Tetsuwan Atom
Astro Boy
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English: Astro Boy
Synonyms: Mighty Atom
Japanese: 鉄腕アトム


Type: TV
Episodes: 193
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 1, 1963 to Dec 31, 1966
Premiered: Winter 1963
Broadcast: Saturdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: Meiji Seika
Studios: Mushi Production
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, MechaMecha, Sci-FiSci-Fi, ShounenShounen
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.131 (scored by 21752,175 users)
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Ranked: #30692
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Popularity: #4879
Members: 8,491
Favorites: 40
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In the year 2003, Professor Tenma is distraught when his son Tobio is killed in a car accident. He loses himself in his latest project, creating Atom, a robot boy programmed to be forever good.

Upset that his Tobio-substitute can never grow up, Tenma sells Atom to Ham Egg, the cruel ringmaster of a robot circus. Atom meets the kindly Professor Ochanomizu, who adopts him, inspires him to become a crusader against evil, and eventually builds him a robot "sister," Uran.

(Source: The Anime Encyclopedia)


Tetsuwan Atom was the first television anime series to air in a 30-minute programming slot. It was broadcast by Fuji Television and aired on Tuesdays when broadcast began in 1963. The first episode debuted on New Year's Day with a 27.4% viewership rating, with the series later peaking at over 40% rating by the following year. From 1964 onward, the airing was changed to Saturdays.

When American television producer Fred Ladd helped NBC Enterprises adapt the series for broadcast in the United States in 1963, the title Astro Boy was used instead of the manga's English title Mighty Atom. The change was forced because of its similarity to the contemporary American superhero character Mighty Mouse, which Osamu Tezuka used as a basis for the character Atom.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Shimizu, Mari
Dr. Ochanomizu
Katsuta, Hisashi
Tenma, Umatarou
Yokomori, Hisashi
Mutou, Reiko
Ham Egg
Ebata, Takashi
Hige Oyaji
Yajima, Masaaki
Tenma, Tobio
Komiyama, Kiyoshi


Tezuka, Osamu
Director, Episode Director, Script, Original Creator
Tomino, Yoshiyuki
Episode Director, Script
Dezaki, Osamu
Episode Director
Episode Director

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"Tetsuwan Atom (鉄腕アトム)" by Kamitakada Shounen Gasshoudan (上高田少年合唱団)

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Created in 1952, Osamu Tezuka revolutionized american cartoons forever when Astro Boy came to our American televisions in 1963. It is recognized as one of the first popular animes to be in America.

Osamu Tezuka offers to younger audiences along with teenagers who have nothing better to do. It's cute brand of comedic satire brought in audiences of both genders. Action and a funny, yet dramatic storyline set in the distant future of 2003 (oh no!) make it so popular to everyone.

my father remembers watching Astro Boy as a kid, and now the old cartoon has come back once more. Astro Boy is now aired on read more

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