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Planetes Omnibus Volume 1 Paperback – December 22, 2015
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"When people recommend a good “gateway” manga for American comic readers, one choice that comes up often is Makoto Yukimura’s Planetes. Originally serialized in Japanese magazine Weekly Morning from 1999 to 2004, Planetes is a “hard sci-fi” drama set in the year 2075 that follows a crew on a debris-collection ship in outer space. It is highly recommended by manga enthusiasts, in part, because of its realistic tone, rich backstories, and complex themes involving environmentalism, terrorism, and existentialism. Another reason is Yukimura's artwork, which mixes cartoony characters with detailed backgrounds and machinery to ground it all in a sense of realism without losing the energy often associated with good manga. Dark Horse has brought a lot of quality manga to North American readers in the past couple of years, and with Planetes they’ve assembled the entire story into one giant 500+ page omnibus with restored color sequences." -Mental Floss
About the Author
Makoto Yukimura is a Japanese manga artist. He made his debut in 2000 with the praised Planetes, serialized in Kodansha Weekly Morning mangazine and adapted into a 26 episodes anime series by the studio Sunrise. Before that, he worked as an assistant for Shin Morimura.
He is currently working on Vinland Saga which was first serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine then moved to the monthly Afternoon magazine. For this work he received the 2009 Japan Media Arts Festival Grand Prize in the manga category. In 2010, he was a guest of the Angoulême International Comics Festival. The author lives in Yokohama, Japan.
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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.
The manga is realistic, using real science, but never shoving it into our face - the characters and their stories are always the most important point. Great hard science fiction set in a near future that seems just around the corner.
That said, I still think this book is interesting, and I will probably collect the full set (though 1 or 2 are apparently super pricey). They've included enough interpersonal relationship stuff to keep it interesting, but with the backdrop of nerdy space facts. The writers seem to have made the effort to actually research their topic a little bit, and tried to incorporate some actual science. There are a few inventions to fit the story lines, but for the most part they try to be reasonably accurate. Believe it or not, their projections of the extent of the debris problem are possibly not far off, though I doubt anyone will ever pay to retrieve it.