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My first guess was Astroboy, but when I tried looking up all the series, I was not able to find any "giant robot pilot" among his allies. The robot boy was mostly naked, except for an underwear, which seems to fit Astroboy. Unlike the giant robot which was piloted by a man, the robot boy was human sized, like an actual boy.

I watched it on the TV before 2005, and the graphics looked quite like what you would expect from Japanese animation from between 1980 to 2000 (coloured and not 3D animated).

Some details from some episodes I remember:

  • In one episode, the boy was reprogrammed by a villain, because of which he went against some innocent people inside a building; some journalists, or a broadcasting channel perhaps? He pointed some kind of laser pistol at one of them and told them something in the line of: "Run [name], or else I will kill you!". At some point during the episode, the giant robot piloted from the inside by the pilot came to try and stop him, so the robot boy started shooting the laser at him, which he had to dodge with a lot of trouble. One detail that I remember is, whenever the pilot spoke through the giant robot, his voice was toned down to sound low bass sound.
  • One detail I remember about the giant robot: when the pilot disengaged, it would lower his chair from behind the robot I think, which leads to another episode I remember. In that episode, I think the robot was having a malfunction. When he lowered his chair to leave the robot, instead of keeping him in a sitting position, the chair moved back too much, because of which he ended up laying on his back on it. During that episode, the young robot boy had to deal with a giant monster on his own (which was out of his league). He also appeared on the TV channel, because some journalists were filming him getting beaten up by the monster. Eventually, the pilot with the giant robot came back to help him. But unlike the other episodes, the giant monster was several times bigger than the giant robot. They eventually managed to deal with the monster, although I don't remember how.
  • In another episode, there was some kind of giant monster who was a collector of some kind. There were several glass tube containers, containing what I believe were vanquished opponents in stasis, and one of them was the giant robot. At some point, the robot boy managed to unlock all the glass tubes, and he started helping the giant robot away (most likely the pilot was too weak to move himself). In the mean time, the other monsters which were in their respective glass tubes started assaulting the "collector" simultaneously, as he bragged about taking them out one after another (I think he said : "Next!").
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  • I probably should have written "Astro Boy" in 2 separate words, but I don't know if it's worth bumping the question up just for that.
    – Clockwork
    Mar 5, 2023 at 14:35

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Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot was an American animated series that ran from 1999 - 2001. Based on the comic by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow, it features Big Guy, who is a large fighting robot piloted by a human, and Rusty who is a child sized robot with no pilot. Rusty is similar to Astroboy in appearance:

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In Season 2, Episode 14, “The Champ” a villain named Po the Obliterator is seen to have a collection of different creatures, which are kept in glass tubes, until Rusty releases them and they attack Po.

See here around the 12 minute mark:

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    Yup, I recognise these faces. I'm actually surprised because the boy clearly doesn't look like Astro Boy at all.
    – Clockwork
    Mar 6, 2023 at 6:05
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    He seems like enough of an homage to Astro Boy, with the weird hair shapes and all… close enough that it was clear which show was being searched for! 😂 Mar 6, 2023 at 7:43
  • For the records, first episode I remember seems to be season 1 episode 5, and the second episode I remember is season 1 episode 1.
    – Clockwork
    Mar 6, 2023 at 18:28

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