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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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Seth T.
Aug 02, 2012 Seth T. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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 esca
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
Dec 18, 2015 Agne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science fiction fans
Recommended to Agne by: Panels & Pages Book Group

“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. 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, Volume 001,” detective Gesicht tries to figure out who - or what - destroyed the world’s most beloved robot Mont Blanc, killed a robot rights activist and left both victims with
Nov 21, 2011 Πέτρος rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2010 Charlie rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2010 Kat rated it really liked it
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
Jan 04, 2015 Verónica rated it liked it
No se si me gusta, es super raro este manga :/
May 24, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, manga
"Grim 'n' Gritty Astro Boy" sounds like a terrible idea, but Urasawa and his team pull it off better than I could have hoped. They bring the characters and concepts of Astro Boy into a more "realistic" adult sci-fi environment, but they sacrifice none of Tezuka's essential earnestness and humanism in the process. The unsettling moments (and there are a few of those. this is from the guy who made "Monster" after-all) work because they aren't played for shock value and they don't make a mockery of ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Emma rated it liked it
"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."

The first volume of Pluto is intriguing. It is much more adult than many of the manga I have previously read, which I prefer although I'm terrible at finding the adult ones. This is my first exp
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
El Templo
"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
Feb 22, 2014 Serial Saudi_00 rated it it was amazing
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
Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
Apr 20, 2013 Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali rated it really liked it
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
May 13, 2012 Sean rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 28, 2011 Jeff Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Aug 29, 2013 María Claudia Gazabon rated it it was amazing
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
Alexander Burns
Nov 06, 2014 Alexander Burns rated it it was amazing
All of the stars for this whole series. I'm not a manga guy, but this is amazing work.
Dec 11, 2015 Concertina rated it it was amazing
En definitiva el mejor de Urasawa desde mi punto de vista.
Es muy emotivo y amé a los personajes sobre todo a Épsilon <3
Tom Ewing
Feb 28, 2015 Tom Ewing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read the classic 60s Astro Boy storyline Pluto is based on - which means certain story moments here don't carry quite the impact they might have for readers who have Tezuka's classic manga as part of their private mythologies. But Naoki Urasawa's cover version stands up for itself from the beginning, putting the emphasis on robotic detective Gesicht, whose loneliness and anomie helps make this first volume a quieter, sadder read than Urasawa's other books.

Volume 1 of Pluto runs with G
Book: PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 001
Author: Naoki Urasawa
Series: Pluto (1st book)
Length: Medium

When Mont Blanc, the world's most beloved robots, is killed, Gesicht is assigned to the case. He's one of the world's few robots with the potential to become weapons of mass destruction.
As it becomes clear that someone is killing the world's most dangerous robots, and the case becomes ever more puzzling. How many will die?

The first book starts off rather slow, however North 2's sc
Jeff Lanter
Feb 15, 2014 Jeff Lanter rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Poe Wilson
Jun 28, 2015 Poe Wilson rated it liked it
Real rating: 6/10
Manga/GN rating: 8/10
What happens when you take on a pre-existing storyline from the grandfather of your art. Chances are you fail miserably for your endeavour to crown yourself the greatest, but this is not the case with Urasawa Naoki's reimagining of Tezuka Ozamu's tale. With each page that unfolds before us we see a tenderness and warmth to the story, but also to the man who created it. Pluto feels less like a writer trying to one up a great than a man who wants to create the
Jan 31, 2015 Miguel rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 23, 2015 Nelson rated it it was amazing
Monster is my favorite anime/manga of all time. But I had never read another Urasawa manga until now. This guy is a genius. His art style is not only unique, but his storytelling sensibilities are amazing. So elegant.

Can't wait to keep this one going. It is a short one but seems totally worth it.
Michael Rotondo
May 14, 2014 Michael Rotondo rated it it was amazing
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
Bob Mackey
Apr 05, 2015 Bob Mackey rated it really liked it
Naoki Urasawa has always been one of those artists I turn to whenever I think I'm getting too old for manga. Within the past 20 years, he's created some of the best "mature" works in this field—and not purely in terms of sex and violence. Whenever I read something from him, I get the sense that I'm reading something made *for adults*, and thankfully, the same goes for Pluto. This adaptation interprets a very classic Astro Boy story through Urasawa's mind, trading Tezuka's often grotesque (though ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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.
Neon Snake
Jan 29, 2016 Neon Snake rated it liked it
It's intriguing enough, but as opening volumes go, I found it lacking a solid hook. The mystery was present, but there's something about it which failed to properly grab me and draw me in.

That said, it was enough to make me want to read the second, with the idea that maybe it needed just a little longer before it really hit me; the volume may just have been a little too short. The concept feels just right, a world where robots are treated almost as secondclass citizens in the same breath as the
Dimitris Hall
Apr 16, 2016 Dimitris Hall rated it liked it
This is a review for the whole series, not just Pluto #1.

I read it on my smartphone. What a time to be alive!

There's this I've noticed with manga, anime and how I take them in: very often, such series as Pluto, or Neon Genesis Evangelion while we're at it, they start off strong and interesting, they throw you in well-crafted worlds with characters I want to know more about. The art is captivating and undoubtedly masterful as well. But by the end the plot's typically so messed up I find it diffic
Mar 09, 2015 Brandon rated it it was amazing
My first roundabout introduction of the work of Osamu Tezuka by way of this adaptation of Astro Boy. Easily the most amazing comic I've read in recent years regardless of my lack of familiarity with the original series. The "North #2" sequence is probably one of the most perfect pieces of comic storytelling I've read. It's tightly written and perfectly paced. The rest of the series doesn't quite rise to the same level, but is still amazing.

Great entry point to comics (graphic novels) if you're a
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Pluto (8 books)
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