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In 2075, space travel is no longer just a dream, but an everyday reality for mankind. Advancements in science and technology have led to the colonization of the moon, the commercialization of outer space, and the formation of large space corporations. Ai Tanabe, an upbeat woman whose interests lie in the cosmos, joins Technora Corporation as a member of their Debris Section, a department dedicated to the removal of dangerous space junk between the orbits of the Earth and Moon. However, Ai soon discovers how unappreciated her job is. As the laughingstock of Technora, the Debris Section is severely understaffed, poorly funded, and is forced to use a dilapidated spaceship nicknamed the "Toy Box" for debris retrieval. Undeterred, Ai perseveres and gradually becomes acquainted with the strange personalities that make up the Debris Section's staff, such as the bumbling but good-natured chief clerk Philippe Myers; the mysterious and tight-lipped temp worker Edelgard Rivera; and the hotheaded and passionate Hachirouta Hoshino, who longs for a spaceship to call his own. Planetes is an unconventional sci-fi series that portrays the vastness of space as a backdrop for the personal lives of ordinary people—people who may have been born on Earth, but whose hopes and dreams lie amongst the stars.

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English: Planetes
Japanese: プラネテス
Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2003 to Apr 17, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Saturdays at 08:05 (JST)
Producers: Bandai Visual, NHK
Licensors: Bandai Entertainment
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Space
Duration: 25 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p
Type: BD, Dual Audio


Gorou Taniguchi – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Yasuo Urakami – Sound Director
Shishou Igarashi – Episode Director, Storyboard
Ichiro Okouchi – Script, Series Composition
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Dive in the Sky” by Mikio Sakai
ED1: “Wonderful Life” by Mikio Sakai (eps 1-25)
ED2: “PLANETES ~Affettuosso~” by Hitomi Kuroishi (ep 26)

Episode List

01: Outside the Atmosphere
02: Exposure



Fun fact: this anime is supposedly extremely scientifically accurate. It’s also a great character-driven narrative about life in orbit!


I never thought a show about garbage-men in space would affect me this much. Superb anime that deserves all the love.


The best slice of life anime I’ve seen. The fact that it takes place in FRIGGIN’ SPACE makes it all the more worthwhile.


A space driven story that is held together by it’s flesh out world & massive world of characters of all shapes & sizes that try to coexist


A very fun slice-of-life like 1st half that goes away by the 2nd half. I personally wasn’t feeling it but you might like what it has to say.


Considering it’s about space garbage collectors it’s one of the most enjoyable anime I have ever seen


Humanity’s ambition to go where we’ve never gone before accentuates geopolitical disparities on Earth; observed from an orbital perspective.



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