Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 7 Paperback – Jan 19 2010
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Naoki Urasawa's career as a manga artist spans more than twenty years and has firmly established him as one of the true manga masters of Japan. Born in Tokyo in 1960, Urasawa debuted with BETA! in 1983 and hasn't stopped his impressive output since. Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa's oeuvre encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as a romantic comedy Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl, a suspenseful human drama about a former mercenary Pineapple ARMY (story by Kazuya Kudo), a captivating psychological suspense story Monster, a sci-fi adventure manga 20th Century Boys, and a modern reinterpretation of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka. Pluto, Urasawa Tezuka; co-authored with Takashi Nagasaki, supervised by Macoto Tezka, and with the cooperation of Tezuka Productions. Many of his books have spawned popular animated and live-action TV programs and films, and 2008 saw the theatrical release of the first of three live-action Japanese films based on 20th Century Boys.
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“Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 007” by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki is the seventh book in an eight-book science fiction manga series Pluto. The whole series is based on “The Greatest Robot on Earth,” the most popular story arc in Astro Boy series written by a legendary manga master Osamu Tezuka.
Epsilon, a pacifist robot powered by photon energy, is the last one of the seven great robots of the world. Although Epsilon is extremely powerful, he refuses to fight. However, when his children, a group of war orphans, are in danger, Epsilon has no choice but to face the murderous villain, who, in fact, might not even be the main danger.
1) Continuously good.
“Pluto, Volume 007,” just like the previous volumes, is action-packed, suspenseful, thrilling, thought-provoking and touching. However, this book feels like a slight step-down from the sixth volume, which is so far my favorite in the whole series.
COULD BE BETTER:
1) Early wrap-up.
Although still good, the seventh volume is slower-paced and feels like a prolonged wrap-up rather than an adventure by itself. Also, there are so many revelations that some of them seem a little bit rushed and too convenient. Finally, the ending of “Pluto, Volume 007” is kind of depressing, but there is still one more volume to fix that.
This volume centers around Epsilon, who, unfortunately, is not my favorite character. I love the idea of loving pacifist robot, but there is something about Epsilon that just doesn’t sit well with me. Maybe it is the fact that he is just too perfect, unnaturally heroic, annoyingly passive, rather boring and thus hard to relate to. Or maybe it is the fact that until the seventh volume I barely knew anything about this robot, and now suddenly he is the center of attention. Finally, it might also be the fact that up until this volume I thought that Epsilon is a female as he clearly looks and acts like one. In any case, I didn’t care enough about Epsilon, and it made the story less captivating.
3) Lack of color.
Urasawa’s artwork is very realistic, detailed and breathtakingly beautiful, but, except for the ten first pages, the illustrations are black and white.
VERDICT: 3.5 out of 5
Although still action-packed, suspenseful, thrilling, thought-provoking and touching, “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 006” by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki is slower-paced than the previous volume and is centered around Epsilon, who, unfortunately, is not my favorite character.
Check out my reviews of the previous six volumes:
1) “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 001”: http://www.amazon.com/review/R39D2RIEIAPZRO/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
2) “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 002”: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3PJZDE2SFGRI6/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
3) “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 003”: http://www.amazon.com/review/R39D7281G5TKZQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
4) “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 004”: http://www.amazon.com/review/R5LDPO6IH4KUW/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
5) “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 005”: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2142JT7QBOFIZ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
6) “Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 006”: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2KID8Z4LSG4R9/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
Amazing Manga series.. probably my favorite of all time - and its only 8 books.. great for anyone getting into the hobby of collecting Manga (its astroboy!).