Early news out of Annecy International Animation Film Festival is that the booth by Japanese company Genco at the MIFA film market sports a poster for an anime adaptation of Pluto, Naoki Urasawa's mature remake of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy classic "The Greatest Robot on Earth." The Eisner nominated manga was released in North America by Viz.
Also spotted was a poster for a new anime version of Headgear's (Mamoru Oshii, writer Kazunori Itō, mecha designer Yutaka Izubuchi, character designer Akemi Takada, and manga artist Masami Yūki) realistic police mecha series Patlabor.
Viz introduced 2003-2009 Pluto manga series:
In an ideal world where man and robots coexist, someone or something has destroyed the powerful Swiss robot Mont Blanc. Elsewhere a key figure in a robot rights group is murdered. The two incidents appear to be unrelated...except for one very conspicuous clue - the bodies of both victims have been fashioned into some sort of bizarre collage complete with makeshift horns placed by the victims' heads. Interpol assigns robot detective Gesicht to this most strange and complex case - and he eventually discovers that he too, as one of the seven great robots of the world, is one of the targets.
Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.