"Astro Boy" prequel will air on NHK General TV starting in spring 2017
Plans for an anime adaptation of Astro Boy prequel Atom the Beginning have been expanded upon, starting with the fact that it will air on NHK General TV starting in spring 2017.
Production: OLM (Pokemon), Production IG (Ghost in the Shell) & Signal MD
Cooperation: Tezuka Productions
General Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass)
Director: Tatsuo Sato ( Bodacious Space Pirates )
Writer: Junichi Fujisaku (Blood +, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex )
Character Design: Takahiro Yoshimatsu (Hunter x Hunter 2011 , Overlord , Trigun)
Animation Director: Hideki Ito (D.Gray-Man)
Music: Noriyuki Asakura ( Knights of Sidonia)
Mechanical Design: Shinobu Tsuneki(Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), Takehiro Ishimoto (Eureka Seven AO), Shinichi Miyazaki
Atom the Beginning is set in a near-future Japan that has been struck by a major disaster of unknown origin, and the series chronicles the events leading up to the creation of Atom. The series is written and illustrated by Tetsuro Kasahara (RIDEBACK) and features concept works by Masami Yuki (Birdy the Mighty) and supervision by Makoto Tezuka.