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Pluto  
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Description
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.

Note: Won the Seiun Award for Best Comic in 2010.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Tetsuwan Atom (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka
PLUTO 
Плутон
プルートウ

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Latest Release(s)
c.65 by Arienai! over 11 years ago
c.64 by Arienai! over 11 years ago
c.63 by Arienai! over 11 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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Forum
2 topics, 12 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1078 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.73 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 11th 2020, 2:57am PST


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Year
2004

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Original (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (8 Volumes - Complete; print)

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Year Pos #2585 decreased(-32)

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Pluto Review. Originally disappointed after finishing Monster I expected this series to not live up to Naoki Ursawa's hype but amazingly...  
by Shellshock
October 1st, 2020, 2:12pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
I was right.

Pluto is a sci fi series set in about 200 years in the future give or take. Everyone is driving cool cars, lives in cool buildings and have holograms and robots at there service. The series kicks off with a murder. Someone murdered a robot and our main character needs to find out who is doing and exactly who is capable of pulling this off.

As you'd except from a series with robots they ask the questions like what is a robot what is a human. Whats the difference between a robot and a human. What differentiates them. Where do you draw line. What do you do when someone crosses it. Its something done a million times before but I do believe it works here much better as they author actually tries to dig deep into this specific scenario and honestly executing it well.

If you couldn't tell i hated it monster. Calling it a bad series is me being nice about it. So imagine my surprise when i was somewhat enthralled by the first 2 volumes of this. Like the series does an excellent job in making the robots feel alive and blurring the lines of who gets to choose what has a heart or not. The reason for this is mainly due to the charisma of the main character. He is incredibly engaging. I really liked the dynamic between him and the humans and robots he surrounded himself with. The series isn't some masterpiece but it is interesting and exciting to make want to keep reading, the story is coherent and no one spends an entire fucking episode getting gas. However most of this feeling begun to dissipate when volume 3 starts or more specifically these KKK clan wannabe's join the story.

For a story thats able to convey emotion of the robots the author is ironically incapable of making the human characters convey the same emotion. Everything beyond volume 3 just begins to dissipate. The feeling of being engaged gets removed as the main characters takes a back seat for other less interesting characters to take the stage. Its worse too as there are more human characters that shows up that no one gives a fuck about. It also starts introducing weak subplots that pull the series down.

The later half takes more of gets even worse as the main characters takes even more of a backseat. The story starts slipping and my enjoyment lessens to much more significant degree. The villain was already weak and unmemorable but when the whole story gets unraveled the twist begun to show you start noticing cracks and inconsistencies. One of the main villains the titular character Pluto just doesn't make sense. His entire story is just weak. There wasn't a single villain that really was able to stand out besides being the general bad guy.

The ending is fine but if this is Naoki's best ending im gonna be incredibly disappointed for the rest of his series. He can make great premises but his execution are just horrifyingly poor. though the epilogue ending was just... eh.

Overall i was happy at first and then disappointed but im iffy on how to score. A part of me wants to rate it poorly but I feel like that would be unfair as it would be my bias in play. Which im trying hard not to put in. But at the same time i feel im being too nice. But considering how good the first 2 volumes of the series was.... i guess i'll barely give this one a 6/10
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Pluto  
by MrParumiV18
June 28th, 2020, 4:26pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Story: 9/10
Art: 8/10
Characters: 8/10
Quality Polish Edition: 6/10
Enjoyment: 8/10
Overall: 7.8/10
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from r/manga  
by r/mangaReviews
September 30th, 2019, 7:19pm
Rating: N/A
>AbysmalAngel (Known status: C)
Really touching series, made me tear up a few times.
Excited to see how that anime adaptation comes along.


... Last updated on September 30th, 2019, 7:19pm
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Just downright awful  
by BeAsOne
August 24th, 2019, 10:01am
Rating: N/A
I've got nothing else to say. But robots dying will always be impossible and the story would immensely improve from just having human characters. None of the characters are likeable. Seriously who gives out these awards? I sure as hell don't care about a grumpy old blind composer that has a sappy backstory he tells the audience as if he's aware he's an actor. There's nothing here but one-dimensional characters and forced conflict in an inconsistent world. There's no depth, no argument, no speculation. The author clearly lacks knowledge on the characters he's writing. It's pretentious drivel and zero originality. Why settle for a cheap imitation? I've heard better arguments from the homeless than this hack of a writer.
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Urasawa botches it again.  
by Lanthimum
July 2nd, 2019, 9:57am
Rating: N/A
About half of this story is riveting, interesting and thrilling -- mostly in the first half. The other half is tedious, sappy, pedantic, goofy, childish nonsense.

