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Someone - or something - is destroying the seven most powerful robots in the world one after the other; brutally dismantling them without any provocation on their part. Gesicht, one of the seven and a detective for the European Federation, embarks on a mission to capture the killer...and confront the mysteries behind the vague but disturbing memories that keep haunting him in his dreams.
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good, but mangaka's so lazy!
The story's good, but I swear that the mangaka is the laziest ever - every character has *one* facial expression, and there are some pages that look like he just copy+pasted one frame over and over.
amazing and thrilling
I honestly never thought that a retelling of a single story arc from a series would be so thrilling. Although some people who've known about Atom's lore would know what's going on in the story. So they know pretty much the plot, or so one would think they did. Not only was it an interesting maneuver to change the character point of view, it was smart. It let us know more about the lives of the more minor characters in the Tetsuwan Atom, and see how they would cope with the dangers they were facing. And as a definite plus Atom's presence in the story. An excellent read for anyone interested.
I have to say, I honestly didn't think I would like this series, but due to the high amount of positive feedback I decided to check it out. This series surprised me, and the art grew on me very quickly. The story is excellent and while some parts didn't keep me reading, I found that I kept coming back to this series to catch up to current release (at this time 63).
This story has a lot of heart, and really makes you feel for some of them. While I see the point of "What does it mean to be human?" I am not so much gripped by that, as by much as I am seeing things that are supposed to be emotionless machines, wrestle with these "waves" of what they can only call emotion. Awesome story, highly recommend reading it, and I am going to try to see if I can get my local bookstore to make some special orders for me to get this series.
Pluto has to be one the best manga I have ever read.
Urasawa Naoki really raises the bar with his art. All the expressions of his characters are so believable and realistic that it is eerie (the faces for the characters look like they could be photographs). All the pages are clean, panels are simple and complex at the same times. Urasawa doesn't rely on the ever common "super kawaii desu" type art we see in the various subpar manga, which is probably what makes him stand higher than the rest.
The story itself in unbelievable as well (I never really care much about art compared to story, but Urasawa-sensei just takes the cake and eats it too). You are not pummeled by cliff-hangers every chapter, thankfully, but the story develops in a way that you want more. You are not treated like a 10 year old with this story. You are left to infer on some parts of the story instead of the mangaka spitting dialogue in your face to explain everything for you (which is rare indeed). I won't spoil anything, but Pluto is very deep.
What sold me was Urasawa's handle of human expression and emotion. Definitely beyond anything I've ever read.
(Those who feel that they need to compare this to other works are foolish.)
One of the most gripping manga I have read. I first go to know Urasawa through Monster, but I can definitely see how he has matured and improved his writing and storytelling in Pluto. The setting is magnificent and I really liked the fact that the main character
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is revealed to be a robot
This manga definitely makes you think about a lot of issues in relation to robots. For example, what is the dividing line between humans and robots? Can humans and robots ever co-exist if robots permutated society, had their own thoughts, and lived alongside humans? Would this give rise to a new form of discrimination?
Pluto is a gripping story.
It's a masterpiece, perhaps the only title I would give a ten although it's not yet finished. But judging from Tezuka-sensei's "the greatest robot on earth" I'm hopeful I would give this a ten anyway when it's finally finished.
I think it's because I knew Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy) well that I appreciate this piece more, because although I don't like Tezuka-sensei's art, he and his ideas and works were beyond awesome. Atom is a legend. Urasawa-sensei was/is working on a legend that is Atom, and perhaps due to that fact I can see and appreciate the extra effort clearly made on making each panel perfect. This is a more mature, complicated, deeper version of one slice of the whole Atom series. Urasawa -sensei has brought it to another level successfully and sophisticatedly.
The moment I finally saw Atom in the first book, this title has gripped my heart and totally won me over. For me Pluto beats Monster and 20th Century hands down. And yes, Urasawa-sensei can only compete with himself.
@BluezAce: Atom was created in early 1950s, when The Matrix's still in the nothingness.
20 out of 10
hands down one of the best manga i ever read just because it was done by URASAWA Naoki , one of the best story-artist up to date, in our times, if you want to chill down and relax and read something intense, then this is a must read! same goes for the other URASAWA Naoki's manga 20th centuary boys and monster!. But pluto is again very unique in its own term. in robots perspective! it will make you feel, if it doesn't that means you didn't read it well enough..... so read again!!
A step up
from Monster and 20th Century Boys. I found Monster and 20th Century Boys amazing, but they definitely had their faults and in a way, the two mangas seemed incomplete. However, Urasawa continues to grow and learn and it shows in Pluto.
Pluto has an engaging storyline and a realistic (at least by manga standards) art style that perfectly accompanies this gritty futuristic world and effectively conveys the emotions and strengths of the characters. Despite the fact that the main character is a robot, Urasawa subtly plays with themes that lie close to the hearts of humans: self-identity, the definition of a human being, and acceptance/isolation.
isn't Atom....Atom from Astro Boy? Wow....great Sci fi/Mystery. From the famous author of Monster and 20 Century Boys.
Yeah... I'm fascinated! Nice sci-fi theme, awesome story, nice drawing style! Indeed this is another masterpiece from Urasawa sensei. However, somehow this manga made me remember about The Matrix world which is pretty similar, a robot rebelled against the human (in The Matrix that made the robots started to turn against the humankind).