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Astro Boy

  • All Animation Is Disney: Thanks to his Disney-inspired look, Astro is occasionally mistaken for a Disney or otherwise western cartoon.
  • Memetic Hair: Astro Boy in all versions.

Astro Boy (manga)

  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Australians make up a large fanbase, partly due to being one of the few countries outside Japan that got the 1982 series.
  • I Want My Jet Pack: Despite nuclear energy being utilized rapidly for civilian purposes today, as Tezuka hoped, we're nowhere nearing jetpack stage.
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  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: There's a story arc about a group who skins dogs and turns them into cyborgs. While it's not actually shown on-panel, it's still incredibly dark. Likewise, other stories explore topics like racism (through anti-robot prejudice), war, and child abuse (as in Astro's origin). Nevertheless, it's still aimed at children. Likely because Tezuka respected his audience and didn't want to talk down to them.
  • The Woobie: Astro, during the retelling of his origin in the Scara arc.

Astro Boy (1963 TV series)

  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Considering how the main character dies within the first five minutes by being run down by a truck, it's safe to say that the infamous Truck-kun has always been haunting anime since day one.
  • Woolseyism: The original title theme was instrumental. When NBC dubbed the show for their English audience, lyrics were added, sung by a children's chorus.
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Astro Boy (1980 TV series)

  • Narm: The English dub is abysmal, with the dialogue sounding like it was made up on the spot by the voice actors.

Astro Boy (2003 TV series)

Astro Boy: Omega Factor

  • No Problem with Licensed Games: This game on the other hand was much better received. Treasure knows their stuff when it comes to making fun games.
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  • That One Boss: Carabs, Pluto, Sharaku.

Astro Boy (2009 film)

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