Tetsuwan Atom (1980)

Astro Boy (1980)

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Synonyms: Astro Boy, Astroboy
Japanese: 鉄腕アトム
English: Astro Boy (1980)
French: Astro Le Petit Robot
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Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 1, 1980 to Dec 23, 1981
Premiered: Fall 1980
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: MechaMecha
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.131 (scored by 55515,551 users)
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Ranked: #34692
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Popularity: #5311
Members: 12,908
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Set in a future where machines have advanced to the point of autonomy and become a point of major contention in the political and social realms, Astro Boy (1980) chronicles the struggles of a crime-fighting young robot named Atom. Created in the image of his enigmatic inventor's deceased son, Atom survives rough beginnings, getting saved and adopted by the benevolent Dr. Ochanomizu. In his pursuit of justice, Atom finds himself in the midst of numerous clashes with various factions, and is often faced with the harsh realities of the world.

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The original Japanese version of the series ran for 52 episodes while the English version ran for a reduced 51 episodes, as the first two episodes were combined into one, resulting in the omission of the entire backstory of the main antagonist. This creates issues when the antagonist appears later in the series, and the anime refers back to the events which were cut.

(Source: Astro Boy Wiki and Wikipedia)

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Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Theme Song Lyrics, Original Creator, Character Design


Opening Theme

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"Tetsuwan Atom (鉄腕アトム)" by Atoms (アトムズ)

Ending Theme

1: "Mirai ni Mukatte: New Tetsuwan Atom (未来に向かって~ニュー鉄腕アトム~)" by ANKH (eps 1-13,15-29,31-44,46-52)
2: "Uran no Theme (ウランのテーマ)" by Urans (ウランズ) (eps 14,30,45)

Jan 17, 2015
Full disclosure: I adore this series.

This particular incarnation of the anime is probably the best of the bunch in terms of overall enjoyment - it's far less dated than the original 1960s launch and has none of the soul-less feel of the 2003 series. This said, one should be prepared for what can perhaps best be described as a cliché 80's series: it's horrendously violent.

The entire show revolves around the mighty Atom (Astro Boy), a robot boy with 100,000 horsepower, a built in phone, butt-cannons, arm cannons, rocket boosters, super-hearing, and flashlight eyes. The scene is set in futuristic world where robots are ...
Jun 5, 2021
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this show - despite being so old, Tetsuwan Atom still doesn't lose in terms of plot. I watched some episodes of the older original version (from the 60s) and the episodes have similar stories so I think this remake does a decent job of maintaining the storyline and keeping things interesting.
I also like the small differences (like how he got his boots, the way he and his father were separated etc).
The only thing that I think is kind of weird is when they put so much emphasis on the show of how he's a robot, but then ...

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