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Astro Boy
The cover for Astro Boy volume 1 from the Dark Horse Manga edition.
鉄腕アトム
(Astro Boy: Tetsuwan Atomu)
Genre Action, Adventure, Science fiction
Manga
Author Osamu Tezuka
Publisher Flag of Japan Kobunsha / Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Serialized in Flag of Japan Shonen
Original run April 1952 – March 1968
Volumes 23
TV anime
Director Osamu Tezuka
Studio Mushi Productions
Network Flag of Japan Fuji TV
Flag of the United States NBC, Syndication, Adult Swim
Original run 1 January 196331 December 1966
Episodes 193
Related works
The cover for Astro Boy volume 8 from the Osamu Tezuka Manga Complete Works edition.
The cover for Astro Boy volume 8 from the Osamu Tezuka Manga Complete Works edition.

Astro Boy (鉄腕アトム Tetsuwan Atomu?, lit. "Mighty Atom") is a manga series and television series first broadcast in Japan from 1963 to 1966. The story follows the adventures of a robot boy and a selection of other characters along the way. Astro Boy (aka Tetsuwan Atomu--the Mighty Atom) is arguably Japans most famous cartoon character (like Americas most famous cartoon character is arguably Disneys Mickey Mouse). ... Astro Boy may refer to: Astro Boy, the original manga and first anime television series (including character) Astro Boy (1980 TV series), the second television series Astro Boy (2003 TV series), the most recent television series Astro Boy: Omega Factor, the 2004 video game for the Game Boy Advance Category... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (954x1433, 1800 KB)A scan of Astro Boy Volume 1 English version. ... A science fiction genre is a division (genre) of science fiction. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Tezuka redirects here. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Kobunsha (光文社 Kōbunsha) is a Japanese publisher of literature and womens magazine. ... The head office of Kodansha Kodansha Limited ) is the largest Japanese publisher of literature and manga, headquartered in (Bunkyo), Tokyo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... Bleach , a well-known example of Shōnen manga This article is about the shōnen style of anime and manga. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... TV redirects here. ... Animé redirects here. ... Tezuka redirects here. ... Mushi Production (虫プロダクション lit. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... The Fuji TV headquarters in Odaiba is known for its eccentric architecture. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the television network. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Adult Swim is the name for an adult-oriented television programming network. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the 1980s series. ... Astro Boy , lit. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Astro Boy (aka Tetsuwan Atomu--the Mighty Atom) is arguably Japans most famous cartoon character (like Americas most famous cartoon character is arguably Disneys Mickey Mouse). ...


Astro Boy is the first Japanese television series that embodied the aesthetic that later became familiarized as anime.[verification needed] It originated as a manga in 1952 by Osamu Tezuka, who is often reputed as the "god of manga".[1] After enjoying success abroad, Astro Boy was remade in the 1980s as Shin Tetsuwan Atomu, known as Astroboy in the United States and other Western countries, and again in 2003. For a time, Astro Boy enjoyed a level of popularity in Japan equivalent to Disney's image character Mickey Mouse.[verification needed] In November 2007, he was named Japan's envoy for overseas safety. [2] Animé redirects here. ... Tezuka redirects here. ... This anime/manga-related article is a stub. ... Disney redirects here. ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ...

Contents

Plot

Astro Boy is a sci-fi series set in a futuristic world where androids co-exist with humans. Its focus is on the adventures of the titular "Astro Boy" (or simply "Astro"), a powerful robot created by the head of the Ministry of Science Doctor Tenma (dubbed Dr. Boynton in the first series English anime and Professor Balfus in the Canadian dub of the second series) to replace his son Tobio (or Astor Boyton III in the first series English anime, Toby in the remake of the first series English anime). After Tobio died in a car accident, Dr. Tenma built Astro in Tobio's image and treated him as lovingly as if he were the real Tobio, but soon realized that the little android could not fill the void of his lost son, especially since Astro couldn't grow or express human aesthetics (in one set of panels, Astro is shown preferring the mechanical shapes of cubes over the organic shapes of flowers). In the original 1960 edition, Tenma rejected Astro and sold him to a cruel circus owner, Hamegg (also called Caccitore), who abused the performers. In the 1980 edition, Astro naïvely signed himself away to the circus owner. A science fiction genre is a division (genre) of science fiction. ... Astro Boy (aka Tetsuwan Atomu--the Mighty Atom) is arguably Japans most famous cartoon character (like Americas most famous cartoon character is arguably Disneys Mickey Mouse). ... Dr. Tenma (天馬博士 Tenma-hakase), real name Taro Uma (馬太郎 Uma Tarō) (a. ... Aesthetics is commonly perceived as the study of sensory or sensori-emotional values, sometimes called judgments of sentiment and taste. ... Over the course of his career, the mangaka Osamu Tezuka reused the same characters in different roles in different stories. ...


