Astro Boy Short Rockets in April

It looks like die-hard Astro Boy fans won’t have to wait until October’s Imagi movie release to get a dose of their favorite manga hero. Anime News Network reports that a new 18-minute Astro Boy short will be featured in a special extra DVD bundled with debut album by trax, released by the Avex label. Tezuka Production is producing the animated project.

The new outing will focus on what happens to Tezuka’s famous character after his final act to save the Earth. Aftering drifting in space, the robot boy is rescued by three members of ravex and is brought back as Ratom The Princess Knight and other Tezuka characters will appear in this special adventure. Musical artists BoA, Maki Goto, Anna Tsuchiya, Tohoshinki, and TRF are contributing to the album. A special event celebrating anime master and Astro Boy’s creator Osamu Tezuka’s 80th birthday and the release of the album is planned for April 10 at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

You can catch the new Astro Boy getting his groove on here: