"Astro Boy" Still Dazzles, Even as Adaptation Disappoints
When I heard that Kids WB would be the network broadcasting the 2003 reincarnation of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, arguably the first anime ever made, my reaction was typical: I groaned. Kids WB has a long record of heavily adapting their anime to account for their image of American audience preferences. They were responsible for the most infamous anime adaptation ever aired: Cardcaptors (their title), which turned Card Captor Sakura, an adventure cartoon with a female protagonist and audience, into an action show for boys with an ensemble cast. To this end Kids WB made massive cuts and edits, airing a lot of important material out of order, and aired some not at all. So, naturally, throughout the first two episodes of Astro Boy I watched keenly to see whether they would repeat this performance.
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