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Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 1 Paperback – February 17, 2009
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Of course, it's not an all perfect world as there are humans who rather not co-exist with the robots. And someone makes their agenda known when someone has decided to disrupt that peaceful coexistence by destroying the great robots and possibly murdering those who protect the rights for robots.
With only several of the great robots left, one of the great robots from Interpol must protect the other living great robots from destruction from a mysterious murderer/destroyer who may be human or robot.
This is the basis of the story "PLUTO", a reimagining of "Astro Boy - The Greatest Robot on Earth" written by manga great Naoki Urasawa ("Yawara", "Monster", "20th Century Boys" and many more titles) and co-authored by Takashi Nagasaki. The Astro Boy or Tetsuwan Atom stories are based on the popular works of Osamu Tezuka and with cooperation from Tezuka Productions, this manga project is managed by Makoto Tezuka.
The ongoing award winning manga series debuted in Japan back in 2003 and has captivated readers but now the popular manga arrives in the US courtesy of VIZ Media.
The first volume of "PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka" features the first seven acts and ends with a several-page discussion between Naoki Urasawa and Makoto Tezuka plus a postscript by Takayuki Matsutani, Presiden of Tezuka Productions, Inc.
"PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka" vol. 01 was definitely an enjoyable first volume.Read more ›
Someone is killing the most powerful robots on Earth. With that premise, Pluto opens, blending an almost childlike innocence with the harsh realities of war and death, humanity and monstrosity. A mystery at its heart, Pluto is based on but not bound to Astro Boy, a creation of Osamu Tezuka, and while being familiar with that series might give a reader further insight into some of the visual references and nods put into the series, it is unnecessary to understand and enjoy what Pluto does, which is to tell a compelling story using elements and ideas most often associated with juvenile stories, but in an undeniably adult manner. Instead of being an Astro Boy story, this stands more on its own, as a detective story starring a German robot named Gesicht as he seeks to solve a series of murders.
The setting is of a near future or perhaps an alternate present where robots have been developed to the point that they are nearly human, enjoying certain rights while still used as soldiers and construction workers. And as Gesicht travels, the reader is brought up to speed gradually to where robots stand in the world, designed to be without emotion and yet to carry out the most emotionally devastating duties. And each of the major players in the series is tied in some way to a war fought in the not-so-distant past, a war that saw robots killing robots on a massive scale. Mont Blanc, the first robot murdered, was one of the most powerful to fight in the war, and had since dedicated himself to trying to help the world. The volume definitely toys with the idea of these robots confronting their actions as moral agents as well as soldiers, with dealing with, for lack of a better word, their own humanity in a world that does not see them as human.Read more ›
Based upon Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy, Pluto reinterprets the story "The Greatest Robot on Earth," expanding it into a futuristic murder-mystery. The action centers around Gesicht, a humanoid detective robot in a future world where robots live alongside humans and some are even national heroes. At the beginning of volume one, we learn that the Swiss mountain guide, forest protector, and war veteran robot, Mont Blanc, has been completely destroyed while battling a forest fire. The next day a robot rights defender is found dead in his apartment, and his body has been set up so that he appears to have huge horns on his head. Confusingly, only another robot could have killed the extremely powerful Mont Blanc, but a robot could not have killed the human (because of the first law). Gesicht is assigned to the case by Interpol and he tries to make sense of the strangely connected murders. A pattern emerges as more robot deaths occur: someone is killing the seven greatest robots in the world, of which Gesicht is one.
Pluto is award winning for a reason: it's an excellent comic series even without it's connection to Astro Boy (also awesome!). Naoki Urasawa's art is complex but not confusing. It's also much more realistic than most Japanese comics, making it a perfect introduction to manga. I love his style - the big noses especially (no idea why, I guess because so often people in comics are too perfectly proportioned). I loved this entire series, and I'm sad that it's ended, but very happy that it introduced me to Urasawa.
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Beautiful and a classic, but..treads the same ground about the nature of relationships and being angsty that artsy stuff likes. If that's your thing its probobly great. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nolrai
Urasawa is a dang genius. For reals. Your gf is 100% NOT gonna listen if you tell her how intricate or amazing this story is, doesn't matter, though cause it's crazy good even if... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Benjamin L
Urasawa takes a well tread story and brings it to life with this version. Characters you've seen endlessly in other media take on a more human visage here and you're not exactly... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Vince Averello
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
“Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 001” by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki is the first book in an eight-book science fiction manga series Pluto. Read more
In Pluto, Naoki Urasawa lays all the groundwork for a thought provoking murder mystery that explores themes of personal identity and human nature. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Suyo
From my Goodreads:
When you hear Naoki Urasawa, you'll probably think of 20th Century Boys or Monster, 2 of his masterpieces that have earned him a title close to that... Read more
Great Book. Great Quality of print. Definitely going to buy the rest of the volume, but I may try to find them used.Published 21 months ago by Eddie A.
If you are a fan of 20th century boy then this manga is for you. It is quite well written and the plot is very good.Published 21 months ago by vincent
So far I have only read the first two volumes but the volumes I have read were amazing, the art is awesome and the story is great. Higly recommend it and plan on getting the rest. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by xavier bojorquez