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In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.

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Planetes Picture Drama DVD Special 2009 Side Story

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Planetes 2001 Original Manga
Name Role
Yuriko CHIBA Character Design
Goro TANIGUCHI Director
Kotaro NAKAGAWA Music
Makoto YUKIMURA Original Manga Creator

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Planetes VivisQueen 8.5/10 Mar 7, 2009
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Wings of Honneamise

Wings of Honneamise
  • Movie (1 ep x 121 min)
  • 1987

Shiro Lhadatt wanted to fly jets for the Kingdom of Honneamise's Air Force when he was young, but unfortunately he didn't get the grades he needed; instead, he enlisted in the Space Force, a tiny embryonic unit that most people haven't even heard of. Embittered and disillusioned about his lot in life, Shiro takes no interest in his training - that is, until he meets and gets to know a young woman preaching God's word on the city streets. After one inspiring conversation with her, Shiro promptly sees the light; he finds his passion for flight reinvigorated and immediately volunteers to be the pilot for his unit's first space warship! Reaching that new frontier is all well and good but Shiro still faces some major obstacles: even if launching the first space warship becomes reality, not everyone will be happy to see the Space Force succeed. Suddenly, Shiro has to grapple with the complex, far-ranging consequences of his very personal decision.

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Locate
WOH is a similar series in many ways. You have the same nice pace, a great focus on human relationships and a similar topic. It covers the same matter from a different perspective. A must see if you like PLANETES.
ironfrost
If you like Planetes, you're a fan of serious character-driven science fiction that's firmly based on real science. In that case, you'll love Wings of the Honneamise.
easileigh
In WoH, the world is still young and daring to reach for the stars. Most people see space as some crazy dream. In PLANETES, the world has conquered space and Earth is soon to become the loser's refuge. Both shows are very amiable social sci-fi, with earthy, everyday characters you can easily identify with.
Rar
Though Planetes is slightly ahead of Honneamise in the space race, both deal with early struggles of space travel, against a world in social and economic upheaval. If that wasn't reason enough to watch the other one, they also feature central female characters that exhibit the same kind of wide-eyed idealism despite the cynicism and corruption around them.
evan1979

both of these shows thank NASA in the credits for their help and it shows. if you like one for the realistic way they portray space flight i think you will like the other for that same reason. both are drama based too, though Wings of Honneamise is a bit more realistic.

VivisQueen

Both Planetes and The Wings of Honneamise are about scientific progress, the evolution of human society, and the eruptions this causes in the personal lives of the individuals (i.e. astronauts) caught in the middle. Like Planetes, Wings of Honneamise also takes an almost slice-of-life approach at first, then develops the overarching story later. Moreover, they simply feel very similar due to their detailed world building and their powerful focus on key characters' developments. Honestly, if you liked one, the other is a perfect follow-up. Note, though, that Planetes is a series whilst The Wings of Honneamise is only a two-hour movie.

Sianeka

Both the series Planetes and the movie Wings of Honneamis featuremain characters striving to become astronauts. If you enjoy space adventure and watching the growth of a character's explorations into a new plane of personal development, then both of these will satisfy.  If you've seen the movie, watch the series for a longer stay in this anime atmosphere. If you've enjoyed the series, check out a quick alternative of the similarly themed movie.

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Infinite Ryvius

Infinite Ryvius

What happens when authority and consequence are removed? When the inmates truly run the asylum. On the spaceship Ryvius there are those who would fight for order, and many more who would fight to destroy it. Love, hate, anger, greed, avarice, and perhaps hope are the fuel for the Ryvius, and only one can save those who call it home...

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Not only Infinite Ryvius and Planetes happens in space (so being Sci-fi considered animes), both have very interesting characters who develop while trying to cope with different and new situations. Also, both show a realistic side of humans and how they react when situations go out of control. So, if you enjoyed PLANETES for its realistic characters, somewhat slow paced story in the first half of it and also the Sci-Fi background, this is the anime for you.
nate90909

Both Planetes and Infinite Ryvius have a general "realistic" sci-fi theme as well as characters who are forced to cope and deal with new issues in their lives. While Ryvius is a little "darker" than Planetes, Planetes still deals with some heavy topics such as someone close to you dying. They both also have good character development. Overall, I think that if you liked Planetes or Infinite Ryvius you would probably like the other.

evan1979

Both of these show are similar in alot of ways. what really struck me the most was how both shows were slow to build up and sort of slice of life, but go out with a bang. if you like the character drama in one then the other is similarly well done, though planetes was clearly more polished.

Starlite

Both Planetes and Infinite Ryvius are great sci-fi series, set up in space. Both delve into politics, psychology and social interaction, showing how people behave in difficult situations. Both are quite realistic and feature complicated, developing characters.

VivisQueen

Hard sci-fi with a deliberate script focused on the characters' interactions and development as they try to survive/work in space. Planetes and Infinite Ryvius both master this approach and deliver in the process rare forms of sci-fi entertainment in anime. It's not about the action in either, but about how the team dynamic on a space ship pushes events forward and plays out in a subtle political backdrop. If you enjoyed one, feast your eyes on the other.

Aranneas

Largely realistic, heavily story- and character-driven dramas in science fiction setting. There's a lot to enjoy in both of these titles, though they lean towards a very cynical outlook overall. Ryvius does have some apparently random plot elements that stick out more than Planetes' largely sleek and polished storyline.

