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Planetes Omnibus, Volume 1

(Planetes #1-2)

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In the 2070s, increased interplanetary travel has led to crisis-level amounts of dangerous space debris, and someone has to clean it up. Planetes follows the space-garbage crew of aspiring explorer Hachimaki, mourning Yuri, and secretive Fee, collected in two omnibus editions, printed from the original files and complete with bonus color pages!
Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 22nd 2015 by Dark Horse Manga (first published December 22nd 1999)
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--Planetes Omnibus, Volume 1

Planetes Supplement: This is a happy life, from a certain point of view
Artemy
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Artemy by: Eric
Shelves: 5-stars, dark-horse, manga
Planetes is an excellent sci-fi slice of life manga about a group of space janitors living in space and doing their jobs, all the while dealing with life things like space sickness, loss of loved ones, existential questions and even space terrorism. It's funny, occasionally deeply philosophical, a bit naive and absolutely beautiful thanks to Yukimura's impressive art style. As an added bonus it features a Russian character Yuri who is not a terrorist, billionaire, criminal or otherwise an ...more
Skye Kilaen
Set in the far future, Planetes is working-class sci-fi that follows the crew of a sanitation ship. Basically, space garbage collectors dealing with all the junk that humans have let accumulate in Earth's orbit. I didn't completely like it until the second volume, but then I loved it.

Initially it's a slice of life comic following these folks through their work and family lives, but a larger arc emerges as crew member Hachimaki trains to apply for a deep-space exploratory mission to Venus. His
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Andrew
knew nothing about this, but i liked the cover. i liked the picture of this astronaut just floating above earth. so i judge a book by it's cover? so what, eh? it worked out really well. there've been times i've read a book because the cover was really bad. call it reverse-judging.

anyway, i don't know i've been, cause apparently this has been out for a while. i really dug it. it only had some 'lost in translation' bits and pieces, but i really felt a universal vibe. this is about the human
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Jennie
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the series that convinced me that graphic novels and manga was a worthy storytelling medium. Along with Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned, this is my favorite graphic novel series of all time. Back when it was published in the turn of the millennium (and picked up two Seiun Awards, Japans highest honor for science fiction), it also kindled a love for hard sci-fi that has since grown into an obsession. If you love novels and movies that go heavy on the realistic science, such as The ...more
Lauren
PLANETES Omnibus Volume 1 by Makoto Yukimura, translated manga by Yuki Johnson / 2000 Japanese, 2015 English @darkhorsecomics

My first book of 2020: a graphic scifi taking place in the 2070s. In a world where interplanetary travel is booming, someone has to clean up the trash... this small "ragtag" group - Hachimaki, Fee, Yuri, and Tanabe - are the space cleanup crew.

A cool premise (got a little *Roadside Picnic* vibe with some of the concept), characters with rich back stories, and surprisingly
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Jason
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Desperately wish I could give this a 4.5. It is that good.

The arc of this first omnibus is something to be applauded; watching Hachimaki grow as both an astronaut and a person is heartbreaking, irritating, and yet beautiful. The struggle to accept certain things (most of which I can't give away because *spoilers*) is just so human. I think what I loved most about the entirety of the omnibus is how the writer managed to really settle into the emotional beats in each chapter. All around, this is
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Jenny Clark
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
A pretty good sci fi slice of life story. It is pretty interesting and the art is pretty good as well. It's slightly older but overall a good story for sci fi fans. Hachi's growth should be interesting to see.
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
[March 4th, 2016] EXISTENTIAL CRISIS IN SPACE

4.5 stars.

Thought I reviewed this already but apparently not, hence remedying that now.

Our universe is vast, probably much bigger than we perceive it to be. We may be the only form of life in our solar system, but who knows what lies out beyond ours? Why are we here? For what purpose do we exist for our particular solar system?--to consume?--to explore?--to live? All these questions are constantly questioned throughout this omnibus. But essentially
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Lisa
Disclosure: I received a free e-galley copy of this book from Edelweiss.

I'd heard about "Planetes" when I received my e-galley copy, but I hadn't heard much. I had no idea what this book was about, no expectations, and I was honestly pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed everything about it. From the opening scenes the characters, the world, and the style pulled me in. All of the SF anime and manga I've consumed has either been near-future, Earth-based, and often dystopian or cyberpunk
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Selena
This volume alone starts far differently than it begins. For one thing, our main character (nicknamed "Hachi") looks to be blonde and later becomes a brunette.

Art inconsistencies aside, this starts as a somewhat serious slice-of-life space story. First chapter focuses on Yuri (who also looks much differently later on, by the by), whose wife died in a space flight accident. Second chapter focuses on Hachi and a "Lunarian" girl, after Hachi breaks his leg (and some dark stuff happens in this
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Andrew Jones
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wish I could give this a 6/5. Its exactly the kind of slice-of-life folks-in-space story that Im always searching for. Each chapter, or phase, has a very satisfying conclusion as the characters develop over time. Almost feels like Cowboy Bebop, in terms of each chapter/episode being its own key moment in the characters lives as they journey through space completing their day job (which, in this case, involves collecting space debris thats harmful to spacecraft and space stations). Background ...more
Jennifer
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is definitely one of the best space comics/manga out there. Although the original copyright was from 1999, this doesn't seem dated, mostly because the heart of it is ideas and emotions using space as a medium to convey these.

