Astro is a robotic boy that posses super human powers and an artificial intelligence system that is unparalleled to any robot. His creator, Dr. Tenma, created him to replace his late son, Tovio. Dr. Tenma soon destroys his laboratory, after the creation of Astro, and shuts down Astro. Soon after, Dr. O'Shay, the head of the Ministry of Science revives Astro, and tries to give him a normal life as a 6th grade student that helps the police agency keep renegade robots and bigot humans from causing harm. Astro faces extreme racism for being a robot, and he must discover the truth about his creator Dr. Tenma.
I watched this as a ten year old boy and have great memories of waking up at 5:30am to watch it. I was the only person I knew who'd watched it but it felt like my own secret show. Anyway, I picked up Pluto the manga and have almost finished it, and the memories came flooding back. From what I remember it was great, then again I was 10. If you know any 10 year old's i'm sure they'd love to watch it. Probably best to go with a manga like Pluto if you're older, as this show probably won't appeal to adults.
This anime is really one of my favourites, which can seem odd, especially if I add that I was 19 when I watched it.
I am really pained when I see people saying that it is a show enjoyable only by kids. It tackles so crucial themes with such an ease and a simplicity that it is able to touch deeply anyone, kids and adults alike. There are of course goofy moments proving that this show was mainly meant for kids. The moral of the show, however, is so righteous (in my opinion) that it would be a shame if only kids were to enjoy
The animation is frankly amazing... for the first half. In fact, it was so amazing it blew my mind when I heard it was hand drawn animation. But then there was a huge decrease in the quality of the animation, around half the show, and it never came back to its previous standard. The OST is really a gorgeous one that deserves to be more recognized.
This show has however a massive weakness. It's got one of the worst English adaptation I've ever seen. Everything was messed up: the voicing was horrible, the dialogues were modified, some scenes were cut (sometimes thus hiding the sub-text), the music... oh my God! the music!! The Japanese people who made this show achieved to compose a sumptuous orchestral OST, which was replaced by HORRIBLE electronic sounds. I'm sure those who did that were thinking 'yeah, it'll sound more futuristic all right'! -_-
Seriously, I know it's hard to find, but watch the sub version!
For me, this show represents the pinnacle of my conception of fictional stories. For me, a story should be used to convey a moral, a message, an idea. And this one achieves it brilliantly, conveying an idea of mutual acceptance, of peace and of the virtues of non-violent resistance. It's an heartwarming show that I'm sure to remember!
I used to remember seeing an episode of this back when it was on Cartoon Network fifteen years ago. Never really known too much about the character back then, but it was one of the first animes I had the courtesy to watch. The story is simple to follow, despite a few filler episodes here and there. It's lighthearted but also dark to a certain degree. The animation looks pretty good and even beautiful at times and the sound design is top notch. I enjoy listening to the shows soundtrack so much, I might just buy the soundtrack for it if it's even a thing.
I'm hoping it is.
I do feel like they do go a bit overboard with the dark tone though. While it is understandable due to the message its trying to conceive, they were really pushing the envelope with what they were trying to do. I wasn't TOO much of a huge fan on how they wrote Dr. Tenma as the main villain as that is pretty generic and sort of predictable in its own right.
Overall, it is the perfect anime for younger kids to watch which is pretty obvious from the get go. But there can be some enjoyment as well for the adults as well who want a fun story. It's not groundbreaking or compelling, but it does serve as a nice little distraction.