The Greatest Robot in the World is coming back to television, but he’s matured a bit since the last time we saw him. Crunchyroll reports that the beloved Astroboy remake Pluto is being adapted into an anime. Japanese company Genco featured a poster for the series in its booth at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France.
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While many are familiar with the multiple manga and anime adaptions of Astroboy the Greatest Robot on Earth, less are familiar with Naoki Urasawa’s bold, decidedly darker remake. Having more in common tonally with Bladerunner than a Japanese cartoon for children, Pluto reimagines the beloved flying robot as a detective investigating ritualistic serial killings of his own kind. Check out a description of the manga below:
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.
Pluto originally ran from 2003- 2009 in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Original magazine and was distributed by Viz Media for North America re-titled as Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka. The high- concept series is both commercially and critically successful. Its been nominated for various comic book awards, including an Eisner for Best Limited Series or Story Arc, and has sold 8.5 million volumes worldwide.