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Planetes

In 2075, space travel is no longer just a dream, but an everyday reality for mankind. Advancements in science and technology have led to the colonization of the moon, the commercialization of outer space, and the formation of large space corporations. Ai Tanabe, an upbeat woman whose interests lie in the cosmos, joins Technora Corporation as a member of their Debris Section, a department dedicated to the removal of dangerous space junk between the orbits of the Earth and Moon. However, Ai soon discovers how unappreciated her job is. As the laughingstock of Technora, the Debris Section is severely understaffed, poorly funded, and is forced to use a dilapidated spaceship nicknamed the "Toy Box" for debris retrieval. Undeterred, Ai perseveres and gradually becomes acquainted with the strange personalities that make up the Debris Section's staff, such as the bumbling but good-natured chief clerk Philippe Myers; the mysterious and tight-lipped temp worker Edelgard Rivera; and the hotheaded and passionate Hachirota Hoshino, who longs for a spaceship to call his own. Winner of the Seiun Award in 2005, Planetes is an unconventional sci-fi series that portrays the vastness of space as a backdrop for the personal lives of ordinary people—people who may have been born on Earth, but whose hopes and dreams lie amongst the stars. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

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If I told you "Planetes" is a sci fi anime, what are the things that immediately comes into your mind? Almost certainly, you'd think of massive space battles involving thousands of ships, futurisic worlds full of wonderous technology, or perhaps even outlandish alien races with strange cultures and customs. Well, "Planetes", an anime of this genre with more than its share of far fetched imagination, glory and grandeur, is about... none of those things. Instead it chooses to focus on the less far fetched, less glorious, less grand matters - "Planetes" is about space debris collectors... in other words garbagemen in space. Honestly, I kid you not! This anime IS about garbagemen in space.Why the hell would I want to watch a show about space garbagemen, I hear you ask. Well, that's part of the beauty of the show - taking a subject as mundane as this and making it into one of the best anime out there. What's more, it does it without having flashy animation, or even great music. It's an anime doesn't rely on its exterior to catch and keep the viewers' attention. With its multiple layers of depth and abundance of talking points, "Planetes" is a reviewer's dream - only thing is, there's actually TOO much to talk about, so it's hard to keep the length of the review down if you want to do the show justice."Planetes" is a series of two unequal halves (in more than one sense of the word). In fact, the two halves are so different that I've decided to split the remainder of the review into two corresponding parts.PART I:"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity..."- extract of a T.E. Lawrence quoteWe all have dreams. And for most of us, that's all they are - dreams. Although films/books/anime etc are full of stories of people who strive for and achieve their lofty, unlikely dreams, the reality is that as we grow older, most of us end up being forced to either abandon our dreams, or to compromise and scale them down to something more realistic.The first half of "Planetes" may be the greater half in length, but it does not deal with greatness (at least not in the normal sense) - instead it deals with the "losers", the "insignificant" people, as well as the unsung heroes of society. These are represented primarily by the workers of the space debris collecting section of Technora (and the people they come across on the job), condescendingly nicknamed the "Half Section". In this show, space debris collection is a thankless task, and the people working in this section are often looked down upon by the rest of the company employees despite the invaluable, indespensable role they play in space development.Like the characters it deals with, the key word that describes"Planetes" is "humble". Week in week out the show mostly follows an episodic format, telling mundane, slice of life stories. It's the utterly unremarkable things you might expect from a story about space janitors... but there's something compelling about the drab stories that it tells and the ordinary characters that the stories centre around. The theme of broken dreams and betrayed expectations is omnipresent in the unfortunate characters they feature: unemployed bums, disillusioned characters who turn to a life of petty crimes, and of course those that end up in the dreary, unglamourous role of a space janitor.And yet, amidst all the doom and gloom, things are not at all bleak. Despite all the predicaments the characters are in, there's always a sense of optimism and hope. At the end of the day, life doesn't seem so bad, and every cloud has a silver lining. And sometimes, the stories are not only hopeful, but also inspirational. These kind of stories would often feature characters from disadvantaged backgrounds who tries hard and refuse to give up what seem to be hopeless dreams; or characters who show immense pride in their jobs, however menial they may be. These may seem like the little people with their "insignificant" contributions, but "Planetes" show them to be the true giants of society.At a higher level, "Planetes" goes beyond the personal dreams of the characters and deals with grey areas in politics and moral dilemmas. In the anime, the alliance forged between the first world countries and advertised as a force for good is really only looking out for themselves. And questions such as whether the funding necessary to advance space development (for the benefit of a few first world countries) is justified when there are so many people from third world countries still starving back on Earth is also serious food for thought. It isn't afraid to show that in order to make an omelette, you have to break some eggs... but at the same time it tries to bring that fact to the attention of the ones who are eating the omelette in blissful ignorance of the process.Another great strength of "Planetes" is in its worth as a sci-fi (damn, is there anything this show doesn't do well?). Unlike most science fiction, where you get some far fetched fiction backed up by some flimsy science, "Planetes" puts more emphasis on the science than the fiction. It constructs a futuristic vision that's so detailed and so well grounded in our current world that it seems inevitable that it will become non-fiction in time. The amount of thought that's gone into this aspect of the show is apparent in its incredible attention to details: the realistic movements under zero gravity; the absolute silence when in space; the countless hazzards of being an astronaut are just some examples