Astro Boy not the First Anime
posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Regarding TRSI's upcoming release of Osamu Tezuka's 1963 Astro Boy TV series, TRSI's press release erroneously states that Astro Boy was the first ever anime produced, this information has been reproduced by several news sites. Astro Boy is in fact the first ever anime TV series with a sequential plot. There is at least one animated Japanese TV series that predates it, and dozens of movies. Tezuka himself was involved in the production of Alakazam the Great, released in 1960, while other anime movies stretch back well before World War 2.