Astro Boy (2003 TV series)

Astro Boy (アストロボーイ・鉄腕アトム, Asutoro Bōi: Tetsuwan Atomu, lit. "Astro Boy: Mighty Atom") is a remake of the 1960s anime series of the same name created by Osamu Tezuka, which was produced by his company, Tezuka Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, Dentsu, and Fuji Television network. It was also shown on Animax, who have broadcast the series across its respective networks worldwide, including Japan, Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, and other regions.[4][5] It was created to celebrate the birth date of Atom/Astro Boy (as well as the 40th anniversary of the original TV series). Under the original English name (instead of Mighty Atom), it kept the same classic art style as the original manga and anime, but was revisioned and modernized with more lush, high-quality, near-theatrical animation and visuals. It combined the playfulness of the early anime with the darker, more serious and dramatic Science fiction themes of the manga and the 1980 series. The anime broadcast in Japan on the same date as Atom's/Astro's birth in the manga (April 6, 2003) across Animax and Fuji Television.[6]

Astro Boy
Screenshot of the titular character, Astro Boy
Astro Boy, as shown in the 2003 series.
(Asutoro Bōi: Tetsuwan Atomu)
Anime television series
Directed byKazuya Konaka
Produced byTakayuki Matsutani
Haruyuki Machida
Ryūichi Mori
Written byMarc Handler
Music byTakashi Yoshimatsu (JP)
William Kevin Anderson (U.S.)
StudioTezuka Productions
Licensed by
Original networkFuji TV
English network
ABC (2004–2008)
Kids' WB (2004)
Cartoon Network (Toonami) (2004)
Kabillion (2007–present)
Original run April 6, 2003 March 28, 2004
Episodes50[3] (List of episodes)
Anime film
Astro Boy: Mighty Atom - Visitor of 100,000 Light Years, IGZA
Directed byYoshio Takeuchi
Produced bySumio Udagawa
Toshiyuki Fukai
Written byTōru Nozaki
Music byTakashi Yoshimatsu
StudioTezuka Productions
ReleasedSeptember 1, 2005
Runtime41 minutes
Related works
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The series consisted of fifty episodes. Though many episodes of the series can be regarded as "free-standing" in as much as they do not have anything to do with the series major story arcs, the 2003 series can be regarded as having a well-defined beginning, middle and end. Although the series appears to initially have two main plotlines - Dr. Tenma's eventual plans for Astro to evolve and another plotline about robot rights - these two story arcs dovetail toward the end of the series.

The show is set in 2043, where robots are common part of humanity's lives. In Metro City, the renowned Doctor Tenma disappears after trying to construct an AI robot using a new technology called Kokoro (which is Japanese for "heart"). Professor Ochanomizu replaces Tenma as head of the Ministry of Science and discovers a boy-like robot and brings it to life and names him Atom/Astro. He soon discovers he can fly via rocket boosters in his hands and feet, and has superhuman strength and other such abilities, and must deal with robots and villainous robot-hating humans who threaten his friends, fellow robots and Metro City, becoming a hero in the process. Astro quickly learns he is a robotic duplicate of Dr. Tenma's dead son Tobio, and was shut down after seeing how discarded robots were dealt with by his father, something similar that Tobio experienced before dying.

A new arc occurs with the introduction of the Blue Knight, a gallant robot who starts a campaign to free all robots from mankind. Another recurring character, Mr. Drake, goes slowly paranoid about the destruction of all robots and becomes a major antagonist of the series. In the final episodes, the Blue Knight declares a new nation for robots, Robotonia, located on Antarctica. Drake deceives the public into believing a house robot pushed a young girl down a flight of stairs (when he did not), and the girl's father, General Red, declares war on Robotonia. Most of the core cast becomes involved in the goal to stop the war between man and machine, until Astro convinces the Blue Knight that humans and robots can be friends. The Blue Knight departs Earth on Robotonia, which is revealed to be a spacecraft. However, Drake, who is still paranoid (despite the fact the robots have stopped their crusade against humanity), tries to destroy the spacecraft with a missile, but Astro blocks the attack and is seemingly taken offline.

