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Pluto

Manga, vol.8 (2003)

 

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Genres: Action, Drama, Psychological, Science-Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Seinen
Tags: Detective, Policeman, Robots & Androids
Release Date: 09.09.2003 ‑ 01.04.2009
Studios: Shougakukan Inc.
Type: Manga (2003)
Volumes: 8, Chapters: 65

Alternative names:

プルートウ
Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka
Pluto
In an ideal world where man and robots coexist, someone or something has destroyed the powerful Swiss robot Mont Blanc. Elsewhere a key figure in a robot rights group is murdered. The two incidents appear to be unrelated...except for one very conspicuous clue - the bodies of both victims have been fashioned into some sort of bizarre collage complete with makeshift horns placed by the victims' heads. Interpol assigns robot detective Gesicht to this most strange and complex case - and he eventually discovers that he too, as one of the seven great robots of the world, is one of the targets.
Based off of a story arc from Osamu Tezuka's Tesuwan Atomu, Pluto follows the Europol detective Gesicht as he tries to uncover the mystery behind a string of robot and human deaths. The case becomes much more puzzling when evidence leans toward the murders being the work of a robot, which is something that hasn't happened for 8 years.

The world is stunned when one of the seven greatest robots on earth, the universally beloved Mont Blanc, is found murdered with his head desecrated with makeshift horns. To confound the situation, the renowned robot rights activist Bernard Lanke is also killed and mutilated in a similar manner. Eager to solve these puzzles, Europol German Division employs the help of detective Gesicht, an advanced robot who has cracked some of the most difficult cases known to man. But no sooner has Gesicht received his orders when the robot North No. 2 meets his end along with the creator of the international robot laws, Junichiro Tasaki. While society struggles to come to terms with these incredible events, one thing becomes clear to Gesicht: someone is targeting all of the world’s most powerful robots and it is only a matter of time before they get to him…

Production:

Naoki Urasawa (Story & Art),
Osamu Tezuka (Story)

Related manga:

Astro Boy Manga, 1952, Parent story

Related characters:

Gesicht
Gesicht
Epsilon
Epsilon
Uran
Uran
Atom Tetsuwan
Atom Tetsuwan
Brau-1589
Brau-1589
Umatarou Tenma
Umatarou Tenma
Dr. Roosevelt
Dr. Roosevelt
Dr. Ochanomizu
Dr. Ochanomizu
Norse #2
Norse #2
Montblanc
Montblanc
Brando
Brando
Professor Abra
Professor Abra
Heracles
Heracles
Pluto
Pluto