- The much-anticipated anime Pluto is gearing up for its exclusive Netflix release date on October 26th, 2023. This release is accompanied by the revelation of the key visual and an enticing trailer, giving fans a glimpse into what this animated marvel has in store.
The anime adaptation of Pluto by Studio M2 was first announced during the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June. This confirmation was reaffirmed by Studio M2 founder Masao Maruyama in May 2022. The project is a collaborative effort involving Genco, Tezuka Productions, and Studio M2, with the latter managing animation services. Toshio Kawaguchi is directing the series, and Naoki Urasawa serves as the creative advisor. Shigeru Fujita is in charge of character design and supervising animation direction, while Yugo Kanno is responsible for the music. The anime is set to be exclusively streaming on Netflix starting from October 26, 2023, featuring a total of eight episodes, each lasting 60 minutes.
- Pluto is a manga from Japan created by Naoki Urasawa. It was published in a magazine called Big Comic Original from September 2003 to April 2009. The story is based on a part of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, a famous Japanese series about robots. The main character in “Pluto” is Gesicht, a robot detective from Europol. He tries to solve a mystery involving the deaths of both robots and humans. The series got its name from a chief villain in Astro Boy. Takashi Nagasaki helped write the series. It was also supervised by Macoto Tezka, the son of Osamu Tezuka, and Tezuka Productions helped too. The manga got popular and was released in English in North America under the title Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka.
Pluto Anime Characters, Story, and Staff
- The upcoming Pluto anime series features a wide range of characters and talented voice actors. Gesicht, the central figure, is voiced by Shinshuu Fuji. Another important main character, Atom, is given voice by Youko Hikasa. The supporting roles include Epsilon, voiced by Mamoru Miyano, North #2 by Kouichi Yamadera, Brau-1589 by Hideyuki Tanaka, Tenma Umatarou by Eizou Tsuda, Pluto by Toshihiko Seki, Dr. Ochanomizu by Toshio Furukawa, Uran by Minori Suzuki, and Montblanc by Hiroki Yasumoto.
Pluto spans genres of action, mystery, sci-fi, and suspense while exploring themes of mecha and psychology. The storyline centers on the tragic death of the renowned Swiss robot, Montblanc, a war hero during the 39th Asian War. This loss deeply impacts both humans and robots globally, given Montblanc’s post-war popularity owing to his love for nature and caring disposition.
- A team of accomplished professionals is steering this project, with Maruyama Masao and Takashi Nagasaki as producers, Toshio Kawaguchi as the director, and Masafumi Mima taking on the role of Sound Director.
The story follows Gesicht, a fellow war veteran and a robotic Europol detective, who embarks on an investigation into Montblanc’s violent murder. As Gesicht delves deeper, he uncovers unsettling evidence leading to a mysterious entity called “Pluto.” Moreover, he stumbles upon a secretive plot aimed at dismantling the eight specialized war robots from different parts of the world. Racing against time, Gesicht grapples with memories, moral dilemmas, and a world rife with hatred as he desperately strives to preserve the fragile coexistence of humanity and machines.