|A for Astro Boy!
||[Sep. 22nd, 2006|10:49 pm]
Anime In Depth
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At first I didn't know if I could even come up with an A anime that I've watched. I went through a long list at the Anime News Network, and finally found this.
I've never seen the vintage version, but during its' remake's brief tenure on KidsWB, I watched it. It was kinda like the original Megaman games in a way, I guess (though I know Astro Boy came first). It's about a robot that has a personality. The man who keeps him (who isn't his original creator) thinks of him as a son, and the robot (Astro Boy, of course) goes around trying to help people.
He wants to have peace between humans and robots, but some humans and even some robots don't want that. He hates having to fight others, but if it comes down to it, he will in order to protect people.
Astro Boy's past is mysterious. He has fleeting memories of another time in his life, when he was called by another name. I am unsure whether Astro Boy was once a human, or whether the memories are just from a time when he was a different robot (or whether Astro Boy is a robot, but with a human heart/soul). The few episodes I saw were very vague on those points, though I do know that he was created as a replacement for the creator's dead son. And I do remember, very vaguely, them talking often about Astro Boy's "kokoro", but for the life of me I can't remember more than that. It's been several years since I've seen it.
At any rate, he is almost human. I love the show because of how it touches on deep topics such as What makes someone human, while keeping things simple. I dunno, it's simple and deep at the same time, like so many anime series are.
There's a boxset available of all of the remake's episodes. One of these days I want to get it and watch this show all the way through. It definitely had potential, and I was disappointed and confused that KidsWB didn't keep it!