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Planetes  
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Description
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: Won the Seiun Award in 2002.

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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ
الكواكب
プラネテス

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Latest Release(s)

Status
in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol , Chap 1 (diverges halfway though and features changed characterizations and new characters)

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (618 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.5 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 2nd 2020, 3:34am PST


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Year
1999

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (2 Volumes - Complete; Print)
TokyoPop (5 Volumes - Complete; Print)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #532 increased(+230)
Monthly Pos #1142 increased(+447)
3 Month Pos #2210 increased(+699)
6 Month Pos #3287 increased(+287)
Year Pos #3700 increased(+473)

List Stats
On 419 reading lists
On 904 wish lists
On 1393 completed lists
On 31 unfinished lists
On 386 custom lists

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Contemporary problems  
by You Say
October 6th, 2012, 2:52pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
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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The best  
by trepazoid
October 25th, 2010, 4:51pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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Uncliched  
by ivory__shoes
June 1st, 2009, 7:33am
Rating: N/A
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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A Space-Lover's Tale  
by tokkun
May 18th, 2007, 10:01pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
The author's love and fascination with space really shine through in this manga. Rather than being typical science-fiction fare, it explores the motivations and drives of astronauts, and casts them in a very believable and emotive manner. I really enjoyed some of the early stories in the manga, which primarily focused on the difficulties of trying to adapt human habits and customs to the sometimes unforgiving environment of ships and habitations in space. The story devoted to a smoker's troubles in space really served as an excellent demonstration that no matter how technology changes, people will always be people.
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Amazing...  
by VampireBanana
April 14th, 2010, 2:00pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
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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Compelling  
by waluigi
October 14th, 2009, 2:38am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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  
by OppKnox
July 12th, 2009, 6:59pm
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
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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Planetes  
by MrParumiV18
June 28th, 2020, 4:26pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
Story: 7/10
Art: 8/10
Characters: 6/10
Quality Polish Edition: 9/10
Enjoyment: 7/10
Overall: 7.4/10
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Great Manga  
by Invictus 18
March 28th, 2009, 12:56pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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Very good with flaws  
by bikudo
February 11th, 2016, 3:58am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
I started by not liking the way faces were drawn and the melodramatic narrative style. It took me some effort to keep reading and finished by finding some redeeming qualities. The story invites at times at some deep philosophic thinking and the characters evolve and reach conclusions. Apart from faces I found the art good and sometimes very good and even excellent. The series is also fairly pedagogical in terms of space related technology even if some scientific speculation is bogus.
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