The greatest Robot on earth is returning to television, but he is a little bit matured since the last time we saw him. Crunchyroll reports that the favorite Astroboy remake Pluto will be adapted into an anime. Japanese company Genco displayed a poster for the series in its booth at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival held in France.
Although many people are familiar with the several manga and anime adaptation of Astroboy, the greatest Robot in the world, less know about Naoki Urasawa’s masterpiece.
In an perfect world where man and robots coexist, something has destroyed the Swiss robot Mont Blanc. In another place a key figure in a robot rights group is killed. The two events seem to be unrelated, except for one really obvious clue – the bodies of both victims have been created into some sort of strange collage complete with makeshift horns placed by the victims’ heads. Interpol assigns robot detective Gesicht to this most peculiar and complicated case – and he ultimately learns that he too, as one of the seven great robots of the world, is one of the targets.
Pluto ran from 2003 to 2009 in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Original magazine and also published by Viz Media in North America re-titled as Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka. Pluto has sold over 8.5 million volumes and has won and been nominated for numerous awards. It was awarded the ninth Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and an Excellence Prize at the seventh Japan Media Arts Festival, both in 2005.