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Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 5 Paperback – September 15, 2009

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Book 5 of 8 in the Pluto Series

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  • Series: PLUTO (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Viz Signature ed. edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421525836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421525839
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

“Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 005” by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki is the fifth book in an eight-book science fiction manga series Pluto. The whole series is based on “The Greatest Robot on Earth,” the most popular story arc in Astro Boy series by a legendary manga master Osamu Tezuka.

In “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 005,” a new assignment helps detective Gesicht to unlock a harrowing memory, the source of his unsettling nightmares, and to discover what he is truly capable of. Meanwhile, Hercules, one of the seven great robots of the world, challenges the powerful, mysterious villain that so far has been unstoppable.

THUMBS UP:

1) My favorite volume so far.
Pluto series just keeps getting better and better. The fifth volume has it all: it is action packed, thrilling and suspenseful with plot twists and revelations, but at the same time it is thought-provoking and emotionally powerful with complex and realistic characters. The story kept me on my toes throughout the whole book and I understood and truly cared about the main characters (well, maybe except for Epsilon). Oh, and the artwork is very realistic and simply gorgeous.

2) Things make sense!
As the authors continue to tie loose ends together, the events and characters’ motives make more and more sense. This volume also offers a very sound explanation behind the “perfect robot” idea and why such a robot might be disastrous, making the story more logically explainable and thus much more realistic.

3) Postscripts.
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In the first four volumes of "PLUTO", we learned about a world where robots and humans work together alongside with each other. In this world, robots are treated (by most) like sentient beings comes a world where the planet has robotic heroes and even police squadrons of human and robot partners.

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 seven great robots and possibly murdering those who protect the rights for robots.

We eventually learn that there are anti-robot hate groups who will do what they can to stop robots (including committing murder). And despite robots not having emotions, we are starting to see a few of them develop certain emotion(s) that they don't understand why they are feeling it. And for the primary character, the great robot Gesicht, will the greatest detective be able to stop the murders of robots and humans and find out who is behind Pluto or will he discover something that can change the course of his investigation?

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 manga series revolves around the great robot Gesicht, who is a detective.
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It's like Blade Runner. It's a detective story in a world where robots and humans are almost indistinguishable from one another. Can they track down the robot serial killer before he/she kills again? Urasawa takes a story from AstroBoy/Tetsuwan Atom and turns it on its head with compelling characters--you will feel deeply for them.
Urasawa can do no wrong in my book. Please also follow up with Monster and 20th Century Boys.
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This series is 8 parts (I bought them all) - it tells the story of "astroboy" before he was "Astroboy". If you love illustration and you love Manga - buy all 8 of these now! If you are new to the medium.. test out book one.. remember they are read right to left - read slowly - and enjoy!
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