Osamu Tezuka was perhaps the single greatest influence on manga and anime. Revered in his own lifetime to the point where his death arguably overshadowed Hirohito's the month before, his influence on the mediums he worked in remains very powerful to this day.

However, few things in history can truly be called inevitable. It's entirely possible that Tezuka might have chosen a different career path. The man was a medical student, so perhaps he could've become a doctor instead. Since Tezuka didn't create manga, the medium would've existed regardless, but it would undoubtedly look very different without his influence.

So I would like to pose the question: what might have changed without Tezuka's work?
 
Quite a lot as you'll not only you essentially change the face of manga and anime but also tokusatsu as well. Reason why is because one of Tezuka's assistances is Shotaro Ishinomori who would eventually influence the development of multiple tokusatsu series including Android Kakider, Inzanuma ,Kamen Rider and Super Sentai the latter of which would be latter adapted to Power Ranger. And this is just from one of his assistant as another one is Go Nagai who would be another influential contributor to the medium at large as his work from Mazinger Z to Devilman to Cutie Honey influence from both the mecha and magical girl genre and the development of future works from Fist of the North Star to Neon Genisis Evangelion.

Its essentially killed or at least hindered the careers of two important mangaka and alot more .
 
Wasn't he the first to sell product in the US? Less money to the Japanese animation industry. No super cheap animation. Hanna-Barbera survives. The Japanese industry doesn't grow as massive. The Korean industry doesn't start at all?
 
Wasn't he the first to sell product in the US? Less money to the Japanese animation industry. No super cheap animation. Hanna-Barbera survives. The Japanese industry doesn't grow as massive. The Korean industry doesn't start at all?
Korea probably would've developed an animation industry eventually, though it may not have taken as much influence from Japan.
 
Doraemon and other Fujiko Fujio works will also not be the same, as Tezuka was a huge inpiration for him, along with many, many children and aspiring comic writers of the time.
 
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