The animated drama, based on the award-winning manga series by Naoki Urasaw and Takashi Nagasaki, takes place in a future where humans and robots peacefully coexist; Japanese voice cast also announced.
Netflix has shared a sneak peek of the upcoming animated series Pluto, based on Naoki Urasawa (20th Century Boys, Yawara!, Master Keaton) Takashi Nagasaki’s globally acclaimed manga of the same name. Produced by GENCO, with animation production by M2STUDIO, the sci-fi drama, which will release later this year, takes place in a neo-futuristic world where humans and high-functioning robots live in complete harmony.
The manga “Pluto,” based on the episodes ‘The Greatest Robot on Earth’ from Osamu Tezuka’s series Astro Boy (1964), has won numerous awards including the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The 2015 stage adaptation of “Pluto” returned in 2018 by popular demand and toured Japan and Europe.
The Japanese voice cast includes Shinshu Fuji as Gesicht; Yoko Hikasa as Atom; and Minori Suzuki as Uran.
“I applaud the courage of everyone that has taken on the challenge of making an anime based on ‘Pluto,’” said Urasawa. “I am excited about the birth of this new series to win over people’s hearts. I hope that now more than ever, Osamu Tezuka's message reaches the world.”
Nagasaki added, “‘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.”
“The animated ‘Pluto’ is the real deal, and in addition to this being Urasawa’s latest work, this is also a new Tezuka anime,” stated Supervisor Macoto Tezka, son of the late Tezuka. “I can hardly wait to see how this new generation of anime turns out.”
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