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.
I can't tell you that these shows are similar, because they aren't. But after watching Planetes, then NHK, I can say that I got the same feeling I got while watching Planetes. In the end they were both highly enjoyable, and overall both were top notch.
Both Planetes and NHK delve deep into peoples emotions and struggles, but what they truly share in common, besides their atmosphere or "vibe", is the feeling of loneliness. While NHK is more focused on the social isolation and mental health problems of its characters, Planetes uses the loneliness of the characters as a way to showcase their struggles and goals in life, without ever actually exploring the subject of mental health. There's indeed an arc in the story where they do this, but only as a way to make the character further develop during the show, instead of being the whole focus of it.
tl;dr Planetes is the only other anime that gives me the Welcome to the NHK "feels".
Welcome to the NHK is very unique, so unique that there's really nothing like it in terms of story. Planetes has a very different story, setting, atmosphere, and characters, but both are deep anime that evoke feelings of isolation, loneliness, helplessness, and loss, while also making you laugh, giving you hope, and telling an awesome story.
A sense of quirkiness, attention to characters, some romantic development and investigation to psychological issues. Both Planetes and NHK deal with psychological issues present within there independent settings, whilst also containing a similar quirky sense of humour. Planetes differs as a Sci-fi with a much larger cast of characters, whilst also divulging into political and societal issues. While NHK divulges much deeper into a variety of psychological issues present within the constraints of ones home, whilst also presenting a particularly dark sense of humour. If you like one for its focus on characters, investigation into relevant issues and quirky atmosphere, you'll be sure to like the other. read more
Welcome to the NHK is a dramatic and psychological love story that centers around a group of NEETS with various social disorders and traumas. Throughout the story, the characters learn to accept themselves and the ones around them and try to fit in society. The story has its share of comedy, depressing, inspiring and heart-warming moments.
Planetes gives you the same feel, as its story manages to mix romance, drama, comedy and a bit of psychology just like Welcome to the NHK. Planetes plot main focus is on the expansion of humankind into space and all the issues surrounding it, however just like NHK, throughout the adventure, you get to know the main and side characters to an intimate and psychological level and all their backgrounds and motivations to go into space, where in NHK you get the dark backgrounds and reasons why the characters can't function correctly in society.
Space is a vast place and it can be very lonely if you don't have someone alongside you. In essence, both anime deal with isolation and social integration and are incredibly inspiring in their own way. The setting might be different, but it doesn't matter where a human being goes, he'll still need social interaction or he'll eventually break.
Beautiful looking and a great OST to boot, these anime are a roller-coaster of emotions that might make you cry, laugh, have a good time, feel depressed, or even inspired. read more
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.
Neither of these anime try to do too much in each episode; they do well in fitting meaningful storytelling into each episode without making you watch a 3-episode arc about a single character's motivations.
The settings are diverse; the subject matter is interesting. Uchuu Kyoudai is less fanciful, both in the sense that it's realistic, rather than truly sci-fi, and in the sense that the characters feel more like real, if eccentric people, but for both space geeks and fans of genuine, interesting and slow-burning drama it's a must.
If you love the space you gonna like to go up, and if you don't love it you gonna love it. Nearly futurist, realist and more human than a lot of animes. (sorry if I made a misstake, I'm not god with english but I hope you enjoy :)
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.
I'd say they both start off with more or less the same way, however planetes shoot off with an Arc halfway throught the series while Cowboy Bebop has no particular arc until the last few episodes.
But both animes explored the character really well throughout the series which then results a brilliant ending, they are both comedic, they are both set in space, and they have more or less the lowest of jobs(Taking out the Trash and a Bounty Hunter)
Whenever I watched both anime I can't seem to stop myself from thinking of the other. If you liked Planetes, you'll like Cowboy Bebop. and the same if you liked Cowboy Bebop you'll like Planetes. Both are amazing animes if you haven't watched it, WATCH IT NOW! read more
Both shows are character-driven shows set in space with a rag-tag group of unlikely companions. Both series have light-hearted and often comical overtones with serious and thought-provoking moments that often deal with very relevant issues in current society. Both series also get a little darker/more serious towards end.
Both Planetes and Cowboy Bebop emits a similar sense of style, as they are both space anime containing some action with episodic storytelling. Planetes differs with additional quirkiness, a larger focus of its characters, further developments of its concepts and the input of romance. While Cowboy Bebop differs with a larger focus on the action, its sense of adventure and its music. If you like one for its sense of creative style you'll be sure to like the other.
