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 “anime.” It originated as a manga in 1951 by Osamu Tezuka, the so-called "god of manga.” 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.
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