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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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Seth T.
Aug 02, 2012 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
Mar 19, 2015 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
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
Nov 21, 2011 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
Nov 27, 2010 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 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
May 24, 2016 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
Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
Apr 17, 2013 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
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
No se si me gusta, es super raro este manga :/
Apollo Graye
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Pluto is set in the world of Astro Boy, the critically and publically acclaimed and adored series written and illustrated by the one and only Osamu Tezuka, whom many refer to as "The God of Manga". I too sometimes find myself referring to this great man as the same. Astro Boy is one of my favorite anime ever released and I have a soft spot for similar titles, such as Megaman. Going into this series I expected nothing but the absolute best and I wasn't disappointed. With only a single volume I no ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, sci-fi
I am yet to read Naoki Urasawa's Monster, but I love the way he draws noses in that and in Pluto. I am clearly just here for that.
Skye Kilaen
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Skye by: Dov Zeller
Intriguing story set in a future where robots are citizens. Robot detective Gesicht investigates a series of robot murders that appear interconnected. I'm definitely interested in reading more, though the sequence with the composer felt very long, more of the sentimental stuff that caused me to quit reading Naoki Urasawa's Monster after a few books. More detective-ing, less personal drama, please! I'm especially liking Gesicht. Something about his quiet personality just works for me.
Dan Gvozden
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Haunting, touching, enthralling, mysterious. There aren't enough adjectives for this debut volume of PLUTO.
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
Jun 18, 2013 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
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
What I can only describe as a robot murder mystery. The main character apparently comes from an Astro Boy story, a German robot police detective(?). His masculine presentation and the crimes feel very noire. Content wise, there's nothing too bad graphically from what I can recall, mostly robot bodies being the victims.

The feeling I get from this story isn't unlike the feeling I had with Watchmen. I feel like it's a story you'll need to invest in for a while to get something major out of it. I do
May 21, 2015 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
May 13, 2012 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
Oct 23, 2011 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 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
Dr Zorlak
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Great atmosphere and great pace. Gesicht is such a great character, agonic, melancholy, taciturn. North No. 2's sidestory was just wonderful, visuals impeccable, and North No. 2 himself -- with those inexpressive, black, lifeless little shark eyes and the long cape concealing his deadly acroutements-- unsettling and eerily romantic. I hadn't been so hooked by a series since Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staple's Saga.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read Astroboy (yet!) but I really loved this spin / homage to him. It was gripping, amazingly drawn, and the plot dragged me from volume to volume. Well, willingly dragged. I don't always like sci-fi but it was intriguing. I had no idea what was going on (re: predictability) but in a mystery / thriller / sci - fi series, it wasn't a bad thing!
Think I may want to reread it later to see if I missed anything.
Aug 05, 2015 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.
Jun 03, 2014 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.
Great Sci-Fi manga, taking a more mature look at Astro Boy with a sprinkling of Asimov. Sure to please fans of thoughtful mystery manga as well as sci-fi fans who are just getting into the medium. The story is smart and lovable and I can't wait to get the next one!
Truly excellent manga. Reminds me of PKD's best works. Strongly recommended.
Dec 05, 2015 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
Alexander Burns
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All of the stars for this whole series. I'm not a manga guy, but this is amazing work.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Naoki Urasawa's "Pluto," done in conjunction with Macoto Tezka--Osamu Tezuka's son--and co-writing with Takashi Nagasaki, is a retelling of a major arc in Tezuka's "Tetsuwan Atom" manga called "The Greatest Robot on Earth," and is produced with the blessing of Tezuka Productions.

In this story, robots and humans live and work side by side--not without some tensions, of course; there are some people who feel that robots should not have the same rights and privileges as humans, and there are conse
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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 exc
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Other Books in the Series

Pluto (8 books)
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  • PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 003 (Pluto, #3)
  • PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 004 (Pluto, #4)
  • PLUTO: 浦沢 直樹 x 手塚 治虫 005 (Pluto, #5)
  • PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 006 (Pluto, #6)
  • PLUTO: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 007 (Pluto, #7)
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