I just found out the 2003 Astro Boy anime had many of its creative crew have major experience working on the Heisei and Reiwa eras Ultraman shows including Tiga, Dyna, Gaia, Nexus, Mebius, Ginga, X, Orb, R/B and Taiga. The anime's director himself, Konaka Kazuya was the director of several Ultraman films, Ultraman Zearth 2, Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light, Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna & Ultraman Gaia: Battle in Hyperspace, Ultraman The Next and Ultraman Mebius & Ultra Brothers. The rest of the crew were screenwriters Hirotoshi Kobayashi, Kenji Konuta and Ai Ohta.
As if I needed another excuse to love this anime, Astro Boy 2003 was already my all time favorite Anime but knowing there's a major connection to the Ultra Series makes me like it even more.
In a way, it fits as both Astro Boy and the Ultraman franchise share the same common theme of unity and coming together for a better future. Also, I always argued that both Astro Boy and Ultraman are better fits as "Japan's answer to Superman" in terms of cultural legacy and themes than Goku.
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