On Mangobot, my biweekly futurism column, I write about four anime robots that influenced my childhood—Astro Boy, Arale-chan, Doraemon, and Gundam.
My childhood hero was a purple-haired robot who spends all her free
time poking poop with a stick. Like all good Japanese children, my
formative years were influenced by manga robot heroes—two-dimensional,
two-legged machines that first existed in simple black-and-white on