PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 008 (Pluto, #8)
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PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 008 (Pluto #8)

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R to L (Japanese Style). A new vision based on Astroboy - "The greatest robot on earth". Final Volume!
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by VIZ Media (first published June 30th 2009)
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أحمد رشيد
رائع... رائع ... رائع
أول مانجا مكتمل أقرأه بكافة أجزاءه و فصوله...
هو عبارة عن 8 أجزاء... قُسمت كل منها إلى فصول... بمعدل 8-9 فصل لكل جزء... أي أن مجموعها كاملة 65 فصل تماماً... و كل فصل منها تحوي ما معدّله 25 صفحة...
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القصة مذهلة... مع بعض التعقيد, و لكن كل الألغاز تحل في الجزء الأخير من القصة...
هذه القصة مبنية على مسلسل "آسترو بوي" المشهور... مع أن آسترو "أو آتوم كما ذكر اسمه في المانجا" ليس هو البطل الرئيسي... و لكن له دور مهم...
بنيت القصة كما ذكرت على ذلك المسلسل...لكن بنضوج و وعي أكبر...more
Yazoo
في عالم يشارك فيه الآليين حكم العالم مع البشرنشبت حرب في آسيا الوسطى و أستعمل فيها أفتك الآليين لإيقافها و إحلال السلام فيها. و بعد ثلاث سنوات على نهاية الحرب يقتل الآلي مونتبلان و لكن المجازر لم تتمحور على الآليين فقط بل على البشر أيضا حيث تم قتل بعض المناصرين للمساواة بين الآليين و البشر بوحشية و أيضا تم قتل بعض أقوى الآليين في حرب اسيا الوسطى و الغريب في هذه الجرائم أن يتم إيجاد قرنين مغروسين في جمجة الضحية و هنا تبدأ مغامرة بطلنا جيسشت الآلي الألماني -والذي كان ايضا مشاركا في الحرب- لإيجاد ا...more
Stéphanie
Encore une série d'Urasawa puissante et prenante. C'est également un ben bel hommage à Tezuka.Je regrette cependant une fin un peu faiblarde en comparaison avec les autres tomes, mais globalement il s'agit malgré ce léger défaut d'une série vraiment excellente tant au niveau du dessin qu'au niveau des émotions véhiculées par l'histoire.
William Hanley
Urasawa's Pluto (the 21st Century adaptaion of Osamu Tezuka's "Astro Boy") has become my favorite manga series to date. A masterful story of suspense and mystery with a thought-provoking foundation of philosophical questions - such as the connection between humans and robots. When the separation between humans and robots become smaller and smaller to the point where it's hard to tell the difference between the two, what is the effect on society? I think it's fascinating to think about ethics in...more
Jeff Lanter
I have to admit that I was losing interesting in Pluto in the last two volumes. The stories took a turn towards the predictable with Epsilon (a character I did really like but could see where the story was going well before it happened) and then the villain's evil plans that feel like too many other movies and TV shows out there. However, the ending really nailed the landing. I found the message of Pluto to be really moving. Good endings are not easy to pull off, especially in a longer form of s...more
Lucas Pinheiro silva
Que conclusão fantástica de uma história perfeita.
Hugo Resendiz
Normalmente me pasa con las historias de Naoki Urasawa que las devoro. Me paso con Monster y con 20th Century Boys. Ahora con la historia del Robot mas fuerte del mundo, da su vision a una historia de Osamu Tezuka de parte del robot de la europol Gesicht, remarcando aun su fascinacion por Alemania ubicando a su protagonista en Dusseldorf. El protagonismo poco a poco va recayendo en Atom. La historia esta repleta de intrigas, todos peleando por interesas propios, dejando relegado los combates los...more
Leslie
Finally! the dramatic conclusion to Urasawa x Tezuka’s Pluto.

By the seventh volume of Pluto, it looks like the bad guys have won and the Reader is left reeling from one incredible loss after another. There are also some unanswered questions, like: What is up with that cuddly-looking yet creepy teddy bear?

