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Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 6 Paperback – November 17, 2009
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Born in Tokyo in 1960, Naoki Urasawa's career as a manga artist spans three decades and has firmly established him as one of the true manga masters of his generation. A graduate of Meisei University, Urasawa debuted with Return! in 1981 and hasn't stopped his impressive output since. Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa's oeuvre encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as romantic comedies (Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl), gritty urban dramas (Pineapple ARMY), swashbuckling detective stories (Master Keaton), captivating psychological thrillers (Monster and 20th Century Boys) and modern reinterpretations of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka (Pluto: Urasawa × Tezuka). Many of his books have spawned equally popular animated series, and 2008 saw the theatrical release of the first of three live-action Japanese films based on 20th Century Boys.No stranger to accolades and awards, Urasawa has received the Kodansha Manga Award, and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award and a two-time recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize.Similarly, Monster has been nominated twice for the Eisner Award in America. 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. Combining a breathtaking cinematic visual style with stories known for their penetrating psychological depth and maturity, Naoki Urasawa remains one of the most exciting creators working in the medium of comics today.
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“Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 006” by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki is the sixth 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 written by a legendary manga master Osamu Tezuka.
Five out of the seven great robots of the world are destroyed, but the mysterious villain and his motive are still unknown. Despite his compromised physical condition and shaken mental state, detective Gesicht is determined to get to the bottom of this case and to face the powerful villain.
1) Story in full swing.
In my previous review, I crowned the fifth volume as my favorite. Well, I think I have a new winner. The story in “Pluto, Volume 006” unfolds in neck-breaking speed but still manages to remain as suspenseful and insightful as ever. This book contains more revelations than any of the previous volumes, but there are still quite a few mysteries left unsolved, and I am dying to know what’s going to happen next.
I know I am repeating myself a little, but it never seizes to amaze me how such an action-packed and trilling science fiction manga full of explosions and robot fights can also be so thought-provoking and emotionally powerful with complex and realistic characters. What is more, to call the sixth volume touching would be a huge understatement. In fact, I got so invested in certain characters and their stories that quite a few episodes in this volume were straight down heartbreaking.
3) Realistic artwork.
Urasawa’s illustrations are another consistently good feature of Pluto series. They are realistic, very detailed and simply beautiful to look at. In other words, they are ALMOST perfect (see the following section).
COULD BE BETTER:
1) Lack of color.
I am kind of tired of writing the same thing over and over, but I really wish the illustrations would be colored, just like in the first few pages of each volume. Honestly, the lack of color is the only thing that is preventing me from giving this volume a five-star rating.
VERDICT: 4 out of 5
“Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 006” by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki is action-packed, suspenseful and more than ever emotionally powerful. The storylines unfold and merge at neck-breaking speed, and the artwork is close to perfect.
Check out my reviews of the previous five volumes:
1) “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 001”: http://www.amazon.com/review/R39D2RIEIAPZRO/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
2) “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 002”: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3PJZDE2SFGRI6/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
3) “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 003”: http://www.amazon.com/review/R39D7281G5TKZQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
4) “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 004”: http://www.amazon.com/review/R5LDPO6IH4KUW/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
5) “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 005”: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2142JT7QBOFIZ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
I definetely recommend a real knowledgable Astro Boy fan to buy and also non fans because it is a really good series they made of this episode .
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. He is investigating the murders of professors who have supported the cause of the robots but has been taken aback by the elimination of other great robots and the numbers of those still alive are starting to dwindle.
And things do not look so great for the great robots as now the majority of them have been eliminated. Gesicht, who is among the few that still survives is deep into his case but this time around, as he looks deeper into the investigation, what he discovers can literally shake the foundation of the not only the investigation but him as a robot.
Here is a brief summary of each chapter in vol. 6 (short summaries, no spoilers):
ACT 40 - SAGE OF THE SANDS - Gesicht goes to Samarkand, Republic of Persia to investigate on a lead of who may be responsible for the murders.
ACT 41 - SAHAD - Gesicht heads to the Netherlands to look into this man named Sahad and about a special kind of tulip which he was working on.
ACT 42 - A HOME IN HADES - Gesicht has figured out the person that is responsible.
ACT 43 - ENCOUNTER WITH DEATH - An attempt is made on Professor Hoffman's life.
ACT 44 - I AM PLUTO - Gesicht takes on Pluto.
ACT 45 - NEGOTIATION AND PREPARATION - Gesicht learns about the true identity of Pluto.
ACT 46 - END OF THE DREAM - Gesicht goes against his superiors and the police force go to destroy Pluto.
ACT 47 - REAL TEARS - Another great robot has been murdered.
"PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka" vol. 006 features major revelations into the storyline of who is behind the murders against the scientists and the destruction of the great robots. Also, Gesicht learns more about the truth of his superiors and uncovering a major secret that has affected his life.
Although, most robots do not have emotions, Gesicht has started to show a side of himself that is quite human. Sadness, compassion and even some anger. But the final chapter of volume 6 was unexpected, the murder of a great robot that could only make me wonder what Naoki Urasawa has planned (especially since nearly all great robots have been destroyed).
Needless to say, this build up from the first six issues has definitely have me anticipating the next two volumes and in some way, we are quite lucky that we don't have to wait nearly a year for each volume to come out (in Japan, the first volume was released in 2004 and the eighth/final volume came out in 2009). The suspense is building and you can only wonder how the next volume which I'm guessing will feature Epsilon will be.
The artwork is solid and Naoki Urasawa knows how to bring together wonderful artwork and a well-written story. He has excelled in doing so with "20th Century Boys", "Monster" and previous other series and "PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka" is no exception. Again, another captivating, suspenseful and addictive volume of "PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka"!
If you have not read any of the volumes of "PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka" but are curious, this is one manga series that is worth owning, worth reading and trust me you won't be disappointed.