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.
Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived by the law of the street, until one day they picked a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away. With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, the choice to join Millenion, the city's most powerful syndicate, seemed like an offer they couldn't refuse. Now, amidst heartache, tragedy, and utmost betrayal, Brandon must take up the gun and help Harry climb the ranks of Millenion to succeed, in order to protect the people he loves, even if it means killing countless others in the process.
While a series about junk collectors in space and a cold-blooded ganster drama sound like night and day, both these series one theme that's prominently featured in nearly every aspect of their storytelling: Ambitions.
Yes. Both these series show characters and their hopes and ambitions for the future. How they deal with them and try their best to make them happen, how they sometimes doubt the path they are going down, and even how certain characters end up getting crushed under the weight of their own ambitions.
Which brings me to my second point. Both these shows are very character-driven. With all sorts of characters of different personalities and backgrounds interacting and trying to make the best of themselves and if possible each other. And a lot of characters in both series end up conflicted over how they could best chase their dreams while still being able to look out for their loved ones and if possible earn prestige in society.
So there you have it. Two very unusual, character-driven shows that discuss themes like 'ambition' and 'society' in very interesting and profound ways. And both are excellent anime well worth a watch for those who enjoy a more serious for of this particular medium.
Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.
Both of these series have one fairly rare thing in common: they have real people with real jobs (the exception being that Planetes is set in Earth in the near future). There are no monsters, mechanized super robot suits, or superhuman powers. Both are about a boy (Ippo and Hachimaki) doing what he loves to do, and they both have the need to prove themselves to the world. They both have the same trouble with love... etc.
Watch and you'll see...
28-year-old Hiroko Matsukata is the definition of a workaholic. On top of smoking too much, rarely having sex and having lousy luck nurturing her romantic life, she works excessively to get the job done. Alongside many co-workers at the weekly news magazine Jidai, Hiroko tirelessly works on countless stories – thus negating any chance of a social life. Can Hiroko balance her home and work life, or is she doomed to be a 'working man' forever?
It always amazes me when two shows which are so very different instantly appeal to me as having an intrinsic kinship. This is especially true of Planetes and Hataraki Man. Both stories give us a peek into the lives of women who have chosen to work towards career goals at the expense of personal comfort. Both Heroines are dynamic characters capable of showing weakness and strength in the same moment. While they may take place in two very different environments, at a deeper level they are both about taking a look at the choices you have made, and choosing to find reasons to smile and laugh rather than cry.
Yusaku Godai is a ronin – a person who failed his entrance exams. Though eager for a second chance to succeed, Yusaku’s attempts to study for future exams are constantly thwarted by his fellow residents at Maison Ikkoku, who insist on using his apartment for their debauchery and drinking games. Though tempted to call it quits at the house, things change when Maison Ikkoku’s beautiful new building manager, Kyoko, arrives. With plenty of competition from the sidelines and interference from his drunken and provocative neighbors, Yusaku must now focus his energy on winning the girl of his dreams, Kyoko!
In the future, comets and meteors are no longer feared; they are hunted by space miners whose job is to divert and mine them for raw materials. Tortaris is an orbiting base for the space miners and houses a varied crew, and 12 year old hotshot Ushiwaka Nanbu, the first child to survive being born in space. When a nuclear missile threatens to destroy the base, the crew must race against the clock to survive in the face of being abandoned by their country, and their company. Can Ushiwaka and the gang survive before the base burns up in orbit, with them along with it?