Monday, September 19, 2016

Astro Boy Episode 01 (1982 Series) - AniMondays In The Basement

NOTE: Managed to find the actual episode on YouTube... and you can watch it here!

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To AniMondays In The Basement!

Yes, a new series, cause I enjoy doing this, and it's something people can follow along with, much like my Tales From The TARDIS series involving Doctor Who on Saturdays. Plus this keeps me from talking about Pro Wrestling too much by diverting my attention on something else I've enjoyed... Anime. Now I've only really talked about Anime briefly back in October of last year when talking about Hellsing, but I do have a nice little collection of stuff like Cowboy Bebop, Crest & Banner of the Stars, Devil Lady, Neon Genesis Evagelion, plus various anime movies and what not, so why do something with that?

And to kick things off... going to focus on Astro Boy first. Last week I got a bunch of DVD donated to me to be featured as content for my From The Vault series, and one of the DVDs was Astro Boy: Greatest Astro Adventures released from Managa in 2006. It has a handful of episodes from the 1980 Astro Boy series, but I figure it would be a good guinea pig to help me get my flow when taking notes for my YouTube videos.

Which brings me to the first episode on the DVD that I watched, listed as "The Birth of Astro", it's actually "The Birth of Astro Boy" and is the first episode that aired in the United States in 1982, which combines the first two episodes of the Japanese series (The Birth of Atom & Atom vs Atlas) into one. Now the first 2/3rds of the episode is great, you get Astro's origin story, his first exploits of a hero in dealing with a Robot Tank and some great moments with his father Dr. Tenma.... who hen less then two minutes later when they are on a cruise ship for the final 3rd of the story... yeah, the final portion of the episode is Astro being sad and easily lured in by the Ringmaster of a Robot Circus... but still Astro saves the Cruise ship from icebergs.

And let me talk about the origin for a second (it's my blog why should I ask for permission), you there is that deal that all Superheroes are created because of some sort of tragedy... yeah I think Astro's origin of being upset that his father broke a promise so he get into a flying robot car and dies in a head on collision, which leads his father to bring him back to life in the form of a Robot Boy is one of the darkest origins of all freaking time.

I go over the episode more in-depth in the video, but it sure is weird with the rapid mood swings because it was decided to combine two episodes into one for the US Market. Now because the DVD I have is only a 'best of', next week I'll be going over the episode 'Robio and Robiette' which is episode 14 of the US Series (15 of the original Japan run)


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