What are the biggest TV shows and web series coming to streaming in October 2023? Leading the pack this month are two returning fan-favourite shows that deal with multiverse-hopping shenanigans. First up, we’ll see ) in the lead roles — acclaimed filmmaker Gowariker returns to acting for the first time since 2006. Sameer Saxena, who rose to prominence with TVF Tripling directs the survival drama series.
All episodes of Kaala Paani release October 18 on Netflix.
When: October 26
From the brilliant mind of mangaka Naoki Urasawa (Monster, 20th Century Boys), comes Pluto, a noirish tale set in a future where humans and robots live in harmony. That is until a string of advanced robots and their human allies are found murdered with horns attached to their heads, indicating that the crimes were committed by the same entity. Gesicht (Shinshu Fuki), a Europol robot detective whose arms can transform into cannons, picks up the task of finding the perpetrator, only to soon realise that he’s on the kill list himself. It’s a rather perplexing case since humans are physically incapable — and scared — of tearing robots to shreds, whereas every robot has been designed to never kill people.
For the uninitiated, Pluto draws from the legendary manga artist Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy — more specifically, ‘The Greatest Robot on Earth’ arc, with Urasawa taking its bright-coloured essence and turning it into a riveting murder mystery that often explores themes of post-war PTSD. Familiar characters like Atom/ Astro Boy will be making an appearance in the anime, alongside his sister Uran. Personally, I find the animation in this Netflix adaptation quite jarring, given the over-abundant use of CGI, but since Monster is my favourite anime of all time, I’m down to give this a try. Maybe I’ll get used to it a couple of episodes in.
All episodes of Pluto will be up for streaming October 26 on Netflix.