Last Updated: 10 months ago
On Netflix, an anime version of Pluto, the manga based on the enduringly popular series Astro Boy, will be available. Anime Pluto, a manga series by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki, will receive an anime adaptation that will debut on Netflix sometime in 2023, according to a Netflix announcement.
Shinshu Fuji, Yoko Hikasa, and Minori Suzuki, who portray Gesicht, Atom, and Uran, respectively, are featured in the trailer. There are no vocals in the four-minute trailer, only stunning animation images and an enigmatic soundscape. The show will be animated by Studio M2, while GENCO will serve as producer.
Urasawa, who will be voicing their excitement for the impending adaptation, is quoted as saying that they “applaud the courage of everyone that has taken on the challenge of making an anime based on Pluto.”
“Pluto inherits the philosophy of Tezuka and does not merely convey a message of anti-war, but reminds us that there is suffering on both sides… but still, the only remaining answer is peace,” according to Nagasaki. Pluto also “conveys a message of anti-war.”
“I can hardly wait to see how this new generation of anime turns out,” said Macoto Tezuka, who will oversee Pluto and is the son of the late Astro Boy manga creator Osamu Tezuka.
Pluto transforms Tezuka’s Astro Boy’s “The Greatest Robot on Earth” arc into a gripping murder investigation starring Gesicht, a German robot inspector for Europol. Instead of having a zirconium exterior like in the original manga series, Gesicht, which is translated as “face” in English, is shown in the story as a humanoid detective.
Gesicht is tasked with solving a spree of murders involving robots and people in which the murderer implanted devices into the victims’ skulls to resemble horns.
Even though it has been almost ten years since a robot killed a person, the situation becomes far more problematic when it appears that a robot is to blame.
The series had eight tank-bon volumes and appeared in Big Comic Original from September 2003 to April 2009. Urasawa originally intended for someone else to write the idea for Pluto, but after receiving encouragement from others, he changed his mind and chose to write it himself.
Over 8.5 million copies of the series have been sold, and it has won numerous accolades and nominations, including the Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2005. The series has also received praise from critics for its compelling plot and themes of anti-war, peace, hope, and love.