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Viz Adds 20th Century Boys, Pluto Manga

posted on by Egan Loo
Mystery suspense manga from acclaimed creator of Monster, Yawara, Master Keaton

The North American anime and manga distributor Viz Media has announced at its Comic-Con International panel today that it licensed the acclaimed 20th Century Boys and Pluto manga from Naoki Urasawa (Monster, Yawara, Master Keaton). In the story of 20th Century Boys, a man realizes that calamities cropping up around the world have eerie similarities to idle plans he and his childhood friends made decades ago. The manga is the basis for a movie trilogy being shot in Japan.

Pluto is Urasawa's re-envisioning of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy world. Urasawa's story expands upon one of Tezuka's minor characters, the Europol detective Gesicht, into a mystery manga that deals with crimes in a society of robots and humans. It is rare in Japan for one manga creator to re-interpret another manga creator's work. Both manga titles will launch next February on a bimonthly schedule.

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