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Buddha is a manga by Osamu Tezuka. It is an eight-volume, highly embellished account of Siddhartha Gautama/Buddha's life, incorporating many fantasy elements and re-interpreting several legends about Buddha's life.Some of the other major characters include Devadatta, who was Raised by Wolves, Tatta, who was born with the power to transfer his mind into animals, Migaila, a former bandit turned good, Yatala, a Gentle Giant (only once you get to know him), and Ananda, Devadatta's half brother, another bandit-turned good.
Decoy Protagonist: Chapra, who is the focus in the beginning and doesn't live past the first volume.
Deconstruction: The series takes a look at how Buddha left his life as a prince to become a ascetic, with it showing how while what he did was apparently necessary, he still left his father and grandmother, his wife, his unborn child, and his kingdom behind, which his father did not take well because there are personal and political consequences for a prince abandoning his royal duties.
Jerkass: Bandaka is awful. Greedy, arrogant, rude, spitefull, Jerk Ass Bandaka. Princess Yashodara even says to herself, "If [I have to marry Bandaka], I'll kill myself." Years later, when she does, she threatenes to.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Ananda, Buddha is challanged to burn a stack of logs without touching them. As he refuses to, not wanting to show off, Ananda comes running up with a torch: Buddha's follower burned them. So Buddha passes the trial - and then everything goes up in flames. Nice job burning it, Ananda.
Noble Bigot: A few characters are very racist/caste-ist due to India's caste system, but they're not all evil.
Not that it excuses comments like, "We oughta crush her under the elepant's foot!" "Now, now. She's just a stupid slave, hardly better than a beast." It just explains them.
Reused Character Design: It's Tezuka, what do you expect? Look for Tezuka himself, Shunsaku Ban as a bounty hunter, Hosuke Sharaku, Saruta, and a cameo by Professor Ochanomizu.
Senseless Sacrifice: Chapra attempts to protect his mother from a spear attack with his own body, which only results in both of them being run through together.
Shout-Out: The numerous, humorous anachronisms include Yoda, ET, and a character turning into Black Jack for a panel. Lampshaded with, "You thought I was Black Jack? Wow, you must be really out of it!"