Oh, and A106's name is apparently pronounced "A-ten-six".
Sources: Anime News Network, MoCa News
Anime News Network wrote:Atom the Beginning Anime Stars Yūichi Nakamura, Takuma Terashima
Yūki Inoue also stars in spring anime that tells prequel story to Astro Boy
The official website for the television anime adaptation of Tetsuro Kasahara's Atom The Beginning manga announced the show's main cast on Friday.
The show stars:
Yūichi Nakamura (Fairy Tail's Gray Fullbuster) as Umatarō Tenma
Takuma Terashima (Durarara!!'s Saburou Togusa) as Hiroshi Ochanomizu
Yūki Inoue (Tenshi no 3P's Kyō Mekui) as A106 (pronounced "A-ten-six")
The anime will have a stage event on March 26 at the AnimeJapan 2017 event in Tokyo.
Atom The Beginning's story takes place in Japan after a great calamity. There were two geniuses who dreamed of the future. One was Umatarō 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 manga and anime tell a prequel story leading up to the birth of Astro Boy.
The website began streaming the anime's first promotional video in November.
Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass, live-action Ajin film) is serving as chief director, and Tatsuo Sato (Bodacious Space Pirates, Martian Successor Nadesico) is directing the series in cooperation with Tezuka Productions. Osamu Tezuka's son, Makoto Tezuka, is in charge of project planning cooperation and supervision, and Masami Yuuki (Patlabor franchise, Birdy the Mighty) is credited with concept works. OLM, Production I.G, and Signal.MD are animating the series. Jun'ichi Fujisaku (Blood+, Appleseed XIII) is overseeing the series scripts, and Takahiro Yoshimatsu (Trigun, Basquash!) is the character designer.
The anime's additional staff includes:
- Mechanical Design: Shinobu Tsuneki, Yoshihiro Ishimoto, Shinichi Miyazaki
- Prop Design: Mebara, Asuna Imahashi, Taiyō Yoshida
- Chief Animation Director: Hideki Ito
- Color Key: Miho Tanaka
- Art: Hiroshi Katō
- 3DCG Director: Takaaki Sugano
- Monitor Graphics: Takashi Aoki
- Special Effects: Masahiro Murakami
- Director of Photography: Teppei Satō
- Editing: Yūki Honda
- Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
- Music: Noriyuki Asakura
The musical duo After the Rain will perform the opening theme song "Kaidoku Funō" (Indecipherable). The anime is set to premiere in Japan this spring on NHK.
Kasahara (Ride Back) launched Atom The Beginning in Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine in December 2014 as a prequel of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy manga. Tezuka's son Makoto Tezuka handles the editorial supervision of the manga, and the series is in collaboration with Tezuka Productions. Masami Yuuki (Patlabor the Mobile Police, Birdy the Mighty creator) is credited with "concept works" for the series. Shogakukan shipped the fourth volume on December 5.