アニメANIMATION

STORY

This is one of Tezuka Osamu's monumental works that brought an epic-making change in the history of Japanese animation. This first animated TV series in Japan formed the basis for a long lasting and flourishing culture of Japanese animation. At the same time, the success of "Astro Boy" also clarified for television stations the fact that animation could make money even with tight budgets, which in turn produced a negative situation in which animators were constantly forced to work too hard with low wages. In those days, no sponsor would show any interest in "animated series" unless you were willing to "produce your work within a tight budget."

The boy robot of the story, with 100,000 horsepower, beats villains using his seven powers. He caused a great sensation among children at that time.

CREDIT

(C)Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. / Mushi Production

Broadcast via Fuji TV network / 24 minutes / Monochrome / 193 episodes
Mushi Production / January 1, 1963 - December 31, 1963, Tuesdays 6:15 - 7:45, January 4, 1964 - December 31, 1966, Saturdays 7:00 - 7:30 PM

Special Award at the 2nd Television Reporters Conference in 1964
The Ministry of Health and Welfare Award in 1965
The Galaxy Award at the 4th Broadcast Critics' Discussion in 1967

CAST

Astro Boy: Shimizu Mari(97-106 episodes: Tagami Kazue)
Dr. Ochanomizu: Katsuta Hisashi
Uran: Mizugaki Yoko(Muto Reiko, Yoshikawa Kazuko)
Cobalt: Komiyama Kiyoshi
Higeoyaji: Yajima Kazuaki(Wada Fumio)
Dr. Tenma: Yokomori Hisashi
Police Inspector Nakamura: Sakamoto Shinpei
Police Inspector Tawashi: Kanemoto Shingo(Chiba Koichi)

STAFF

Original Story and Executive Director: Tezuka Osamu
Original pictures: Sakamoto Yusaku, Sugii Gizaburo, Ishii Motoaki, Yamamoto Shigeru, Seyama Yoshifumi, Kitano Hideaki, Aoki Shigeru, Okasako Tsunehiro, Tanaka Eiji, Akahori Kanji and others
Motion pictures: Nakamura Kazuko, Yamamoto Shigeru, Hayashi Shigeyuki and others
Animation Director: Uchino Sumio
Literature: Ishizu Arashi
Art: Matsumoto Tsuyoshi, Yatsumura Hiroya, Owaki Shoko, Bando Katsumi and others
Trace: Shirakawa Seiko, Shindo Yaeko, Sugii Masako, Ouchi Mitsuko and others
Coloring: Matsumoto Futaba, Tsuruta Toshiko, Ishii Maya and others
Camera: Sakura Noriyuki, Hirokawa Kazuyuki Haraya Tateo, Sudo Shozo, Kusakabe Mitsuo, Kumagai, Shimizu Tatsumasa, Oiwa Hisatake, Yamaura Eiji, Misawa Katsuji
Editing: Furukawa Masashi, Yamashita Minami and others
Managers: Kawabata Eichi, Sudo Shozo, Takahashi Kenichi, Ishizu Arashi, Uenashi Kazuya, Suzuki Yoshitake, Kataoka Tadami, Shibayama Tatsuo, Mori Masa, Tomino Yoshiyuki, Kurokawa Keijiro Takahashi Ryosuke and others
Animation Manager: Aketagawa Susumu, Kishimoto Yoshinari, Wakao Hiroshi, Suwa Takeo and others
Technical Manager: Tashiro Atsumi and others
Data: Nomura Yoshihiro, Iizuka Masao
Music: Takai Tatsuo
Music Director: Ono Matsuo

Theme Song:
"Astro Boy" Lyrics by Tanigawa Shuntaro, music by Takai Tatsuo and vocals by Kami-Takada Boys' Choir


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