While Astro languished in Hamegg's circus, Professor Ochanomizu (Dr. Packadermus J. Elefun in the first series & second series, Prof. Peabody in the Canadian dub of the second series, and Dr. O'Shay in the third series), the new head of the Ministry of Science, noticed Astro Boy performing in the circus. He managed to make Hamegg turn Astro over to him. He brought Astro along and treated him gently and warmly, becoming his legal guardian. He soon realized that Astro was gifted with superior powers and skills, as well as the ability to experience human emotions. Professor Ochanomizu (お茶の水博士 Ochanomizu-hakase), also known as Dr. Packadermus Elefun, Professor Peaboy, and Dr. OShay, is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Astro Boy. ... A legal guardian is a person who has the legal authority (and the corresponding duty) to care for the personal and property interests of another person, called a ward. ...


Astro then fought crime, evil and injustice. Most of his enemies were robot-hating humans, robots gone berserk, or alien invaders. Almost every story included a big robot battle involving Astro. The series explored issues of morality, responsibility, racism, prejudice, true heroism, and loss.[citation needed] Morality (from the Latin manner, character, proper behavior) has three principal meanings. ... Almanac · Categories · Glossaries · Lists · Overviews · Portals · Questions · Site news · Index Art | Culture | Geography | Health | History | Mathematics | People | Philosophy | Science | Society | Technology Wikipedia is an encyclopedia written by its users in over 200 languages worldwide. ... Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Ethnocracy Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial quota... Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Gay bashing Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial... This article is about the type of character. ...


Characters

Over the course of his career, the mangaka Osamu Tezuka reused the same characters in different roles in different stories. ... This is a list of characters from the Astro Boy shows and manga. ...

Setting

The Institute of Science- The place that builds robots. Astro Boy was first built by Doctor Tenma in the year 2030. The current head man is Professor Ochanomizu. Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to everyday speech. ... Dr. Tenma (天馬博士 Tenma-hakase), real name Taro Uma (馬太郎 Uma Tarō) (a. ... Professor Ochanomizu (お茶の水博士 Ochanomizu-hakase), also known as Dr. Packadermus Elefun, Professor Peaboy, and Dr. OShay, is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Astro Boy. ...


Russia- The country of the north. There was a hide out of the Hot Dog Corps.


The underground World- An underground place where the nations of Poi Poi and Terra firma are having a war.


Baal's Temple- A hideout where Novacain and his gang worships Baal. It's later destroyed by Novacain but Baal turns out to be a getaway rocket ship and Astro Boy, Professor Natsu, and the others were able to escape in time.


Halava- The only country with no peace. Dictator Ahmud rules with an iron fist. Astro Boy, Mr. Pompous, Dr. Quad, and Bobka later liberated the country. Shunsaku Ban (Japanese:伴俊作 BAN Shunsaku), also known as Higeoyaji (hige-oyaji ヒゲオヤジ Mustache-Daddy), Albert Daddy Walrus Duncan in the English versions of the 1963 and 1980 Astro Boy anime, Mustachio in the English version of the Astro Boy manga and as Wally Kisagiri in the English version of the 2003...


Netcircle- A country in the east inhabited by many strange people.


