The synopsis below may give away important plot points.
The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Synopsis In the future, the Metropolis of Metro City is suspended above the Earth using advanced technology. Situated through the city are numerous robots who do many of the chores and tasks for the human occupants.
When a robot fails to have a use any longer, it is pitched over the side onto the cluttered landscape far below. One day, after acing another quiz, Toby Tenma is being driven home by his family's robot butler, Orrin.
Wanting to see his Dad in action, Toby temporarily reprograms Orrin to take him there. Toby manages to sneak in, and comes across his Dad talking to President Stone, who has been working with Dr Tenma and Dr Elefun to create a Peacekeeping robot, the likes of which he hopes will help him be re-elected.
Dr Elefun explains that using a fallen star, he was able to synthesize both a positive and negative energy effect from this star. Stone is more intent on the use of the red core, and places this in the Peacekeeping robot, which soon turns it into a negative force, that begins to absorb other items to grow larger and increase it's weaponry.
The group manages to get behind a shield to stop the robot from destroying them, but Toby does not make it in time, and is vaporized by the robot, before Dr Elefun can shut it down. Heartbroken over the loss of his son, Dr Tenma works in secret with Dr Elefun to create a robotic duplicate of Toby, using a strand of his son's hair and memories that have been stored away.
Dr Elefun provides Tenma with the blue energy core to power the new Toby, who comes to life as if nothing had ever happened to him.
Tenma attempts to have Toby reclaim his original genius-level thinking, but Toby's mental power is more focused on some more fun things than actual study. When Toby retreats to his room, he sees some cleaner bots outside, and is surprised that he can understand them!
Toby tries to take a closer look, but ends up falling out of his window. On the way down, he unknowingly activates rocket boots, and soon, joyously takes off in flight. Tenma has found it almost impossible to see the new Toby as his son, and thinks of him more as a machine than anything.
Dr Elefun cannot bring himself to shut down Toby, and explains to the robot-boy that he probably has a destiny far outside of the world he has known.
Toby then leaves, and flies off over Metro City. Meanwhile, President Stone, still smarting over the fiasco with the Peacekeeping robot, is growing more and more disturbed that his eventual re-election seems unlikely.
When his troops find Toby flying through the air, Stone is shocked, and assumes that the blue energy core that Elefun synthesized must be powering the boy.
Stone orders his men to capture Toby, but they are outdone at every turn. Finally, Stone attempts to destroy Toby to get the blue core, but ends up blowing Toby off Metro City to the ground below.
Stone then orders his men to scan the world below to find Toby. Toby wakes up on a scrap pile of old robots, but soon is found by a group of kids, scavenging for old parts. Toby's introduction does not last long, when he is whisked away by three robots, claiming to be part of a group called the "Robot Revolutionary Front.
Astro rejoin the group of kids, led by a girl named Cora. He finds their home where a number of wayward kids live, and are supervised by Hamegg himself. However, Astro is relieved when Hamegg explains to him that he loves robots, and works to fix them up.
The next day, the kids along with Astro go looking for spare parts. They come across a giant robot that has been non-functioning for some time.
Unseen by the kids, Astro uses the power of his blue core to revive the giant robot, known as Zog. The kids greatly impress Hamegg when they return with the enormous robot. They then proceed to clean him up and paint him up. Later that evening, Astro finds Cora attempting to call her parents in Metro City, but she claim she can't get through, and wonders if they have forgotten her.
The next day, the group along with Hamegg, take Zog to the Robot Wars. Astro is further shocked to find that Hamegg rebuilds robots as fodder to fight in the wars. Hamegg claims that since robots have no emotions or feelings, it shouldn't matter This move shocks Cora and the others, until Hamegg explains that he knows that Astro is really a human-looking robot.
Hamegg then pits Astro against other robots in the Robot Wars arena.The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Might Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution The pioneering genius of Japan’s “God of Comics,” Osamu Tezuka (–89), is examined through his life’s masterwork: Tetsuwan Atomu, also known as Mighty Atom or Astro Boy, a comic series featuring a cute little android who yearns to be more human.
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Little robot hero Tetsuwan Atomu ("Mighty Atom"), called Astro Boy in the United States, is the best-known creation of revered manga master Tezuka ()/5(2). The Astro Boy essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the manga/anime revolution User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict. Little robot hero Tetsuwan Atomu ("Mighty Atom"), called Astro Boy in the United States, is the best-known creation of revered manga master Tezuka ()/5(2).
Astro Boy, from Imagi Animation Studios, uses modern computer animation to reformat the enduring Japanese pop-phenomenon for Western timberdesignmag.comated in Osamu Tezuka’s manga, the character’s storyline was adapted into numerous anime television shows .
The Astro Boy Essays is more of an introductory text, an initial analysis of Tezuka’s work rather than an attempt for a thorough look at his entire career. And as such, Schodt presents it in his usual fascinating, though-provoking manner.
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