Patlabor: The Mobile Police TV

Patlabor: The Mobile Police TV

"Labors" are large construction robots that are now being used to commit crimes. To meet the challenge, Special Vehicle (SV) units are established by the Tokyo PD. However, the Second SV unit is a total joke. Determined to change this, Izumi and Shinohara become pilots of the new Ingram 98 police labors, and are determined to change that reputation, with the help of the SV-2 gang of misfits.

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ironfrost
Patlabor, like Planetes, is serious Science Fiction. There isn't much of this about. It's not silly, it's not childish, and it's not about huge explosions or robot battles. Actually, the movies are probably closer in tone to Planetes itself, but the series has a lot in common too. Plus, half the characters in Planetes are rip-offs of the characters in Patlabor.
snowcrash
Patlabor and Planetes both fall into similar categories. They're both "mundane" SF shows (the tech development is realistic-no aliens/outright breaking the laws of physics here). Both shows are more concerned with the characters, and how those characters react to potential technological developments than with the tech developments themselves. They both deal with realistic poilitical/ social issues (terrorism, inequality) in a serious manner. They're both clearly intended for fans of serious SF.
Niffgiffler

I'm hard pressed to think of two shows that are as analogous to each other as Patlabor.  Which is quite a feat when one thinks about it, like having Two Mona Lisas in the museum next to each other.  Many of the characters are direct analogs, such as Tanabe for Izumi and Shinohara for Hajimake.  Both are hard science fiction, with drama and character development with sprinklings of action. 

valondar

They're the black sheep of public service - be it picking up space trash or being a notoriously derided police unit (which destroys too much and cost too much). A bunch of lovable losers are joined by an enthusiastically earnest young woman who, in contrast to general sentiment, really admires what they do and see it as heroic - leading to her having a somewhat ambivalent relationship with one of her male coworkers. Both series are mostly episodic, although Planetes has a strong arc with character that ties itself together in the end - something the more episodic and static Patlabor is disinclined to do. Still, if you enjoyed one title, consider the other.

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Space Brothers

Space Brothers

When Mutta and Hibito were children, they made a promise to become astronauts together after spotting a UFO one night. Now adults, the duo's path couldn't have diverged more – Hibito is about to travel to the moon with NASA to help simulate the future exploration of Mars, and Mutta is unemployed, having recently headbutted his boss at an auto company. Still, the man can't shake his desire to surpass his younger brother, and soon, he becomes an applicant for Japan's JAXA space program. His ultimate goal, to get one step ahead of Hibito and go to Mars. But the path to becoming an astronaut is long and fraught with tests and challenges. Will Mutta and newfound friends Kenji and Serika manage to persevere and achieve their dream?

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chii

Both shows are a lovely realistic look at space. Both give you the feeling that anything is possible in the future as well (at least they did in my case). Fun characters (I like the Space Brother characters slightly more than the Planetes ones) and great drama! These two shows are sure to please fans of either.

kargarus

Though tackled from different angles, a main focus of these series is Space. Candidates in Uchuu Kyoudai are applying to become astronauts while the cast of Planetes are already in orbit...gathering garbage.

While Planetes has a much stronger (and very enjoyable) focus on sci-fi, both sport slice of life aspects. This gives us a chance to get to know and support a lovable bunch of characters in both series. Arguably, Planetes is an all round superior show - but I'm sure fans of this will find something to like in Uchuu Kyoudai. On the flip side, if you've watched Uchuu Kyoudai and are craving something with a harder sci-fi edge, then Planetes is just the show for you!

sothis

There's very few hard sci fi titles out there about astronauts - Planetes and Space Brothers are two of them. SB focuses more so on the act of training to go into space, while Planetes in its more futuristic setting, takes place in space. But both are a mix of slice of life and comedy, with good stories. They aren't the best match, but fans of one would appreciate the other.

Kyatto

Real-world, character driven stories with lots of attention to detail; about space, the technology involved with it; the relationships between those in space, those separated by it; and with space itself.

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Stellvia of the Universe

Stellvia of the Universe

It is the year 2356 AD, 189 years after a shockwave from a distant supernova decimated the Earth. Since that fateful day, humanity has begun training for a final mission to protect the planet from the inevitable oncoming 2nd shockwave - a mission whose failure means the annihilation of mankind. For Katase and her friends, their training at the foundation Stellvia is just the beginning of an adventure that could lead to saving the world, or seeing its end...

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sothis
Stellvia of the Universe and PLANETES both focus a great deal on character development and discovery, and may seem slow to some. I definitely enjoyed both, and think you might have a similar feeling from watching them.
abunai

Space exploration and development is the theme in both these anime, but in different time frames. Planetes covers the events of the near future, and is a strict extrapolation of current technology. Stellvia is somewhat further into the future, and uses several yet-to-be-discovered gadgets. Yet both anime carry a similar message of devotion to a common future for mankind, in the vastness of space.

Although they superficially have only space in common, you will probably like one if you like the other - especially if you have a bit of the space romantic in you, yourself.

elendil
I happened to watch both of these series right after each other, and they had a lot of similiarities just by the fact that they both take place in space. I really liked Planetes a lot more though, just because it was a very realistic look at what the future might hold for space and space industries. Stellvia is an entertaining series, but not nearly as deep or rewarding as Planetes.
Lftdave

Planetes and Stellvia are similar in the sense that they both take place in space. However, they are different in their approach to the subject. You'll like it. Seriously.