- Series: Planetes
- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Manga (December 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616559217
- ISBN-13: 978-1616559212
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Now for the review, i went into the manga expecting a dramatic coming of age, reflections on human existence type of story, and thats what you get, but only for the first volume, the first volume of this manga was excellent, one of my favorite single volumes of manga of all time, but like i saw someone else say in the reviews here, it really does start off strong but end with a whimper, the second volume is filled with side storys and characters that dont add anything to the story in the end, and the storyline which was in volume one almost completely comes to an end except for the last chapter, and even that ends pretty bad and ambiguous.
overall i would definitely recommend this manga just because of the first volume, but make sure you are prepared for the big jump to an almost shounen like story line in voume 2, the art however was fantastic, and seeing the main character lost and confused and the illusions he sees and thoughts he has is quite interesting.
Volume 1: 4.5/5
Volume 2: 2/5
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!
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.
The storyline isn't too far fetched like some manga titles - in the near future, mankind has colonized the moon, and trips to outer space are routine. With over a hundred years of rocket launches into space, a heckuva lot of space junk has been collecting - enter our hero, Hachimaki... an orbital garbage man. He pilots a craft called the "Toy Box," with his shipmates Fee and Yuri...
I don't want to get too far into the story, because it will spill into the next volumes. If you're a fan of the old Robotech series, this manga will be right up your alley... er, orbital path.
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.