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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.
Spice and Wolf and Planetes are both anime that I would highly recommend. Whilst Spice and Wolf does play a bit more to the stereotypical 'fan service' element of anime, in most other respects both series' run with the same themes and ideals.
Spice and Wolf involves a travelling merchant and his unexpected companion Holo and accounts their tales as they travel from city to city trying to make as much profit as possible.
Planetes is about a group of astronauts that clear debris from Earth's atmosphere to make way for mankind's development.
Both series are very driven by the feelings and lives of the individual characters, rather than a massive 'you must save the world' plot. In both fighting is infrequent and only occurs to highlight a specific plot point. If you want fast pace action and super-duper laser/missile/magic battles you'll find both rather lacking!
However, this is what I think gives both anime their charm. You get much more invested in the characters because whilst the events that occur may not be Earth shattering, they most definetely will change the livelyhoods of the characters you grow to know and love.
Since I personally love Fantasy and Sci Fi, I consider Planetes to be the Sci Fi Spice and Wolf (Spice and Wolf the Fantasy Planetes).
Regardless, if you want an anime with complex, deep characters and a story that will keep you wanting more, check these out.
Koyomi Araragi can't stop thinking about Tsubasa Hanekawa, the brilliant-yet-modest class representative who always follows the rules, but what the boy doesn't know is that beneath her facade, Tsubasa harbors an extraordinary amount of pent-up stress. Things change one day for the girl when she encounters a supernatural feline that allows her to break free from her normal self... causing immense chaos in the process! Luckily for Tsubasa, Koyomi will do anything to help a friend and he sets forth on a mission to return her to normal by any means necessary, leading to an unforgettable Golden Week.
These are quite different in setting and general tone, but they pair well together when you consider the protagonists. A fairly normal man/teenager boy paired with a supernatural female. The bulk of both shows are made up of dialogue where these pairings match wits. The content of the dialogues are much different, but it's the same style of using a lot of metaphors, along with witty, flirty banter. There's also a certain amount of sexual tension and a good deal of chemistry between each pairing.
Teiichi Niiya is a first year middle-school student at Seikyou Private Academy, an institution known for mysterious occurrences. The boy quickly finds these rumors to be true when he meets Yuuko Kanoe, a beautiful, mischievous girl who quickly takes a liking to him... and happens to be a ghost who seemingly no one else can see! Unable to remember anything about her past, Yuuko enlists Teiichi’s help to discover the truth, and together they join the school's Paranormal Investigation Club. With fellow memebers Momoe and Kirie, the pair will investigate the many strange happenings around campus, including the shadowy circumstances surrounding Yuuko’s death.
Izumiko has lived a secluded, sheltered life in a mountain shrine since she was born. Having been raised to become the vessel of the Hime-gami, a mysterious force, the girl’s family has carefully planned and measured all aspects of her life - from the prestigious school she’s meant to attend to even her hair style. So when Izumiko is threatened by strange events, her father forces yet another obligation on her: Miyuki Sagara, a mountain monk descendant who’s fated to be her bodyguard. Unfortunately for the duo, neither is happy about the arrangement, especially Miyuki, who’s being exiled from his home city to guard a girl he considers to be useless. Can the two learn to find common ground in their search to understand the supernatural mysteries unfolding around them?
While spice and wolf has many similarities to Red Data Girl the biggest thing, in my opinion, is the mood you get when you watch either of them. You feel calm. in RDG you have the main character who shifts into a diety, the main character of spice and wolf does the same thing.
Spice and wolf has more adventure but doesn't lack in charm. While RDG doesn't move around too much but there still is some adventure.
The main character of RDG is shy, but does get a little more bold as the show goes on. Spice and wolf's main character is not a loud mouth but is very outspoken but wise.
While watching RDG I thought of spice and wolf.
Both are dubbed.
Shirayuki is a spunky pharmacist with bright, apple-red hair unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Even the prince of the kingdom she lives in is entranced by her locks, and demands that she become his concubine. Not wanting to be viewed as an object prized purely for its novelty, Shirayuki flees civilization and heads towards the forest. Here, the girl meets the charming Zen, who rescues her from Prince Raji's clutches and reveals that he is a prince as well. The two become close friends, and Shirayuki decides to return to Zen's castle with him, to pursue her dreams. But becoming a palace pharmacist isn't easy, especially since her unusual hair color and close relationship with the prince tend to draw unwanted attention...