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Planetes

Planetes

Alternative Titles

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 27009 users)
Ranked: #1582
Popularity: #490
Members: 67,258
Favorites: 1,595
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

comedy drama sci-fi space

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)

Episodes

Episodes  0 / 26
Aired  Oct 4, 2003 to Apr 17, 2004
Status  Finished Airing
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Adaptation: Planetes
Other: Planetes Picture Drama

Characters & Voice Actors

Hoshino, Hachirota
Hoshino, Hachirota
Main
Thornton, Kirk
English
Thornton, Kirk
Tanaka, Kazunari
Japanese
Tanaka, Kazunari
...
Tanabe, Ai
Tanabe, Ai
Main
Yukino, Satsuki
Japanese
Yukino, Satsuki
Taylor, Julie Ann
English
Taylor, Julie Ann
...
Nono
Nono
Supporting
Koorogi, Satomi
Japanese
Koorogi, Satomi
Miller, Lara Jill
English
Miller, Lara Jill
...
Ascham, Lucie
Ascham, Lucie
Supporting
Kurata, Masayo
Japanese
Kurata, Masayo
De Cesarei, Jenny
Italian
De Cesarei, Jenny
...

Staff

Taniguchi, Goro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Uragami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Okouchi, Ichiro
Script, Series Composition
Sugishima, Kunihisa
Storyboard



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Apr 4, 2009
IcehawkDown
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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Dec 6, 2013
Bear1211
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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Apr 9, 2007
Xinil
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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Jun 21, 2008
Banpaia
The story of PLANETES gets off to a slow start which may put some viewers off, however the slow paced introduction of the characters and their personalities adds a more personal feel to the show, allowing you to get to know the characters as if in real life, finding more and more about them as things progress. As the main storyline begins to develop we are given an even deeper insight into the personal lives of the team aside from their "garbage collector" jobs in outer space, their aspirations for the future and the past that they can't forget.

There are many issues addressed in read more
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Recommendations

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.
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.
Both have a somewhat earnest and idealistic female as the leading character who tries to change the world they live in. Both also have a relatively smaller close-knit group of characters. The male lead in each series is shorter than average and have hot-heads. The art styles and character designs deviate from regular anime styles and both these shows have political undertones.
They both are based on space travel between the moon and Earth. It's a must watch for any sci fi fan.
They have -go with the flow- underdog characters. Episodic sctructure uses the routine of dealing with people's problems around as the main story progresses. Both puts importance in scientific and engineering accuracy and realistic future depiction. Their animation fluidity goes up a notch in action heavy scenes.
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.

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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