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PLUTO: Naoki Urasawa x Ozamu Tezuka, Band 001 (Pluto #1)

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In a distant future where sentient humanoid robots pass for human, someone or some thing is out to destroy the seven great robots of the world. Europol's top detective Gesicht is assigned to investigate these mysterious robot serial murders; the only catch is that he himself is one of the seven targets.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 2007 by Egmont Manga & Anime (first published September 30th 2004)
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Anthony Chavez
Naoki Urasawa's writing is so detailed and amazing. I have been a fan of his ever since I read his Monster series (if you haven't do yourself a favor and read it or at least watch the anime). Pluto was a good read, as it is a very unique interpretation of Astro Boy. Keeping in mind I have never read the original or seen the cartoon, but I imagine with Urasawa at the reigns this is "mature Astro Boy." The series covers a lot of philosophical themes, especially with identity and what it means to b ...more
Seth Hahne
Pluto by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka

I haven't actually been a huge booster of the works of Osamu Tezuka. Beyond a hard-won affection for his Buddha , I haven't come to take much enjoyment from the other books of his I've sampled. Phoenix, Adolf, Blackjack. They just haven't won me over. I think I may be too far divorced from the period of his innovation to view the works as fresh. They are so deeply products of their times that they appear quaint and stilted—to me at least (I've spoken before of my trouble with attempting to escap
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Mary
Call yourself a reader? Never read Naoki Urasawa? Shame on you. (Please, check out Monster first.) His works start out slow to stage the scene, then rip you apart.


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 of the godfather of manga himself, Osamu Tezuka. Unlike most mangaka, Urasawa really makes his stories and characters the central focus. His art is realistic and breathtaking, and he tackl
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Πέτρος
Pluto is a very hard to judge manga. On one hand it’s very mature in themes, on the other it’s full of convenient events and magic resolutions is a setting that is supposed to be a lot logic-based. But compared to the usual formula of most manga out there, it does a fine job leaving you with good impressions to the most part.

First of all, the story is a far more mature and dark version of Astro Boy, made by Osamu Tezuka in the 60’s and which so happens to be THE title that defined anime charact
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Charlie
Using volume 1 as a stand-in to indicate the whole series.

Pluto is a manga series of 8 books based on another manga from 1951 called Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka is promoted as 'The father of manga' without whom Japanese manga would not exist. But more of that in a separate review.

The Pluto story line revolves around big robots. Pluto is a mysterious force which is destroying said robots worldwide. One of the most advanced robots is an inspector in the German police force and the plot invol
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Kat
I totally enjoyed it. I LOVE the sub-genre of science fiction futuristic detective stuff. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Hells yeah. It's a genre that I'm always a bit at a loss of where to find new things to feed my addiction. I even love movies like Minority Report and that Will Smith one. So when I realized that Pluto was in fact a murder mystery, I was sort of overcome with glee. Here I just thought it had a cool cover.

It works under the premise that someone or something is killing off
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Verónica
No se si me gusta, es super raro este manga :/
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"Los fans de Urasawa estamos de enhorabuena. El aclamado autor de Monster y XXth Century Boys estrena nueva serie, en esta ocasión desarrollada en un futuro en el que los androides conviven con los seres humanos, y que nos recuerda mucho a la sociedad descrita por Isaac Asimov en novelas como Bóvedas de acero o El sol desnudo. Sin embargo, Naoki Urasawa pretende rendir homenaje en esta serie a otro gran autor: Osamu Tezuka y, en concreto, a una de sus grandes creaciones: Astroboy, ya que Pluto t ...more
Serial  Saudi_00
Probably the best of Urasawa works . Blending Takezo astro boy vision with Ursawa mastery of suspense and thriller , and what a thing we have here .


