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A journey through the vast Space and human realization.
on 23 July 2009
Due to increased activity in Space debris has become an increasing problem to space travelling and other activity in Space as well. An accident involving a collision between dumped debris and a spacecraft lead to the establishing of Debris section a section whose sole purpose is to collect this debris whenever necessary.
The protagonist in Planetes is Ai Tanabe a young woman with ideals that
seem naive to some, if not many, of the other characters in the series.
The series centers around her newly acquired job, and all that follows,
in Debris Section aka. Half Section. It is called Half Section because it is only occupied by half the staff it should have. This on the other hand makes the viewer get close to every single staff member in the section so he/she cares more about them, both as individuals, but also as a group. The characters in the series are very well balanced meaning that some are used for the more comical and hilarious moments while others represent the more serious parts of the series. The aforementioned is partly a generalization so do not be fooled most characters both have serious and funny scenes/comments.
Planetes has been described as
being one of the most realistic animes science-wise. While this may be
true Planetes is so much more than just a science based anime.
The series progresses really neatly throughout the 26 episodes it spans and at first the episodes are about general debris retrieval, but later
develops into other subjects like the gap between the poor and rich
down on Earth due to space exploration etc. and what consequences this
may lead to.
Furthermore it is a love story between Tanabe and the male
protagonist Hachimaki and their struggle to maintain their relationship
through hardships since they both (especially Hachimaki) have some
existential problems to solve.
The animation is great and the mood is even greater, it is a joy to watch a scene where the characters float in zero-G or when they are out in space in total silence.
A series that shouldn't be missed if you like love and Space or just one of those.