I had the exact same experience with Monster.

Volume 5 was a total slog.

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So much of the plot and characters at the end just stopped making sense to me. New robot out of nowhere. Pluto becoming a good guy out of nowhere? The persian guy is actually 2 guys? Split personality disorder? Who made who made who? Tenma made this guy? Or the persian guy? What the fuck was up with the teddy bear? What about that brau robot? What was his deal. Just none of it made any fucking sense to me.



... Last updated on July 2nd, 2019, 3:20pm
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good enough  
by jcx23
June 9th, 2018, 5:32am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
plot seems to be jumping on one thing to another
If you have read other urasawa works ie monster 20th century boys
you would notice similar themes i.e. mysterious circumstances, conspiracy plots
good character development etc

Overall its good enough with ending seems to be lacking
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exciting plot, but poor ending  
by whitespade
July 15th, 2014, 11:20am
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
others may have already gush about the art where every characters have their own individual face, their personalities that feels like human, the sprawling plot that make you feel for everyone and interesting back drop of robot and human world that make you easily immersed in their world. but im going to only tell you one thing - the ending is very poor and some things still need to be resolved, but if you are ok with nearly illogical ending, do please read this - the journey is exciting enough even if the destination is pretty dismal.
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Good  
by pierzing
December 23rd, 2012, 7:27am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Since there's so many detailed reviews echoing my opinion, I'll just sum my views about Pluto up briefly. It's gripping in the beginning but slightly tedious to read through around the other half of the story. The characters were varied and likable. The manga ended with an epic blast. Unfortunately, it also meant that there was no conclusive summation, leaving us with a vague grasp of what happened afterwards. Do take note that Monster, by Urasawa too, had ended this way too. Perhaps Urasawa likes to end his stories like that? Despite that, I liked the way Pluto ended. Other that than being said, Pluto's a great manga, even if it may not measure up to Monster's genius.
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Brilliant beginning, wonderful execution, unsatisfactory conclusion  
by calstine
August 12th, 2011, 7:28am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
Unlike the more popular Monster or 20 Seiki Shounen, Pluto has a less intriguing plot but a much greater level of emotional impact. Never having been a supporter of the "androids who fall in love are worthy of being bestowed with human status" concept that most works of fiction in this genre flaunt in an utterly shameless and ridiculous fashion, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there were no such petty, shallow ideals here. Certainly, these robots resemble humans -- but it is not the ability to experience sexual desire or romantic love towards a human being that grants them 'humanity'; it is the fact that they are capable of the compassion that most 'real' people are unable and unwilling to show towards their fellow man. It may strike one as being a cliche, naive and childish idealism (and I suppose in a way it is) but it's no less effective because of that. And certainly less brainless and simplistic than the typical "S/he fell in love and therefore s/he is a wonderful and complete human!" (Unfortunately, this is the path most authors take in their attempts to solicit the readers' sympathy towards any non-human, androids not excluded)

I can honestly say that Pluto is one of the handful of stories (in any medium) which succeeded in inspiring such powerful, melancholic and empathic emotions within me; something that more favoured and widely-read series with similar themes such as SaiKano and Ai-Ren failed at spectacularly.

The technicalities of the plot were interesting, though slightly weak compared to those of Naoki Urasawa's other acclaimed thrillers. The conclusion in particular was sub-par -- while it did not detract from the emotional and intellectual impact of the tale, the resolution of the mystery involving the robots, their creation and subsequent destruction was disappointing. The series certainly could have done with a few more volumes worth of clarification. I suspect the shaky ending may have been a flaw that stemmed from the mangaka's attempts to remain faithful to Osamu Tezuka's original work; but since I have no interest in reading Astro Boy this hypothesis will have to remain unconfirmed.

While the art is not particularly special, beautiful or elaborate, its bland, unattractive quality provided a very appropriate atmosphere that accentuated the bleakness and hopeless mood permeating the story and its characters.

Overall -- it could have been better, but I still recommend Pluto to anyone interested in seinen manga with a sci-fi touch and intelligent musings on human morality. As long as you don't expect a romance-packed, violence-filled thrill-ride, you should find it at least moderately satisfactory.

... Last updated on August 12th, 2011, 10:41am
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good  
by goldminer
October 23rd, 2010, 2:23pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
A well thought out futuristic sci-fi manga. Funny how some mangakas try to use German terms without proper understanding of the language. If I'm not mistaken this case is no exception.
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