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Friday, 4 September 2009

Manga Review: Pluto


Title: Pluto
Author: Naoki Urasawa, Osamu Tezuka
Release: Monthly
Status: Finished
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Seinen
Art: S
Originality: S
Story: S
Characters: S+
Humor: B
Action: S

Impression: This is about a series of murders being perpetrated against the most powerful robots in a futuristic world. The robots themselves are functioning by the 3 laws of robotics from I, Robot and these robots are almost impossible to destroy so this perplexes both humans and robots alike. This is a sort of spin-off from Astro Boy so it features the characters from Osamu Tezuka's classic in Urasawa's style. I find it to be a very fascinating story about the various aspects of humanity and the blurring of man and their creations. There are plenty of interesting ideas to accompany it like the a society of robots, discrimination based on being a human and a robot and the problems relating to those 3 laws of robotics. It's not quite as dark a story as Monster was but it's still a gripping story and comes with nostalgia value for those who grew up reading Astro Boy.

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