Buddha (ブッダ, Budda) is a manga series illustrated by Osamu Tezuka. The series began in September 1972 and ended in December 1983.
An anime film adaptation was released in 2011 and a second film in 2014. A third film is set for 2017 release.
In ancient India, the lives of many people are plagued by drought, famine, constant warfare and injustices in the caste system. The intertwining lives of many unhappy souls are drawn together by the birth of the young prince Siddhartha, who embarks on a spiritual journey, and becomes Gautama Buddha, "the Enlightened One", and attempts to bring about a spiritual rebirth of the people in this desperate age.