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Robots and the Japanese

(©Tezuka Productions)

This manga series, set in the twenty-first century, was first published in 1951. Atom Boy is said to have been born in 2003.

(©Fujiko-Pro, Shogakukan, TV-Asahi, Shin-ei, and ADK)

The first Doraemon anime was broadcast on TV in 1979. This cat robot is loved by generations of fans and has inspired a wide range of merchandise and toys.


Gundam, which debuted on TV in 1979, gave rise to a craze for plastic models of the robots featured in the series. Have you ever made a plastic model?