Ranked #155


Alternative Titles

English: Planetes
Japanese: プラネテス


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2003 to Apr 17, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Bandai Visual, NHK
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.401 (scored by 31,678 users)
Ranked: #1552
Popularity: #520
Members: 83,221
Favorites: 2,029
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In 2075, space travel is no longer just a dream, but an everyday reality for mankind. Advancements in science and technology have led to the colonization of the moon, the commercialization of outer space, and the formation of large space corporations. Ai Tanabe, an upbeat woman whose interests lie in the cosmos, joins Technora Corporation as a member of their Debris Section, a department dedicated to the removal of dangerous space junk between the orbits of the Earth and Moon.

However, Ai soon discovers how unappreciated her job is. As the laughingstock of Technora, the Debris Section is severely understaffed, poorly funded, and is forced to use a dilapidated spaceship nicknamed the "Toy Box" for debris retrieval. Undeterred, Ai perseveres and gradually becomes acquainted with the strange personalities that make up the Debris Section's staff, such as the bumbling but good-natured chief clerk Philippe Myers; the mysterious and tight-lipped temp worker Edelgard Rivera; and the hotheaded and passionate Hachirota Hoshino, who longs for a spaceship to call his own.

Winner of the Seiun Award in 2005, Planetes is an unconventional sci-fi series that portrays the vastness of space as a backdrop for the personal lives of ordinary people—people who may have been born on Earth, but whose hopes and dreams lie amongst the stars.

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Hoshino, Hachirota
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Tanabe, Ai
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Mihalkov, Yuri
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Koyasu, Takehito
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Taniguchi, Gorou
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Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Uragami, Yasuo
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Sound Director
Okouchi, Ichiro
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Script, Series Composition
Yonetani, Yoshitomo
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More episodes Episodes(1/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 Outside the Atmosphere
Taiki no Soto de (大気の外で)
Oct 4, 2003

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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Apr 9, 2007
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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Apr 4, 2009
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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Jun 7, 2015
Many of us growing up have stared into the night sky at one time or another. Looking up at the endless abyss with bewilderment. Just the very thought of how encompassing it is can be awe inspiring and intimidating at the same time. But like the Westward expansion in the 1800s and other events before it, humans have always been drawn to the great unknown, like moths to a flame. We constantly seek out the new frontier, may that be within our personal lives or something external. Very few stories are able to encapsulate this very familiar yet unexplored feeling, something like a paradox that read more
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Dec 6, 2013
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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Featuring the journey to space, Planetes and Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers) have distinct realism in their perspective stories. The characters are also relatable with genuine sense of humor and inspiration to make their dream into a reality. The stories of both series indeed also have great development along with its characters. I recommend both series for anyone interested in an insightful and well crafted story with credible characters. 
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Politically charged, sci-fi drama with some action. While Infinite Ryvius focuses on the internal power politics of the spaceship at hand, Planetes addresses the ethical issues behind the ideology of science and capitalism. If you were fascinated by the issues of power and capitalist hegemony here, you will surely enjoy the political terrain underneath Infinite Ryvius. 
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