Astro Boy (Japanese: 鉄腕アトム Tetsuwan Atomu, "Mighty Atom") lit. "Iron Arm Atom". is a Japanese animated television series produced by Mushi Production and based off the Astro Boy manga by Osamu Tezuka. It would become the first serialized animation to air on television in Japan it aired on January 1, 1963 to December 31, 1966 on Fuji TV the series consists of 193 episodes, the series would also become the first Japanese animated series aired in the United States.
In the year 2003, Tobio Tenma is traveling down the electric highway 66. A highway claimed to be the safest made by man when suddenly Tobio collides with an oncoming vehicle and is killed instantly. When his father Doctor Umataro Tenma discovers his body he instantly becomes distraught and begins to go insane.
Dr. Tenma becomes obsessed with a new project to build a robot in the image of his deceased son. He shifts all focuses at the Ministry of Science to the production of this new robot. After one year, Tenma's robot project is a success and he gives life to a new robot and names him Astro Boy.
Tenma attempts to make the new robot boy a son of his own, he teaches him to eat and perform arithmetic he continued to teach him everything that would make him similar to a real boy. Tenma discovered that even though Astro had achieved everything he wanted of him, he still wouldn't grow like a real living boy! this made the irrational Tenma so angry that he sold Astro Boy away to Hamegg's Robot Circus.
Reception and Legacy
- In 1975, most of the English masters were destroyed in a fire. "Every conceivable effort was made to retrieve these episodes to present to you" on the DVD box set.
- One of the episodes, "Midoro Marsh," was actually produced by another animation studio that Osamu Tezuka had sent the script to. It only aired once in its native country, and in America its title was changed to "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms," which was the title of a monster movie that had come out several years earlier.