There’s always a lot of attention on anime based on works by Naoki Urasawa and we may have another one in our future. We learned awhile ago from the Big Comic site for Shogakukan in Japan that their manga series Pluto is getting an animated adaptation that will be a Netflix exclusive.
At their Anime Expo 2023 panel, Netflix revealed an October 26th, 2023 debut for it and brought out a new trailer, an updated synopsis, and some cast additions that you can see below. The show has gone live on the service which you can find here and Netflix is now bringing out new clips from it. Here, after an officer is injured and a checkpoint is broken, Gesicht, the Europol Robot Detective, investigates the scene and pursues the suspect.
The show was directed by Toshio Kawaguchi with Shigeru Fujita on the character designs with Studio M2 handling the production.
The Japanese cast includes Shinshū Fuji as Gesicht, Yōko Hikasa as Atom, Minori Suzuki as Uran, Hiroki Yasumoto as Mont Blanc, Koichi Yamadera as North No. 2, Hidenobu Kiuchi as Brando, Rikiya Koyama as Hercules, Mamoru Miyano as Epsilon, Toshihiko Seki as Pluto, Hideyuki Tanaka as Brau-1589, Romi Park as Helena, Toshio Furukawa as Professor Ochanomizu, Eizou Tsuda as Dr. Tenma, Kazuhiro Yamaji as Professor Abullah, Michio Hazama as Duncan, and Kenyuu Horiuchi as President Alexander.
The manga from Naoki Urasawa began in 2003 and wrapped up in 2009 with eight volumes. Viz Media released it in English previously and we’ve seen a stage play in Japan and the live-action rights were picked up well over a decade ago but were never exercised.
Plot Concept: A murder occurs in an orderly world where robots are unable to kill humans.
The robotic Europol investigator Gesicht takes the case, but the mystery deepens when he finds no trace of a human at the scene of the crime.
As he pursues the truth, Gesicht uncovers the most evil manifestation of hate that history ever seen, one that is bent on bringing destruction to the world…