Astro Boy (1963)

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Original run: 1 Jan 1963 – 31 Dec 1966

Country of origin: Japan

Genre: Animation General, Sci-Fi

Network: Fuji TV JP

Watched by: 72 of 707 857 0.01%

Total running time: 3 days 23 hours 30 minutes

Episode duration: 30 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.4 of 10 825

MyShows rating: 2.85 of 5 33


The 1963 black & white version of Astro Boy was the first anime to cross the Pacific and penetrate American television. It was highly successful as it drew the highest ratings at that time. It was later taken off the air in 1966 as it completed its 104 episode run (193 episodes in Japan) and was losing its popularity due to its non-colour and "depressing" themes and story lines. In 1980 however, Astroboy was reborn in Japan and was brought back to North America in 1982 in a 51 episode colour series (52 episodes in Japan).

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