Aside from Hachi being the standard annoying, thick-headed young male manga protagonist whose main ability is to hard-headedly pursue a goal, and somehow accumulate much more interesting, intelligent, and caring human beings along the way, and Tanabe being merely a
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Nicola Mansfield
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is by the same author as the currently running "Vinland Saga". The art is absolutely fantastic and this edition by Dark Horse is a beautiful book. Volume 1 is an omnibus containing the first half of the series. Each chapter starts with the original colour pages and the book itself is made of thick quality paper. The story is hard science fiction and I think this is my first manga like this. The main theme is space travel and the main character's training for a mission to Jupiter. The ...more
Connor Foley
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal. Best sci fi Ive read in a long time. Character focused, brilliantly written, funny, tragic, I loved this. ...more
Matt
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This comic is all about loving what you do, loving it to an absurd and unreasonable degree. It's about letting go of fear and grasping for love and the people around you.

It just so happens to also be set amongst a bunch of space garbage men.

Yukimura's vistas (especially on the color pages) are vast and grand and a little lonely, his characters are well-defined, his story is deft and assured. If you have any interest in manga, especially some of the more high-brow stuff, I highly recommend this.
Mehsi
4.5 stars. Tanabe was just soooooo annoying.

But other than that, this was amazing. <3 <3 I really can't wait for the next omnibus to come out, I want to see how the story will go on.

The art is absolutely gorgeous, details, details everywhere, great facial expressions and human anatomy. Good job!

I would recommend this.

Maybe I will write a longer review soon.
Liam
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Always loved the Planetes anime - whilst the manga is rather different I still loved it. Can't wait to read the second half.
Koen Claeys
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Approximately 530 pages of heavenly graphic storytelling for only 20 Dollars.... Divine!
Casey
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Planetes. Makoto Yukimura creates well-rounded believable characters and has them face exciting challenges each chapter, whether they are life-threatening challenges like a failing part of a spaceship, deadly rapidly approaching space debris, or even terrorists to or other more existential crises like what it means to inhabit space, and whether we face this world and universe alone. This manga is very moving and emotional, and the Dark Horse release really does it justice. The paper ...more
Bradley Farless
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, manga
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I like sci-fi and I like manga, so this was a perfect combination. What really stood out to me was the maturity and complexity of the themes tackled by the storyline. There aren't any space battles or constant-boner one-upper explosions and effects. This story is about the dramas of human life and how living in space might impact people. It's good writing and it's good sci-fi and I'm looking forward to reading the second volume.
Brittany
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
In a future universe, humans have made space travel almost commonplace. But with the exploration of outer space comes the waste and debris that follows. This manga follows the story of a few space janitors who travel around picking up the debris from selfish humans. It's an exploration of man's responsibility to the universe and how far we can (or should) go to discover new worlds. I enjoyed the beautiful artwork, but the characters and motivations were a little confusing to keep track of.
Turki
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Planetes is easily one of the best manga about Space Travel. It takes a mature and realistic approach to the subject of day-day drama in space. I loved that it minimized the amount of sci-fi elements in its writing and an inclusion of some scientific phenomena ( no light sabers or light speed travel ).

My only advice is to go in with low expectations, don't expect an epic saga or to be mind blown. It's the art and the narrative what makes it an amazing read.
J.P.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of a very few number of amazing hard sci-fi manga. Makoto Yukimura is an excellent mangaka, can't wait to jump into Vinland Saga.
Dominique
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, 2017
I really didn't expect to fall for in love with these characters. After finishing this collection I immediately wanted to go get the next one and I am so upset that the library is closed tomorrow.
Simon Farrow
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything about this book was fantastic, from the story, the art and even the book itself. I can't wait to read the next volume.
Bo
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ive often seen this manga described as slice-of-life, but while it sometimes has that kind of slow pacing and people just doing their jobs, it also has terrorist attacks, crashing spaceships and even a scene of a guy kicking ass with martial arts. Not to forget that the last chapter in this volume kinda goes into horror territory with some gore and everything.
Yukimura is a great artist when it comes to technical stuff like spaceships and spacesuits, his faces are hit and miss but pretty much
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Jesus Flores
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Planetes 1

A group of spacemen who work collecting debris orbiting both the Earth and moon, one of them has a dream of one they owning his spaceship, and step one in his plan is getting selected for a future mission to Jupiter. Very likeable characters a nice setup that really showcases what the author thinks as life in space could be. A very nice sci-fi everyday story.

4 stars
Acin Fals
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, sci-fi
My complaint about this first volume is that Fee, the pilot of the space debris collector, is a smoker. That's all I've got for complaints.

An annoyance is that I've seen the animated series so many times, I can't fully immerse in the manga without comparing the two.

Oh, well.

This book is my newest favorite.
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