Little Astro Boy

Little Astro Boy, known as Robot Atom (ロボットアトム or ろぼっとアトム)1) in Japan, is a series that debuted in Nigeria with 8 episodes that aired from March 22, 2014 to April 26, 2014. It is a joint project between Tezuka Productions, Yomiuri, and Channels TV.2)

The target audience is intended for preschool children. The series has a lighter tone than previous versions of Astro Boy, which is likely due to its target audience. The 12-minute episodes focus on the adventures of Astro and his friends, as they learn new things or make mistakes.

A Region 2 DVD of the entire series was released in Japan on November 3, 2015 via Happinet. It features both an English and Japanese audio track with only Japanese subtitles.3)4)

Episodes

NumberEnglish TitleJapanese TitleAir DateRerun
1Astro Becomes a Racerアトム、レーサーになる!?March 22, 2014April 5, 2014
2Recycling Gone Wild暴走リサイクルMarch 22, 2014April 5, 2014
3Astro Goes to Spaceアトム、宇宙へ行March 29, 2014April 19, 2014
4We Love Cleaningおそうじ大好きMarch 29, 2014April 19, 2014
5Fly! Mitchy飛べ!ミッチーApril 12, 2014n/a
6Heart on Fireハートに火がついたApril 12, 2014n/a
7I’m Moler, You See?オ、オイラはモーグラーなんだなApril 26, 2014n/a
8Astro and The 5 Adventures時間を盗んだ男VSアトムと5人と冒険隊April 26, 2014n/a

Trivia

Little Astro Boy had several technical difficulties during its 2014 run on Channels TV in Nigeria. While Episodes 1, 2, 5, and 6 aired without major problems, Episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 had the following issues:

The ending song is entitled “Robot Boy, Beyond the Stars”. The words and music were written by Benjah and the artist for the song is Moon.s.

The color palette for most of the characters in the promotional artwork at the top of this page are different from how they are colored in the series itself. Atom, Hamegg, Gora, Dr. Flau, and Pikko are the only characters who retain the same color palette.

The characters in the promotional artwork, counter-clockwise from left to right, are Dr. Flau, Gora, Hamegg, Mitchy, Tac, Astro, Reggie (the tall, lanky robot), Pikko (the small, round robot), Kinako, Ken, Paul (Tamao), Dr. O'Shay, and Mustachio.

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