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Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 1 (1) Paperback – Illustrated, February 17, 2009
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About the Author
No stranger to accolades and awards, Urasawa received the 2011 and 2013 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia, and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award, a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, and also received the Kodansha Manga Award. Urasawa has also become involved in the world of academia, and in 2008 accepted a guest teaching post at Nagoya Zokei University, where he teaches courses in, of course, manga.
- Item Weight : 10 ounces
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781421519180
- ISBN-13 : 978-1421519180
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.7 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : VIZ Media LLC; Illustrated Edition (February 17, 2009)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1421519186
- Best Sellers Rank: #63,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I should say, for a soft cover, it's very well designed and built. It's a high quality product.
It provokes deep thought. It touches your heart. Then rips it out, stomping it into the ground. Makes you cry, makes you laugh. It's sark, hopeful, suspenseful, exciting....
I was a huge fan of Astro Boy, and although this series isn't solely about him (heck, you don't see him much at first at all), this was not what I expected and far surpassed any expectations I had. Such an amazing series!
This series is about a serial kiler who is killing off all the great robots of the world. One of the great robots is a detective in charge of this case. This robot has to stop the killer before himself and the other great robots are destroyed.
This series deals with the great concept of robots with emotions and is a great thriller. I highly recommend this series.
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The art work in incomparable, like Akira with a bit of Lone Wolf, the two manga titles which made me fall in love with Manga in the first place.
The story is a bit confused in places, I wish I could read the Japanese edition to see if it is a translation issue, but it does not detract from a truly epic masterpiece.
The premise is the same as the original -a near-future world where humanity is assisted by robots that look like robots and also robots which are indistinguishable from human beings: Gesicht, our detective hero hunting what may or may not be a killer robot, is one of the latter. Stylistically, Urasawa draws in a distinctively low-key realistic manner as opposed to the wild cartoonish manner of Tezuka's original. Neither is Urasawa the writer in any hurry to rush his story, rather it is told sedately, lingering over character, drawing out and focussing in on emotional details which resonate with the reader and it isn't until the end of this first volume that we, and our somber hero Gesicht, finally meet the protagonist of the original story.
This is an extremely impressive opening to this series and if succeeding volumes match it then I'll certainly be around until the end.
I would also recommend this, because of its clear, accessible and unfussy style, as an excellent start for anyone who hasn't tried manga before, though it isn't suitable for, and neither is it aimed at, children.
Urasawa takes the opportunity, as all science fiction writers must, to use the robots to look at what it means to be human. The events of the original story take place off-camera or at a distance, never moving away from the close and personal stories being told.
Gesicht is a depressed main character not out of place in a Moore story or a Philip K. Dick tale (there are distinct hints of Do Androids Dream and Blade Runner in the narrative too). A robot and a detective searching for the killer of Mont Blanc, he is married to another robot in a touchingly normal relationship.
There may be more to the mystery though. Not just robots are being killed, humans are too, and the deaths appear linked.
References to a Central Asian war seems to have something to do with the story too.
The story is very well written and Urasawa knows how to use panels to convey emotion. All the hype this series has gotten seems to be well-deserved.
Anyone who likes a bit of cyberpunk and well-drawn characters is in for a treat.