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Atom the Beginning Anime Announced For 12 Episodes

A flyer from this year’s AnimeJapan 2017 event revealed on Thursday that the television anime adaptation of Tetsuro Kasahara’s Atom The Beginning manga will have 12 episodes. The series will premiere at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 on NHK. The first episode will then stream on Amazon Prime Video in Japan at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 16.

The anime will have a stage event on Sunday at AnimeJapan 2017.

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.