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Update: Astro Boy prequel Atom the Beginning announces premiere date

The anime adaptation of Tetsuro Kasahara’s Astro Boy prequel manga, Atom the Beginning, has revealed a new key visual as well as the anime’s premiere date on Tuesday. Gearing up for its first episode on April 15th, the show will have a stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 on March 26th, which might give us some more last-minute details.

Cast members Yuichi Nakamura, Yuki Inoue, Takahiro Sakurai, Mikako Komatsu and Ayana Sakura will all be in attendance at AnimeJapan. The full main cast had their roles announced as follows:

Yuichi Nakamura (Fairy Tail‘s Gray Fullbuster) as Umataro Tenma

 

Takuma Terashima (Durarara!!‘s Saburou Togusa) as Hiroshi Ochanomizu

 

Yuki Inoue (Tenshi no 3P‘s Kyo Mekui) as A106 (pronounced “A-ten-six”)

Takahiro Sakurai (Code Geass‘ Suzaku Kururugi) as Moriya Tsutsumi

Mikako Komatsu (Fuuka‘s Sara Iwami) as Motoko Tsutsumi

Ayane Sakura (Love Live!‘s Arisa Ayase) as Ran Ochanomizu

Kengo Kawanishi (Aldnoah.Zero‘s Kisaki Matsuribi) as Kensaku Han

Nobuo Tobita (Hakuoki‘s Keisuka Sannan) as Shunsaku Han

Yoshino Nanjo (Love Live!‘s Eli Ayase) as Maria

With the launch of the anime’s official website came the reveal of a trailer and story intro. The video confirms staff listings that were briefly posted on various Japanese news sites such as Anime! Anime!.

Narration in the trailer above says: “This is a previously untold ‘episode zero’ story leading up to the birth of Astro Boy.” The story’s intro reads as follows:

In Japan after a great calamity, there were two geniuses who dreamed of the future. One was Umatarou Tenma. The other was Hiroshi Ochanomizu.

The two labored day and night in robot research — Tenma to create a “god,” and Ochanomizu to create a “friend.” Thus a robot, A106, was born from their collaborative friendship. Would A106 really become a god, or a friend? The young brilliant duo glimpsed the impending future…

Here’s the full list of the anime’s staff:

  • Original Work: Osamu Tezuka
  • Project Planning Cooperation and Supervision: Makoto Tezuka
  • Concept Works: Masami Yuuki (creator of Patlabor and Birdy the Mighty)
  • Cooperation: Tezuka Productions
  • Chief Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass)
  • Director: Tatsuo Sato (Martian Successor Nadesico)
  • Series Composition: Jun’ichi Fujisaku (Blood+, Appleseed XIII)
  • Animation Production: OLM, Production I.G, Signal.MD
  • Character Design: Takahiro Yoshimatsu (Trigun)
  • Mechanical Design: Shinobu Tsuneki, Yoshihiro Ishimoto, Shinichi Miyazaki
  • Prop Design: Mebara, Asuna Imahashi, Taiyou Yoshida
  • Chief Animation Director: Hideki Ito
  • Colour Key: Miho Tanaka
  • Art: Hiroshi Katou
  • 3DCG Director: Takaaki Sugano
  • Monitor Graphics: Takashi Aoki
  • Special Effects: Masahiro Murakami
  • Director of Photography: Teppei Satou
  • Editing: Yuuki Honda
  • Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
  • Music: Noriyuki Asakura

Kasahara, author of the RIDEBACK manga, launched Atom the Beginning in Shogakukan’s Monthly Heroes in December 2014. The manga’s editorial supervision is handled by Osamu Tezuka’s son Makoto Tezuka, as it’s created in collaboration with Tezuka Productions. It tells the story of a near-future Japan struck by a disaster of unknown origin, and is set before Astro Boy’s adventures in Osamu Tezuka’s classic manga, known in Japan as Tetsuwan Atom.

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