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Synonyms: ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ
Japanese: プラネテス
English: Planetes
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2003 to Apr 17, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Saturdays at 08:05 (JST)
Producers: Bandai Visual, NHK
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Manga
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, SpaceSpace, WorkplaceWorkplace
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.261 (scored by 7577275,772 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2942
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #939
Members: 249,402
Favorites: 3,934

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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 Hachirouta Hoshino, who longs for a spaceship to call his own.

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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Planetes is the winner of the 2005 Seiun Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in science fiction.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Taniguchi, Gorou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Igarashi, Shishou
Episode Director, Storyboard
Yamamoto, Megumi
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Dive in the Sky" by Mikio Sakai

Ending Theme

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


Nov 14, 2023
Dang, this is good, like GOOD good. Bad stuff out of the way first, the music is just okay, and the female MC is absolutely infuriating, though her being infuriating is simply the result of good writing. Planetes starts off rather chaotically, with a funny scene about astronauts and diapers, but then it proceeds to open up and pull you along into the world of space trash cleanup. All the while it is just stunning to look at, the background art is masterfully done, and characters are actually unique people, ithe women aren't just cookie cutter eye candy and they have *gasp the horror* actual ...
Sep 13, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Plantes is a really hard series to review due to how far apart its highs and lows are. The first 14 episodes or so are fantastic. However, ep 15 and onwards has a dramatic crash in the quality of characters and episode structure. That being said, even with the very disappointing ending it's still a show that I keep thinking about for positive reasons.

What makes the first half of the show so great? The biggest strength of the first half was its character interactions. Each episode was stuffed full of fast-paced banter and discussion from a wide variety of characters, and it all worked ...
Dec 16, 2020
Of course I respect everyone's tastes, but if you told me this was a joke anime, I'd believe you. I hated this show.

This is going to contain spoilers for Planetes, but you know what? Who cares. It's bad. There's the review. Don't watch it. Not even for "haha wow this is so bad" laughs. It has a handful of moments at best. It's bad and gets worse as time goes on. And it's so, incredibly, unbelievably boring.

I'm a guy who likes things that are boring. One of my favorite games? Civilzation 3. I play on the map TETurkhan's Test of Time. It's a game that ...

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