The Three-Eyed One (三つ目がとおる Mitsume ga tōru?) is a romance SF manga by Osamu Tezuka. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 7 July 1974 through 19 March 1978 and was later published into thirteen tankoubon by Kondansha. This story is about Hosuke Sharaku ("the Prince of Darkness" 悪魔のプリンス), the heir to the long lost super civilization of the "Three Eyed Ones", and his best friend, Chiyoko Wato, with whom he solves various problems, often of his own doing.
In 1977, The Three-Eyed One tied with another Tezuka manga, Black Jack, for the Kodansha Manga Award. The manga has since spawned a TV special by Shueisha and later an anime whose 48 episodes ran from 18 October 1990 through 26 September 1991.
To learn about his roots, Sharaku must investigate the mysterious ruins which a long lost civilization bequeathed to him. In his worldwide search which take him and Chiyoko to locations like Arizona, the Easter Island and Mexico, Sharaku deciphers their ancient script and uses gadgets he invented.
Sharaku is frequently bullied for his childishness and the story is also about how he fights back when the x shaped band-aid that covers his third eye is removed. Sharaku's rivalry with a teacher or a student occasionally develop into major incidents.
Some of the story's appeal is that Tezuka has Sharaku investigate actual historic ruins that are shrouded in mystery and propose his own unique solutions. For instance, Sharaku opposes the notion that Sakabune Ishi was used to distribute the garden's water. Instead, he suggests that it was a drug purification device.
- The Three-Eyed One (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- The Three-Eyed One (2590) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
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