Tetsuwan Atom

Japanese name: Tetsuwan Atom
Japanese name: 鉄腕アトム
English name: Mighty Atom; Astro Boy
Dates: January 1, 1963-December 31, 1966
September 7, 1963-1964 (United States)
Broadcast time: Tuesday, 18:15-18:45 (6:15-6:45 pm)
Number of episodes: 193
Animation Studio: Mushi Productions
Production Company: Mushi Productions
Broadcaster: Fuji Television (CX)
Creator(s): Osamu Tezuka
Series Director: Osamu Tezuka
Episode Director(s): Gisaburo Sugii, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Osamu Dezaki, Eiichi Yamamoto, Rintaro
Storyboard(s): Yoshiyuki Tomino
Writer(s): Yoshiyuki Tomino
Art Director:
Art Design: Tsuyoshi Matsumoto, Hiroya Hachimura, Akiko Ohwaki, Katsumi Handoh
Character Designer(s):
Animator(s): Sumio Uchino (director), Rintaro
Music: Matsuo Ono (director), Tatsuo Takai
Voice Actors
(regular characters):

Genre(s): adventure, science fiction, robots, artificial intelligence, crime
Home Video
Japan: DVD (XT 2028-2063 (discs available in 2 box sets)
United States: Various editions have been released of Astro Boy. All have been dub only and been partial releases of the series.
Note(s): This is the first version of Tetsuwan Atom to be made. It was later remade in 1980 and 2003. It is the television program that made the Japanese animation become successful beginning from the middle 1960s.

Astro Boy, the United States translation of this series only includes 104 episodes.

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Tetsuwan Atom go to the Chronology of Animation.

Note on finding copies of programs:
Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of anime television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States, some other countries, and one Japanese store. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, VCDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Japanese Animation Information page for links to Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this List of Anime Television Series and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.

Last update: May 10, 2009
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