CHARACTER

虫ん坊

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Adam

Explanation

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  • Since his first appearance in the "Captain Atom" series in "Shonen" in 1951, Atom, the 100,000-hp jet-propelled robot boy, has boasted overwhelming popularity in magazines, on television and on the big screen as the star of the major series "Astro Boy". His character could even be said to be synonymous with Tezuka Osamu. Nonetheless, although he is usually thought of as being a scientific all-rounder, the robot product of an atomic fusion system who has 100,000-hp (that is later boosted up to 1 million-hp) and who is generally energetic in the fight for justice, in giving Atom his role, the message Tezuka Osamu wanted to portray was: Can science and humanity really coexist? Atom had seven powers with which to defeat his enemies, but he was also a tragic figure, a robot who suffered persecution at the hands of humans. This is the source of Atom's androgynous character, what gives him his bilateral nature.
    The prototype for Atom's character was the girl robot who flew through the skies in "Metropolis" and "Perry", the 100,000-hp jet-propelled robot created by Yokoi Fukujiro. In other words, since his conception, Atom has been a character with both boyish and girlish characteristics. This fuzziness is linked to the cross that Atom has to bear; the fact that he has a heart that is more human than the human heart but is also discriminated against because he is a robot. Incidentally, the hint for Atom's pointy hair came from Tezuka Osamu's own hair, which was always standing on end when he woke up in the morning. Atom shaved off his trademark hair to appear in "The Man Who Destroyed The World" portraying the sufferings of the close-cropped pilot of the fighter plane.

 

List of the works

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    • COMIC
    • 1951
    • Astro Boy
    • 1952
    • The Adventure of Rock (as the participant in a conference with the birdmen)
    • 1953
    • X-Point on the South Pacific
    • 1954
    • The Destroyer of the Earth (as Ryoichi)
    • 1959
    • My Memory
    • 1962
    • SHIKYOYAMAENGI Picture scroll
    • 1964
    • Robot Labor Union Leader
    • 1970
    • Gachaboi's record of one generation
    • 1971
    • Lion Books / A hundred tales, Chapter of Gold
    • 1971
    • Bakaichi (as the mask)
    • 1972
    • Japanese People in 1972
    • 1973
    • Black Jack / Man Bird (as the spectator in a "flying man" competition contest)
    • 1974
    • Black Jack / Son of Siva (as Isao, Son of the kidnapper)
    • 1975
    • Black Jack / You did it! (as the client to Black Jack)
    • 1976
    • Black Jack / Teruteru Bozu (as the painting in a frame)
    • 1976
    • The Three-eyed One / The Magician
    • 1978
    • Black Jack / Black Jack Saves his Savior (as the passerby)
    • 1979
    • NEC Advertisement
    • 1979
    • Tezuka Osamu on American Comics
    • 1980
    • Unico Shogaku-ichinensei Version (as the painting in a room)
    • 1980
    • Princess Lumpenela (as the face of Jinnai)
    • 1981
    • Rainbow Parakeet / House of doll (as Jimmy)
    • 1981
    • Rainbow Parakeet / Forest of fossil
    • 1982
    • How the World of Anime will look in the 21st Century
    • 1982
    • A word from the parent who bore you
    • 1982
    • Tezuka Osamu Verision of "Golden Bat"
    • 1982
    • Rabbit House 2001
    • 1983
    • This is what's going to happen in 1983
    • 1984
    • Dream cars & cars of the future
    • 1986
    • Atom Cat
    • 1986
    • Fuku-chan in 21st Century
    • Unknown
    • Atom and Uran's Dream
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    • ANIMATION
    • Astro Boy
    • Marine Express
    • Remake of Astro Boy
    • The Last Big Event of the 20th Century
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