A Pluto anime adaptation has been announced at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France! Genco’s stand showed an announcement poster which officially revealed the project, which you can take a look at below:
Pluto is a manga series by Naoki Urasawa, based on Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy. Here’s a summary of the series from manga publishers Viz:
In an ideal world where man and robots coexist, someone or something has destroyed the powerful Swiss robot Mont Blanc. Elsewhere a key figure in a robot rights group is murdered. The two incidents appear to be unrelated…except for one very conspicuous clue – the bodies of both victims have been fashioned into some sort of bizarre collage complete with makeshift horns placed by the victims’ heads. Interpol assigns robot detective Gesicht to this most strange and complex case – and he eventually discovers that he too, as one of the seven great robots of the world, is one of the targets.
Producer Masao Maruyama, who worked on the adaptations of Urasawa’s Monster and Master Keaton, previously said that a Pluto anime adaptation would be complicated due to the length required to properly tell the story, which he estimated at around 39 episodes. Whether or not the project will get that sort of length now that it’s going ahead, or if it will even be in series format, is unknown, but this is still really exciting!
The only idea we have at a date for the Pluto anime adaptation is an estimated 2020 release for now, but hopefully there’ll be further information soon!
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