Mystic dreams of a previous life in the moon lead to the bonding of seven students in an attempt to uncover the secrets behind what they have forgotten. As various truths are sought and avoided, Alice must hurry remembering if she is to save the fragile Rin from self-destruction. For only after facing the grave errors of the past, can they all move forward and live fully in the present.
Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte was also published in 12 bunkoban volumes, as well as 10 aizouban volumes. VIZ Media published the original 21-volume version in English as Please Save My Earth from October 29, 2003 to March 13, 2007.
Please Save My Earth is a manga about human relationships and the seemingly insurmountable burden of sin. A group of high school students, and one younger boy, suddenly begin to experience strange dreams alluding to their past lives as alien scientists in a secret moon base. This sounds like a ridiculous premise, but never once did it strike me as weird after I started reading, which is a testament to the organic storytelling. Over time, these dreamlike memories unravel more and more of an epic tragedy, while also threatening to scrape away at the characters' current selves. At first, the character introductions may seem
a bit overwhelming, and the story is admittedly hard to follow, but once you wrap your head around the gist of it, everything starts to flow together seamlessly to the point you can't peel your eyes away.
The science fiction world-building is laid out at a tepid but proper pace, and just like the other plot elements, the pacing couldn't be more perfect. With time, you gradually learn the mechanics and intricacies of a complex alien society. However, the fulcrum of PSME's story is a much more isolated and intimate event, and it has a profound impact on each of the scientists' lives, which in turn comes to torment the students' who inherited their memories. Perhaps it's hard to describe because there's truly nothing quite like it.
The cast is rich with depth and nuances that drive the series. Rin, Alice, & Jinpachi, in particular, along with their past lives, undergo extreme character development as they struggle to come to terms with their pasts. The flashbacks are layered in PSME, as the story frequently switches between the characters' current selves, their lives on the moon base, and their upbringings in a distant alien society before becoming scientists destined to study the Earth. All of these experiences contribute to a perfect storm of complex human interactions that tests of limits of morality and self identity. The retroactive approach to unveiling the critical event, and the emotional and societal conditions that precursed it, tells a tale that coalesces love, loathing, and regret.
A central theme of PSME is the encumbrance of loneliness. One of the scientists, Shion, is a war orphan who shuns others out of spite for their innocence. Another, Mokuren, is something of an angelic deity blessed with a supernatural power as well as natural beauty and brilliance. Her immense value to society forces her to lead an isolated childhood, where she struggles to form meaningful interpersonal relationships in a world where she is viewed as a perfect object more than she is a human girl. To Shion, Mokuren embodies everything he hates in the world, and to Mokuren, his coldness towards her is precious proof that she is but a regular woman and not the doll others' perceive her to be. And thus, with this mutual shared loneliness, along with precarious environmental circumstances, the two's fates become intertwined forever. These are extremely flawed characters, as are the rest, with realistic complexes and coping mechanisms, but that's part of what makes PSME so inherently human.
It should be noted that the art is a bit dated, and sometimes lacking in detail or consistency, but it's overwhelmingly artsy and effective at conveying the visuals necessary to complement the entrancing narrative. Truly, this is an emotional roller-coaster that deserves to be read by all; a majestic, heart-wrenching close-knit story, in the context of a large scale epic tale about alien worlds and the fate of the Earth, and through it all, Please Save My Earth never loses sight of what it means to be human, and perhaps more intrinsically, what makes this life so maddeningly beloved.
I have never read a manga series as good as this one, the characters seemed so real and the story was just so outstanding. For years I've seen this manga on different manga websites but skipped over it because the art which didn't look really good. Then boredom set in and I was willing to read anything to get over it so I decided to give the series a try. I soon got over my boredom quickly and soon become entranced in Saki Hiwatari"s story about seven scientists who all become reincarnated on earth. The story was so good I didn't even notice the old
art and soon the art started to become really good. All the characters were really deep and learning about each character's past was so interesting and entrancing especially the pasts of the two main charters Arisu and Rin. I came close to crying many times due to the tragedy of the scientist's pasts, the ending was really good and cleared up all loose ends.I became so addicted to it that I finished the long series in only two days. For those who have skipped over this amazing series because of the art I advice you rethink your choice and read this awesome manga and you won't regret it. :D
Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte, also known as Please Save My Earth, is by Saki Hiwatari. This manga is a sci fi, adventure-ish story with a dash of romance and a planet's worth of drama...in fact, make that two.(Sorry about the poor grammar/spelling)
Due to a cast of characters with current and past lives, PSME can get a bit confusing. All those names and relationships can make you dizzy. So why should anyone read this if it can be so confusing? The answer: the story is AMAZING. The various names of the characters, as well as their relationships with one
another can be hard to keep track of in the beginning, but I assure you that if you stick with it the payoff is well worth the effort. PSME also has strong messages concerning war, betrayal, envy, and (of course) love. Nature as well as psychic powers are prevalent throughout. PSME tells a story that pulls at your heartstrings.
The art in PSME is outdated. It's old, and the characters have those poofy hairstyles. That's just how it is considering the manga was drawn from 1987 to 1994. But it grows on you:-) I really thought the mangaka's use of nature(mostly flowers) was really pretty in the backgrounds, especially as she got more skillful. I don't think that the art detracted from the manga at all. In fact, I believe that it actually helped in portraying the story as beautiful and surreal.
The strength of PSME resides in its complex characters and relationships. I especially liked the well rounded growth of most, if not all, of the characters. Sometimes the flashbacks start off slowly, but soon you find yourself understanding (and even liking) the characters. The main character, Alice, is quiet, shy, kinda whiny, and has low self-esteem...RAGE!!!...I'll be honest...I didn't hate Alice, but I was finding it kinda hard to like her. Thankfully, Alice gets a lot more likeable as she grows throughout the series...but she never quite makes it to the top of our love meters. But that's actually okay, because the characters' relationships and the plot are what makes this manga noteworthy.
My final thoughts on this series? If you like sci fi dramas then PSME is the story for you. With a strong story, interesting character relationships, and a surreal mood, PSME is sure to work its magic on you:-)
Don't be fooled by it's sci-fi genre because this manga is far more realistic than most of your typical manga in terms of the complexity of human nature and relationships.
This has got to be one of those treasures long forgotten throughout time. Nothing is ever rushed in this manga. It takes its time to unravel each of the character's past and leaves us readers to decide what exactly the truth is. Unlike many present day mangas, PSME is very realistic in terms of the raw emotions the story centres around, and you'd be surprised at how much these emotions govern the story itself, where you're
drawn into each characters past and finally know what they were thinking during certain events.
At first we are shown the tragic side of this manga and you would think that that would be the climatic point of this story and the end all of all tragic events, which is true, however it is after this "climatic" point that you begin to realise that it is not the actual event that makes it tragic but how the characters think, feel and interact that you begin to understand the urgency and true sadness the author is trying to convey. Don't get me wrong, you won't be plunged into depression after reading this, it's more one that you will enjoy with its twists and turns and shocking revelations.