A new key visual and the Japanese TV schedule have been released for Atom the Beginning, an upcoming TV anime adaptation based on the manga by Tetsuro Kasahara (with story assistance by Makoto Tezuka and Masami Yuki) that serves as a prequel to Osamu Tezuka’s classic science fiction manga and TV anime, Astro Boy.
Atom the Beginning will broadcast on the NHK network every Saturday during the 23:00 time slot (11 PM JST) beginning on April 15, 2017. Additionally, the series will be streamed in Japan exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, with new episodes becoming available every Saturday during the 25:30 time slot (actually on Sunday at 1;30 AM) beginning on April 15, 2017..
Atom the Beginning tells the story of Umataro Tenma and Hiroshi Ochanomizu (the creators of Astro Boy) as they work as research students at Nerima University studying robotics engineering. Together they develop a prototype robot called A106 that is designed with autonomous learning functions.
The original Atom the Beginning manga is serialized in Shogakukan’s Monthly Hero’s seinen manga magazine. The Atom the Beginning TV anime is directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro and Tatsuo Satō and features animation by OLM, Inc., Production I.G, and Signal.MD.