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Planetes, Volume 1 (Planetes #1)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  1,795 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Haunted by a space flight accident that claimed his beloved wife, Yuri finds a job cleaning space debris from Earth's orbit. His team consists of Hachimaki, a hot shot debris-man with a sailor's affinity for the orbital ocean; Fee, a tomboy beauty with an abrasive edge and a penchant for smoking; and Pops, a veteran orbital mechanic whose avuncular presence soothes the ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Tokyopop (first published January 23rd 2001)
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Sep 19, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Most people familiar with the name Planetes are those who've only watched the anime series this manga is based on. That's a real shame, because not only are the two almost wholly different in tone and focus, the books are really something special.

I've heard it said that the difference between genre fiction and literary fiction is the commitment to tell the story of the characters' humanity rather than a story of plot events. By that definition, you can count Planetes as one of the few examples o
Sep 15, 2015 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Planetes is a manga which spans 5 volumes (well, technically 1-3, then 4.1 and 4.2...but hey who's counting?). Unfortunately the series is out of print at the moment so some of the volumes can be pretty hard to get hold of.

This is really sad because its such a fantastic series! I think anyone who likes sci-fi would enjoy this series, comic/manga reader or not.

Its set in the 2070s and is about the crew of a space debris collection ship. The characters are very well realised: at turns feisty, thou
Feb 04, 2014 Keith rated it really liked it
A student of mine did a presentation on this last year and I immediately grabbed it as a potential assigned reading for some future course. This treads on a lot of familiar ground for the "spacethink" genre, most notably connecting to the ideas of Solaris, but also 2001 and even, to a certain extent, the Alien film series. Told as an anthology, each chapter shifts its focus to a different member of a small spaceship crew, as well as their family and friends. Themes of exploration, environmentali ...more
Mars Dorian
Aug 05, 2015 Mars Dorian rated it it was amazing
This is the original story for one of my favorite Anime series of all time.

It deals with a young astronaut in the future whose job is to collect space debris around the Earth's cosmos.
Mankind has colonized Moon and Mars and now works on a spaceship to reach Jupiter, while space terrorism, intrigue, corruption and pirates and revolts disturb live in the universe.

This is hard-science, folks. No Star Wars like lasers or fire explosions in space. Everything in this series is based on facts and th
May 23, 2016 Niina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Mielenkiintoinen sarjan avaus. Planetes seuraa Maapallon kiertoradalla työskenteleviä romunkerääjiä. Kansainvälisiin päähenkilöihin (Juri, Hachimaki ja Fee) pääsi yllätävän paljon sisällekin, ei tarvinnut lukea kymmentä osaa ennen kuin heistä kerrotaan näin paljon.

Erityisen mieleenpainuva kohta oli seuraava monologi:

"Jos Jumala tai joku sellainen on olemassa, se varmaankin inhoaa meitä ihmisiä. Ensin kulutamme oman planeetan luonnonvarat loppuun ja sitten kehtaamme vielä tulla tänne [Kuuhun] ro
Zack Patten
Mar 11, 2014 Zack Patten rated it did not like it
This has to be one of the worst mangas I have read. The story made absolutely no sense. Throughout the whole book they would skip over large periods of time so suddenly. For example at one point the main character, Hachi, is talking to a girl and then it just suddenly skips three months into the future and it doesn't even say something like 'Three Months Later...' it just suddenly happens. I only knew three months had past because a couple panels later someone mentioned it. Overall this isn't ...more
Bob Bello
Mar 05, 2014 Bob Bello rated it it was amazing
Outstanding artwork, compelling characters, intriguing storytelling. Liked it much, much better than the hilarious anime TV comedy, though their artwork was fantastic as well. Storywise, the manga version rules. Godspeed!
Mar 19, 2010 K T rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
My favorite of the Planetes books I read. Not so heavy on the psychological symbolism, and lots of small self-contained stories about SPACE. Character-driven.
Jul 03, 2016 Dani rated it it was amazing
There is some stunningly good art in this series...
Mar 28, 2016 Pedro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leído básicamente en inglés.
Nov 19, 2016 Vince rated it it was amazing
Makoto Yakimura's Planetes presents a refreshing and surprisingly poignant picture of life in space in a near-future believably extrapolated from our present. Rather than alien adventures and martial-arts combat, Planetes offers a slice-of-life story following the lives of three space garbage collectors whose job is to clean Earth's orbital paths from the debris of nearly a century of space exploration (e.g. haul away old satellites or even loose metal like bolts and tin plates).

