The PLUTO trailer’s animation and art style is GORGEOUS
With Netflix realizing the world’s obsession with anime in the last few years, it shouldn’t be surprising that more and more original anime series are slowly appearing on the American streaming platform.
One of the latest to be announced, and a Netflix original, is the anime series PLUTO.
An anime based on the hit manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa.
A manga he based on Osamu Tezuka‘s Astro Boy, specifically on ‘The Greatest Robot on Earth’ story arc, and in a story named after that arc’s main villain.
The PLUTO anime series is produced by Genco and Tezuka Productions, and is being animated by Studio M2 (Onihei) and, if the just-released PLUTO trailer is anything to go by, man, this thing will be amazing.
The art style is gorgeous (and very reminiscent of Monster), Studio M2’s animation looks absolutely superb and, with the soundtrack music being composed by Yugo Kanno (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Ajin, Psycho-Pass) you just know PLUTO is going to hit all the feels.
All the PLUTO anime details
PLUTO was first announced as happening back in 2017. Then things went very quiet, leaving fans to wonder if the project had been canceled.
With the release of a sneak peek trailer back in February, though, along with today’s release of a full-length PLUTO trailer (watch below), we now know that isn’t true.
With the details recently released, we can also now see how much work has been occurring on the anime project in the last five-plus years.
PLUTO is being directed by Toshio Kawaguchi (Key Animation on Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos), character design by Shigeru Fujita (Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution) who is also Supervising Animation Director, and with Kazunori Aoki (Dororo) and Itaru Saito (Episode Animation Director on The Quintessential Quintuplets) as Animation Directors.
PLUTO mangaka Naoki Urasawa is the Creative Advisor.
The main cast of PLUTO is:
Gesicht: Shinshu Fuji
Atom: Yoko Hikasa
Uran: Minori Suzuki
Mont blanc: Hiroki Yasumoto
North No.2: Koichi Yamadera
Brando: Hidenobu Kiuchi
Hercules: Rikiya Koyama
Epsilon: Mamoru Miyano
Pluto: Toshihiko Seki
According to VIZ Media who publishes the manga series in English, the PLUTO plot goes something like this:
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 will premiere exclusively on Netflix on Thursday, October 26, 2023.
Until then, watch the just-released PLUTO trailer because, man, this thing looks amazing.
As for the manga the PLUTO anime series is based on, you can buy all 8 volumes in paperback format via Amazon.
I am a Brit-American journalist, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I’m also obsessed with music, anime, manga, and K-dramas. Help!