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.
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?
Both Planetes and Welcome to The NHK! are not average series. Those are both intelligent and ambitious anime titles that you don't feel like you wasted your time watching. There are no mechas and no superpowers, just some people and their everyday problems. And yet, these anime leave you some sort of not stupid message (that is, if you are smart enough to understand it). Keep in mind that these series are aimed at an adult audience.
True, Planetes is sci-fi and NHK is not, but I cannot think of any two series more perfect for each other than these. These are two slice-of-life titles that are hilarious, poignant, addictive, entertaining and indescriably brilliant all in equal measure. They have memorably shiftless guys in their early twenties searching for meaning in life and a younger, more idealistic woman who makes a lasting impression on him. If you loved one, it is absolutely imperative that you try the other as well!
Who is MAICO? She is state-of-the-art in android technology, a Multimedia Artificial Intelligence Computer Organism, and the host of Japan Broadcasting System’s latest primetime variety show, JUMP OUT MAICO 2010! With an insensitive director with one mega-hit in 15 years, a highly experience technical team, a talented writer inspired only by others’ misfortune and massive pressures from corporate executives and sponsors alike, what kind of adventures can the staff have? What lessons can Maico learn from them? And what is MAICO’s true purpose?
Three years have passed since the Four Nations Alliance declared war on the Abh Empire. With both sides decimated by the first encounter, the lull in violence has provided enough time to build fleets massive enough to span the entire galaxy. Just before the Abh complete preparations for their conquest, however, the Alliance launches a pre-emptive strike, forcing them to take the defensive. Now in command of her own ship, Lafiel is assigned to the fleet as a destroyer captain, and eagerly awaits the opportunity to prove herself as a true Abriel. But when a new class of enemy ship appears on the front lines, the tides quickly turn for the worse. With her vessel now little more than cannon fodder, her dreams are turned into a desperate race for survival - can she and her crew survive amidst a battlefield of endless death and destruction?
Lafiel and Jinto are assigned to what they think is a routine diplomatic mission at a planet newly conquered by the Abh. But little do they know that the planet is no less than a penal colony for the galaxy's most ruthless and violent! When an all out war breaks out in the surface, the two are caught in the middle... and it may cost one of them their life!
Both PlanetES and Banner of the Stars II are captivating space/adventure dramas that wisely place the focus on character development and relationships rather than extended action sequences and CG spacecrafts. Scenes are rife with quick, conversational dialogue that feels natural rather than scripted, allowing the viewer to feel as though they are taking a glimpse into the character's lives rather than the characters putting on a show. Both PlanetES and BotS successfully provide an examination of the vastness of space and the need for human beings to conquer "the last frontier."
If you liked Planetes or Galaxy Railways, you'd like the other because both shows are mostly episodic until they get near the end and they both have a great cast of characters. Both take place in space, and they both have underlying messages in each episode.