Atom The Beginning

Title:Atom The Beginning
アトム ザ・ビギニング
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Notables: Animation - OLM
Animation - Production I.G.
Animation - Signal MD
R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
R1 License - Subtitled Only
In Japan after a great calamity, there were two geniuses who dreamed of the future. One was Umatarō Tenma. The other was Hiroshi Ochanomizu. The two labored day and night in robot research — Tenma to create a "god," and Ochanomizu to create a "friend." Thus a robot, A106, was born from their collaborative friendship.
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12-episode TV anime prequel to Astro Boy that premiered on April 15, 2017.
Animated by Production IG, OLM, and Signal.MD
Licensed by Sentai Filmworks.
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Watch 7 7 7 6 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:4579#1552]
This was wasted potential. While a prequel focused on Tenma and Ochanomizu as friends in college before becoming sworn enemies has potential on paper to explore their pasts, Atom the Beginning is more focused largely on episodic plots involving their creation, A106, involved in different types of jobs and later a fighting tournament involving other robots. There isn't much fleshed out with the characters nor does the series do much to explore its world, beyond hints to A106's growing sentience that his creators appear largely unaware of. In short, must admit I'm kind of disappointed with this one given the storytelling potential that a prequel to Osamu Tezuka's famous robot series could have explored.

Last updated Saturday, November 12 2022. Created Saturday, November 12 2022.

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