For the first time, U.S. audiences will be able to enjoy all
51 episodes of the original Astro Boy Japanese color TV series from Japan¹s
Osamu Tezuka on DVD. Manga Entertainment will present the Astro Boy Collectors Box Set featuring 8 DVDs in November.
The story of Astro Boy takes place in April 2030, when a brilliant robotics
engineer named Doctor Boynton loses his son Toby in a tragic car accident.
Distraught over his death, the dedicated but heart-broken scientist uses his
technical expertise to construct a robot in the boy¹s image. But all was not
as he¹d hoped, for the scientist soon realized that the robot could never
grow into a human being capable of filing the void in his heart. Abandoned to the care of Hamegg the cruel ringmaster of a carnival where androids are forced to fight each other, Astro Boy is rescued by the kindly Doctor Elefun an “android¹s rights” activist who adopts the boy robot and guides him in the use of his special powers to aid and protect mankind.
Each DVD will offer episodes with both the English language dialogue and, for the first time ever, the original Japanese audio tracks. No additional features have been announced.
On November 22nd. Astro Boy zooms to your TV. Retail for the set is$49.98.