What that United States of Thracia related teddy bear is is confirmed in volume 8, and the “weapons of mass destruction” investigation/fall-out is completely revealed. Yes, the political maneuve...more
Tintinrulz
"Pluto" by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki is a quality manga series based on Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy universe, particularly his story "The Greatest Robot in the World". The series comprises of 8 volumes and is much more serious in tone than Tezuaka's original. It's told in the vein of a sci-fi/crime/thriller. I'll be reviewing the English translation.


TRANSLATION:
The English translation is well done and includes minimal spelling and grammatical errors. I absolutely believe it would've been b...more
Damon
Really incredible stuff. Taking the relative simplicity of Astro Boy and expanding it into work like this would be impressive enough on its own, but this stands on its own even without being familiar with the original AB story, or even having much acquaintence with the character at all.
It's really interesting how Urasawa manages to evoke such emotional connection to characters even though they're "just robots" - I think, in a way, that you make a stronger connection to them, and see their suffer...more
Christina
This series was quite the ride. When I had to stop in mid-read to go to work, it was agony. I loved the personalities of the "Seven Greatest Robots," their interactions with each other and the way the relationships formed between certain people, especially human and robot characters, were portrayed, like with Gesicht and Professor Hoffman. The event at the end of Volume 6 had my jaw dropping in shock. This story will stay with me for a long, long time.
Hengtee
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Jacki
I waited until I read Vol 8 to review this series because I felt like it should be considered as one large work instead of volume by volume.

I LOVE this series. It's wonderful. Mystery, action, the ever-present question of how far AI can evolve... I got very attached to the robot characters and found the multiple deaths saddening, but I think that just means the authors did their job.

This series was my introduction to Astroboy. I knew the history of the anime and manga, but had never seen or rea...more
Philippe Lhoste
La suite et la fin des premiers volumes.
La fin m'a un peu déçu, peut-être parce que les auteurs ont construit un suspense et un mystère tel que toute conclusion sonne un peu creuse...
Reste la narration, toujours à suspense (un peu dure à suivre par moment), les idées généreuses (un peu simpliste : "la guerre, la haine, c'est mal", mais suffisamment bien traités pour que ça passe sans être naïf), le dessin superbe.

Bon, certaines explications sont un peu légères. Pourquoi un robot "meurt", surtout...more
Marika
J'ai vraiment, vraiment adoré cette série, qui m'aura arraché quelques larmes plus d'une fois. Une très belle découverte totalement par hasard que je suis très heureuse d'avoir faite.
Jeff
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Kanti
Jul 05, 2009 Kanti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any comic freak
Shelves: blog, manga
Jilid terakhir dari reinterpretasi satu babak karya Tezuka Osamu oleh Urasawa Naoki, "Robot terbesar di Dunia". Tamat euy. Capai memeras jantung dan air mata juga menungguinya selama ini, drama robot-robot sok sensitif, banyak yang harus dimaknai sendiri. Dan untuk beberapa saat ini kayaknya cara pandang saya terhadap beruang Teddy akan berubah drastis.

Sayang sampulnya kali ini kenapa gambar si Atom lagi. Kan sudah di jilid 2. mestinya pasang muka orang lain dong, biar gantian. Tapi Urasawa leb...more
Raúl
Impresionante. De verdad. Uno de los mejores mangas que haya leído nunca. Pensé que Urasawa no se podría superar tras Monster y 20th Century Boys pero lo ha hecho con este homenaje al padre del manga, Osamu Tezuka.
En 8 simples tomos desarrolla de una forma unos personajes y un universo de forma maravillosa y hace que nos enganchemos a esta gran historia.
Eso sí, aunque sea tan genial, el final me parece un poco cojo. Le falta como un cierto epílogo o algo que termine de cerrar todo correctamente....more
Lissibith
A fantastic ending to a great series. I can't say 8 is my favorite volume - it has a little too much wrapping up to do - but taken as an ending, it pulls everything together, puts the sacrifices and losses in context and left me with the feeling that there really weren't any truly bad guys - or if they were, they came much later than the conflict everyone's so focused on. It left me hopeful and sad at the same time, a rare and cherished effect for any sort of book to have.

