The anime adaptation of Pluto has been on the radar for more than a decade. The first public mention was in Otakon 2012. With over 6 years dedicated to production, we finally have a release schedule for Pluto Anime.
Pluto Anime will release on Netflix, in the fall of this year. Some of the most famous names from the ani-manga industry are associated with the project already. The hype builds with every piece of information released by the creators, here’s an addition to the hype with things to expect from upcoming Pluto Anime.
Top 10 things to expect from upcoming Pluto Anime on Netflix by the author of Monster
1. Naoki Urasawa is the man behind the source material
Naoki Urasawa is the man behind Monster, Pluto, and 20th-century Boys. All his works have a distinct flair to them. He’s one of the best-known authors. Pluto is also one of his creations. The manga already has a separate fan base.
It has also won awards and an international stage play. A good anime adaptation will bring the audience to this work of art, as it deserves. Takashi Nagasaki has significantly contributed to Pluto Manga.
2. Great things in store with Murao Maruyama
If you’re unfamiliar with the name, here’s a quick introduction to the man. He’s the founder of MAPPA Studios and Madhouse. His projects are well crafted and he likes to be involved in the creation of whatever he decides to work on.
Murao Maruyama showed his interest in the anime adaptation of Pluto back in 2012 and started working on the same in 2017. He also created Studio M2 specifically for Pluto. The sheer time and effort put in by the man himself speak for the great things the anime has in store for us.
3. Astroboy’s 30th anniversary
The story of Pluto is the reimagining of an arc from Astroboy. The arc is The Greatest Robot on Earth. We can expect it to be a celebration for Astroboy’s 30th anniversary this year. Naoki Urasawa has added his flair with some dark elements. Pluto goes beyond just retelling the story.
4. A reminder of Osamu Tezuka’s message
Naoki Urasawa has stated how Osama Tezuka’s work has inspired him. Osama Tezuka’s message about war and how it affects each side equally is a central plot line in Pluto. It’ll tackle the ideologies of Osama Tezuka. It’s fair to expect politics, hard-hitting messages, and the brutality of war from the anime adaptation of Pluto.
5. It has been in production for over 6 years
The anime has been in work for a long time. The project started back in 2017 and is finally ready for the fans in 2023. The long time taken for production, while not a clear indicator, still signals the attention paid to the project. Hopefully, the wait will pay off.
6. Lots of Astroboy references
Pluto is a standalone project, but being familiar with Astroboy can significantly change the experience. The Astroboy references are subtle but rich. The familiarity with Astroboy will help you connect better with the characters. So it’s a good time to catch up to Astroboy or just revisit the old days.
7. Dark themes
Naoki Urasawa likes to tackle some dark and brutal themes. His works are sunken in reality and are explored through the themes of crime, mystery, and light politics. Pluto is no different. The trailer is seemingly vibrant and very colourful but the dark tone over every frame is hard to miss. It’s probably a tease about what’s coming up.
8. The length of the Source material
Murao Maruyama, showing his interest in Pluto Anime stated how the source material will lead to an 8-hour-long episode. If he still believes in that, then we can expect multiple seasons or cours. There has been no information about the format of the anime release. But given the nature of the source material, it’ll probably have multiple seasons.
9. So many things beyond the Trailer
Beware of Spoilers! The trailer has been action-heavy. But fans familiar with the manga are well aware of the fact that action is a very small part of the overall story. It enhances the experience but Pluto goes way beyond that with the dialogues and conversations. Fans who go into the anime sheerly based on the action scenes might get a hit of disappointment there.
10. Animation is a mix of too many elements
The trailer gives us a glimpse of what the animation might look like. The backgrounds are detailed and impressive. You can’t miss the CGI and the digital effects. Pluto is a character-centric story, so we’re good to go as long as the character designs are well done. The overall animation is a mix of hand-drawn framed and digital effects and elements. We can align our expectations a little higher but also be considerate of the history of anime by Netflix.
With Studio M2 in charge of the animation production and Studio Genco for the production, along with Murao Maruyama, Pluto already has fans waiting for its upcoming release in Fall. Some fans are still skeptical of the anime’s fate, as Netflix either creates masterpieces or absolute blunders. For Pluto Anime, it should rightfully be the former.
The time, effort, and famous names associated with the project will bring together a variety of fans and hopefully satiate them all.