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.
The future of humanity is in peril, as they are confronted with the threat of an intergalactic clash with a warrior-like alien race, and the only one who can save them is... Captain Tylor?! Join a crew of misfits and rejects including an alcoholic doctor, a gorgeous nurse, an anal-retentive commander and a bunch of really stupid marines as they try to make it out in space and to discover whether their captain is a misunderstood genius or a total moron like he seems to be.
In both series there is the same space futuristic and wacky feel, even though the ICT is nowhere near close to the realism of Planetes in physics-wise. The behavior of the society and it's high ranks as a whole is realistic in both anime (milirary in ICT and Politicians in Planetes). If you liked one you will like the other as well.
If you enjoyed the comical aspects to Planetes then you may enjoy Irresponsible Captain Tylor, which takes the comedy a good bit further. Though just like Planetes, the show does tend to have its serious and emotional scenes (especially towards the end, like Planetes). All in all, both are excellent space drama comedies.
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
If you liked one of these for being realistic and not having any fantasy/sci fi elements then you can safely try the other one. Monster's action plays out in our times and it's darker and more criminal, while Planetes is set in the near future and is more of a light drama. There is not much else in common between the two except that the action and story elements are built on character development. I found this to be very appealing and it's why both shows drew my attention in the first place.
The only real thing that is similar in these anime is their reality. So here we have people dealing with problems of today in a real world setting. Planetes is set in the near future, but it is a future which is very plausible from today's point of view. Monster has set its plot in "now-time" Germany. So, you get what I mean.
They also deal more with human interactions, human agendas, human needs and pleasures.
Location, Location, Location... is definately not what these animes share.
These shows share a similar sense of story telling. While Monster spends more time on dark moments instigated by regrets Planetes spends more time in more lively naive, or possibly optimistic, story set.
The important thing to note is the core of these two stories. In both the advancement of the plot rests in the struggle to harmonize views on the importance an individual and the value of countless others.
Posing the question 'is one life worth more then another?'
The government has passed the Media Betterment Act, establishing a military police force to stop the spread of "negative influences harmful to society;" and in response, libraries have organized their own military units to protect freedom of expression. After being saved by a Library Defense Force agent in a bookstore, Kasahara is inspired to enlist in the Library Defense Force. Although she proves quite athletic and capable, she must endure the harsh but meaningful training of her instructor and superior officer, Doujou. As she learns how to be a good soldier, she participates in LDF operations, helping protect literary freedom for everyone.
Planetes and Toshokan Sensou have a very similar main female character (both in terms of personality and appearance). Besides those two anime do feel alike and that is why if you liked one, you'll probably going to like the other.
In both Planetes and Toshokan Sensou the female lead has a tough, dangerous occupation. The female characters have very similar personalities. Planetes is a little more slow paced than Toshokan Senshou.
While one is about military unit, and the other is about "space cleaning" unit they have almost identical main characters.
Energetic, tomboyish and utterly naive girl, doing her job because of a firm beliefs and dreams. She eventually develop feelings toward strict but very skilled superior officer, who works according to logic not feelings and have a realistic approach toward different subjects. The guy tend to save the girl over and over, because of a resemblance to himself from the past.
When Asumi was just a baby, a space shuttle accident changed her life, and the lives of the townspeople of Yuigahama, forever. As a young woman, the spirited Asumi has only one desire: to someday travel to the stars in a rocket, with her father and ghostly friend Lion-san along for the ride. With heartache, happiness, and plenty of determination, Asumi and dozens of talented teenagers now face the greatest challenge of their lives: the test to enter a prestigious space academy, so that they may one day reach out and touch the stars...
There is a sense of hope and destiny involved in space travel. Taking that leap into space requires some form of deep commitment to a dream of Humanity's destiny in space.
In Planetes, the first rush of human expansion into space is ebbing, and the tawdry underside of living in space is beginning to show itself (space trash, slums on the Moon, etc.).
In Twin Spica, the hazards of space travel are tragically apparent from the beginning of the story. Yet the protagonists of both series will not budge from their dreams - they're going up and out, and they know it. If you've ever wanted to ride a space shuttle, both these animes are likely to strike a chord in you.
Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?
Planetes and Cowboy don't seem to have much in common at first glance, besides the fact that they take place in space. The vision of space development in both series differs a lot, but on the other hand it's one of the things that make these series interesting. The most notable similarities between these two are the semi-realistic animation style and one of the plot elements. If you give these series a try, you shouldn't be disappointed.
bouth series take place in a very realistc and dirty future. Life is preety much the same as it has always been except in a future seeting. it also follows the not exactley proudest members of society. Cowboybebop follows bounty hunters strugiling to survive and planetes bassicley followes garbige men. If you love realistic scifi then i would recomend eather of these series