The TV animation series “Astro Boy” was selected as the 6th “Denki no Ishizue” operated by the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan. “Denki no Ishizue” is an award given to a historical thing, place or event which became a benchmark for development of science technologies.
The TV animation series “Astro Boy” was the first 30 min. animation series which later became the standard form of today’s TV animation. Also Astro Boy gave Japanese people an idea that Robot was a friend or a partner of humans, which helped to stimulate imagination and applied skill of Robot engineers and develop bipedal walking robots. For those reasons, “Astro Boy” was highly valued and awarded by the institute.
Denki no Ishizue: http://www2.iee.or.jp/ver2/honbu/30-foundation/
The Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan: http://www.iee.or.jp/