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Planetes (Vol. 1) 2 Disc Special Edition
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(Jun 14, 2005)
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The two-disc set is loaded with extras that go beyond the standard interviews with ADR director Tony Oliver and voice actors Kirk Thornton (Hachirota) and Julie Ann Taylor (Ai): photographs of real space debris that's fallen to Earth, and a discussion with NASA officials, who explain there may be 15,000 objects 10cm or larger orbiting the planet at speeds approaching 8 km./sec. (Rated 13 and older: violence, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
- Audio Dramas
- Interview with NASA's Orbital Debris Section Scientists
- Interview with English Director and Cast
- Clean Opening and Closing Animation
- Orbital Debris CG Model
Top Customer Reviews
Long story short: if you're a hard science-fiction fan with an eye toward realism, this is the anime you've been waiting for (I often get the feeling that if Arther C. Clarke were to write a series, it would turn out pretty much like this one). If you're an anime fan, here's one of the best examples of the medium you can find. 26 episodes, infinite enjoyment.
(And while you're at it, you'll want to read the manga of the same name. The two versions of the story overlap, but each has its own unique elements.)
The second disc has interviews with Tony Oliver (who is also the English ADR director), Kirk Thornton and Julie Ann Taylor, as well as members of NASA's REAL Orbital Debris Department! There is also a photo gallery showing real debris that has fallen back to Earth, audio dramas in Japanese and the normal trailers you find on a anime disc.
This special edition is truely special and does not cost you an arm and a leg. A must for any fan of anime, sci-fi, Wendee Lee (YEAH) or anybody who enjoys a good, solid story!
If I were to try to describe the spirit of this show, I would say it is very like the legendary Wings of Honneamise. In both that film and this series, we are presented with a world that has lost it's idealism, its hopes and dreams, and is being swallowed up by greed, laziness, and self-interest. Like that universe, here it is shown repeatedly that despite the cold, unfeeling, uncaring world, there are always little ways that the true beauty of humanity (and indeed, the universe) can shine through. If this show has a motto, it's gotta be something like "There's a big, scary, cruel world out there... but I don't believe in it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The new female recruit was so annoying until it detracted from the movie. In fact, I only watched about three quarters of it. I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Sunshine
Like most animes the first few episodes are hard to understand. The voice of the main female character is diffecult to get used to at first. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by heyyou8488
In 2075, man dwells in space as well as on the Earth. Space debris has become a dangerous reality. Ai Tanabe is a young lady who has come to space to collect and dispose of this... Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by KevinB
I'm a pretty big hard sf fan, and for that reason alone, I love this series. I love the realistic orbital mechanics. That being said, I like the characters and relationships too.Published on August 13, 2012 by Brian J. Minton
OK, first I'll admit to a strong bias. My day job is to limit orbital debris creation from NASA satellites, so any series that recognizes the importance of my daily struggle is an... Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Scott Hull
As far as near-future or alternate future sci-fi goes, this story is by far the best. The music is great, the english dub is superb, the animation is clean and visully appealing. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by Cumulus Nimbus
Fans of "Hard" Science Fiction tend to steer clear of Anime, due to the goofy giant robots and what not. Read morePublished on May 24, 2006 by Bob Savage
I have to say that this DVD series is somewhat frustrating. There were some moments when I felt like turning it off so stupid it was and then at others it really hit home. Read morePublished on May 18, 2006 by Thomas H. Kunich