Astro Boy & Friends Blast Onto YouTube

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Astro Boy now on YouTube? Ohhhhhhhhhhh!

Good news for fans of the anime movement: Viki.com has answered your fanboy dreams with a new YouTube channel dedicated to the revolutionary works of Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka, known as the “Godfather of Anime” for his pioneering art styles in the worlds of manga and anime, created such influential works as “Astro Boy,” “Black Jack” and “The New Adventures of Kimba the White Lion.” His visual innovations, including bringing the “big eye” look to anime characters were such that the foreign animator was admired and sought after for projects by Western creatives, such as Stanley Kubrick and Walt Disney (from whose “Bambi” he got the big-eyed look from in the first place). Allegedly, The Walt Disney company later “returned the favor” by borrowing (*cough) much of the story and visuals from Kimba the White Lion in their creation of “The Lion King.”Viki.com (video wiki, get it?), a website devoted to bringing international television to the masses, has posted the new channel, which they call Tezukaanime. Don’t speak Japanese? Not a problem, as Viki has utilized crowdsourcing to provide subtitles for all the episodes. Thanks to a diverse polyglot cadre of fans worldwide, the series can be viewed in, among other things, Arabic, English, French, Turkish, Romanian, Spanish, and even transcribed Japanese for the hearing impaired and the lazy.They’re adding new episodes all the time, so if you don’t find one you’re looking for, hold tight. Chances are it will be up soon. I just wonder how long till the creators of Bad Lip Reading get their hands on it?                   

 

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