Planetes: The most awesome work of Sunrise this decade

Planetes
(for those of you who recognise this picture, please don’t spoil :P)

Planetes is probably the most awesome work of Sunrise this decade I will recognise (second is probably Zegapain). The whole series is an exploration of humanity as a whole and probably a very accurate representation of what our near-future will be, particularly in the area of space exploration. As one of the main protagonists would put it, the production team definitely put in a lot of “Ai” in to making this series.

On a the technical side, much praise has to be given to the team for actually researching space technology so throughly that an accurate representation of living in space is depicted in the series. Zero-G is Zero-G, spaceships don’t make noise and astronauts wearing diapers are some of the facts that are incoporated in the anime. Even the risks and effects of living in space and low gravity enviroments are factored in and it doesn’t paint a rose-colored picture of the harshness of space and the fact on how humans are very much beings not adapated for space-faring.

Later on, many human issues crop up in the series, involving the disparity between the rich and the poor, the selfishness of the “privaliged” elites, existential angst and the choice between love or persuing one’s dreams crop up and are dealt with in a very human way. What probably makes Planetes able to achieve such feel is the perspective it tells the story, while mostly centered on the few key characters that are considered as powerless individuals, we do see how the petty squables of the “elite” manage to affect their lives in a drastic manner.

I’ll refrain from going on any longer as it’s in contrast with my 500-word guideline already, but suffice to say, Planetes is a series that any fan of the medium should watch and it proves that Sunrise does have the talent amongst them to pull off a very good and enjoyable show.

14 Comments

  1. Tsubaki Said,

    February 16, 2007 @ 11:37 pm

    YESSSSSS. PLANETES IS LOVE.

  2. flou Said,

    February 16, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

    Btw, if you didn’t know, the director of Planetes was Taniguchi Goro and the scriptwriter was Okouchi Ichiro who are also in charge of Code Geass :D

  3. kacpy Said,

    February 17, 2007 @ 12:02 am

    One of the best shows, ever.

  4. eiraku Said,

    February 17, 2007 @ 12:22 am

    No objections here… The best anime I’ve ever seen, possibly in my entire life… :)

  5. Michael Said,

    February 17, 2007 @ 1:34 am

    YOU MEAN CODE GEASS. I have to watch this series someday. But before that, CODE GEASS.

  6. Zzz... Said,

    February 17, 2007 @ 1:52 am

    …quite possibly the best part of this show is how the main female lead…one of those perpetually replicated ‘love solves everything’ girls…got her ass handed royally to her by cold, dark reality. I had to watch the final 3 episodes again and again just to see that happening…god I loved it…

  7. tj han Said,

    February 17, 2007 @ 4:11 am

    DAMN BLOODY GOOD PLANETES IS!

    Seriously. Zegapain can’t even come close.

  8. waffo Said,

    February 17, 2007 @ 4:45 am

    I love that screencap. ^^ Planetes makes me want to be an astronaut.

  9. Makyz Said,

    February 17, 2007 @ 8:22 am

    I agree Planetes is one of my favorites, check out Infinite Ryvius if you liked the director.

  10. Equivalent_t Said,

    February 17, 2007 @ 10:17 am

    I think the sad thing is that I watched Code Geass because I adore Ryvius (same director) and Planetes (same director AND main writer), and the director blandly states that he doesn’t want people watching it because they like him. orz.

    Planetes is super awesome! Proof that Sunrise can do thoughtful and intelligent. HOWEVER. It does have a manga original, so thought the directorial touch was all theirs and the screenwriting’s theirs, the original material isn’t.

  11. Eleutheria Said,

    February 17, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    This is one of the shows that made a very good transition from manga to anime. The manga version *coughcoughlurkernetworkcough* goes a bit further, so you might want to check it out to read the heartfelt speech a certain character gives, when they finally reach Jupiter.

  12. FortMan Said,

    February 17, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    This show is one of my favorites also. Hard to find good hard scifi stuffs these days (in any media except texts, unfortunately). Really love mechanical design in this series.

    The manga has little on corporate-world-in-space stuffs and focuses more on space travel and travellers. Timeline-wise, the anime ends around volume 3 of the manga. I find the anime and the manga complete each other though.

  13. Tabi Karasu Said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

    This show was AWESOME! I just finished watching it

    now to the manga!!

  14. Markmcm Said,

    June 3, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

    Ha, luckily I just finished the whole thing. Actually I started one year ago, but somehow didn’t manage to go past that moon city ninja episode. Damn I wish they really removed that one, otherwise I would have known how good the whole series are sooner. I would say ep 10 really put me off and start me watching again, because the contrast that the dude being cheap (saving cheese) and his passion and pride in his country really impressed me.

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