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Astro Boy ("Mighty Atom") first broadcast on television in Japan from 1963 to 1966. The story follows the adventures of a robot boy and a selection of other characters. Astro Boy is believed to be the first Japanese TV series to embody the aesthetic later known as â€śanime.â€ť It originated as a manga in 1951 by Osamu Tezuka, the so-called "god of manga.â€ť After enjoying success abroad, Astro Boy was remade in the 1980s as Shin Tetsuwan Atomu (known as Astroboy in the U.S. and other Western countries), and again in 2003. For a time, Astro Boy enjoyed a level of popularity in Japan similar to that of Disney's Mickey Mouse.