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Haunted by a space flight accident that claimed the life of his beloved wife, Yuri finds himself six years later as part of a team of debris cleaners on a vessel called the Toy Box charged with clearing space junk from space flight paths. The team consists of Hachimaki, a hot shot debris-man with a sailor's affinity for the orbital ocean; Fee, a chain-smoking tomboy beauty with an abrasive edge; and Pops, a veteran orbital mechanic whose avuncular presence soothes the stress of the job.

Note: The English release from Tokyopop has 5 tankoubon volumes. The fifth was released as Volume 4: Part 2.

Won the Seiun Award in 2002.


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4 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (456 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.66 / 10.0
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January 27th 2015, 5:31am PST

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Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

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English Publisher
Tokyopop (5 Volumes - Complete. See the Note in the description.)

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Weekly Pos #886 increased(+182)
Monthly Pos #1904 increased(+87)
3 Month Pos #2309 increased(+134)
6 Month Pos #2536 increased(+228)

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On 338 reading lists
On 692 wish lists
On 1028 completed lists
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Contemporary problems   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by You Say
October 6th, 2012, 2:52pm
Planetes (or "Wanderers" if you want) is Yukimura Makoto's first work. His art style here isn't as refined as it is now. His story-telling may be a little (but only a little) rushed sometimes. One can see that he didn't have everything planned to the slightest details. Still, every single mangaka has to start somehow. And what start this is!

Set in specified future, Planetes is about common people. They're working, they have dreams, fears and problems. Hoshino, Carmichael, Mihairokov and Tanabe are our protagonists. Yukimura presents his thoughts through their own stories. They're one by one confronted with their personal "difficulty", be it loss of a wife or troubles with raising a child.

Planetes "says" that every single human has his own problems, be it in the past, today or in the future. And we have to face them because if we won't, they will ultimately face us. Hoshino, Carmichael and others have to learn how to live ("how to accept their surroundings"). As the story progresses, Yukimura shows us that there are some people, who simply can't take life as it is.

This piece of art is magnificent example how simple "human drama" should be done in very personal way. Young people trying to grasp the meaning of life. They probably won't succeed but who knows… They may find peace within themselves.
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Not that good at all!   
Rating: N/A
June 25th, 2011, 7:36pm
I think its kind of evil, everything turns very weird... i dont know if my opinion is like this because of the anime (which suck much harder than the manga), but it really didnt do much for me at the end.
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The best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by trepazoid
October 25th, 2010, 4:51pm
This has got to be the best (if not second best--second to what I don't know) manga and adapted anime I have read/seen.
Set in the future in space, yet so down to earth. It is a humane, romantic, and original piece of work.

The only con is I really wish there was more than just 5 volumes.
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
April 14th, 2010, 2:00pm
Pacing and plot are really good and the story constantly shifts perspectives among a very diverse cast, so it never becomes old. The basis for the plot is also very interesting too, because there are very few stories actually set in space.

Also, because the emphasis is more on plot progression and character development than on hard science, this means the story is highly enjoyable even if you might know or understand little about the more scientific sides of this story.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by waluigi
October 14th, 2009, 2:38am
A very well crafted tale of humans and humanity, both on Earth and in the vastness of space. At once romantic, dramatic and introspective. A brilliant and highly recommended read. One of the best.
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Highly recommended   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by OppKnox
July 12th, 2009, 6:59pm
Planetes is one of the few series I would recommend to the general public. It’s a funny, intriguing space manga that captures both the mundane and the spectacular aspects of life so effectively most earthbound series suffer by comparison.

... Last updated on July 12th, 2009, 7:09pm
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by ivory__shoes
June 1st, 2009, 7:33am
No heroes. Simple plot. Character development-focused.
A moving, slice-of-life manga which explores science&philosophy, ambitions, self discovery, the state of people, the space, the probable future, love and relationships.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RuneRyder
April 4th, 2009, 9:15pm
So far this is probally one of my favorite mangas I have read and I recomend it to anyone who wants to relate to someone else, becuase in this story your able to relate to any and all the characters without even realizing it at first.
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Great Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Invictus 18
March 28th, 2009, 12:56pm
This manga is not spectacular in any specific way, there is no magnificent hero, there is no great battle yet it is just so down to earth good in all aspects that it is one of my favorites and I recommend it as a great starting point for a new reader. It truly makes you feel a connection with realistic characters facing problems most of us can identify with. I cant really express how this story stands out yet it really does. Very enjoyable and I think anyone can enjoy it as it avoids some of the weirder themes found in some manga.
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enjoyable read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by andrewl81
July 27th, 2007, 2:42pm
Nice story, remarkably realistic regarding the scientific part. I enjoyed the characters.
IMO it ended much better than the anime did.
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