Netflix is bringing the fan-favorite science fiction thriller manga ‘Pluto’ to life as an anime with Japanese animation companies Studio M2 and GENCO. The show will feature the voice talents of Shinshu Fuji, Yoko Hikasa, and Minori Suzuki.
“Praised by many as a masterpiece, the manga PLUTO is based on Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy ‘The Greatest Robot on Earth’ arc from 1964 and created by Naoki Urasawa (20th Century Boys, Yawara!, Master Keaton) and his long-time co-creator Takashi Nagasaki,” Netflix said in a statement.
Urasawa expressed his excitement, saying, “I applaud the courage of everyone that has taken on the challenge of making an anime based on PLUTO. 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 echoed those sentiments, “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.”
You can watch the trailer below:
TV Tropes describes the synopsis as follows,
“In a world where humans and sentient robots co-exist, someone or something is targeting the seven most advanced robots, killing them off one by one. Even more disturbingly, the same killer seems to be murdering humans as well. Only a supremely powerful robot could be killing the other robots—but all robots are hardwired to be unable to kill humans, with one very important exception.
German robot detective Gesicht (German for ‘face’), who is so advanced as to be nearly indistinguishable from a normal human, investigates the killings in an effort to learn the secret link between the advanced robots and humans being murdered. This is an especially urgent matter for Gesicht, since he’s one of the scheduled murder victims…”
The original manga was published by Shogakukan from 2003 to 2009 and was serialized in their Big Comic Original magazine. Viz Media currently has the right to release the English version in the United States.
The anime is being made in cooperation with Tezuka Productions.
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