Dr. Tenma manages to restore him, but erases his memories as Astro (so that he can remain "Tobio" forever). Eventually, his memories are restored by his friends from school and his sister, Zoran. In one final attempt to reclaim his lost son, Dr. Tenma goes to a laboratory in the Ministry and tries to convince Astro to join him in ruling the world but the latter refuses. Dr. Tenma tries to kill himself to end his suffering, but Astro embraces and forgives him, causing Dr. Tenma to break down and embrace his son. Professor Ochanomizu and the robotic police come to the rescue, and Dr. Tenma is willingly arrested and sent to prison. At the end of the series, Astro and Tenma and humans and robots start happily fresh and moving on. Humans and robots come closer together, and Astro appears to shed tears at the conclusion of the series.

Short filmsEdit

A trailer from 2001 made for this series when it was in development presented several major differences from the final series: different designs for characters such as Atlas, the characters speaking in English (with voices completely different from the voices that would eventually end up in the US dub) and animation not found in the final series.

In 2005, an IMAX film was made titled Astro Boy vs IGZA that is based strongly on this series. It was distributed by Sarai Inc. and was never made into English. There was also a short film titled The Secret of Atom's Birth (アトム誕生の秘密),[7] shown only in Japan.

Other short films made were:

  • Ivan's Planet - Robots and Humans' Friendship (イワンの惑星〜ロボットと人間の友情〜)
  • Lunar Base - Mystery of the Robot Disappearance (月面基地・消えたロボットの謎〜)
  • Shining Earth (Star) - You Are Blue, Beautiful... (輝ける地球(ほし)〜あなたは青く、美しい...〜)


