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Astro Boy Crosses the Sea to Celebrate 50 Years in HK

Astro Boy Crosses the Sea to Celebrate 50 Years in HK

Astro Boy figures in the apm concourse.

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As one of the Astro Boy events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the cartoon's first broadcast in Hong Kong, two 5-meter-tall Astro Boy figures and fifteen 1-meter-tall child-sized figures of characters from the comic book and cartoon series have gone up at the APM shopping mall in Kwun Tong.

Astro Boy, the hero of the famous cartoon enjoyed by viewers in Hong Kong as elsewhere in the world, is a character Hong Kongers have spent half a century with. The first Astro Boy comic book, from which the franchise originated, was published in 1951. It appeared in Japanese manga magazines from 1952 to 1968, and the cartoon ran from 1963 to 1966.After garnering popularity in Japan, the Astro Boy craze spread around the world through cartoons and comics. In Hong Kong he is known as Xiao Fei Xia (Young Flying Hero) Atom (because Astro Boy's name in the original Japanese version is Atom).

The event venue takes up 6,000 square feet on the Grand Floor Concourse and Upper Concourse. In the middle of what looks like a laboratory stand he two 5-meter-tall Astro Boy figures, based on 1952 and 2003 versions of the character. They are surrounded by 15 smaller figures, including four of figures depicting Korejanai Atom by Zarigani Works and Atom-kun, a character created by Lily Franky and inspired by Osamu Tezuka. Also on display are Astro Boy-related artwork and items from the collection of the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka, Japan.

APM expects this and other events to draw 13 million visitors this summer. Entry is free of charge. The Astro Boy exhibits will stay up until September 1.

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