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Planetes, Volume 1 (Planetes #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,363 ratings  ·  52 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 str ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Tokyopop (first published 2001)
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Vicki
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
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Tony
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
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Zack Patten
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 so ...more
Keith
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
Darryl Knickrehm
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
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Bob Bello
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!
Mansi
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 at ...more
K T
Mar 19, 2010 K T rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
Fuzzhi
Tras la lectura de este primer volumen me queda la sensación de que tanto la historia como los personajes ganarán mucho a través de los siguientes capítulos. En esta ocasión las historias son algo escuetas y a excepción de Yuri, los personajes no me han llamado demasiado la atención.

La ambientación del futuro y del espacio que hace Makoto Yukimura es admirable, un futuro lejos de realidad actual pero al mismo tiempo bastante pausible y probable, haciendo volar la imaginación tanto con las estac
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Dimi
The first manga book I bought, I'm glad I picked it up! A treat to read, the book is set in low earth orbit. The protagonists are a crew aboard a space debris removal ship. Through the book, you see them grow closer and care about each other. I was not expecting this level of emotion from manga.

The book deals with some pretty serious topics: loss of a loved one, sibling rivalry, old age, self-doubt, all with typical Japanese exaggerated drawing style, balancing serious and cartoony art in perfec
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Philippe Lhoste
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
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Arapahoe Teens
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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
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cimaco yoshioka
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 appr ...more
Angel
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 up ...more
Anila
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
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Ben
Mar 18, 2014 Ben rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Different from the anime. Some things worked better, and some not as well. More technology porn, less drama. Just changing the pacing and having all the filler scenes adds a lot more characterization, which I like. I think I prefer anime, though the naval-gazing sections are better in the manga.

I will have to come back to it, as I'm pretty planetes saturated right now.
Francis
It's overall one of the best manga series I've read. I learned a lot of things about space, also. If you think manga is all Naruto, I really think you should read this. It can be an excellent gateway to manga that doesn't suck.
Blue
Planetes bukanlah seperti manga kebanyakan, cerita fokus bukan pada action seperti pada kebanyakan manga. Berlatar belakang di awal eksplorasi manusia di ruang angkasa, Planetes mengeksplorasi sikap dan akibat manusia ketika mulai tinggal lama di luar angkasa.
Julie
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
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Nick Hanemann
It's an interesting manga that handles concepts of isolation, belonging, and the human spirit very well.
Vitor Frazão
História de ficção científica muito simples, mas bem construída, sobre uma tripulação encarregue de limpar detritos da atmosfera. Faz lembrar certas série da velha guarda, que se centravam mais em usar a FC para explorar os sentimentos e condição humana, assim como expor problemas mais realistas no que diz respeito à exploração espacial, com as doenças físicas e psicológicas provocadas pela vida no espaço. Felizmente trabalharam tais temas sem se recorrer a infodump ou tornarem a narrativa demas ...more
Sarri
Scifimangaa aikuisempaan makuun. Planetes kuvaa avaruusromunkerääjämiehistöä 2070-luvulla. Miehistössä on kolme jäsentä, Juri, Fee ja Hachimaki, joiden kenenkään elämä ei ole ongelmia vailla. Ensimmäisen osan päähenkilöksi muodostuu vaimonsa onnettomuudessa kuusi vuotta aiemmin menettänyt Juri, joka löytää vaimonsa kompassin avaruusromun seasta.

Hieno piirrostyyli ja "realistisia" kuvia avaruusaluksista ja muista teknisistä laitteista. Muutenkin miellytti realistisempi piirros, jossa ihmiset ova
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Pedro Queiroz
This story starts slow, and keeps on going slowly. It took me a couple volumes to see what this was about, but then I did, and it was beautiful. Planetes is such a character driven tale that expecting the plot to pull any strings is very naïve. It is there, the plot, the development of smart and grand situations, but it just doesn't matter when it gets to those points because all you want to know is how these drawn character's hearts work, and how they'll deal with being alive and aching. For wh ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
Makoto Yukimura’s sci-fi saga begins with confidence, introducing us to a realistic yet enchanting future Earth. Most of the story takes place in the planet's orbit, where a astronauts endanger their lives daily in order to keep debris from spacecraft in check. The work is rough, the people doing it pragmatic, but some of them still dream of the stars.

Yukimura combines harsh, unromantic elements with a sense of universal mystery. This book is easy to like, and it really makes you read more.
Ted Child
Unfortunately, it is difficult to find well written SF and equally difficult to find well written manga. Planetes is both, however. Makoto Yukimura seems to have found that very difficult spot to find between scientific and historical realism, or what is sometimes call hard SF, and well developed characters that have emotional depth and resonate with the reader. I’m looking forward to reading more.
Michael
Good art and interesting story but it didn't really grab me. I would recommend if you into realistic astronaut stories.
Rodrigo
Character driven sci-fi. Some small stories that let us know the characters, the context in which they work and live. There's some humor, some sadness. But somehow, I didn't find it engaging. I'd like to care about the characters and the story a lot more than I did. Maybe it was because there's not one story, but a few short ones that felt disconnected to each other.
Edwin  Klemm
I have the Japanese TV show and I've watched it all hundreds of times. It's very fasinating and I would just like to know more of each of their lives, like: what ever became of No No; Does Hachi ever get to see his child and get back from Jupitor? so many unanswered questions...
M Elsehry
عجبتنى الرسوم
وان كان الحبكة محبتهاش قوى بس ممتعه
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