The art is well-
Emizel Death
Sep 30, 2016 Emizel Death rated it really liked it
Planetes es una obra de ciencia ficción ambientada en un futuro en el cual el ser humano ha logrado viajar satisfactoriamente al espacio y ha empezado a asentarse en el, con todos los cambios que esto conlleva. Pero principalmente la obra esta centrada en sus personajes. Los cuales están excelentemente diseñados y escritos, mostrando cada uno su propio trasfondo, objetivo y personalidad y desarrollándolos con mimo a medida que la trama avanza.

El dibujo es decente, no destaca mucho pero logra amb
Oct 06, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
"There are no directions in outer space. No up or down. No north or south. It's easy to forget that there's a direction home."
Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
La Théière Littéraire
Je connais ce manga depuis bientôt huit ans, quand je l’ai découvert par hasard en bibliothèque, et depuis j’ai couru après les quatre tomes, un peu introuvables. Je n’ai que les trois premiers. Et puis l’intégrale est sortie. Elle fait plus de mille pages et ç’a été un plaisir de pouvoir enfin tout lire d’une traite. Le trait du mangaka, depuis auteur de Vinland Saga (magnifique série), évolue au fil des chapitres et sait capturer des expressions que j’ai rarement vues sans onomatopées et ...more
travis rigg
Sep 28, 2015 travis rigg rated it really liked it
First thing's first. If you see a rating for a manga that I gave to a volume one, that's what I think of the series thus far. In this case, that's the whole series. I'll do my best not to spoil anything but here goes.

This manga is really good. It got off to a shaky start, but quickly established that chapters should be considered as short stories. And most of them are really good. But around the midpoint of the series it starts making itself have longer arcs, which all leads up to a disappointin
cimaco yoshioka
Aug 13, 2013 cimaco yoshioka rated it it was amazing
PLANETES is SF. But it is not simple star wars. It seems to be connected with each other complicatedly, and war happens for a right and principle after all. As for me, "a motive of the war" described in these comics thinks that it is too unchanged with present status now. To a terrorist of the terrorist say, and have the advantage; in the country of the country say, and have the advantage; in the company of the company say, and have the advantage. It "is possibility of the curiosity" that I ...more
Hector Ibarraran
May 14, 2016 Hector Ibarraran rated it really liked it
This is a book about work, but it only in the sense of what you have to do to get a paycheck, but rather, how you interact with that obligation. In the book we meet four characters, Fee, Hachi, Yuri, and Tanabe.

Fee works because work is what you do. She has a family and is very ethical about the way she approaches her duties. There is no drama, just the drive to do what needs to be done and the need to do it right. Hachi has to prove himself. He works because he needs to fill his father's shoes
Darryl Knickrehm
Mar 25, 2014 Darryl Knickrehm rated it it was ok
I had heard a lot of great things about this series. And I'm a big fan of sci-fi comics/manga (and have been searching for a new series to get in to for a long time). But after reading the first book I think I'm not going to continue on to read the rest.

One thing that stuck out for me was the art. While it's not bad, I can't say that I'm a fan. While the backgrounds are quite detailed and nice, the character drawings are done in a stereotypical anime fashion -- not completely expressive, and ca
Philippe Lhoste
Jan 29, 2012 Philippe Lhoste rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, manga
Amusant. Après les laveurs de vitres de l'espace, voilà que je lis un manga sur les éboueurs de l'espace ! Les petits métiers transposés dans la science-fiction semble inspirer les auteurs de manga. Pour le meilleur !

