Manga Pluto Being Turned Into Anime

Pluto, one of the most critically-praised and best-selling manga of the 2000s, will be adapted into an anime.

[Image via VIZ]

The manga is an imaginative reworking of Astro Boy. Here's how Viz describes it:

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.

According to Kai-You, details are scant. However, a report on French site Otaku's Mafia World (via sinonobu at NeoGAF) states that the anime will be eight episodes in all, with each manga volume getting an episode. Mappa is reportedly doing the anime, with the manga's creator Naoki Urasawa, taking part in the pilot.

The anime is apparently slated for 2020. 


    The anime is apparently slated for 2020.
    Why even bring it up then?

    Pluto was an amazing ride for the first half. Then Urasawa, as it's his wont, started to add up plot twist upon plot twist while rushedly half-solving or outright abandoning the intriguing plot hooks from the beginning of the series. Then he attempted to tie up all the dangling plot lines AND show the climactic last battle in the 20 or so pages of the very last chapter. It was unsatisfying as hell.

    Urasawa is a fantastic storyteller (and artist) but he needs to be reined in and learn the importance of a cathartic, momentous closure. It was the same with 20th Century Boys.

    Agreed, First 3 volumes better then the latter 3 , however still en epic ride overall. Loved the bladerunner-esque vibe of the series.

    Aw, man! That was one of the most memorable episodes of '80s Astroboy. Who was killing the most powerful robots in the world??

    And the Australian robot Photar who was attacked trying to save an orphan!

    And his last words... "GIVE ME MORE SUNLIIIIIIIGHT!!"

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