  • Atom/Astro: A robot built with "Kokoro", an advanced form of artificial intelligence. Astro appears as a young boy who works as a superhero of sorts for Metro City. He continuously tries to stop the collapsing relationship between mankind and robots, despite numerous attempts to destroy him by various parties. He can fly using rocket boosters concealed in his limbs and possesses great strength. Astro was originally constructed by Doctor Tenma to recreate his deceased son Tobio, but Astro rebelled against Tenma when he saw how robots were brutally destroyed in an area of the Ministry of Science and was shut down by his "father".
  • Professor Ochanomizu/Dr. O'Shay: Head of the Ministry of Science, Dr. O'Shay is an elderly man with a distinguishable large nose. He led the project to revive Astro and is his guardian and protector. O'Shay, like Astro, is very defensive of the relationship between mankind and robots, often defending Astro when he is accused of being dangerous to Metro City. He is portrayed as being a bit clumsy and quick to anger, but is very intelligent and compassionate.
  • Dr. Tenma: Astro's creator. Dr. Tenma was a former scientist working at the Ministry of Science, but lost his beloved son Tobio after showing him how discarded robots were scrapped. He built Astro to replace Tobio but found Astro was more powerful than he thought and shut him down. Dr. Tenma becomes somewhat insane and believes robots are superior to humans, and Astro should be their leader. In the final episodes, he tries to coax Astro to his side but fails, only to be forgiven by Astro and willingly surrenders himself to the authorities. In this series, at the start it did not show him creating Astro.[8]
  • Uran/Zoran: Astro's younger sister, constructed by Dr. O'Shay with the same AI technology seen in Astro. She shows the ability to talk to animals and understand their languages, befriending a bird who she names Houdini. She has a rather excitable personality, but at times envies Astro for the amount of attention he receives and is overemotional at times too, but she also looks up to and protects her brother. She claims herself to be the biggest fan of the rocket ball player robot Harley.
  • Yuko: Doctor O'Shay's assistant. She often fusses over him and repeatedly reminds him of schedules he must keep to. She is assisted by a flamingo-like robot named Momo.
  • Detective Tawashi: A police inspector who has a large nose resembling a shoe brush. While at first he shows a distrust towards robots in general, he grows to trust those closest to him, including his own robotic partner Delta, and Astro. He often banters with Dr. O'Shay in arguments.
  • Epsilon: A female robot that protects Metro City's wildlife, most notably the marine animals. Also she can alter the weather however only uses her abilities for peaceful purposes.
  • Delta: A robot policeman that serves as the leader of the "Anti-Robot Robot Squad", a division of the police force.
  • Reno: A close human friend of Astro. He originally started off in a robot circus where he disguised himself as a robot to avoid being separated from the other robotic performers who he saw as his family. He becomes a student of Dr. O'Shay's and becomes quite skilled around robotics, but still maintains his acrobatic skills from the circus.
  • The Blue Knight: A gallant anti-hero of sorts who was badly treated by humans and was rebuilt by Dr. Tenma and Shadow to act as a catalyst to boost Astro's power. He instead decided to wage war against mankind to bring freedom to robots. He dresses in blue armour and rides a white horse, his main weapon being a laser-based lance. He ultimately builds a robotic empire towards the end of the series, which is disguised as a palace built in the Arctic. When touched by Astro's speech for peace between men and machines, the Blue Knight reveals the palace is in fact a spacecraft and uses it to take his fellow robots who still fear mankind into space to find a barren planet to live on.
  • Shadow: A highly intelligent robot created by Dr. Tenma to help him make Astro stronger. He wore a mask over his face for most of the season, eventually revealing his face after some reconstruction to be based on Dr. Tenma's.
  • Acetylene Lamp/Drake: Drake is a politician who deeply hates robots, particularly robots with AI. He grows more paranoid over the course of the series, haunted by memories of a robot he knew in the past who he considered his friend but drove him to his hatred for machines.
  • Skunk: A recurring villain who uses robots to commit various crimes, showing no concern and care for the robots he uses. Before his final capture, the police told Astro that he was one of Metro City's most dangerous criminals.
  • Atlas: A robot constructed by Dr. Tenma similarly to Astro, built for a man named Tokogawa. Atlas is a clone of Tokogawa's deceased son Daichi, and has his memories. Atlas is a very destructive robot but maintains Daichi's dream of seeing Earth from space, which he eventually achieves unintentionally with Tokogawa. He floats away into space and returns as a recurring character.
  • Pluto: A powerful combat-based robot built by Shadow to challenge Astro and other robots including Epsilon, Hercules, Harley and Delta. He gains emotions and befriends Astro and Zoran, and commits suicide to save the two from a clone of him, plunging into a volcano. However, he is rebuilt later on in the series.
  • Nora: A yellow, cylindrical robot which acts as Dr. O'Shay's housekeeper as well as a nanny, who takes care of Zoran. She appears in most of the episodes, although having a relatively minor role which has little impact on the storyline.
  • Duke Red: The primary antagonist of the series' final arc, Duke Red is a high-ranking officer who thinks of robots as mere tools. His hatred towards them later intensified after his domestic robot supposedly tripped his daughter. When rebellious robots form their own nation, Red is asked to lead military forces to battle the robots, but when his daughter, Reno and eventually Astro convince him of the truth, Red has a change of heart.
  • Kennedy, Alejo and Abercrombie: Astro's good friends and schoolmates. Kenedy plays soccer for his local team and has somewhat of a short temper. Alejo is portrayed as a science geek that is fascinated by Astro. Abercrombie is a bully that, at first, declines Astro, but soon becomes friends with him. Astro, along with the trio and a robot named Denkou, were also the founding members of a club called the "Skyriders", and were later joined by Reno and Zoran.
  • Denkou: A small robot who has the power to turn itself invisible. Its debut is in the episode Into Thin Air. Although this episode is its first major appearance, it is a minor character in the series.


Original Japanese castEdit

English dub castEdit


Astro Boy is a 2005 3-chapter manga that roughly corresponds with the 2003 TV series of the same name. It was written by Japanese comic book artists Akira Himekawa. It was released in English in Singapore by Chuang Yi. This version uses the Japanese names for all characters, including Astro Boy (called "Atom" in this story).

Video gamesEdit

Two video games based on the 2003 TV series were released by Sega. Astro Boy: Omega Factor is a beat 'em up video game developed by Treasure Co. Ltd for the Game Boy Advance receiving release worldwide between 2003 and 2005. An action video game, simply titled Astro Boy, was developed by Sonic Team and released for the PlayStation 2 in 2004 in Japan and North America and in 2005 in Europe.


