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After Frieren, Netflix Made Sure Pluto Would Become the Next Contender for Anime of the Year Despite Lack of Promotion

Pluto receives excellent reviews upon its release, with viewers expressing enthusiastic praise for the series.

After Frieren, Netflix Made Sure Pluto Would Become the Next Contender for Anime of the Year Despite Lack of Promotion


  • Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End is a top Anime of the Year contender due to its great portrayal and balanced pacing.
  • Following its success, Netflix strategically made Pluto the next Anime of the Year contender, even with minimal promotion.
  • Pluto, an eight-part series on the streaming platform, is highly praised by viewers and critics.

In the realm of fantasy anime for the year 2023, titles like Eminence in Shadow, A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special, and Mushoku Tensei have garnered attention.

However, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End has positioned itself among the top contenders with its remarkable portrayal and balanced pacing. Steadily progressing, each step in Frieren is imbued with depth that few can rival in similar-themed shows.

Frieren: Beyond Journey's End
Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End

After Frieren’s success, Netflix strategically made Pluto the next contender for Anime of the Year, despite a lack of extensive promotion.

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Netflix’s Stealthy Hit – A Manga-Based Gem Delighting Viewers

Netflix released a new manga-based show called Pluto without much promotion, and people are already loving it. Pluto, announced six years ago, is now available on the streaming platform as an eight-part series, and viewers think it’s excellent.

Pluto is a sci-fi story that was originally a manga by Naoki Urasawa, known for Monster and 20th Century Boys. It’s an adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy series.

Netflix’s Pluto
Netflix’s Pluto

The show, which premiered on October 26, is about an AI detective named Gesicht who tries to discover the identity of Pluto, a serial killer challenging advanced robots, including Astro Boy, to become the ultimate machine life-form. To add to the suspense, Pluto’s victims have makeshift devil horns on their heads.


According to GamesRadar+, the anime has received highly positive reviews immediately after its release. Viewer reactions have been equally positive, showing a strong appreciation for the series.

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Pluto Earns Rave Reviews Upon Release, Viewer Reactions Echoing Enthusiastic Praise for the Series

The show Pluto has received fantastic reviews, setting a high standard for Netflix’s original anime according to Digital Spy.

Polygon’s review suggests that Pluto’s adaptation is not only a strong contender for one of the best anime of the year but also one of the best new shows on Netflix overall. Forbes also adds that the anime adaptation of Naoki Urasawa’s manga Pluto has been long-awaited and is genuinely excellent.

Pluto Anime Series

Viewers also expressed their enthusiasm, with the series holding a remarkable 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. One viewer describes it as a “masterpiece period,” urging others to watch and enjoy it.

Another viewer agrees, calling it an “absolute masterpiece of an anime,” possibly the best of the year or even beyond. They appreciate how Pluto captures the spirit of well-renowned animes from older times while adding a fresh perspective.

Overall, the reviews and viewer reactions paint a picture of widespread acclaim for the series. It indicates that it’s a standout anime and one of the top new shows on Netflix.

Also Read: Netflix’s Breakout Anime Pluto Was Initially Planning to Have an Entirely Different Protagonist from Original Astro Boy Series

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Written by Tanmay

An introverted anime enthusiast and Journalism & Mass Communication student, Tanmay has joined Fandomwire to share his passion. With a love for anime, he's dedicated to providing insights, reviews, and recommendations to fellow fans, bridging the gap between journalism and his anime adoration.