Thursday, April 23, 2009

Astro hits YouTube in a Big Way

Haven't seen any Astro Boy anime yet? Well, now you might not have an excuse!

Every single episode of the English version of both the 1980's and 2003 Astro Boy anime series is now officially avaiable on Youtube, for free and 100% legal. These aren't bootlegged episodes uploaded by fans and split into 3 parts. These are the real deal, in good quality, strait from the legitimate source. You'll just have to suffer through the mild discomfort of watching some ads to enjoy them.

You can watch watch the 80's series here thanks to Manga Entertainment and the 2003 series here thanks to Crackle. Both of these series seem to be based directly on their respective R1 DVD releases.

As is the often the case with streaming video, there may be region lock-out issues preventing you from watching. I am in Canada and I can watch the 80's series perfectly, but can not watch the 2003 series at all (same as with Hulu). But, for those of you who can watch, you're in for a treat.

Thanks to Dragonrider1227 from the Astroboy Online Forums for the tip!

Now, who will complete the trifecta and bring us an official way to watch the 60's Astro Boy anime too?