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Astro Boy

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Distributor: Sony Entertainment
Original Story: Tezuka Osamu
Volumes: 3
Rating: TVY7 (robots kick butt)
Anime Code: G

First airing in America on Kids WB, and then in Cartoon Network's Toonami block, Astro Boy is based on two previous anime series that aired a long time ago as well as a manga.  Astro Boy dates back to the early 50's with a black and white version of the show.  The show's obviously been upgraded recently to account for a new generation of viewers.  Astro Boy tells the story of a robot boy who was built in the model of a disgraced scientist's deceased son.  The boy called Astro eventually comes under the supervision of Dr. O'Shea, the head of the Ministry of Science.  Astro uses his incredible powers to maintain harmony between the humans and robots of Metro City.

Review: This latest version of Astro Boy looks very cool.  It's got a mixture of normal animation and CG animation.  The plotline seems to be the same as the old series but the characters act on a more intense level.  The robots have been drawn more detailed in this latest version.  Makes you just want to go out and see how different the series has evolved over 50 years.

Action Level: 4/5
Robots battle other robots.  Make them ten stories tall and you've got Gundam.

Romance Level: 0/5
Still looking.

Comedy Level: 3/5
The appearance of Zoran later in the series provides a lighthearted touch.

Adult Level: 1/5
Just your typical cartoonish futuristic violence.

Drama Level: 2/5
Astro seems to be pretty comfortable with his fusion of cybernetics and human personality.  The only drama I've seen was between the two doctors: O'Shea and Tenba.

Overall Level: 3/5
If this series ever comes out on home video, I might get it.  In the mean time, check it out on Cartoon Network's Toonami block.