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.
Emotionally heavy Sci-Fi Space Dramas with great characters, touching storyline and some philosophical and political themes.
Infinite Ryvius is a little more Sci-Fi and Planetes has more Romance but both have plenty of that. Both are highly enjoyable and gripping series.
Both were made by the same studio, directed by the same director, take place in space, and focus heavily on the psyches of the characters and their situations. They both deal with realistic themes such as politics, social status, and places in life.
Ryvius is far more intense with the characters' emotions and direction. It doesn't involve it's outward story as much, and it's beginning is more interlocked.
Planetes is easier to take in, being that it's cast are adults. It starts out with stand-alone structure to introduce it's world, and ends more with finality.
An optimistic, dream-driven girl begins working a thankless job only to discover that the field is not what it seems. She then sets out to discover what makes the work so alluring to her, making new friends and having a few laughs along the way. A healthy balance of drama and comedy alongside some of the most unique careers out there.
Despite the difference in their setting, both Shirobako and Planetes explore similar topics: starting out in a new workplace, full of new rules to learn, mistakes to make and co-workers to meet. In both anime, the focus is on everyday worklife, not large plots to save the earth from destruction. The enemies are deadlines and broken equipment, not the big bad of the week.
You will follow the inexperienced lead through her experiences at the workplace, see her question her purpose in life and, finally, find fulfillment at work.
Well, they both take place in space....They also deal with a futuristic world where humanity is dealing with problems that were brought on by past generations. They share the same sense of exploration in the story and have a head strong lead character. Also, did I mention that they both take place...IN SPAAAACE!!!
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.
Both series feature an endearing, enthusiastic airhead of a protagonist making her debut in her dream job with the support of a very colorful (and equally endearing) cast of strong characters. While in one case the goal is to protect books (and therefore culture and knowledge) and in the other it is the environment that is at stake, Kasahara (Toshokan Sensou) and Tanabe (PlanetES) share a same ideal and a similar approach in how to defend it. They also encounter the same hardships and embark on similar journeys, which makes for great character development and emotional involvement in both series.
Oh, and last but not least – the dynamics between Doujou and Kasahara are highly reminiscent of the sparks-ridden chemistry shared by Hachimaki and Tanabe in PlanetES! :) read more
The main characters of Planetes, Ai Tanabe and Hachirota Hoshino, resemble those of Toshokan Sensou, Iku Kasahara and Atsushi Doujou.
Ai Tanabe is working hard to strive her goal, same with Iku Kasahara, and they both are stubborn when it comes to what they believe in. They will fight for their views. They also share the same pride for their work. Ai Tanabe, as well as Iku Kasahara, both share the same feelings they have for their respective main male characters.
Both focus on and question the social effects of science and technology: can we say "progress" is always a good thing? Both anime investigate relationships between aspiring astronauts and their anti-technology counterparts, the main argument being that the money used to build extravagant spaceships could be used to feed, clothe and shelter the needy. In The Wings of Honneamise, however, the relationship feels much more interesting. Overall, if enjoyed the political aspects of Planetes then you're sure to like this too.
They are both very down-to-earth humanistic hard sci-fi series about man over coming himself (both as an individual and as a society) and becoming something greater. They're both about elevating oneself to the stars.
Dai-Guard and planetes share the general themes of important work that gets burried in beuracracy. Planetes takes itself more seriously and falls more onto the science side of things, while Dai-Guard is more about the squishy human problems. The teams we follow in both shows were fun underdog/company men.
In both series, we follow a girl excited to be beginning life in space aboard a space station, as she develop her space skills from novice levels, helps the people of Earth and space, and finds drama and romance.
Both series involves around the discovery and exploration of outer space. They also deal with the future of space with the use of exploration technology.
There is great character development in both series that expands on the events of each episode.
Also, both series has drama, comedy, and a little romance.
Both are slice of life, both are about space travel.
There are some fundamental differences between the two series, naturally, since Planetes is geared rather towards the seinen/josei public, while Rocket Girls rather aims at shounen, but both feature women as important, irreplaceable members of space development.
The degree of realism in Planetes is a bit higher than that in Rocket Girls, but this does not diminish the fun of watching either of the series, in my opinion.