Highly recommended for...more
Sora91
Serie muy recomendable.
Me gusta como arranca la historia y como vamos conociendo la personalidad de cada uno de los robots. El ritmo de la narración se corresponde con el guión: lo suficientemente lento como para desarrollar bien los personajes pero no tanto como para perder los elementos de intriga del argumento.
No es que sea muy determinante pero el final no me ha acabado de convencer. Creo que hay aspectos que merecían una explicación más extensa.
La valoración global de los cinco volúmenes se...more
Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
Quite over the top with obvious messages.
The president of The United States of Thracia.... America, looking for weapons of mass destruction, and over arching desire to rule the world, hatred and disrespect breeds more of the same, the fact that no one ever wins in a war, the existence of inherent good and it being Kore natural than hatred... these are some deep issues all confronted in this tale. This is one time I like being preached too.
I loved Pluto disputes its lack of subtlety. Great. And...more
Jon
Took awhile to get going, and I suspect there are layers that will require a second read, but a quietly good story. Maybe I'd have gotten more if I'd read the Greatest Robot in the World. There's something understated about the handling of all the usual "robotic emotion" questions that other works often turn into hand-wringing. The biggest weakess was the almost ham-handed presentation of the US stand-in: it's obvious this was written in the run-up to the Iraq war.
Chris Schaeffer
Urasawa is one of the most humane creators in comics today, and Pluto might be his most consistently rewarding piece. Tight plotting isn't really his strong suit, although maintaining a tense enough atmosphere to hide that is, but Pluto manages to feel pretty colossally rewarding in the end. A great detournement of an iconic piece of comics history as well as a finely wrought net of character pieces. Plus, one of the best translations of this kind of thing I've come across.
Daniel
What an amazing series. I tried to space out the books on a two-week basis; by the third volume, I all but ordered the remaining books in one go. Urasawa's story combines robotics, meditations on the nature of existence, big governments, crazy battles, and art that is so good it made me ache. This is why I still read comics, and this is what will compel me to find other great books.
Dave-O
A solid ending to this series, particularly as how it is a surprising criticism of the US invasion of Iraq. Tezuka's pacifist statement is carried through all the way to the climactic ending. If the series got a little weighted down by subplots, it certainly straightens itself out by enlarging the threat made by Abdullah, Bora, Goji and Pluto to a global scale.
Esther
This last one left me puzzled. The change between scenes is way too fast and, instead of conveying the imminence of danger, it's just distracting. And the memories from Gesicht were not really necessary, they slow down the pace of the plot. In my view, this last book is a bit disappointing compared to the excellence of other ones in the series.
K
This review covers the previous 7 volumes too of this series. It was enjoyable and provides plenty of ohhh shit moments even if you haven't read Astroboy. Maybe especially if you haven't read Astroboy. Who knows, since I know nothing about Astroboy. Stuff about robots, peace, perfection, humans being bad but also good, you know.
Charliesabers
A great series. Read the whole book, in a couple of days. It is a reworking of the core concepts of Astro Boy, but with darker, grittier and more philosophical. It questions what it means to be human, and what it means for robots to be "perfect". The pacing is great, the characters likeable, and the art amazing. A great read.
Mikael Kuoppala
Yup, it goes out with a bang. There are no disappointments as "Pluto" closes with this eighth volume, bringing all the divergent storylines together in a coherent, plausible and surprising manner.

Dramatic, beautiful and meaningful stuff, “Pluto” holds on to its flabbergasting momentum ‘till the very end.
Caroline
I'm going to be honest, I'm still not sure how much of this story I understood -- which of the bad guys were which, for instance -- but this is just a beautifully drawn and moving book. And maybe one day I'll go back through it all and have something coherent to say about it.
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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...more
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