155, Crazy Border

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155, Crazy Border

Postby jeffbert » 7 years ago

This is one of about 5 or 6 adapted from Lion Books. It is a fairly straight forward adaptation, but for the addition of a few characters. Actually the episode is called Crazed Boundary & the LB title is as the thread title. BTW, it was March 1957 when it was printed.
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The above frames are from a description that Faucet face gives to Ochanomizu & Atom.

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I could not catch his name, though I did try. :blush: The best I could tell, his name is 'Buldo.' Faucet Face is one of the added characters. Faucet Face appeared in #89 Gomes’ Ghost (80 Horrible King Horrid) in a similar role.

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Anyway, he tells of refugees or exiles who are caught in an area between two nations in Antarctica. One nation, Redbear, is a tyranny & forbids the people to cross the border & enter the other one, Bulljoy. Note that those names are from the official synopsis from the Tezuka web site.

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So Atom disguises himself as a human (having taken Kenichi's role as the hero), & enters the area.

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Atom shares a compartment with this can-opener faced guy who likes to whisper State secrets to strangers.

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Heck Ben is the Gestapo type who arrests the guy. LB names him Capt. Logos.

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The train suddenly stops & Logos falls.

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In the manga, Logos fell on the hero.

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Robots (humans in LB) whom Red Bear had herded into the refugee camp are attacking the train.

Here is where more additional elements come into the story:
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They want this young girl as their hostage; she is the General's daughter, & they hope they can use her as leverage to persuade the Red Bear officials tp let them cross the border.

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She is not just any General's daughter (As Don Pardo would say), but Frankenstein's Daughter! :p

BTW, be sure not to miss Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter :lol: Sat/Sun @ 3:15 AM, right after Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula! :p
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General Frankenstein (not sure of his character's name) now is indebted to Atom, whom he believes is a human. Atom is careful to keep his robotity (?) a secret. So, the General, gives Atom a lift.

Note the uniform; it is very much like that of a WWII German General. The LB short story was drawn with very few details. The animators added much detail to the characters here. Note the arm bands on some. Tezuka never gave the Third Reich a break; he included Nazi look-alike characters in more than a few of his stories.

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There must be significance in the General's expression here.

Skipping ahead: Atom is in his hotel room:
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Suddenly, this robot girl bursts into his room, begging him to hide her.

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:p Logos is shaking with anger; I recall Werner Klemperer as Col. Klink doing likewise. :lol:

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Those who have seen the 1980s series should be seeing a similarity here. Atom, dressed as a human, enters via train, & here, from the shelter of the trees, viewing the target. :astro:


to be continued--
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Postby ASTROBUDDY » 7 years ago

As always, thank you for posting another of "the 89". As usual you make me take out my guide book. "Crazed Border" is Schodt's title and "Crazed Boundary" is Tezuka Wolrd website title. It's interesting that you note its source as I had read that when he had adapted almost all the Atom manga, he then used other of his works as source material. An example you well know is "Number 7!" Thank you again. As always an informative post.



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Postby Tetsuwan Penguin » 7 years ago

Those who have seen the 1980s series should be seeing a similarity here. Atom, dressed as a human, enters via train, & here, from the shelter of the trees, viewing the target.
That would be Astro's first love, the last episode.
Unless I'm wrong the manga you are referencing wasn't collected in the DH collection.
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Postby jeffbert » 7 years ago

"Tetsuwan Penguin" wrote:
Those who have seen the 1980s series should be seeing a similarity here. Atom, dressed as a human, enters via train, & here, from the shelter of the trees, viewing the target.
That would be Astro's first love, the last episode.
Unless I'm wrong the manga you are referencing wasn't collected in the DH collection.

Yes, indeed.


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Postby ASTROBUDDY » 7 years ago

Just wanted to add that while the LB entry lists the names of the countries as "Red Bear" and "Bulljoy" the Tezuka website entry for "Mighty Atom" episode# 155 lists the locale of the story as a country called "Libea".


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Postby jeffbert » 7 years ago

:blush: All the notes I added to my notes for this episode, & I did not even read the synopsis, at least not recently! :lol:

"ASTROBUDDY" wrote: It's interesting that you note its source as I had read that when he had adapted almost all the Atom manga, he then used other of his works as source material. An example you well know is "Number 7!" Thank you again. As always an informative post.

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I am working on chapters on this subject; the adaptation of Tezuka's other stories into Mighty Atom episodes. I noted that there are more than a few of them, & they are scattered across the 193.
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Postby Earthshine » 6 years ago

I always love it when Atom is dressed in human clothes. Thanks for posting this, very interesting episode!

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Postby Tetsuwan Penguin » 6 years ago

I've sometimes wondered if Atom is a nudist at heart and would rather not wear anything unless absolutely necessary. (except for his boots anyway)

Yet he does sometimes manage to fly clothed without shredding his duds.
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Postby Earthshine » 6 years ago

It's like the joke that dear Mrs. Eclipse had in their spoof. "Is this just another ruse to get me to wear pants?!"

More than likely he just feels that there is no real need to wear clothes as he's a robot. In my own little mental construction of how the general AI thinks is that there is a very clear difference in 'robot/android' thinking and human thinking. While both are sentient and intelligent some aspects of human life and culture don't quite register the same as their thinking is different. While many will wear clothes to blend in to match the comfort levels of the humans around them - they themselves don't necessarily feel the pressing need to cover up oneself out of decency.

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Postby Tetsuwan Penguin » 6 years ago

Uran obviously has no shame, but I can only think of one or two times when she was nearly "au-natural". In one instance she wore a skin tight swimsuit.
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