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Rideback's Kasahara Launches Astro Boy Prequel Manga

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Atom The Beginning series to tell story up to birth of Astro Boy

The November issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's Magazine magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ride Back author Tetsuro Kasahara is launching a prequel of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy manga.

The temporarily titled Atom The Beginning will premiere in the magazine in the January issue on December 1. Tezuka's son Makoto Tezuka is handling 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.

The manga will tell the story of what happens up until the birth of Astro Boy, and is considered an "episode zero" story.

Kasahara's Ride Back manga inspired a television anime series in 2009 and Funimation released the series on home video. Kasahara is also currently drawing the Full Metal Panic! 0 manga in Fujimi Shobo's Monthly Dragon Age magazine.

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