Netflix has announced additional cast members for its highly anticipated anime series, Pluto. The show, based on the manga by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki, is set in the futuristic world of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy series, exploring the darker aspects of a universe where robots exist solely to serve humans. The streaming platform revealed the new cast members through X (formerly Twitter), with the series scheduled to premiere on October 26.
Cast Details for its upcoming Astro Boy reboot, “Pluto.”
Some of the notable new additions to the cast include Toshio Furukawa, the main voice actor for Piccolo in Dragon Ball Z, who will be voicing Dr. Ochanomizu, Astro Boy’s friend and mentor in Tezuka’s original series. Eizo Tsuda, known for his role in Fairy Gone, will portray Dr. Tenma, Astro Boy’s creator and father. Hideyuki Tanaka, who portrayed Doflamingo in One Piece, will lend his voice to the robot Brau-1589. Romi Park, who previously starred as Hange Zoe in Attack on Titan, will voice Helena. Michio Hazama, known for his role in Legend of the Galactic Heroes, will portray Duncan. Kazuhiro Yamaji (Psycho-Pass, One-Punch Man) and Kenyu Horiuchi (Golden Kamuy) will voice Dr. Abra and President Alexander, respectively. The series will be directed by Toshio Kawaguchi (Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke) at Studio M2.
Pluto is a retelling of Astro Boy’s “Greatest Robot on Earth” arc which was originally serialized from 2003 to 2009. In the series, Pluto sets out to fight Astro Boy in order to establish himself as the King of All Robots. However, a robotic investigator named Gesicht discovers a murder committed by an unknown robot, despite the fact that robots are programmed to not harm humans. As Gesicht delves deeper into the mystery, he uncovers a larger threat looming over humanity.
In addition to Pluto, Tezuka fans have another series to look forward to on Disney+. The streaming platform recently released a trailer for Phoenix: Eden17, an adaptation of Tezuka’s iconic Phoenix manga. The story follows several protagonists from different eras of history, exploring the themes of life and rebirth. Eden17 focuses on Romi, the lead character of the manga’s “Nostalgia” arc, as she seeks refuge on the titular planet for herself and her newborn child. The series is set to debut on September 13.
Pluto will premiere on Netflix on October 26, and VIZ Media publishes the English version of the Pluto manga.