15 to 3:00am on December 18
(The auction was originally scheduled to start at (UTC)3:00 on Dec 3, but have been changed to the above schedule. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.)
(*The period above will be extended for another 10 minutes if any new bid is made within 10 minutes before the end of the auction)
Number of items: 1
- Generative Art NFT -
Sales format: Fixed price sales
Sales location: Official website
Period (UTC): From 3:00 am, December 13 to 3:00 am, December 20
(The sales were originally scheduled to start at (UTC)3:00 on Dec 1, but have been changed to the above schedule. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.)
Number of items: 1000
Scheduled sales price: 0.08 ETH
© 2021 Tezuka Productions, All Rights Reserved.Produced by double jump.tokyo Inc.
NFT (non-fungible token), developed based on blockchain technologies emerging around 2017, certifies the authenticity of “one-of-a-kind data”.
Now digital art authenticated with NFT became transferable to third parson readily and freely.
Tezuka Productions, established in 1968 by Tezuka Osamu, aims to contribute to sound development of children and creation of healthy environments through the dissemination of Tezuka Osamu’s works, achievements, and philosophies. The company also strives to achieve world peace by means of mutual understanding among people through its business activities.
Company Name: Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
Address: 4–32–11, Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160–0023, JAPAN
Representative: Takayuki Matsutani, CEO
Business: Licensing and management of Tezuka Osamu’s intellectual properties including Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor, Princess Knight and Black Jack
Official Website: https://tezuka.co.jp/
Established on April 3, 2018 as a dedicated NFT/blockchain game development company. The company develops popular blockchain games such as “My Crypto Heroes” and “BRAVE FRONTIER HEROES”, and provides the blockchain game development support service “MCH+” and the NFT business support service “NFTPLUS”.
Company Name: double jump.tokyo inc.
Address: 4–34–7, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160–0023, JAPAN
Representative: Hironobu Ueno, CEO
Business: Development, operation and sales of games and assets using blockchain technology