New Pluto Anime Series Project In Works.

New Pluto Anime Series Project In Works.

GENCO's booth at the MIFA film market at Annecy International Animation Film Festival revealed on Tuesday Studio M2 (Onihei) is producing an anime series based on Naoki Urasawa's Pluto manga.

Naoki Urasawa serialized the manga in Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine from 2003 to 2009. The series is based on Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy, specifically "The Greatest Robot on Earth" (Chijō Saidai no Robotto) story arc. Urasawa's murder mystery manga centers around Gesicht, a Europol robot detective trying to solve the case of a string of robot and human deaths.

Here's how publisher Viz Media describes Pluto:

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.

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment acquired the film rights from Tezuka Productions to release a CG live-action adaption hybrid film of Pluto in 2010. The manga eight compiled book volumes have sold more than 8.5 million copies.

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