There are not enough words to describe Pluto.
It is a thought-provoking piece.
Rather slow as it helps you remain reflective.
It is a sombre story with heart-warming main characters
most of whom are robots -
the best kind there are,
and seem to carry more humanity in them than the humans.
I don't often side with robots.
But in this story, you can't help but find them far more loveable than their human counterparts.
And that's why this story is thought-provoking, too.
Subject matters like this has strong philosophical connotation to it.
The robots themselves have existential introspections.
They have families,
they have friends,
they take care of orphans, rescue the big cats,
they can scan a crime scene and identify all the traces left behind by the suspect instantly,
they want to take a vacation with their life partner,
they want to retain their memories with their partner despite them being destroyed.
They have depression,
they have sorrow,
they live to protect and serve,
they are self-sacrificial for their humans.
It's really really hard not to like all of them.
And that's what makes it so important to be extra alert of our own humanity.
To what point is the development of A.I. technology ENOUGH?
At what point of human society will we also need to have a constitution about Robotic rights?
Will there be billions of people who are extremely aggressive & exclusionary towards robots?
I do love the stylisation of this animation.
It is beautiful to say the least.
The main boy in particular certainly already resembles Astro Boy in the design of his look & character.
He, to me, is the centrepiece of this show just as much as the detective.
As a character, he has strong dimensions, and 张力.
He is righteous, cautious, and extremely caring.
I watched AstroBoy when i was probably 1-year-old,
so I have no memory of the show.
But I can still sing the theme song.
I wonder it'd be a time-well-spent to actually watch the original anime from start to finish.
Each episode is an hour long.
So there is a lot of content in each episode.
You really need to have the mind-space and heart-space to go through each episode.
It can be a littel heavy, and definitely has scenes that take some soul-searching and deeper introspection.
I could not recommend this story more.
Go watch it wherever you usually source your anime.
is based on my favourite book
with my favourite male protagonist to-date.
AND it has 1 of my favourite actors to play the male lead.
Myself and probably the young generation of Chinese audience
had waited a year to watch this show.
As it was originally scheduled to air in March.
But it backed off due to "technical difficulty".
And it stayed silent and out-of-sight since then.
But I assure you, it was definitely not out-of-mind.
I've been waiting and waiting for this.
The 看点 of this show is most definitely 白鹿 & 张凌赫's actoring and pairing.
白鹿's acting has always been 没得挑.
She can deliver her teary scenes in up to 20 different ways,
each different and has subtleties that find their ways to stir your heart.
张凌赫 is an up and coming actor who's been acting in lead roles ever since he started.
It's impossible not to find him in lead roles.
He has a presence that makes his on-screen character felt and captivating.
He is also amazing at crying scenes.
Tears come out like a water tap, 白鹿 shared.
Most importantly, he is soooo easy on the eyes.
It's amazing how many beautiful people China produces in the entertainment industry.
As a science grad, his switch to an acting career couldn't be more far away than his intended path.
He is really good as an actor though,
certainly the kind of student who would be at the top of his grade no matter what he does.
谢危 as a character is very multi-layered.
The entire book is almost 姜雪宁's journey of discovering who he truly was,
and who loved her the most - 谢危 did.
There are many reasons why he is my top favourite male character, ever.
And I believe he will remain as my No. 1 person.
His end in the past life was certainly a beautifully tragic one.
But in this life, it has such a heart-warming scene at the end.
One can't help but beam and chuckle.
谢危 truly is worthy of all the love and peace and security in the world.
This story is also her 2nd chance of finding out the truth, and making amends for all that she'd done wrong.
And she did so so well, so whole-heartedly.
I wept a lot when the dreary scene finally came as she held the body of her friend,
who she did her best to rescue from the start...
It's definitely a tale of redemption and protecting all the ones you hold dear and love.
It's about recognition and being aware of what is right, what is wrong.
It's about knowing how 1 simple wrong step could lead to a lifelong of wrong turns.
Something we almost always must take care on on our own path of life...
I was SO glad 《宁安如梦》was the show that accompanied me throughout the November month.
No better story deserved being turned into a show.
Finally, I appreciate that every actor got to keep their own voice for the show.
There's nothing worse than listening to another human being's voice to your favourite characters/actos.