Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy is considered to be one of the foundations of modern manga and anime, and artist Naoki Urasawa gave it a reboot when he created the manga Pluto based on the Astro Boy story The Greatest Robot on Earth. The manga had originally run back in the ‘00s, and now Netflix is ready to release their anime adaptation of the source material.
The series premieres later this month, and we have a new trailer that showcases Atom (Astro Boy’s original name) as well as the rest of this robot/human world. Check this out:
The official description reads:
A murder occurs in an orderly world where robots are unable to kill humans.
The robotic Europol investigator Gesicht takes the case, but the mystery deepens when he finds no trace of a human at the scene of the crime.
As he pursues the truth, Gesicht uncovers the most evil manifestation of hate that history ever seen, one that is bent on bringing destruction to the world …
The series will be coming from Studio M2 who has worked on anime like Onihei and Usuzumizakura: Garo. Though a lot of the character designs have been modernized to look like sci-fi out of Ghost in the Shell, you can see that a lot of Tezuka’s original manga elements are also apparent in the show—especially when it comes to Atom and his hair.
So far, the series looks fantastic, and should be an interesting entry point into what a lot consider a cornerstone in manga as an artform. Hopefully Pluto will manage to complete Urasawa’s adaptation and not leave any fans hanging.
Pluto premieres on Netflix this coming Oct. 26.