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English: Planetes
Synonyms: ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ
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: Saturdays at 08:05 (JST)
Producers: Bandai Visual, NHK
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.341 (scored by 50,807 users)
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Ranked: #2112
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Popularity: #636
Members: 156,932
Favorites: 3,123


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. 
report Recommended by Saguri
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. 
report Recommended by Stark700
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. 
report Recommended by Spunkie
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. 
report Recommended by fawertesfs
Yes, this one is a bit farfetched. But there's similar vibe in portraying something as dull as everyday work and turning it into piece of entertainment.  
report Recommended by Rychulubicz
They both are based on space travel between the moon and Earth. It's a must watch for any sci fi fan.  
report Recommended by arimakenshin
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. 
report Recommended by Bishounen_Hunter
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. 
report Recommended by fawertesfs
Also about space garbage removal. 
report Recommended by chrono6456
Both are about quirky and lovable bunch overcoming the hardships of their stiff-necked superiors. Always leaves you with a smile. 
report Recommended by Einlayzner
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. 
report Recommended by olmecalmighty
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  
report Recommended by toshiro
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 
report Recommended by ZJun
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. 
report Recommended by OGT
Both are sci fi shows that adopt a more "classic" approach to the story. 
report Recommended by Archaeon
The protagonists' attitudes are alike,Tanabe and Azusa seem alike aswell,you get the same feeling of adventure while watching GTO,both protagonists like motorcycles 
report Recommended by imsomeone
Both of these hard science fiction anime stories are united by similar setting (middle of the XXIth century) and similar motif of love separated by space and time. 
report Recommended by Arandelix
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  read more 
report Recommended by Mushrooshi
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  read more 
report Recommended by Fortress_Maximus
If you are into classic and intelligent sci-fi, both shows are definitely for you. 
report Recommended by Lav
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.  
report Recommended by RTL3
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! 
report Recommended by mimiiria
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. 
report Recommended by yabuki-kun
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! 
report Recommended by gfsdfgsdgsdfgs
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. 
report Recommended by omponk_donk
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. 
report Recommended by Maerthyu
They are both quaint, and funny. They have the same feel...just trust me. 
report Recommended by melanie777angel
Both have Sci-fi world that have a lot of connections to current world politics and use their worlds to highlight problems in the world today. 
report Recommended by gabe475
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. 
report Recommended by josenewtype
In spite of different settings, both have decent character development and deal with existentialism issues such as loneliness, absurdity, freedom and existential crisis that may follow. 
report Recommended by SciSan
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  read more 
report Recommended by zewho
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.  
report Recommended by Echelon
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. 
report Recommended by Nezu-chan
Both of these have highly realistic characters and excellent, photorealistic visuals. 
report Recommended by formosan
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. 
report Recommended by Bocknoi
both in space, good comedy, a little wacky, and main characters are a little annoying but there's character development. plus there's competitive spirit part in both anime. 
report Recommended by midori-
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. 
report Recommended by dnqw97dhqu9d
They are both space animes, which a similar artwork, but Starship Operators is a more serious drama, while Planetes has more funny situations. Still you will find them to be very alike. 
report Recommended by delorean
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. 
report Recommended by arimakenshin
It deals with space and striving to get some where in life. 
report Recommended by cxc4
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. 
report Recommended by TheMightyShin
Eve no Jikan and Planetes are both hard sci-fi anime that depict a not-too-distant future. Both explore interesting themes that will really make you think. 
report Recommended by Kuiper
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. 
report Recommended by Irkesque
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  read more 
report Recommended by kio
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  read more 
report Recommended by Uriel1988
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. 
report Recommended by Cheesyhoboe
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. 
report Recommended by Narrator