The 2003 version of Astro Boy was extremely well reviewed by Zac Bertschy of Anime News Network, receiving a grade of A+ in every category and comments of, "It's perfect."[9]

Anthony Brzenican of USA Today criticized the series for not having the same optimistic tone of the color 1980s version of the series and eliminating several or changing the personalities of several major characters.[10]

The show did not meet with commercial success during its run on Kids WB! and on Cartoon Network's Toonami[11] block, a fact that is hinted at during the review for the tie-in game Astro Boy: Omega Factor with comments such as, "Astro Boy [didn't receive any] love here in the States". This has been largely attributed to the quality of the dub and the constant moving of the show between the two stations. It has been suggested the show was done in by removing the original's comical co-stars, particularly Chief Nakamura and Astro Boy's robot parents. That, plus the general switch of the show's visuals from childish simplistic to near 3-D complexity, and the name changes for so many of the main characters (from Uran to Zoran and Dr. Elefun to Dr. O'Shay) were deemed by the older fans to be unnecessary for a formerly plot-driven show.

The series, however, had more success in the UK where it was picked up by the BBC for its children's block and digital only children's channel from 2003 to 2006. The show's first run lasted about as long as the US one (up to the 2-part episode featuring Pluto) after which the BBC stopped airing new episodes. This may be because (as one presenter commented after an episode) Astro was a darker show compared to the other cartoons CBBC aired (even in its edited state). The western dub has never been aired fully on TV in the US. Despite how well Astro may have fared in the UK airing and DVDs being advertised, the series has not been released on DVD in the UK. CBBC finished airing recently unaired episodes of Astro Boy, thus completing the entire series in the UK, making Astro Boy one of the rare anime that airs in the UK in its entirety while not doing so in the United States.

In North America, Astro Boy was released on DVD in one single box set by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in its US edited form. On May 5, 2015, Mill Creek Entertainment re-released the US edited complete series on DVD in Region 1.[2]

The series was once part of children's programming on television station CVM Television in Jamaica, before it disappeared in 2014.


