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Astro Boy (80’s version) (aka: Tetsuwan Atom)

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Genre: Sci-fi

Creator: Osamu Tezuka/Tezuka Productions

Distributor: Manga Entertainment, streams on the “TezukaAnime” YouTube channel, located here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCszdiVDjO7PoWZClWIOKeZw.

No. of Episodes: 52

Suggested Age: 7+

My Rating: 8/10

(Note: This is a remake of the 1963 anime TV series, which aired in the 1980s. I will be using the original Japanese names for the characters as I prefer those to the dub names)

Summary: The year is 2030.  Dr. Tenma, Japan’s Minister of Science, creates a robot duplicate of his son Tobio, after he is killed by an aerocar crash.  For fear of the public’s reaction should the robot be discovered, Tenma takes himself and the boy robot on a cruise. While on the cruise, the robot’s misbehavior causes Tenma to disown him.  The robot is then discovered by a circus ringmaster, who dubs him Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom in the original Japanese. His name literally means “Mighty Atom”). After a daring escape, Atom is discovered by Dr.  Ochanomizu, who becomes his surrogate fighter and the new Minister when Tenma steps down.

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