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The Birth of Astro Boy

July, 2011.

Astro Boy is a Japanese manga first published in 1952. In 1960, it was made into an animated series, and was first televised in Japan. The story follows the adventures of a robot named Astro Boy and a selection of other characters along the way.

Astro Boy was the first, and most popular Japanese television series to embody the aesthetics that later became known worldwide as anime. It originated as a manga in 1952 by Osamu Tezuka, revered in Japan as the “God of Manga.” After enjoying success abroad, Astro Boy was remade in the 1980s as Shin Tetsuwan Atomu, but known as Astro Boy in other countries, and again in 2003. In November 2007, he was named Japan’s envoy for overseas safety. An American computer-animated 3-D film based on the original manga series by Tezuka was released on October 23, 2009.