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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 10 years ago
c.64 by Arienai! over 10 years ago
c.63 by Arienai! over 10 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 (1036 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.73 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 9th 2019, 10:56am 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)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #468 increased(+191)
Monthly Pos #1095 increased(+184)
3 Month Pos #1813 decreased(-279)
6 Month Pos #1643 increased(+185)
Year Pos #1881 decreased(-242)

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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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Starts great, gets tedious...  
by egress63
April 9th, 2012, 6:10am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I haven't read Astro Boy or seen the series. So, none of the characters were new to me before I started the series. the story starts great. A murder mystery in a robot dominated world. Mystery + SciFi - a winning combination.

Unexpectedly, it is full of pathos, regret and emotion and in the first 2 volumes, there are several scenes in which I teared up. And then from volume three, the story expands. There was a war, a dictator was overthrown, there is an anti-robot league, a missing horticulturalist missing, there is an odd teddy bear, apocalyptic earthquakes, a traumatized orphan, a melancholic scientist etc etc. So many things happen all at once that even with attentive reading, there are over 8-9 subplots going on simultaneously. In the middle of all these plot lines themes of hatred, love, sadness etc. are bandied about like a ball in a soccer match. And the original sense of mystery is long lost by volume 5.

The last three volumes are such that you just want to know what the hell is going on and get the story over with. The main characters Geischt and Atom are still likeable but among the various plot lines spread across various times lines, the story is tedious and for me at least, the story lost all of its charm and the edge-of-the-seat feeling it had.

When I started the series, by the 10th chapter I was asking myself again and again: why has this not been adapted to a 24 episode anime? Now I know why: Naoki tries to do too much, in too less of a space, in a very convoluted manner.
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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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Awesome!  
by Telecaster
August 22nd, 2010, 11:13am
Rating: N/A
Aw man, this is pretty much the only series I've ever read where I actually cried. Osamu Tezuka is awesome, Naoki Urasawa is awesome, put together they make an amazing comic! For me, this was one of those comics that start out great, and then just keep getting better with every volume. I'd recommend Pluto to anybody.
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Greatness!  
by ravortor
February 26th, 2010, 6:33am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This is one of the best stories I ever read manga or not. It is a masterpiece. URASAWA Naoki proved before in 20th Century Boys and Monster that he is a great writer and he proves it again in Pluto. He is one of the best thriller writers ever. I really love this masterpiece. It's one of my best seinen manga along with Gantz, Bokurano and Berserk.

... Last updated on April 8th, 2010, 11:04am
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