Watch the series, THEN review it!
brian | 04/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"PLEASE, stop complaining that this isn't the original Astro Boy series. This has to be the most absurd basis for a review I've ever read. It's like yelling at a waiter for bringing you EXACTLY WHAT YOU ORDERED even though in your mind you really wanted something else. It's insane. You're not even reviewing the DVD set that this section is reserved for. You're just mad because you weren't paying attention. It's not like Amazon fooled you. If you had bothered to read the DVD specs in the first place, you would have realized that this set is from the 2003 TV series (which is beautiful and true to the "original" 1963-66 Japanese series). So, open your eyes next time. Don't bash it before you've seen it.
Any "true" Astro Boy fan will be happy to own this collection."
2003 atom of japan that aired on wb and cn in 2004
Bill For Short | 02/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the 2004 dub of the series that release in japan in 2003
It aired on Kids WB and Cartoon Network in The USA
Well is it a remake of the 1980 color version?
Maybe If you look into it the 1963 version of the series you
will see remakes from there in both the 1980's and 2003/04
versions! Even if only 104 of the 193 made it to the us in the 1963 b&w series
the 2003/04 versions are pretty close
Now the 1980's ver you should have both because the story lines go off in differtent direction right away
the orig 63 show is available in 6 boxset from japan is about 1,500 bucks and is only in japanese
and ep 125 is the only one that is kinda missing ( done with stills )
here is the real review for the set for sale here.
The first Japanese manga to be adapted into an animated series, ASTRO BOY was directed by the legendary Osamu Tezuka, and is representative of a nostalgic golden age of comics. Astro is a robot who lives in the "retro-futuristic" Metro City. Originally created by research scientist Dr. Tenma in the image of his deceased son, he was discarded with the scientist's realization that his son could never be replaced. Later discovered by the kindly Dr. O'Shay, Astro was revived and given a robot family, while O'Shay served as his mentor, in the belief that humans and robots can and should get along with each other. Astro, however, is not like other robots; in addition to his superior strength and jet-rocket arms and legs, his brain is the most advanced in the world, and it is capable of feeling all human emotions. Astro is a reluctant superhero, fighting to keep the peace between robots and humans, and always coming to the city's rescue against all manner of nefarious evildoers. Episodes include "Rocket Ball," "Franken," "Deep City," and "The Blue Knight."
Astro Boy The Complete Series
Daniel Willis | Antlers, OK USA | 08/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've started watching Astro Boy on Cartoon Network. I missed a few episodes, so I picked up Astro Boy The Complete Series. The box set contains special feature. There are 50 episode on 5 DVDs. If you want to know the episode titles I have include them in this review. Also 29 episodes never before aired in the United States.
04.Astro VS. Atlas
06.Into Thin Air
10.The Venus Robots
13.The Rise Of Pluto
14.The Fall Of Acheron
16Lost In Outland
18.The Blue Knight
21.Secret Of The Blue Knight
23.Little Sister, Big Trouble
25.Only A Machine
27.Dawn Of The Techno-Revolution
28.The Legend Of Tohron
29.March Of The Micro Bears
30.Old Dog, New Tricks
31.The Case Of The Phantom Fowl
37.Atlas Strikes Back
40.Escape From Volcano Island
42.Battle Of Steel Island
44.Into The Dragon's Lair
45.Night Before The Revolution
47.Showdown In Robotonia
48.Journey To Tomorrow
50.The Final Battle
You can do it Astro!
C. Budak | 06/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Astro, the beginning of all the world's anime. This young robot boy with the ability to think and feel like a human is truly a joy to have in anyone's anime collection. When the series aired on KTLA and later on Cartoon Network, I was impressed and astonished. Superb, top quality anime in all its glory, that is Astro Boy! Too bad both networks cut the series out of their line-ups shortly after it started. Their loss.
The DVD collection comes in a 5-CD set, with 10 episodes each. According to the box, 29 of these 50 episodes were not aired in the U.S. and I would have to agree. Some of these I have never seen before and I know Cartoon Network aired more episodes than KTLA, so if I didn't seen them on T.V., they must not have been planned on being released here. As for the anime itself, all I can say is "Wow." They did a superb job revamping the first anime in history into this masterpiece.
The visual quality is incredible. Everything from electricity to circuit boards to explosions to Astro's arm cannon attack, they all please the eyes. Voice acting is also very well-done, each character sounds exactly as they look. There are Spanish and Portuguese versions of the episodes, but no Japanese sadly and neither have subtitles. That's okay though, it doesn't make the anime less enjoyable. Plus, these two languages sound pretty good on the anime, especially if you're a pro in understanding either.
The only thing I can say that is off about this great collection is that the episode order is a bit misplaced. They first show you Astro's sister Zoran on Disc 2, but she actually is officially introduced on Disc 3. Also, flashbacks are shown in one episode, but they are of scenes that happen in future episodes. A slight mistake they have made, but I won't hold it against them. After all, there are so many pros that this small con is easily forgotten.
Extra side note: in historical context of thinking, feeling robot boys, Astro Boy came first and it seems like Megaman was based off of him in practically every way, so remember who the blue bomber should give credit to next time you see him.
Final conclusion: This anime belongs in every anime lover's collection! I haven't even finished watching the whole thing, but it doesn't matter. I know I'm going to love the rest of it. Do yourself a favor and get this. You won't be disappointed, especially if you watched the Metropolis anime. That anime and Astro have the same visual intensity and character design (same staff worked on both), so you're getting more out of buying this DVD set."