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100% verified weird facts about Tezuka Osamu (part 3 of 4)
Tezuka acted as matchmaker for Ishinomori Shotaro’s marriage, but on the day of the actual wedding, Tezuka didn’t show up because he missed a deadline and was still working on a manuscript. When Ishinomori complained about this to some magazine editors he knew, the editors all said, "What did you expect would happen? It’s Tezuka!"
Tezuka often disappeared from his home before a deadline, but one time, when he tried to check into a hotel he always used to hide out in, he was told he’d been banned from the premises. This was because an editor had appeared at the hotel while Tezuka wasn’t there, and gone around banging on all the doors yelling, “Is Tezuka here?!”
When Tezuka ran away to the country, editors would sometimes find and confine him at an inn. All his assistants would then rush back and forth by Shinkansen or plane to deliver his manuscripts, one page at a time, to the publisher.
Tezuka continued to run away from editors all through his life. One time, an editor found him at a tonkatsu (Japanese pork cutlet) restaurant. When the editor called out for him, Tezuka ducked under the table while all the other guests stared.
Once, Tezuka drew a scene taking place inside a train. In the center of the train carriage Tezuka drew a metal pole, which was something trains had shortly after the end of WW2. When an editor told him that train carriages didn’t look like that anymore, Tezuka was enraged, saying, "I haven’t been on a train in 20 years!" Then he went out to “research” trains, and didn’t come back.
Tezuka was very sensitive to the arrival of an editor, and had the habit of turning off the lights in his room when he noticed an editor was standing outside. An editor once drove a cab to Tezuka’s house around midnight, and was shocked when all the lights in the house, even those in the garden, suddenly turned off. Tezuka had turned off all the circuit breakers in his house.
Sometime later, Tezuka Productions moved offices to an old building in Saitama prefecture. Tezuka chose the particular building because the emergency staircase was directly accessible from his room, enabling him to run away without his editors noticing.
When new editors were assigned to Tezuka, the editor in chief would tell him to get a passport ready and always carry cash worth 200 to 300.000 yen (2-3.000 USD). This was because Tezuka sometimes pretended to go to the bathroom, and then ran away overseas.
#26: he must be taking a really long dump