Anime Strike and Amazon have patterned up with Sentai Filmworks to License several shows this season. Now comes their latest announcement. Before Astro Boy there was Atom. This new series will follow the manga by Osamu Tezuka, one of the oldest and most respected Mangaka. If you enjoy the SuperRobo genre of anime, this is worth a check out.

Return to the astounding world of the godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka (Black Jack, The Mighty Atom, Phoenix), in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: ATOM THE BEGINNING. Based on the original work by Tetsuro Kasahara, ATOM THE BEGINNING is the dramatic prequel series to Tezuka’s iconic manga, The Mighty Atom. The series will air exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

described by Sentai as

“After a great calamity in Japan, the world needed a hero: but did this hero need to be a god? Or a friend? Two young geniuses, Umataro Tenma and Hiroshi Ochanomizu, have labored extensively to create a powerful artificial intelligence to protect the future. The result of their collaboration was a robot, A106. In this previously untold story, Tenma and Ochanomizu lay the groundwork leading up to the birth of an android that would later change the world.”

Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass, Ajin) acted as Chief Director, with Tatsuo Sato (Bodacious Space Pirates, Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne) as Director. Animation production for the series was helmed by Production I.G (Haikyu!!, Kuroko’s Basketball, Joker Game).

ATOM THE BEGINNING will soon be available to stream exclusively in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels, with a home video release to follow. Anime Strike subscribers can stream new episodes every Saturday starting April 15. For Sentai Filmworks’ latest announcements regarding this and other great titles, be sure to Sentai us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.