That said, both have also very good animation
Two shows about a more contemporary, realistic, unglamorous side of space travel. Their protagonists generally do mundane jobs in Earth's orbit and work for departments with few resources and even less respect, although they all wind up getting involved with larger adventures by the end of their stories. Both shows have similar aesthetics and senses of realism but also veer into wacky comedy from time to time. Rocket Girls clearly has more of a moe influence, but other than the character designs of its leads and their ages (and generally age-appropriate personalities and behavior), one could easily see the two series taking place in the same universe at different points in time. read more
The pacing and feeling of both series felt very similar, with introductions to the characters in the first half and then with more conflict and tension at the later half. Both series take their time and strive forward at and easy-going pace that manage to be both serious and with a mix of humour
Both Planetes and Twin Spica deal with astronauts, although in Twin Spica's case, they are astronauts-in-training. Both are serious dramas involving the emotional growth of the main characters, but Planetes offers far more in the way of comic relief. Twin Spica, on the other hand, is a fairly intense emotional drama with little in the way of comic relief. Fans of the more serious moments of Planetes will probably find much to enjoy in the oftentimes sad tale of Twin Spica.
The two series take place in the not-so-distant future, with Dennou Coil being a couple decades from now with the influence of Augmented Reality glasses, and Planetes half a century with the space revolution reaching the general public. Both take a realistic approach at handling these future technologies that isn't too over the top. Plot-wise, they take a light-hearted Slice-of-Life start for the first half, and a serious dramatic plot for the last half too. Both series have their funny episodes, serious episodes, and a good amount of WHAM and character development. Both also have high-quality input production, with Planetes taking advice from JAXA and Dennou Coil having been in production for years with a veteran director/producer behind the project. read more
Great sci-fi anime animated by Sunrise.
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam deals with the relationships between the people of Earth and the people who live in Space Colonies, following a large war in which Zabi dictatorship that ruled the colonies was brought to an end, the apparently democratic Federation installs their new force; the Titans. However, the democracy is bureaucratic and elitist, the politicians on Earth care not for space let alone their own Earth that has had climate change.
Planetes is set before mass colonization of space but it deals with the beginning of the space age, there are colonies on the moon and your average employee such as the main characters can be found living and working aboard space stations. Like Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. The organization INTO has snobbish and elitist leaders that care not for weaker nations who haven't the capability of going into space or those that are in bankruptcy because no one wants to buy their oil now that cleaner alternatives such as nuclear and solar power are widely used.
Anime in general is lacking in science fiction stories that lean towards the "hard" end of the spectrum. Stories focusing more on day to day life in a science fiction world aren't often made. Instead anime sci-fi tends to be about robots, aliens, mutants and feature big battles in space. Anime needs more things like Planetes and Mighty Space Miners. Works that put serious effort into world building and believability. Both are highly recommended to science fiction fans.
In case you're a physics nerd then look no further. Or even if you're not and are just looking for something to exercise your brain cells with, then you should definitely give this series a try. Your hunger for science-related adventures will certainly be quenched in a visually and emotionally stunning way.
The show takes place in a what-if scenario in which astrophysics/the multiverse theory is a major influence in the story. Also, in both cases the consequences can often be lethal or at least extremely hazardous to the main cast. So prepare your napkins, because you're going on a feels trip - to space/the past!
both anime featured the discovery of a new energy source which in turn showed the discriminatory nature of the major nations. however,in planetes, this advancement gave rise to terrorism. whereas, in "seikaisuru kado", the discrimination problem was successfully solved.
Planetes and Carole & Tuesday both feature strong female lead characters, an eccentric but down to earth cast and a simple but rather beautiful story with cheesy morals! Both follow a career within a sci-fi world!
Maybe its not really similar and doesn't have many things in common, but I got the same heartwarming feeling when watching Planetes. Both also episodic. Aria is best to watch when you wake up in the morning, Planetes is best before you go to sleep in the night.
If you came more for space stuff, try out Planetes. Not similar plot wise, but it's another space show. Both of them also deal with moral questions and problems that face society today. For example, there's the issue of whether human's should leave the cradle that is their home planet Earth, governments, companies, whether dreams can motivate or destroy you, etc. So if you're looking for something about space and thought-provoking, Planetes is a great option.
Both Planetes and Hanasaku Iroha deal almost primarily with work ethics, teamwork, balancing work and love life, sacrifices and ultimately pursing your dream. If you enjoy motivational anime that make you reflect on your life, I recommend highly.
