A dark re-imagining of the classic Astro Boy for the modern age. (Warning: This article may contain spoilers.)
In 1951, a manga called Tetsuwan Atom was released in japan about a boy robot and his adventures. This would later be adapted into an anime and launched overseas as Astro Boy. Astro Boy was a groundbreaking series in animation and has been a household name for over fifty years. Pluto is a deeper and darker re-imagining of this classic title.
Pluto dives into the subject of Artificial Intelligence and what it means to be human. It explores this idea not through direct dialogue of the subject, but rather by showing a world conflicted by this issue and thereby draws out the emotion and thoughts of the reader. Is independent artificial intelligence the same thing as life? Where is the line drawn? Does it even matter?
The story opens with a tragic incident that leads to the destruction of a much beloved robot. From there, things take a Noir/Silence of the Lambs tone as the lead character investigates possible foul play involved in the incident. This may just be the beginning.
With deep reflections and a carefully crafted story, Pluto keeps you on the edge wanting more.