In a society were robot and humans live side by side and both share equal treatment and rights , got to say what a world takezo built here , but I always thought that it was a bit exaggerated , when he shows robots replicating human in every part like having a robot wife or a robot child or pretty much having a human like emotion was the hardest part
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Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
Pluto is the story of an android police detective who is investigating the murder of an well loved and famous robot. In this first volume things are just getting started and there don't appear to be any real leads in the case as of yet. So far this is mostly character development and putting down the foundation for the story.
I admit that I am enjoying this tale although I am having some difficulty with the concept of androids living exactly as humans and who also appear to have feelings and symp
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Sean
May 13, 2012 Sean rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
This is my very first manga and I am so glad I picked this one. At first, the right to left reading style is a bit confusing and seems unnatural. I was greatly surprised though how it all seemed to click after a few pages. The art is simply amazing and yet simple. Done is basic black and white, the pages convey a film noir feel that is perfect for the storyline. A twist on the popular Astro Boy line, Pluto feels like it could easily be a graphic version of a Phillip K. Dick novel. In a world whe ...more
Jeff Jackson
This manga series appeared on a number of lists in the Hooded Utilitarian's fascinating Best International Comix Poll, so I gave it try. Pluto is Naoki Urasawa's radical reimagining of the classic "Greatest Robot" storyline from Astro Boy, but you don't need to be familiar with the source material. I'm through four volumes and so far I'm very impressed - the artwork is wonderful and the storyline keeps getting darker, more complex, and unconventional as it progresses. There are a few overly conv ...more
María Claudia Gazabon
Hacía mucho tiempo que no leía un manga y me alegro de haber recibido una recomendación como esta.
El tema de los robots y en general la ciencia ficción es de mis favoritos y toda la historia me recuerda mucho los cuentos de Asimov. La historia esta llena de excelentes reflexiones, aderezada con situaciones que parecen sacadas de cosas que ya hemos visto en la realidad y con una buena dosis de acción.
El manga recoge algo de la historia de Astroboy y aunque no es necesario conocer la historia, si
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Alexander Burns
All of the stars for this whole series. I'm not a manga guy, but this is amazing work.
Jeff Lanter
I have never read Manga before and when I heard what Pluto was about and how good it was, I knew that it was the one I wanted to try first. Set in the future where humans and robots live side by side, there is a shocking murder of a robot which leads the main character, Gesicht, a robot detective to investigate. While I like a good mystery/crime story, what I liked even more was how much of an emotional impact Pluto has on the reader. Urasawa makes sure to establish how robots could have humanli ...more
Miguel
In Pluto's first volume, Naoki Urasawa lays all the groundwork for a thought provoking murder mystery that explores themes of personal identity and human nature. The well-tread ground of the potential "human-ness" of robots is made fresh again by the vivid world that Urasawa re-purposes from Ozamu Tezuka's legendary Astro Boy manga. While much of the first volume is world building and development of Gesicht, a bit part from Astro Boy now upgraded to leading man in Urasawa's interpretation, act 4 ...more
Michael Rotondo
In the book "PLUTO" by Naoki Urasawa and Ozamu Tezuka a lot happened in chapter 2. The narrator talks about how Montblanc, a police robot was a true hero. he brought in the criminals and served justice to the community. Everybody is very heartbroken about this incident, but detectives are trying to find out who killed Montblanc. While I was reading I had a few questions. How are they going to find our who killed Montblanc? And how is Montblanc have some human qualities to himself, when he is a r ...more
Tyler
In a couple of hours, I'd burned through this volume; it'd that good. The art, the story--it's just... Fantastic. Undoubtedly getting the follow up volumes and of course going to be looking up MONSTER when the new printing comes out.
Karthik
Someone recommended this to me as an awesome manga to read. So I had very high expectations. While it was interesting I was not wowed as such - this might be very impressive for someone not familiar with science fiction manga. But somehow I found it along predictables lines - somewhat similar to Neon Genesis Evangelion and other similar ones. The Japanese existential theme has by now become all too familiar for me - so there was not much novelty factor. Probably I might have enjoyed this much mo ...more
Danielle Morency
I read the entire Pluto series in about two days. The plot was a bit complex, hard to understand, but it only serves to draw the reader in, to understand what the authors are getting at. When the reader needs to think, follow the trail laid out, rather than be told explicitly what is going to happen, the reading experience is so much more enjoyable. The artwork is pretty well done; but not too stylized as the typical manga artwork seen. This series I would actually spend money on in order to rer ...more
Kamillah
Naoki Urasawa's writing and artwork convey impressive depth of emotion in the first volume of his Pluto series. Although it occurs in the future, Mr. Urasawa retains a sense of familiarity in the setting which, coupled with great characterization, make a futuristic vision feel completely plausible and relatable. Pluto is based on the famed Astroboy series (which I sadly haven't read yet, but I'm familiar with), but here Mr. Urasawa shifts the focus from Astoboy to a robot detective from Interpol ...more
Ernest Junius
Naoki Urasawa is my favourite mangaka. His mangas are uniquely different to other manga there are in the market, they are more European-oriented, usually dark, suspenseful and epic. I have read a few of his works sometimes in the past: Monster, 21st Century Boy (which was adapted into a ghastly low-budget looking Japanese movie) and Master Keaton. I always loved his work very much and this is the same case–it's unmissable.

