Atom The Beginning (2017 Anime Discussion)
Atom: The Beginning Official Website
Monthly Hero's Official Website
Atom: The Beginning debuted in the January 2015 issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine, which was released in Japan on December 1, 2014. New chapters are released in each monthly issue, which are distributed to 7-Elevens in Japan.
No international release of the manga has been announced.
An anime adaptation was announced at the beginning of Chapter 19; it aired from April 15, 2017 to July 8, 2017 on NHK in Japan. The English subbed version was available through Anime Strike, a paid subscription service in Amazon Prime. Two Blu-rays were released for it, which you can find links to purchase them in the stickied "Official releases/videos" thread in the Astro Boy Discussion sub-forum.
You can purchase the first two volumes of Atom the Beginning from Amazon Japan. Volume 1 contains the first five chapters of the manga in Japanese:
- Volume 1 [Jun. 5, 2015]
- Volume 2 [Dec. 4, 2015]
- Volume 3 [Jun. 3, 2016]
- Volume 4 [Dec. 5, 2016]
- Volume 5 [Apr. 5, 2017]
- Volume 6 [Jun. 5, 2017]
Tetsuro Kasahara - Author
Makoto Tezuka - Supervising Editor
Masami Yuuki - Concept Works
Osamu Tezuka - Draft
Tezuka Productions - Cooperation
I don't know how I missed this article, but this news came out over a month ago. Pretty interesting to see more manga for the series.
Source: Anime News Network
Rideback's Kasahara Launches Astro Boy Prequel Manga
Atom: The Beginning series to tell story up to birth of Astro Boy
The November issue of Shogakuan'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.