Atom: The Beginning - Spring 2017

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Atom: The Beginning

Sci-Fi, Action

Airing Date:
April 15 2017

OLM, Production I.G, Signal.MD

Honey’s Highlights

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Huh so this is the prequel to Astro Boy. Cooooool!
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Black Jack got a prequel a few years ago with Young Black Jack, and now we have more! Hmmm but what does that say then about the anime production industry?
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Well it shows that clearly ideas are starting to get repetitive or drying up. However I am all for this! Astro Boy is a CLASSIC!
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Metropolis, Speed Racer, The Classic Astro Boy aka Tetsuwan Atom, There is just so much that anyone who calls themselves an anime fan needs to know about!

Promotional Videos / PV

Official Images / Key Visuals


After a distaster in Japan, there were two geniuses who dreamt of the future. One is Umataro Tenma. The other is Hiroshi Ochanomizu. They do nothing but robot research day and night, Umataro dreaming of making a “god” with his hands, Hiroshi dreaming of making a “friend.” Thus their friendship gave birth to a robot, A106 (read A ten six). Will A106 become a “god” or “friend” as expected? The young genius duo will take a peek at the future.

The “future” with Atom and our “present” are connected by “Atom: The Beginning.”

Three Episode Impression

Atom: The Beginning, just like what it says in the title, is the start of robots prior to Astro Boy. It can be considered a prequel to the Astro Boy series. In the anime, you can see a younger versions of both Professor Ochanomizu and Umatarou Tenma, as they struggle on their early days of being researchers. With limited funds, they managed to create a prototype robot infused with the “Bewusstsein System” which acts as an “Ego-consciousness” for the robot at hand.

They even managed to incorporate into A106, their prototype robot, powerful piston arms and a hero-esque personality in hopes to turn it into a hero robot. The fruit of their efforts are A016 was able to respond and act before an incident during a parade went out of hand. The two young professors were overjoyed, but unfortunately they ran out of cash and money to keep their projects going. Will they be able to pull it off? Find out more in Atom: The Beginning.

Characters & Voice Actors List

Umataro Tenma

Voice Actor: Yuuichi Nakamura

The young genius who dreams of making a god. A graduate student who researches robots at the 7th laboratory at Nerima University. A genius who has absolute confidence in his own ideas and skills, to the point where he sometimes comes off as arrogant. However, he gets on well with Ochanomizu for some reason and they do research together.

Hiroshi Ochanomizu

Voice Actor: Takuma Terashima

The young genius who dreams of making a freind. A graduate student who researches robots at the 7th laboratory at Nerima University alongside Tenma. Kind and easy to get along with, he goes at his own pace and is always covering for the reckless Umatarou. His trademarks are his naturally curly hair and his round nose, but he doesn’t seem to leave much of an impression with the ladies.


Voice Actor: Yuuki Inoue

A robot that Tenma and Ochanomizu created, the 6th in the A10 series the two invented. It is equipped with the Bewusstsein System, the theme of research at the 7th laboratory. Bewusstsein means the ego in German, and this robot was created from the idea that the ego is connected to autonomous behaviour.

Moriya Tsutsumi

Voice Actor: Takahiro Sakurai

The top research student in the robot engineering department at Nerima University Graduate School. A member of the 1st laboratory, he looks down on Tenma and Ochanomizu as ‘scum.’ He is disabled, and uses a robochair that he designed himself.

Motoko Tsutsumi

Voice Actor: Mikako Komatsu

Moriya’s younger sister, a second year student at Nerima University Graduate School’s robot engineering department. A well-to-do young lady whose hobby is living alone, but is constantly returning to her parents’ house whenever she gets bored. She takes an interest in Ochanomizu and tries to get close to him.

Ran Ochanomizu

Voice Actor: Ayane Sakura

Hiroshi’s younger sister. A member of the robotics club at her high school, she’s skilled at finding robot parts among scrap material. She stands out due to her hair that curls up at the ends and her beret. She’s extremely interested in A106.

Theme Songs
  • Opening Song: Kaidou Funou by After the Rain
  • Ending Song: Hikari no Hajimari by Yoshino Nanjou

Main Staff
  • Original Creator: Tetsuro Kasahara
  • Director: Tatsuo Satou
  • Editing: Yuuki Honda
  • Series Composition: Junichi Fujisaki
  • Character Design: Takahiro Yoshimatsu
  • Animation Director: Hideki Itou
  • Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
  • Music: Noriyuki Asakura
  • Mecha Design: Shinobu Tsuneki, Yoshihiro Ishimoto, & Shinichi Miyazaki

For more information: Official Website

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