Episode #U# Title (English)
Romaji Title (Japanese)
Directed byWritten byOriginal air date (Japan)Original air date (U.S.)
1"Power Up!" / "Power Up"
"Pawā Appu" (Japanese: パワーアップ)
Keiichirō MochizukiChiaki J. KonakaApril 6, 2003 (2003-04-06)January 17, 2004
When Astro is activated the city's power starts to drain, and he must try and stop the robot Magnamite from destroying everything. Armed with Kokoro (the ability of free will) Astro discovers his purpose for being activated.
2"Rocket Ball" / "Robot Ball"
"Robotto Bōru" (Japanese: ロボットボール)
Fumio MaezonoChiaki J. KonakaApril 13, 2003 (2003-04-13)January 24, 2004
When Astro makes new friends, a robot dog lures him to the Rocket Ball stadium and the Rocket Ball players challenge Astro to a game or they will destroy the human spectators under Dr. Tenma's orders.
3"Destination Deimos" / "Atom Goes into Space"
"Atomu Uchū e Iku" (Japanese: アトム宇宙に行く)
Yukio SuzukiChiaki J. KonakaApril 20, 2003 (2003-04-20)March 10, 2004
On Deimos, one of the two moons on Mars, robot miners ignore the orders of their human foreman and mysteriously begin digging on their own. Dr. O'shay goes on a spacecraft to get to Deimos to investigate and finds out that Astro snuck aboard.
4"Into Thin Air" / "Denkou"
"Denkō" (Japanese: 電光)
Keiichirō MochizukiAi ŌtaApril 27, 2003 (2003-04-27)March 11, 2004
A gangster name Skunk tricks a special robot name Denkou to steal and do his evil bidding. It's up to Astro to save Denkou before Skunk does something terrible to her.
5"Rainbow Canyon" / "Save the Robot Farm!"
"Robotto Nōjō o Sukue!" (Japanese: ロボット農場を救え!)
Yukio SuzukiAi ŌtaMay 4, 2003 (2003-05-04)March 15, 2004
A girl name Mimi needs Astro's help to save her farm at Rainbow Canyon because of her grandfather's weather tower and it's creating lots of terrible storms by someone Mimi trusted.
6"Atlas" / "Birth of Atlas"
"Atorasu Tanjō" (Japanese: アトラス誕生)
Yukio Suzuki
Satoshi Kuwabara
Keiichi HasegawaMay 11, 2003 (2003-05-11)January 31, 2004
Dr. Tenma builds Atlas, a robot just as powerful as Astro. When Atlas begins to destroy Metro City, Astro must find a way to stop him. Astro discovers his true origins and a new ability that might cause tension in a city where anti-robot sentiment continues to grow.
7"Astro vs Atlas" / "Atom VS Atlas"
"Atomu vs Atorasu" (Japanese: アトムvsアトラス)
Satoshi KuwabaraKeiichi HasegawaMay 18, 2003 (2003-05-18)February 7, 2004
Astro faces his past when his memory circuits are reactivated, and he remembers how he was activated and ultimately rejected by Dr. Tenma. Tenma even rebuilds Atlas to be strong enough to defeat Astro.
8"Neon Express" / "Robot Super Express"
"Robotto Chōtokkyū" (Japanese: ロボット超特急)
Yukio SuzukiSadayuki MuraiMay 25, 2003 (2003-05-25)March 18, 2004
When a mysterious person name Kato hides a hyper-accelerator virus on the robotic super train Neon Express, it sends the train and its passengers speeding out of control. Astro must rescue the passengers and prevent the train from crashing into the center of Metro City.
9"Franken" / "Franken"
"Furanken" (Japanese: フランケン)
Fumihiro YoshimuraSadayuki MuraiJune 1, 2003 (2003-06-01)March 22, 2004
A mysterious robot terrifies humans as he hunts for scrap metal parts and uses them to rebuild his own malfunctioning system.
10"The Venus Robots" / "Venus Robot Invasion!"
"Kinsei Robotto Shūrai!" (Japanese: 金星ロボット襲来!)
Yukio SuzukiKeiichi HasegawaJune 8, 2003 (2003-06-08)March 23, 2004
In order to take advantage of their special freezing powers, Dr. Tenma pretends to be the long-awaited leader of a group of advanced robots call The Venus Robots and use them to do his evil bidding.
