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December 21st, 2006, 11:19 AM
Planetes: Complete Collection (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HT3876/ref=wl_it_dp/102-5774507-8617758?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2QJOISQZP1KDM&colid=3GLW2YMC0XGXV), director Goro Taniguchi

I came across this sf anime dvd collection, and it sounds good! Has anyone else seen this series, and have comments?

December 21st, 2006, 06:21 PM
i too have heard really good things about this anime series. I haven't managed to get my hands on any episodes yet.

are you planning to buy/rent it? if you do, tell me what you think!

Rob B
December 23rd, 2006, 01:21 PM
I've heard many good things about the Planetes the Manga, so I suspect the Anime is very good.

December 24th, 2006, 01:35 AM
I've read the first manga, it's good realistic science fiction, solid science and good stories. I would love to see the anime. *sigh*

December 31st, 2006, 08:05 AM
Greetings, All!

Just joined so that I could tell you about how I found Vol. 1 of ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetes) (PLANETES) a couple of days ago, after first seeing it mentioned on the Orbiter (http://www.orbitersim.com) boards, and loved it so much I spent all yesterday trying to track down the remaining 5 volumes (only found 3, 5 & 6 at Best Buy, though)!

When I'd first heard mention of it (along with some impressive screenshots) I sought out the trailer (http://planetes.bandai-ent.com/) on the 'Net, and was struck (pardon the pun) by the image of the stray bolt filling the screen, and it's effects on the spaceliner.
So I got kinda misty-eyed when I picked up the Vol. 1 DVD and had a look at the cover...


I thought it was the perfect image to go with the most perfect tagline I've ever heard...

"In space a bolt can screw you."

This was my favorite of the IMDb (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0816398/) user comments (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0816398/usercomments) (in spite of (or maybe even because of) the less-than-perfect grammar & syntax)...

New Frontier, 19 September 2006
Author: shadowwarriorsamurai (http://us.imdb.com/user/ur7962372/comments) from United States

*** This comment may contain spoilers ***

We are always shooting into space because some of us are hoping to build a better tomorrow create a new world. But most of the time it is never any different just the setting.

The show takes place in the far future, space is now a common normality. Colinies have been set up in the Moon and Mars ever since the day they were first ventured. And people can freely travel to both of these worlds as any person can buy an airliner ticket and travel anywhere around the globe. But unfortunately space is also a dangerous place, because it's became polluted with junk dangerously floating out in space due to the amount of satellites and other equipment that was shot out into space but never returned. And has literally became a shooting gallery for any ships that travel out in space. So, the space program has created a debris section. A group who's job is simply to haul any debris that float around in space and shoot it into Earth's orbit to burn up to nothing.

This show is similar in vein to Arthur C. Clarke sci-fi, it shows a believable world of tomorrow that looks possible, the rich mix of both 3-D computer animation and the usual but sophisticated Japanese anime which makes all the characters look human and spaceships look almost real. There is even a calm almost orchestrating soundtrack to make the scenes in space almost feel like an opera or even fit what the characters are going though. We see how advanced civilization has got but also see how beaten up and exhausted it has became on itself. We witness how despite certain advancement in science they've also paid a severe price by becoming careless in how they treat their enviorment in space. Even the politics involved have put too many barriers on sometimes the smallest things. Nothing always works right, even some of the spaceship some people have look like their days are numbered. There is also a sense of boredom and how space travel has became reduced to nothing but an everyday commodity instead of an ambition.

It the characters in the show and the drama involved which make the show truly work. Mainly the duo dynamic between Hachimaki and Ai Tanabe. Both of them are different Hachimaki is young, brash, rebellious where he doesn't just break the rules but he bends then breaks them and obeys the rules he writes in his book. Borderline selfless and selfish, but has a strong ambition of traveling out into space and exploring the untouched frontiers. Ai Tanabe is also young, naive, brave, selfless and is never very realistic when it comes to certain matters however that turns out to be a strength that Hachimaki very much needs. Both of them have a slightly shaky but close friendship, they both agree or disagree with one another or even like or dislike one another. And we actually feel pathos for them and begin to have respect for the job they do. Both of them even evolve in characters as certain events come along and eventually both get what they want. But their relationship evolves slowly and believably into love which leads to the both of them getting married in the end.

Just like their relationship the career in the show starts to look bigger and more important; the debris haulers aren't janitors in space but are like Firefighters or Emergancy Workers doing the best they can to make space safe for everyone. And indeed it truly is the debris career that matters the most while the careers down below (which are supposedly the higher up careers) start to look smaller and seem less important (I can't help but wonder what the heck they do all day in the first place).

We see some ethical themes like enviormental ethics and why science and human politics must learn to act responsibly for human progress. And even deep post modern philosophy on heroism, ambition, love, man's place in the universe, and how much more a person can be.

The universe is always vast and big, and has enough room for dreams and love.

That about says it far better than I ever could.

December 31st, 2006, 11:02 AM
cljohnston108, welcome to sffworld. Thanks for the great post, and the link to the trailer. It sounds wonderful!

I hope you'll look around the forums and decide to visit here often.

December 31st, 2006, 12:10 PM
It reminds me of Voices of Distant Star, which was very haunting & beautiful.

Planetes certainly looks like one to look out for.