Ce livre est cependant assez différent de La cité Saturne, Tome 1 : dans le graphisme (beaucoup plus réaliste) et le style de narration (plus dynamique). Mais les deux partagent un point de vue privilégiant l'humain, l'aspect psychologique de l'histoire, plus que la technique (quoiq
Feb 14, 2011 Angel rated it really liked it
I discovered this by luck, and I was very pleased. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that some small parts of the story were things I did not particularly like (I tend to dislike bratty younger siblings of main characters, for instance). However, that small detail aside, this is an excellent manga with a very strong hard science fiction element. The premise is very good as well. Space exploration is a given. It has left a lot of trash and debris in space, and someone has to pick it ...more
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This was only the second manga I’ve read and it was a vastly different experience from the first (Fruits Basket). It took me a bit to catch the flow of this book. I had a difficult time following it at first (it seemed to jump around quite a bit) but when I started treating each section as an episode it made much more sense. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated the complex character development that Yukimara achieved (proving it can be done with very few words
Philip Shade
Mar 23, 2016 Philip Shade rated it it was amazing
528 pages of manga that I knocked out in two sittings. It's that good.

While I've been re-reading some old of manga lately (Pineapple Army, Outlanders) I've not picked up any new manga in quite some time. Since my subscription box was empty at the comic store and i love space and space exploration, I grabbed the first collection of Planetes; I'm glad I did.

Planetes is the story of the crew of an orbital debris collection ship. It has enough science about the dangers of orbital debris, working i
Aug 25, 2016 Ted rated it really liked it
Excellent art and writing. This would file under 'space think' similar to books like "Solaris", "Roadside Picnic", or "2001: A Space Odyssey" where it a lot more heavy on the philosophy and ideas. Their is an over arching plot that ties together this book and its' second half but this all about the journey not the destination. All four of the main characters are well developed and each get a suitable amount of spotlight time; they each have their own reasons for doing what they do and we see ...more
Another one of those "Hmm, I wonder what else is on the school's manga shelf?" finds.
I expected much more romanticized science fiction than I got, and I think I'm happy with that. This series is really quite philosophical, which I enjoy, and some of the problems it explores are- or deserve to be- themes in book-form SF.
There's not really too much to say about this; it's enjoyable, but it's not addictive. It gets the fourth star on the strength of sheer plausibility- it really does seem plausible
Dec 28, 2014 Mansi rated it really liked it
I love the premise of this manga- it completely veers away from your typical shonen or shoujo manga. I am also fascinated with Space so having that put into a manga was brilliant. A problem I had with this manga at first was that it was confusing due to its major jumps. Often times with no explanation or prereq information, it would suddenly jump and that was somewhat annoying. Another thing, it started off far too slow and boring for my liking. I don't know if this was me getting used to the ...more
Sep 11, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect going into this and since the mangaka who drew this is the mangaka who draws Vinland Saga, so I've decided to go in blind. The artwork totally blew my mind, the details on space, the spaceship and the space station. With this, Yukimura-sensei created a great setting for the plot. I like Yuri and Fee the best, however, Hakaimachi had developed the most, as a character and a protagonist, from a fresh debris collector to an ambitious astronaut. Even though the series is ...more
P.H. Wilson
Jul 24, 2015 P.H. Wilson rated it liked it
Real rating: 6.3/10
Manga/GN rating 8.1/10
Science fiction that is truly heartfelt is rare and hard to pull off, but Planetes does it with a charming grace.
For those who are looking for a typical manga romp that relies on fast paced action and cliffhanger style hold overs this work is not for you. Planetes is a character piece that slowly develops a soul that it does not readily relinquish. The characters are human and far from stereotypical archetypes which allows us to identify with them beyond
Feb 02, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
Planetes is about a guy and his coworkers who fly around the Earth collecting space junk. Because there's a lot of it. And it's a hazard.

And one of his coworkers is all moody and broody because he lost his wife several years earlier. And.. out of nowhere, he finds her pocketwatch floating out in space.

And meanwhile eco-terrorists are blowing up the cigarette vending machines and smoking rooms about the space stations. Yea, seriously. Astronauts smoke. What the frell?

All in all, interesting enoug
Kim Dyer
Nov 21, 2015 Kim Dyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-comics
When I first saw the anime of Planetes, I fell in love with it almost immediately. Although I found the plot synopsis (space garbage men?) off putting, the focus is more about the characters. Hachi, Yuri and Fee are all very well developed and this volume collects some of my favourite stories about them (particulary the excellent plot with Hachi and the Lunarian).

The art is generally stunning. The backgrounds and spaceships are incredibly detailed and although the characters art is a little shak
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