11"Robot Circus" / "The Robot Circus Has Arrived!"
"Robotto Sākasu ga Yattekita!" (Japanese: ロボットサーカスがやって来た!)
Kazuo YamazakiAi ŌtaJune 15, 2003 (2003-06-15)March 31, 2004
One of the members of a robot circus, Reno, is actually a human boy disguised as a robot. When this is discovered, the authorities try to take the boy away from his robot family.
12"Jumbo Revived!" / "The Revived Jumbo"
"Yomigaetta Janbo" (Japanese: よみがえったジャンボ)
Shigeharu TakahashiKenji KonutaJune 22, 2003 (2003-06-22)March 23, 2004
13"Little Sister, Big Trouble" / "Birth of Uran"
"Uran Tanjō" (Japanese: ウラン誕生)
Yukio SuzukiAi ŌtaJuly 6, 2003 (2003-07-06)April 1, 2004
14"Micro Adventure" / "Micro's Great Adventure"
"Mikuro no Daibōken" (Japanese: ミクロの大冒険)
Kazuo YamazakiChiaki J. KonakaJuly 13, 2003 (2003-07-13)April 1, 2004
15"Only a Machine" / "Protect the AI!"
"Jinkōchinō o Mamore!" (Japanese: 人工知能を守れ!)
Takao SuzukiPamela Hickey
Denny McCoy
July 20, 2003 (2003-07-20)April 5, 2004
16"Robot Hunters" / "Dark Robot Hunters"
"Yami no Robotto Hantā" (Japanese: 闇のロボットハンター)
Yukihiro ShinoAi ŌtaJuly 27, 2003 (2003-07-27)March 25, 2004
17"The Rise of Pluto" / "Earth's Strongest Robot"
"Chijō Saikyō no Robotto" (Japanese: 地上最強のロボット)
Yukihiro ShinoKeiichi HasegawaAugust 3, 2003 (2003-08-03)March 29, 2004
18"The Fall of Acheron" / "Pluto is Undying"
"Purūtō wa Shinazu" (Japanese: プルートゥは死なず)
Yukihiro ShinoKeiichi HasegawaAugust 10, 2003 (2003-08-10)March 30, 2004
19"Robot Boy" / "Robot Boy"
"Robotto Bōi" (Japanese: ロボットボーイ)
Yukihiro ShinoMarc HandlerAugust 17, 2003 (2003-08-17)April 6, 2004
20"Dawn of the Techno Revolution" / "Eternal Boy"
"Eien no Shōnen" (Japanese: 永遠の少年)
Toshio HirataHirotoshi KobayashiAugust 24, 2003 (2003-08-24)April 6, 2004
21"Dragon Lake" / "The Monster of the Lake"
"Mizūmi no Kaibutsu" (Japanese: 湖の怪物)
Hiroshi IshiodoriKeiichi HasegawaAugust 31, 2003 (2003-08-31)March 24, 2004
22"The Legend of Tohron" / "Goodbye Princess"
"Sayonara Purinsesu" (Japanese: さよならプリンセス)
Yukio SuzukiAi ŌtaSeptember 7, 2003 (2003-09-07)April 26, 2004
23"Lost in Outland" / "Lost Memory"
"Ushinawareta Kioku" (Japanese: 失われた記憶)
Kazuo YamazakiHirotoshi KobayashiSeptember 14, 2003 (2003-09-14)March 25, 2004
24"March of the Micro Bears" / "Little Bear"
"Bea-chan" (Japanese: ベアちゃん)
Yukio SuzukiKeiichi HasegawaSeptember 21, 2003 (2003-09-21)April 26, 2004
25"Deep City" / "If I Could Shed Tears"
"Moshimo Namida o Nagasetara" (Japanese: もしも涙を流せたら)
Kazuo YamazakiHirotoshi KobayashiSeptember 28, 2003 (2003-09-28)March 29, 2004
26"The Blue Knight" / "Enter the Blue Knight"
"Aokishi Tōjō" (Japanese: 青騎士登場)
Satoshi KuwabaraAi ŌtaOctober 5, 2003 (2003-10-05)April 6, 2004
27"Old Dog, New Tricks" / "Great Detective Higeoyaji"
"Meitantei Higeoyaji" (Japanese: 名探偵ヒゲオヤジ)
Keiichirō MochizukiKeiichi HasegawaOctober 12, 2003 (2003-10-12)May 26, 2007
28"Hydra-Jacked" / "Space Plant Crisis"
"Uchū Puranto no Kiki" (Japanese: 宇宙プラントの危機)
Fumihiro YoshimuraAi ŌtaOctober 19, 2003 (2003-10-19)March 30, 2004
29"The Case Of The Phantom Fowl" / "Uran and the Great Detective"
"Uran to Meitantei" (Japanese: ウランと名探偵)
Masami HataKeiichi HasegawaOctober 26, 2003 (2003-10-26)June 2, 2007
30"Geo Raider" / "Exploring the Earth's Depths"
"Chitei Tanken" (Japanese: 地底探検)
Shigeharu TakahashiHirotoshi KobayashiNovember 2, 2003 (2003-11-02)March 30, 2004
31"Gideon" / "Gunon's Great Adventure"
"Gūnon no Daibōken" (Japanese: グーノンの大冒険)
Takechika NarikawaAi ŌtaNovember 9, 2003 (2003-11-09)June 9, 2007