Golgonia (Shangri-Le in the English anime) - The country ruled by the dictator Hitlini (Chancellor Rudolph Hatter). He rules the country with an iron fist and is intent on world conquest and in pursuit of immortality. Prof. Ochanomizu is kidnapped and taken there to assist in his ambitions. The country was based on Nazi Germany. The Chancellor's dictatorial name is a portmanteau of "Hitler" and "Mussolini", both fascist rulers, his given name is also a reference to Adolf Hitler. The Fountain of Eternal Life in Cleveland, Ohio Immortality (or eternal life) is the concept of living in physical or spiritual form for an infinite length of time, or in a state of timelessness. ... Professor Ochanomizu (お茶の水博士 Ochanomizu-hakase), also known as Dr. Packadermus Elefun, Professor Peaboy, and Dr. OShay, is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Astro Boy. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ...


Media

Manga

Main article: List of Astro Boy manga

The manga was originally serialized from 1951 to 1981. The first episode was Ambassador Atom, the last episode was Showdown on Mt. Fuji. The Astro Boy manga series were first created from 1951 to 1981. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ...


The original Tetsuwan Atomu manga stories are now available in English-language, published by Dark Horse Comics in a translation by Frederik L. Schodt. They follow the television series in using "Astro Boy", the name most familiar to English-speaking audiences, instead of "Tetsuwan Atomu." Names of the other characters, such as Doctor Tenma and Professor Ochanomizu, are those of the original Japanese. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Frederik L. Schodt is an American writer, translator and interpreter, notable in manga and anime fandom for his translations of works such as Osamu Tezukas Phoenix, Riyoko Ikedas The Rose of Versailles, Keiji Nakazawas Barefoot Gen, and others. ... Dr. Tenma (天馬博士 Tenma-hakase), real name Taro Uma (馬太郎 Uma Tarō) (a. ... Professor Ochanomizu (お茶の水博士 Ochanomizu-hakase), also known as Dr. Packadermus Elefun, Professor Peaboy, and Dr. OShay, is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Astro Boy. ...


Chuang Yi published a more recent English-language manga .version of Astro Boy/Tetsuwan Atom in Singapore (also available in Australia). Chuang Yi (Simplified Chinese: 创艺, Pinyin: Chuàngyì, meaning creative arts) Publishing Pte Ltd is a manga and manhwa publisher and distributor based in Singapore. ...


TV series

See also: List of Astro Boy episodes

The beginning anime series was produced by Mushi Productions. It premiered on Fuji TV on New Year's Day 1963, but was eventually moved to the NHK network. It was the first anime to be broadcast outside Japan. It lasted for four seasons, with a total of 193 episodes. At its height it was watched by 40% of the Japanese population that had access to a TV. In 1964, there was a feature-length animated movie called Hero of Space released in Japan. It was an anthology of three episodes; The Robot Spaceship, Last Day on Earth and Earth Defense Squadron. The latter two were a special treat for Japanese fans since the theatrical versions were filmed in color. It has been suggested that List of Astroboy episodes be merged into this article or section. ... Animé redirects here. ... Mushi Pro (lit. ... The Fuji TV headquarters in Odaiba is known for its eccentric architecture. ... This article is about the date January 1 in the Gregorian calendar. ... NHK Broadcasting Center in Shibuya, Tokyo NHK (, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai), or the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, is Japans public broadcaster. ...

English-language broadcast
Promotional artwork for the USA release of Astro Boy.
Promotional artwork for the USA release of Astro Boy.

For the English version, the producers, NBC Enterprises, settled on "Astro Boy" after discussions with producer Fred Ladd and representatives from NBC led them to the name. (The title "Mighty Atom" for an atomic powered robot, as "Astro Boy" was thought of back then, was considered too generic and not "catchy enough" a title for a children's program for American TV.) Of the 193 episodes created in the series, 104 were adapted into the English version by Fred Ladd. The manga was not translated into English until Dark Horse Comics published it in the 2000s, although Gold Key Comics published a version in the United States based on the TV episodes.[3] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (489x665, 37 KB) Licensing This image is of a movie poster or title card, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (489x665, 37 KB) Licensing This image is of a movie poster or title card, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... NBC Universal Television Distribution is a TV distribution arm of NBC Universal Television in the United States, and is a subsidiary of General Electric. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gold Key Comics was an imprint of Western Publishing cteated for comic books distributed to newstands. ...

