When you need someone strong, our robot friend will never be long. Astro Boy, Astro Boy! He will try to right any wrong! Get your butt cannons ready. (Did you expect that?)
When there’s danger nearby, no matter who, what, where, when or why. He’ll defend us, he’ll defend us. The amazing Astro Boy! Ehm, are your butt cannons ready?
Astro Boy T-Shirts - In Memory of the Godfather of Manga
Did you know that the man, the myth, the legend who created Astro Boy is considered the Godfather of Manga? We don’t know what you’re thinking, but we think there’s certainly no greater honour than being compared to Pacino’s Don Vito Corleone.
Ok—perhaps there is one greater honour. Osama Tezuka (Astro Boy’s creator—if you hadn’t caught on) was also considered the Japanese Walt Disney. (Walt, please don’t sue us. We didn’t come up with this. And, also, have you heard of jokes?)
Tezuka achieved so much in his life. Apart from creating Astro Boy, he was also a doctor, an activist, a director, and the most influential man in manga. And so, it’s no surprise that his last words were ‘I’m begging you, let me work!’ when a nurse was trying to grab his drawing tools. That’s what we call commitment! And if that doesn’t convince you to buy this Astro Boy merch, we may as well just give up now.
But what does this have to do with Astro Boy t-shirts we hear you say? Well, ahem, they’re Astro Boy shirts. Duh.
There’s more to it, though. When you’re donning an Astro Boy t-shirt or even an Astro Boy hoodie, you’re sending a message to everyone that you believe in something beyond a cute android boy. You’re spreading the good word about manga and how it crosses cultural borders and cultivates peace. Don’t hear it from us. Hear it from Tezuka himself:
My experience convinces me that comics, regardless of what language they are printed in, are an important form of expression that crosses all national and cultural boundaries, that comics are great fun, and that they can further peace and goodwill among nations.
Which Came First Anime Shirts or Astro Boy Shirts?
Forget about the chicken-egg debate. Riddle us this. Which came first Anime shirts or Astro Boy shirts?
Believe it or not—the answer is really simple. Astro Boy made its debut in 1952. It was the first television anime produced in Japan. And it was also the first serialised anime to be dubbed into English and shown beyond Japan’s borders (in 1963). Surely you’ve got it by now.
Seriously? Zero, zip, zilch, nada? Astro Boy, of course. It’s the first-ever anime. And the reason why the term anime is even associated with Japanese cartoons. Pretty cool, eh?
It’s no wonder that it’s still the tenth best selling manga series ever.
What Can You Tell Us About Astro Boy, You Astro Boy Clothing Lover, You
We’ve dropped Astro Boy knowledge bombs left, right and centre here. And, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, do we have some more knowledge bombs for you. Which of these facts do you know already?
- Astro Boy is known as Mighty Atom, Iron Arm Atom or Astro in Japan.
- Astro Boy was created to replace Dr Umataro Tenma’s child.
- Astro Boy might be fighting robots, but he’s actually a natural pacifist. He likes to solve issues like a diplomat. Gawd. He’s just so impressive, isn’t he?
- Astro Boy has heaps of superpowers. His most impressive are jet-powered flight, high IQ, 100,000 horsepower engine, and of course, butt guns. His hypersensitive hearing deserves a special mention, too—only because he probably heard you fart a couple of minutes ago and blame it on the cat.
- Astro Boy was registered as a resident of Niiza, Saitama in Japan (where the original Astro Boy story takes place).
The Nine Words You Must Say Every Single Time You Wear An Astro Boy T-Shirt
If you’re going to wear Astro Boy clothing, it is expected that you talk like Astro Boy. Now. You could say something like ‘Let’s Rocket’.
Or perhaps, you could just run around screaming this at your local supermarket: ‘What?! I've got machine guns...in my butt?!’
If you decide to make a TikTok video while doing exactly this, please tag us. Or don’t. Whatever.
Okay, so what are you waiting for? Let’s rocket into these Astro Boy t-shirts, hoodies, and more. And please make sure you’ve got your bum guns ready.