32"Secret of the Blue Knight" / "The Secret of the Blue Knight"
"Aokishi no Himitsu" (Japanese: 青騎士の秘密)
Yukio SuzukiKeiichi HasegawaNovember 16, 2003 (2003-11-16)March 30, 2004
33"Fairy Tale" / "Fairy Tale"
"Yōsei Monogatari" (Japanese: 妖精物語)
Yoshio TakeuchiHirotoshi KobayashiNovember 23, 2003 (2003-11-23)June 16, 2007
34"Shape Shifter" / "Mupi the Shapeshifting Lifeform"
"Henkei Seimei Mūpī" (Japanese: 変形生命ムーピー)
Yoshizō TsudaSadayuki MuraiNovember 30, 2003 (2003-11-30)June 23, 2007
35"Firebird" / "Atom VS Rock"
"Atomu vs Rokku" (Japanese: アトムvsロック)
Yasumi MikamotoSadayuki MuraiDecember 7, 2003 (2003-12-07)June 30, 2007
36"Space Academy" / "Robots in Love"
"Koisuru Robotto" (Japanese: 恋するロボット)
Kazuo YamazakiHirotoshi KobayashiDecember 14, 2003 (2003-12-14)July 7, 2007
37"Atlas Strikes Back" / "Atlas Strikes Back"
"Atorasu Gyakushū" (Japanese: アトラス逆襲)
Kazuhiro FuruhashiKeiichi HasegawaDecember 21, 2003 (2003-12-21)July 14, 2007
38"Battle-Bot" / "Emily's Wish"
"Emirī no Negai" (Japanese: エミリーの願い)
Makoto FuchigamiMarc HandlerDecember 28, 2003 (2003-12-28)July 21, 2007
39"Time Hunters" / "Time Hunters"
"Taimuhantā" (Japanese: タイムハンター)
Yoshio TakeuchiLarry BiscoffJanuary 11, 2004 (2004-01-11)July 28, 2007
40"Escape from Volcano Island" / "Robot Hatred"
"Robotto-girai" (Japanese: ロボット嫌い)
Satoshi KuwabaraKeiichi HasegawaJanuary 18, 2004 (2004-01-18)August 4, 2007
41"Avalanche!" / "Memories of the Giant"
"Kyojin no Kioku" (Japanese: 巨人の記憶)
Kentarō MizunoAi ŌtaJanuary 25, 2004 (2004-01-25)August 11, 2007
42"Battle of Steel Island" / "Battle on Steel Island"
"Kōtetsujima no Tatakai" (Japanese: 鋼鉄島の戦い)
Yoshizō TsudaKeiichi HasegawaFebruary 1, 2004 (2004-02-01)August 18, 2007
43"Undercover" / "Robot that Admires Humans"
"Ningen ni Akogareta Robotto" (Japanese: 人間に憧れたロボット)
Kazuo YamazakiAi ŌtaFebruary 8, 2004 (2004-02-08)August 25, 2007
44"Into the Dragon's Lair" / "To the Dragon's Forest"
"Ryū no Mori e" (Japanese: 龍の森へ)
Saburō HashimotoAi ŌtaFebruary 15, 2004 (2004-02-15)September 1, 2007
45"Night Before the Revolution" / "Night Before the Revolution"
"Kakumei Zenya" (Japanese: 革命前夜)
Fumihiro YoshimuraAi ŌtaFebruary 22, 2004 (2004-02-22)September 8, 2007
46"Robotonia" / "The Founding of Robotonia"
"Robotonia Kenkoku" (Japanese: ロボタニア建国)
Takao SuzukiKeiichi HasegawaFebruary 29, 2004 (2004-02-29)September 15, 2007
47"Showdown in Robotonia" / "Decisive Battle! Antarctica"
"Kessen! Nankyokutairiku" (Japanese: 決戦!南極大陸)
Atsushi TakizawaKeiichi HasegawaMarch 7, 2004 (2004-03-07)September 22, 2007
48"Journey to Tomorrow" / "Journey to Tomorrow"
"Ashita e no Tabidachi" (Japanese: 明日への旅立ち)
Masayoshi NishidaKeiichi HasegawaMarch 14, 2004 (2004-03-14)September 29, 2007
49"Astro Reborn" / "Atom Reborn"
"Atomu Fukkatsu" (Japanese: アトム復活)
Kazuo YamazakiKeiichi HasegawaMarch 21, 2004 (2004-03-21)October 6, 2007
50"The Final Battle" / "Final Showdown"
"Saigo no Taiketsu" (Japanese: 最後の対決)
Keiichirō MochizukiKeiichi HasegawaMarch 28, 2004 (2004-03-28)October 13, 2007

Theme songsEdit



  1. "True Blue" by Zone
  2. "Now or Never" by Chemistry meets M-Flo


  1. "Boy's Heart" by Fujii Fumiya
  2. "Mighty Atom" (鉄腕アトム, Tetsuwan Atomu) (A remixed version of the original theme song.)



  1. "Astro Boy Opening Theme" by William Anderson


  1. "Astro Boy Ending Theme"



  1. "True Blue" by Rainie Yang, cover version of the Japanese one

Hong KongEdit


  1. "Fly" (滿天飛 Mǎntiānfēi) by Candy Lo, Cantonese cover version of "True Blue"


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