I've read all of the series(1-8) and I speak for all of them. It was overa
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Scruffy
Pluto is set in a future where robots and humans peacefully coexist. When a popular robot is murdered detective Gesicht is assigned to investigate the case. Being the first volume of a series Urasawa chooses to tell his story quite slowly. This isn’t a fast moving plot instead we are slowly introduced to the world of Pluto.

I found this vision of the future to be quite interesting. Unlike most science fiction stories the robots here often appear to be considered equal to humans. After the robot M
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Jordan
Two of my favorite authors. Merged. COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. Or, rather, Urasawa re-imagines some of Tezuka's work. Apparently, this particular Astro Boy arc was his first manga, and it left quite an impression on him. So he really loves what he's working on here, and it shows.

Art: Urasawa's work is realistic, beautiful in such a way that even his ugly old dudes can be loved because they have such obviously wonderful personalities and expressive faces, and are all complex. I kept poking my sister t
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Yessy Loren
Inilah kisah robot di bumi masa depan.Kala robot dan manusia hidup berdampingan dan tidak bisa dibedakan lagi secara fisik...

Detektif Europol,Gesicht tersangkut dalam penyelidikan kasus pembunuhan robot-robot hebat.Pertama Montblank-robot dari kantor keamanan hutan Swiss.Montblanc yang banyak dicintai baik oleh manusia maupun sesama robot ditemukan tewas dalam kebakaran hutan dalam keadaan terpotong-potong.Misteri berlanjut dengan kematian Bernard Ranke,anggota lembaga perlindungan robot,seorang
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Charles
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Alice
It could be made into a prime time moody television series and would probably be successful; the tale moves at a slower, sophisticated pace. Indeed, less like a comic and more like film. There is a lot of dialog (particularly for manga), but I find it warranted. As a person whose always felt a kinship with machinery, I didn't require the efforts exerted to make the machines appear "human", but I get that it's to further the concept for the masses as well as possibly to truly -- in a surrealistic ...more
Ben
Oct 22, 2013 Ben rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
This is a review of the entire eight book series - not just this one volume.

This has to be one of the most enjoyable manga I have read, not only recently but ever. It checks pretty much all the boxes to make it a great series. Not at all what I expected when it was lent to me, the series is not so much a reworking of the Atom (Astroboy) series, but more a self contained story which 'reboots' the world which was Osamu Tezuka's most famous legacy. Commonly referred to as the 'father of manga', att
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Kapila
There's something very easy about picking up a comic book before bed time. It's easy to get into, and the pages go by quickly, and if it's as good as this one was, it keeps you wanting more. A colleague told me about this series, and about Planetes, too:

Planetes, Book 1 by Makoto Yukimura

I confess that before these two, I had never read manga-style comics! I think I had been scared - and even a bit put off or bored with the idea of reading in black and white - but I don't know why I should have been, because Courtney Crumrin an
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Scott Radtke
In attempting to do a remake (a reinterpretation more accurately) of Tezuka's Astro Boy (The Mighty Atom in Japan) Naoki Urasawa is attempting to fill some pretty big shoes. If this volume is any indication of the rest of the series, Urasawa has done a man's job (that's a Blade Runner rip, so don't think me sexist).

Pluto is a re-imagining of the classic Astro Boy story "The Greatest Robot on Earth." I'd love to bring a plot synopsis out here but it's best if you let Pluto's mystery angle play o
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Urasawa Naoki ( 浦沢 直樹) is a Japanese mangaka. He is perhaps best known for Monster (which drew praise from Junot Díaz, the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner) and 20th Century Boys.

Urasawa's work often concentrates on intricate plotting, interweaving narratives, a deep focus on character development and psychological complexity. Urasawa has won the Shogakukan Manga Award, the Japan Media Arts Festival ex
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