- Series: Planetes (Book 1)
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: TokyoPop (October 7, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591822629
- ISBN-13: 978-1591822622
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Planetes, Book 1 Paperback – October 7, 2003
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This book is very strongly recommended - I read it yesterday in one sitting, and I still can't stop thinking about it. I just hope that it sells well, so that Tokyopop can bring more stories like this over here.
Large scale book. Inclusion of all colored pages. Gorgeous cover design.
I cannot imagine a better way to experience one of the best hard sci-fi stories out there.
Eagerly anticipating the second volume.
But on the other hand, this book avoids the pitfall that so much hard sci-fi falls prey to: It doesn't spend all its time describing the technology and such to the detrement of characters and plot. In fact, the realism of the science and the technology is matched and even maybe exceeded by the realism of the characters. Yukimura's amazing ability to balance scientific realism with humanistic realism brings to mind Heinlein or Clarke, and definitely earns the name "graphic novel" in a way that manga does not always achieve.
Storywise, I'm a big fan of Planetes. I read the full story a long time ago, and this new omnibus does exactly what it says by showing the first half of the story. While we don't have some of the more exciting moments that were present in the second half of planetes, we do get the amazing story of Hachimaki as he attempts to reach as far as he can in the world.
The book itself seems pretty well made. The stories have the first few pages illustrated in color, which is a rather unique way of putting markers between chapters. its not hard to flip at random, find some color pages that draw your eyes, and hop into a certain section of the story.
As to flipping through, I'll say that the spine seems pretty well made. I have doubts about it lasting forever, but its held up admirably during my flipping and pulling to better look at details. My only complaint would be that a small amount of book covering on the outer spine has started scratching off, but that's to be expected from any book handled roughly.
Planetes is a great story, and this book does a phenomenal job presenting it. My only real concern is that rough handling may not keep the book together for long, and that the second half of this omnibus isn't already out!
And this short review is more for the whole 5-manga series and not just for the first volume, but if you are thinking of geting the first one, you might want to know what you are in for.
I agree with what several of the others have said in Planetes' favor. The characters are interesting, the "realistic sci-fi" aspect is quite good, and the overall direction or plot pull the reader in.
This lasts through the first two or three books. The last two seemed to me at least to lose the pulse of the earlier volumes. Maybe it is the case that all manga/anime must devolve into "emo," but that doesn't mean I have to like it. I appreciated the psychological aspects to the storytelling, and their importance to the tale's overall theme...but, well, Planetes emphasized this to excess. What began as a complicated human story ended up as a facile lesson. I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone, so I won't disclose any more of the conclusion (if it could be called that).
Great first book, great 2nd, and maybe 3rd...weaker 4th and a disappointing 5th (or 4.part 2...as it is called)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful story. I'm a young engineer working on NASA's Orion spacecraft and Planetes was the first manga I ever read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is by the same author as the currently running "Vinland Saga". The art is absolutely fantastic and this edition by Dark Horse is a beautiful book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicola Mansfield
Great series. Characters that really grow on you with depth almost unparalleled in most books, especially for manga like this. Highly recommended. Read morePublished 4 months ago by T J Runkles
I bought this book as a gift and the book came in ok shape. Although one of the corners of the book was bent to a point where I will need to use tape so it won't fall off. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M
As always the Japanese stores are the best, the Anima is excellent.Published 6 months ago by Soyuz57
This is a work of excellence. Beautiful artwork, heart-felt story. I love this! Vol 2 cannot get here soon enough!Published 7 months ago by Jason.