  • Billie Lou Watt — Astro Boy/Astro Girl/Mother
  • Ray Owens — Dr. Elefun/Dr. Boynton
  • Gilbert Mack — Mr. Pompus/Father

The English adaptation included an opening theme song with the words: "There you go, Astro Boy! On your mission today! Here's the countdown and the blastoff! Everything is go Astro Boy!...," The English show's original producer Fred Ladd, claims that the Japanese producers were so impressed by the adding of lyrics to the (until then) instrumental song that they then added words to the Japanese version, starting the "anime music" trend.[4] Billie Lou Watt (June 22, 1924 - September 7, 2001) was an actress in theater and television, including several voice acting roles for commercials and animated series. ...


In 2007, Cartoon Network began broadcasting and webcasting episodes of NBC's 1960s broadcast as a part of its Adult Swim line-up. Only the first 52 episodes are scheduled to air at present, though not necessarily in the proper sequence. For Cartoon Network outside of the United States, see Cartoon Network around the world. ... The word webcast is derived from web and broadcast. Its use has varied since the early-mid 1990s as the nature of the medium came into public use. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... Adult Swim is the name for an adult-oriented television programming network. ...

Aired broadcasted TV history

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Pogo TV India Turner Internationals childrens channel for India, Pogo has now become a family entertainer through the Cable television. ...

Stations

Alphabetized by city.

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Film

In 1962, MBS released a Live Action movie, a compilation film made up of episodes from the 1959-60 live action TV series that came before the 1960s animated television series which loosely followed the manga. The opening sequence (around 1 minute) is an anime type animation, and the rest is a Black and White movie. The whole movie lasts for 1h15m. It can be clearly seen that it was made at the beginning of Japanese movie making history, as we can see that pistols have their barrels covered with white paper before they are shot, as it can be seen in some of the scenes being cut up to match some dynamic movement and or stunt moves. Special effects and Scenography can be compared to, that time, American B-Class movies.


Tezuka met Walt Disney at the 1964 World's Fair, at which time Disney said he hoped to "make something just like" Tezuka's Astro Boy.[5]A feature film was announced in 1999 by Columbia Pictures and Jim Henson production. However, nothing has come of this announcement since then. There were plans for a Japanese-Canadian IMAX coproduction, but it was shelved in 2000 while it was early in production. A Japanese IMAX featurette was made in 2005, based on the 2003-2004 anime, titled Astro Boy/TetsuWan Atomu--Visits the Person, IGZA--100,000 Light Years Away!, but has only been shown in Japan. For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... View of the New York Worlds Fair 1964/1965 as seen from the observation towers of the New York State pavilion. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... James Maury Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990), was the most widely known puppeteer in American television history. ...


A feature film version is slated for 2009 from Imagi Animation Studios.[6][7][8][9] The feature film of the long-running anime series Astro Boy will be released in 2009. ... Imagi Animation Studios is a Hong Kong animation studio, specializing in computer animation, with affiliated offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo. ...

Astro Boy in the upcoming CG film
Astro Boy in the upcoming CG film

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References

  1. ^ "Profile: Tezuka Osamu". Anime Academy. Retrieved on 2007-09-30.
  2. ^ McCurry, Justin (2008-03-20). Japan enlists cartoon cat as ambassador. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2008-03-22.
  3. ^ Comic Book Resources - Comic Book News, Reviews and Commentary - Updated Daily!
  4. ^ Fred Ladd speech, Anime North 2001
  5. ^ Kelts, Roland (2006). Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S.. Palgrave Macmillan, 44. ISBN 1-4039-7475-6. 
  6. ^ Imagi International Holdings "Our Films", "Astro Boy"
  7. ^ AstroBoy News/Headlines
  8. ^ AstroBoy (2009) Movie
  9. ^ Imagi Gives New Life to Astro Boy

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External links

  • Official website
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