Astro Boy (2004)

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Astro Boy (2004) tells the story of a youthful robot boy - Astro -modeled after the deceased son of a research scientist, Dr. Tenma. Originally intended to be kept a secret, the atomic-powered robot becomes a reluctant superhero who fights for justice and peace for humans and robots alike. Created in Metro City he lives among a 'retro-futuristic' society populated by humans and robots. His creator Dr. Tenma, head of the Ministry of Science, builds Astro in his son's image. Astro never can fill the void that Dr. Tenma feels over the loss of his son. Astro Boy (2004) is a show that you can't miss. Tenma shuts down Astro, burns down the Ministry of Science and flees. Some time later, Astro is discovered by Dr. O'Shay, the new head of the Ministry. Dr. O'Shay takes in Astro and serves as his mentor. Driven by the belief that robots and humans should be friends, Dr. O'Shay is Astro's greatest ally. He provides Astro with a home, enrolls him in school and creates a robot family for him. Astro possesses superb strength, including jet-rocket feet and arms that allow him to fly at extreme speeds. However, the secret to his victories is not his super-powers; the quality that makes him superior to other robots is his artificial brain, the most advanced in the world. This unique quality, termed kokoro in Japanese, allows Astro to experience all of the same emotions as humans. He's clever, resourceful and has a strong sense of justice, always attempting to reason with his adversaries. Mankind's only hope of surviving the onslaught of rebellious robots is a robot himself...the fearless, selfless, incorruptible champion known as Astro. In his quest for peace and justice, Astro often goes it alone, but he is occasionally aided by his robot sister or even rebel robots that he is able to enlist. Astro also has human friends from school who often become entangled in his conflicts. Astro Boy (2004) is produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Astro - Astro is the main character of this anime series. Astro has the skills of a god. With his powerful jet boots, and other unbelievable appliances no one can beat Astro. His set of helping others also makes him a very caring friend. You do not want Astro to fight because he will knock you out with one shot of his laser. Astro's best friend is his savior, Dr. O'Shay.

Dr. O'Shay - Dr. O'Shay founded Astro after he was disposed and de-activated by Dr. Tenma. Dr. O'Shay cares for every robot and shows respect to all of his other human friends. Dr. O'Shay helped Astro find out what he truly had inside of him, which made him a hero. Dr. O'Shay has shown a great amount of respect for Astro and Astro respects him back. Dr. O'Shay easily proves that he's the master doctor of his time.

Atlas - Atlas is the evil, yet brilliant robot that Dr. Tenma created after he found out that Astro was rebuilt into a heroic robot. Atlas is an inner and outside remake of Astro. Atlas often taunts Astro by telling him that he is his brother. Atlas shows much citizenship to all townspeople in Metro City. He's often a threat to many people in his local town.

Dr. Tenma - Dr. Tenma created two of the most powerful robots in the world. Both of his robots include, Astro and Atlas. Both robots were created to remember his lost son who died. Dr. Tenma is Dr. O'Shay's greatest enemy because of how he treated and disposed Astro long ago. Dr. Tenma is very jealous over how Dr. O'Shay changed his former robot-like son. Dr. Tenma is the criminal behind the series.moreless

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    • Tetsuwan Atomu = Mighty Atom!

      In 2003 a new Astro Boy anime series was created to celebrate the birth date of Astro Boy. Under the original english name (instead of Tetsuwan Atom), it kept the same visual style as the original Astro Boy manga and anime, but was revisioned and modernized with more lush, high-quality, near-theatrical animation and visuals. It combined the playfulness of the early anime with the darker, more serious and dramatic Science Fiction themes of the manga and the 80's anime. The anime broadcasted in Japan (on the same date as Astro's birth in the manga, April 7, 2003) with lots of fanfare. Directed by Kazuya Konaka and written by Chiaki J. Konaka.

      The show was eventually picked up by Sony Pictures Entertainment. However, Kids WB picked up the broadcasting rights. Fans balked at the Dub, as the orignal score was changed and was given horrible scheduling. It was bounced back and forth between Kids WB and Cartoon Network until it was eventually cancelled. The entire series is currently available on DVD in one single boxset. However the US set is not fully complete, with one episode in the set being omitted "Eternal Boy" and repaced with a clip show episode. This is because the episode features a character very much akin to Peter Pan, which if had been included, may have caused copyright issues with Disney.

      A trailer from 2001 made for this series when it was in development presented several major differences from the final series. With different designs for characters such as Atlas. With the characters speaking in english (with voices completely different to the voices that would eventually end up in the US dub) and animation not found in the final series. Which presents an interesting view of what originally was planned for this series.moreless
    • Return of a classic Japanese anime character is marred by episodes shown out of order in the US and with half of the series not even shown here. Despite this, it is still a favorite show of mine.moreless

      Despit the review that follows, I do like this series and own the DVD release.

      I had high hopes for the series when It was announced that the 2003 incarnation of Tetsuwan Atom (Mighty Atom or Iron Arm Atom) aka Astro Boy was going to be broadcast over here. However the series is marred by Sony and KidsWB/Cartoon Network in its release here. Half of the series is never shown and those that were shown are shown pretty much haphazardly. You have characters appearing in stories before their origin or intro episodes - Zoran, for example, appears in the Pluto two-parter, which aired before her origin episode.

      Sadly, this state of affairs is continued on the DVD release. Only Discs 4 and 5 have anything approaching the original episode order. When I have some time, I will submit edits that will include the correct episode order that come straight from the Japanese co-producer/broadcaster's website.moreless
    • its ok i guess

      I like it but why would the mother want his son to be a robot? All i know is that astro boy go save people and maybe also robots.i wonder if astro boy go to heaven or hell. maybe all robots go to the garage heaven to be reused but the is ok nice animation.
    • It's a little different. But it's still good.

      Definatly not as good as the original, but my kids love it. I think it is cool that I used to watch the original 80s series when i was 5 years old and now my son who is 5 watches the new one. I did find a few things dissapointing,like where did Daddy Walrus go?? And Dr Elefun?? Hmmm??
    • I think personally that this was a beutifully made show. I do not know why people were turn off by this because it is a remake classic. I think this version is even better than the classic. If this is out on DVD, please check the series out.moreless

      I think this series is acuatually very well done. Sure the characters look goofy but is not by any means a comedy, it is more dramatic. It seems a lot of detail was put into the animation. I am really disappointed that the series seems to have been cancel so suddenly. I do not think the whole story was ever finished. I really wish that this can be reaired again.
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