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Astro Boy (鉄腕アトム Tetsuwan Atomu, lit. The Mighty Atom) is a Japanese anime series based on the series of manga written by Osamu Tezuka, revered in Japan as the "God of Manga." Produced by Mushi Production, the series ran from January 1, 1963 to December 31, 1966 on Fuji TV.

Often cited as a staple in anime, it was the first Japanese animated TV series to be shown and marketed internationally.

Dubbing HistoryEdit

For the English version, the producers, NBC Enterprises settled on Astro Boy after discussions between producer Fred Ladd and representatives from NBC. Of the first 124 episodes created out of a total 193, 104 were adapted into the English dub, and initially syndicated from September 7, 1963 through August 20, 1965, with repeats continuing until the series was withdrawn from syndication in the early to mid 1970s. The character names were changed for American audiences.

The title Astro Boy was a rename from the original title Tetsuwan Atom. The title Astro Boy proved to be popular among Japanese viewers as well, and so the names Astro Boy and Tetsuwan Atom are interchangeable in Japan. The original intro for the series was an instrumental track. When the show was dubbed, the intro was adapted with lyrics, sung by a children's chorus. The Japanese producers were so impressed, the following season a similar intro was created for Japanese audiences. This would start the trend of animes featuring songs in their intros.

Not all reception to the English adaptation was positive. In one Astro Boy manga story Osamu Tezuka expressed frustration towards the restrictions passed by American television networks on the adaptation of the TV series. The English version did not air an episode showing a dog being operated on, as the producers believed it was too cruel and grotesque to show. Tezuka criticized this as hypocrisy, as non-Japanese eat and kill animals in manners he described as “grotesque.” Tezuka added that many White people in Africa shoot animals for sport, yet people in England spread false rumors about Japanese people eating dogs.

CastEdit

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor
Astro-boy-astro-boy-1963-9 Astro Boy Mari Shimizu Billie Lou Watt
Dr-elefun-astro-boy-1963-72.2 Dr. Elefun Hisashi Katsuta Ray Owens
Mr-pompus-astro-boy-1963-2.63 Mr. Pompous Masaaki Yajima Gilbert Mack
Ayao Wada
Astro-girl-astro-boy-1963-9.03 Uran Yoko Mizugaki Billie Lou Watt
Reiko Mutoh
Kazuko Yoshikawa

Additional VoicesEdit

NotesEdit

  • The English dub would end up being the salvaging source for the Episode "The Beast from 20 Fathoms" (Episode 34). The original Japanese negative was reportedly destroyed by Osamu Tezuka himself out of frustration with the final result of the episode. However, the episode had already been exported and dubbed for America. The Japanese soundtrack to the episode was re-synced with the footage from the English dub and marketed as "The Lost Episode".

TransmissionEdit

Date(s) Channel Country
1963–1975 NBC United States Flag United States
1965–1971 Nine Network Australia Flag Australia
2007-2008 Cartoon Network
(Adult Swim)
United States Flag United States

Video ReleasesEdit

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
The Right Stuf International 2006 DVD The Complete Series* 1
NTSC
United States Flag United States
2 Volumes
2009 Episodes 1-52
2 Volumes

*Complete Dubbed Series

See AlsoEdit

External LinksEdit

  • Astro Boy (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Astro Boy at the Internet Movie Database