Ranked #157
Planetes

Planetes

Alternative Titles

English: Planetes
Japanese: プラネテス

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2003 to Apr 17, 2004
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.411 (scored by 28983 users)
Ranked: #1572
Popularity: #512
Members: 73,870
Favorites: 1,728
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Synopsis

In the year 2075, mankind has reached a point where journeying between Earth, the moon and the space stations is part of daily life. However, the progression of technology in space has also resulted in the problem of the space debris, which can cause excessive and even catastrophic damage to spacecrafts and equipment. This is the story of Technora's Debris Collecting section, its EVA worker, Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino, and the newcomer to the group, Ai Tanabe.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Hoshino, Hachirota
Hoshino, Hachirota
Main
Tanaka, Kazunari
Japanese
Tanaka, Kazunari
Tanabe, Ai
Tanabe, Ai
Main
Yukino, Satsuki
Japanese
Yukino, Satsuki
Carmichael, Fee
Carmichael, Fee
Supporting
Orikasa, Ai
Japanese
Orikasa, Ai
Mihalkov, Yuri
Mihalkov, Yuri
Supporting
Koyasu, Takehito
Japanese
Koyasu, Takehito

Staff

Taniguchi, Goro
Taniguchi, Goro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Uragami, Yasuo
Uragami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Okouchi, Ichiro
Okouchi, Ichiro
Script, Series Composition
Yonetani, Yoshitomo
Yonetani, Yoshitomo
Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(0/26)

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Opening Theme

"Dive in the Sky" by Mikio Sakai

Ending Theme

#1: "Wonderful Life" by Mikio Sakai (eps 1-25)
#2: "PLANETES ~Affettuosso~" by Hitomi Kuroishi (ep 26)



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Xinil
Apr 9, 2007 11:41 AM
First, I feel I need to mention something that I think a lot of people have overlooked with this show. Planetes has romance. Quite of bit of romance in fact. It's packed full of drama and action along with that too. So, drama, action and romance. What more could you ask for (yeah, boobs, I know)?

With that being said, on with the review.

Story: Planetes starts off rather slow. In fact, the "main" story doesn't even really pick up until about episode 10 or so. Before that, you're introduced to character personalities and dreams/motives. This is absolutely necessary though, because without this strong intro, the latter read more
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IcehawkDown
Apr 4, 2009 12:10 PM
It can be pretty hard to convince people to watch a show about garbage men... IN SPACE. How could a show like that possibly be interesting? Well I'm here today to tell you that this is one of the best anime out there, and something everyone should give a try.

Planetes starts about how you might expect a show with such an odd premise to begin. It's a very quirky show, practically a comedy/sitcom type show. The first 13 episodes or so are all episodic, there's lots of laugh, and the show rarely takes itself too seriously. At this point I would call the show very read more
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Bear1211
Dec 6, 2013 2:45 PM
Space, the final frontier, and what a frontier it is. Humans long ago looked up at the stars, and reached out to grasp them. From the words of Captain Kirk, "to boldly go where no man has gone before".

Story: 8

The human race, always moving forward, never looking back. So eager to abandon the cradle of life that raised them. The cause and effect of this ambition are highlighted within the 25 episodes of the show."Planetes" is something truly unique in the Anime scene. This is essentially a SoL (Slice of Life) in space, which alone makes it something different from the norm, but read more
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Maerthyu
Jul 14, 7:04 PM
Planetes, an anime consisting of debris collecting spacemen, is not an anime about debris collecting at all. It may start off that way, but Planetes takes on a unique identity as an anime whose true purpose is to present you with harsh truths about the nature of space progress. It’s cruel in that it asks the viewers hard questions: questions that have no real right or wrong answer.

The tendency to forget the nature of space results in various types of unrealistic anime, and Planetes is a reminder to why all those mecha battles you see happening in space are impossible: debris. Not just junk read more
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Although the plots are very different, a theme in Planetes seems to be fear of isolation. It's the only other show I can think of besides N.H.K. that seems to have captured a very 'real' quality in its characters' fear, motivations, weaknesses and behaviors. Very complex in terms of not seeming overwrought or artificial and keeping a healthy dose of humor (like N.h.K.) in the show. 
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