Astroboy, Osamu Tezuka and Takadanobaba

Posted By yonghow on September 17th, 2008

A giant Osamu Tezuka mural decorates Takadanobaba train station in Tokyo.  I have rather fond memories of this place as the film school that I graduated from, Toho Gakuen is also located here.

Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astroboy, was born in Takadanobaba on the 3rd November, 1928. Take a stroll down the busy streets of Baba ( that’s what the locals call it here, Ta-ka-da-no-ba-ba is quite a tongue twister. ) and you’ll be greeted with many a sign of Tezuka-san’s manga characters on murals and lamp posts, a tribute to the late manga artist.

At Takadanobaba JR train station, the chime that signals just before trains depart is the theme from the Astroboy TV series. Someone made a recording of it on Youtube.

( below ) While we’re on the topic of Astroboy, you might be thrilled to know that Imagi Animation studios ( who bought us 2007’s TMNT ) is making a CG feature film of the same name, due for release in 2009. I’m all for CG but I hope they’ll keep the classic, vintage look of the original series.

For more updates and news on the upcoming Astroboy animation film, check out Imagi creative director Felix Ip’s blog.


6 Responses to “Astroboy, Osamu Tezuka and Takadanobaba”


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aww, amazing. thank you for this entry. i was living in waseda, next to baba and always took the yamanote line from there to get everywhere. honestly i didn’t know it was the astro boy theme 🙂
when i saw the you tube video my eyes almost filled with tears… i miss this place.


Wow, incredible photos. Thanks very much for sharing.
I featured this on AstroBoy World. Check it out.



James – Hey there, thanks for dropping by !

nagano – I kinda miss my school days too. Come back and visit Japan soon ! :]

Ninjatron – Thanks for featuring this on your blog. I’ve bookmarked yours too so I’ll visit again. Cheers !


Wow!!! That’s a really cool mural. I love Osamu Tezuka’s characters – especially Black Jack!! Thanks for sharing!


Amazing! Thank you for this! I love Osamu Tezuka’s work!