One of the humorous jobs the main character in Full Metal Panic! has to do is...be the trashboy. Yes, both animes make a strangely poignant emphasis on taking care of the trash properly, and even though everyone makes fun of the task, it shows how big a deal it can be every now and then. In that regard, both shows have very similar playful humor not to mention tiny bits of blooming romance scattered throughout, while undertaking highly practical, dangerous, challenging missions. Oh yeah, you just can't forget! There are funny training moments, since space training and military training tends to be amusing in anime. Overall, there's cool action, technology, and ships! I think both shows also have to deal with terrorists and some scary "baddies" as their main threat as well. Both shows are very engaging to watch and very accessible; however, Planetes doesn't have mechas (I'm pretty sure, anyway) and has less action but has no less intrigue and suspense than Full Metal Panic! does. One more thing, even though there are some complex situations at hand, neither Planetes or Full Metal Panic! becomes too difficult or painful to understand. read more
If you enjoyed the comical aspects to Planetes then you may enjoy Irresponsible Captain Tylor, which takes the comedy a good bit further. Though just like Planetes, the show does tend to have its serious and emotional scenes (especially towards the end, like Planetes). All in all, both are excellent space drama comedies.
Even though Planetes is a futuristic anime of a space debris collectors and the setting is set to space, these two anime's have a certain same atmosphere. They are both real life drama centric and the characters, plot and surroundings are feeling really realistic. They both also deal with a new "rookie" trying to fit in a field that is very important but not necessary always respected.
The main protagonists go through a lot of things in their mind while trying to overcome themselves. Both series deal with similar problems and politics, and have psychological aspects. Despite being scifi stories, both have a kind of sense of realism by introducing technologies that feel realistic. And not to forget the mature drama that's present in both.
Although Planetes has more gags and comedy in it, both are about astronauts dreaming about reaching places nobody else has gone and leaving his names known for the humanity's history. Both are about the slice of life of astronauts who live in space, though Planetes is located a lot of years later than Moonlight Mile.
Both anime series are set in space and have excellent character development. The romance, the conflicts and the realistic depictions of what a future space base would look like makes Blue Gender an interesting watch.
Whilst differing in plot and situation, both explore the motives and structure of each character. This includes their goals, the way they perceive themselves and those around them.
Hachimaki and Tanabe differ from Shinji and Asuka, but the way they interact and their dynamics are very much alike. Hachimaki's self-doubt is also comparable to Shinji.
Both series lean towards a more realistic take on sci-fi, not just in terms of technology but in sociology as well; Kurau does tend to bend the rules but still manages to feel like it's within the bounds of the possible. The two are quite similar in the actual style and quality of their animation (Kurau being amongst BONES's catalog). Ultimately both are sci-fi dramas with heavy emphasis on slice-of-life type elements and character development.
At first glance these two series are nothing a like. One is about lives of people who work in space, the other the lives of art school students. But at their cores, both series are exploring what it means to be human or how to live in this world, and the path these people take in finding their way in the world. Both series start slow as they take the time to let you get to know the characters. However around the halfway point they begin to go through some changes that will ultimately lead to their development. Most of the characters have their own back story which gives them their drive. Both of these series center on how the characters grow as individuals, in their own way. If you liked that about one of the series, then give the other a try. Aside from what I wrote, keep in mind these series are very different in how they tell their story and what they use as plot devices. read more
While a series about junk collectors in space and a cold-blooded ganster drama sound like night and day, both these series one theme that's prominently featured in nearly every aspect of their storytelling: Ambitions.
Yes. Both these series show characters and their hopes and ambitions for the future. How they deal with them and try their best to make them happen, how they sometimes doubt the path they are going down, and even how certain characters end up getting crushed under the weight of their own ambitions.
Which brings me to my second point. Both these shows are very character-driven. With all sorts of characters of different personalities and backgrounds interacting and trying to make the best of themselves and if possible each other. Some characters are eventually forced to make huge sacrafices only to wonder if it was all worth it whereas others dream of things that are way out of their reach.
So there you have it. Two very unusual, character-driven shows that discuss themes like 'ambition' and 'society' in very engaging ways. Both are excellent anime well worth a watch if you want a more serious watch. read more
These anime both depict characters with relatively mundane lives in extraordinary settings, and provide a counterpoint to other shows within their specific subgenres. Patlabor is to mecha as Planetes is to hard sci-fi. As a contrast to most other shows of these types which involve constant strife and warfare, these shows depict how humanity can live peacefully with advanced technology and noticeably put emphasis on human drama instead of epic battles, although both do eventually take more dramatic twists.
Both at times deal with the drawbacks of capitalism and technology, reflect on contemporary international issues, and have idealistic main characters. Characters are also of various nationalities, which highlight in their development.