Unlike Astro Boy, who is a superhero robot with seven different powers, this is a story of a robot that has his worries and grows up just like a human child. Mars is a boy named after the god of war in Roman Mythology. Dr. Yamanoue, who created Mars's body, tries to use the robot in military affairs while Dr. Kawashimo, creator of Mars's artificial intelligence, strongly opposes that idea. So this is a story of an android that is torn between its "body for fighting" and "heart for loving." The concept of conflict between two different fundamentals within one person is one of Tezuka Osamu's prominent themes.
Original Plan and Setting: Tezuka Osamu Planning: Bessho Koji (Fuji TV), Tamiya Takeshi Production Chief: Ono Kiyoshi (the former part), Sugawara Yoshiro (the latter part) Series Story line: Maruyama Masao Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki, Yukimuro Shunichi, Suzuki Yoshitake, and Yamamoto Masaru Chief Director: Rintaro Rendition: Chiba Sumiko (Hirata Toshio), Ishiguro Noboru, Mizusawa Wataru, Hata Masami, Sasaki Katsutoshi, Serizawa Yugo Character Design Supervisor: Sugino Akio Animation Director: Sugino Akio, Mori Toshio, Jingu Satoshi, Akira Daikuhara, Kashima Tsuneyasu, Mibu Wataru, Ashida Toyoo Art Setting: Takamura Mukuo Art: Kawamoto Shohei, Takamura Mukuo, Kubota Tadao Camera: Sugaya Masaaki Editing: Hanai Masaaki Audio Director: Koide Ryosuke (Arts Pro) Recording: Tanaka Hideyuki Production Cooperation: Mad House Production: Fuji TV, Toei (Toei Animation) Music: Koshibe Nobuyoshi Theme Songs:
"Mars 2015", vocals by Stephen Toto and Kourogi'73
"Boy Mars", vocals by Osugi Kumiko and Stephen Toto
"Good night Mars," vocals by Osugi Kumiko
Lyrics by Ito Akira and music by Koshibe Nobuyoshi Music: Misawa Go, vocals: Young Stars