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Feature 10
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 9.5
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 650
Classification: PG
Andrew Bistak


Astro Boy
Collection 1

Opening Credits

Soaring high in the sky,
He may be small but only in size.
AstroBoy, AstroBoy,
He is brave and gentle and wise!

Stronger Than all the rest,
this mighty robot will pass the test,
Oh villans fear him, so we cheer him,
The amazing AstroBoy!

When you need someone strong,
Our robot friend will never be long.
AstroBoy, AstroBoy,
He will try to right any wrong!

When there's danger near by,
No matter who, what, where, when or why.
He'll defend us, he'll defend us,
The amazing AstroBoy!

How's that for a blast from the past? Those lyrics still rock!

Besides bringing back a plethora of great childhood memories, Astro Boy was quite a revolutionary cartoon for its time that not only told great stories but was a brilliant social commentary of the future. The problem with Earth in 2030 is that robots (Astro included) were treated as second class citizens and the world was split on whether they should have the same rights as humans and this my friends is where the saga begins.

Astro Saving the Day

Collecting 25 episodes from the series, the tale of Astro begins with the creation of this robot who was based on the son of a scientist who unfortunately met an untimely death. Unfortunately for Astro, he may look like the son he is suppose to be, however he does not act like he does and eventually ends up in a circus.

While in the circus, Dr. Elefun (I was always thought it was Elephant), an Android Advocate rescues him from the nefarious circus master after Astro of course saves the day. Under the wing of Dr. Elefun, he attempts to integrate him with society and on his first day at a human school, he begins to understand the prejudices of the society he lives in.

From there, Astro learns more about himself and what it means to be part of a world where he does not fix. With action, back plots and some of the best battles ever seen on television, Astro Boy was actually quite a violent cartoon for its time but hey... we turned out ok didn't we? :)

Dr. Elefun carrying on "again"

This first collection of Astro Boy also contains a variety of memorable moments of the boy robot such as the creation of his parents by Dr. Elefun, and Astro Boy's "brother", the golden robot called Atlas who is more of an anti-hero than villain with his "pro" Robot rights. The characters may at times be clichéd but this was easily one of the defining moments of the anime genre.

Giant robot battles, intrigue, drama, romance and comedy, the Astro Boy Collection 1 is worth every penny and comes highly recommended by Impulse Gamer. Sure, the animation may be a little dated but considering it's over 25 years old, Astro Boy is a thoroughly impressive series that runs for 650 minutes.

Although this current Astro Boy series is based on the 1960's animated series, this is easily the most defining definition of the world's most loveable boy robot. With strange and loveable characters such as Daddy Walrus or sister Uran, Astro Boy truly defined cartoons of its time and interestingly enough, the series is still quite watchable and as impressive since its original airing.

Astro Saving the day... yet again!

Besides... it doesn't get any cooler than shooting lasers from your arse!

Episode Listing

The Birth of Astroboy
Astro Boy vs. Atlas
Robot Circus
Save the Classmate
Atlas Lives Again
Robot Land
The Red Cat
The Crystal of the Desert
The White Planet
A Robot President
Goliath's Head
The Light Ray Robot
Uran the Tomboy
Robio and Robiette
Astro Fights Aliens
Save the Carolina 3
The Rainbow Comet
The Death Balloon
The Transformation Robot
The Wreck of the Titan
The Liar Robot
The Girl from Alsoar
The Greatest Robot in the World (Part 1)
The Greatest Robot in the World (Part 2)

Closing Credits

Closing Credits
Come and join us in a melody,
A song of happiness for you and me.
Sing of joy, sing about a boy,
Little hero, AstroBoy!

Come and join us in a fantasy,
We can all be heros, you and me.
Sing of joy, sing about a boy,
Little hero, AstroBoy!

Lighting up the way for all,
For soon he will fight for right,
Strong as steel and with a heart of gold.

Sing of glory,
Pour your heart our,
Your voices will be heard,
And it's raining out with love for all.


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