MAISTERIT  

Hella Pakaslahti

Graphic Design
1974, Germany

Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy)



My thesis is a mentalhistorical analysis of Osamu Tezuka’s (1928-1989)  manga- and anime character Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy) from the 1950’s. Tetsuwan Atomu is a robot that runs with nuclear power and looks like a little boy.
In the early manga and anime the stories of Tetsuwan Atomu take place in the fictional 21th century Japan, where robots live among people. Now 2009 this utopia of human-like robots is a bit closer to the reality. In Japan, in the ‚ÄĚRobot Kingdom‚ÄĚ, fictional and real robots are important part of the culture. In my work I analyse Tetsuwan Atomu as a part of the history of Japanese technological culture. Through Tetsuwan Atomu I analyse the interaction between real and fictional robots in Japan.

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VISUAL CULTURE
Ahlava, Joonas
Heinilehto, Teemu
Kaila, Tuukka
Koivisto, Kaisu
Lahti, Hanna
Lehtovirta, Tommi
Mandharachitara, Napin
Matikainen, Elisa
Meilahti, Sanna-Reeta
Merenlahti, Anu
Miljak, Cvijeta
Nykänen, Reetta
Pakaslahti, Hella
Ryynänen, Ulla
Valonen, Liisa
Vasko, Ea