Tetsuwan Atom

Japanese name: Tetsuwan Atom
Japanese name: 鉄腕アトム
English name: Ironarm Atom, Mighty Atom, Astro Boy
French name: Astro le petit robot
Dates: October 1, 1980-December 23, 1981
January 4, 1986 (France)
Broadcast time: Wednesday, 19:00-19:30 (7:00-7:30 pm)
Number of episodes: 52
Animation Studio: Tezuka Production
Production Company: Nippon Television, Tezuka Productions
Broadcaster: Nippon Television (NTV)
TF1 (France)
Creator(s): Osamu Tezuka (manga)
Series Director: Noboru Ishiguro, Satoshi Dezaki (chief director)
Episode Director(s): Takashi Anou, Satoshi Dezaki
Producer(s): Akira Yoshikawa (executive), Hidehiko Takei, Satoshi Yamamoto (Tezuka Productions)
Planning: Akira Yoshikawa
Storyboard(s): Osamu Tezuka
Writer(s): Osamu Tezuka
Art Director: Mitsunari Makino
Art Design: Setsuko Ishizu
Character Designer(s): Manabu Onaka, Kunio Aoi (mecha)
Animator(s): Kozo Masanobu (director), Keizo Shimizu (director), Hiroshi Nishimura (director), Masateru Yoshimura, Hiromitsu Morita (director), Hiroshi Iino (director), Kazuhiko Utagawa (director), Yoshinori Higuchi (director)
Music: Nariaki Saegusa
Sound: Kanji Nakano (recording director)
Voice Actors
(regular characters):
Mari Shimizu (Atom), Hisashi Kachita (Dr. Ochanomizu), Masako Sugaya (Uran)
Genre(s): adventure, science fiction, robots, artificial intelligence, space travel, crime
Home Video
United States: DVD (Manga Entertainment, 8 discs (set), primarily dubbed only, partial (1 epidsode omitted))
Note(s): This is a remake of the original 1963-1966 series. Tetsuwan Atom was remade again in 2003.

Only 51 of the episodes were broadcast in the United States and France.

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 16, 2009
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