of the things they thought about. It really says a lot that all my friends who studied Physics are impressed by the science contained in "Planetes", and that every time I read a "New Scientist" article on the growing problems of space debris I think of this anime.The down to earth feel of "Planetes" isn't limited to its science - it's something that's embedded into its style. The comedy is often slapstick, but not to the extent of typical over the top silliness of most anime comedy, and certainly not enough to prevent the very realistic feel of what's underneath from shining through. The art and the animation is also plain looking, but unique at the same time. It opts for a very realistic style of character design, and it's one that suits the show very well. It has to be said though, that the opening and ending theme feels a bit too plain with its generic, happy-go-lucky J-pop songs. Admittedly, the opening song really grew on me, as it's at least able to generate a kind of soaring, inspirational feel which became particularly suitable as the show goes on, but the same cannot be said for the ending theme, which only felt more and more out of place.Which leads me to the source of almost all the weaknesses of the show - its lack of elegance. A more subtle touch would have gone a long way towards improving this series. Some of the drama is overdone and clumsy, there are times where it tries to come up with some poignant lines only to fall flat on its face. Also, the construction of moral dilemmas are occasionally heavy handed and dictated more by emotion than common sense.But despite all of this, "Planetes" has this uncanny ability to find that emotional sweet spot time and time again. Even when I'm laughing at the silly blunders of the characters, I'm moved by its stories about people who are down on their luck, about people trying to begin afresh, and about unlikely heroes and their under-appreciated, noble deeds. And through these stories, I feel I've gotten to know the misfits of "Planetes", and accept them for all their flaws and quirks: the quiet, melancholy Yuri; the guy from the third world country trying to get his space suit approved; and of course, Tanabe Ai, whose attitude emboddies nearly everything that the anime is trying to show to be the good side of humanity (albeit in an often annoying and naive way). Some of the characters only get a short amount of screen time, yet "Planetes" somehow manages to breathe life into nearly all of them, and make you feel as though you've spent time with them as part of the "Half Section", and that's one of its greatest strengths.Phenomenal character development, realistic and detailed sci-fi, strong political/moral themes running throughout... but what's incredible about "Planetes" is that all these things covered by its first part is only half the overall journey. The full extent of the show's vast ambitions are only revealed during the second part.\[Warning: those who have not seen the entire show should probably stop reading at this point. Though I don't describe anything specific in Part II of the review, I do go through the overall change in direction of the show, and considering the nature of the change, many will want to experience it for themselves first for maximum effect.\]Part II:"...But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible." - remaining extract from the T.E. Lawrence quote.The first half of "Planetes" may be a great show in its own right, but its the second half that raises it to stupendous heights. It's here that you'll full appreciate the values added by its earlier episodes. Their purpose goes well beyond simple character development (as brilliant as they did it), they're also there to condition your expectations for the series and to create a spectacular contrast against what's to come. The result is a shockingly destructive second half, as the show takes everything you thought you knew about it, and ruthlessly rips it up in front of your very eyes.Did I say "Planetes" was humble? Mundane? Episodic? Well, not any more. All of a sudden, an epic story starts to emerge from beneath the once plain surface, and the show changes almost beyond recognition. While the first half of "Planetes" deals with everyday life and broken dreams, the second half of "Planetes" deals with greatness, and with the pursuit of grand dreams, as symbolised by what originally seemed like innocuous animation of a running Hachimaki in the opening credits.These kind of stories about people aspiring to great heights are often quite inspirational - everyone loves the tale of someone overcoming adversity to achieve their dreams right? And "Planetes" also tells you that story with its usual dose of awe-inspiring greatness... but there's a huge twist. While acknowledging all the blood, sweat and tears it takes to achieve ambitious dreams, the real focus here is on the issues you don't often - perhaps don't want to - think about. How far are you prepared to go to for your dreams? How much of the things you hold dear - moral principles, friendship and love - are you willing to sacrifice?The second part of "Planetes" explores these questions like few others have done: it looks at the unwanted truths and the hidden costs - not just to themselves but to others - of the actions taken by those who act their dreams with open eyes. And in doing so it goes on to explore the darker, ugly, selfish side of humanity. It'll make you question whether all the good values of humanity that the first half of "Planetes" showed you is just a cruel joke, a naive dream that has no basis in reality.While before, the stories would often have an almost fairy tale quality to them, now the characters find themselves rudely awaken by the unfair realities of life. They are forced to go through circumstances that exposes their darkest thoughts, shakes their firmest principles, and challenges their strongest beliefs down to the very core. Hachimaki's struggles against his own demons may be the primary focus of the show, but it's Tanabe, the ever incessant preacher of love and peace, who is the one that faces the toughest, harshest of tests. She may be excessively annoying early on, but that only serves to heighten the impact of her moment of truth.All these things adds up and accumulate to a collossal, tempestuous climax with the combined weight of all the previous episodes thrown behind it (and ruined only by what is at this point, a terribly inappropriate ending theme). It is here that you realise that no episodes were wasted - everything is part of a carefully laid out plan leading up to that moment, and it's simply one of the greatest moments in anime as far as I'm concerned. As the two opposing forces of "Planetes" collides violently, you can't help but wonder: which is the "true" face of "Planetes"? If you haven't done so already, you owe it to yourself to find out.

This is a slow anime in the beggining, in which nothing happens, and too fast paced in the second half, in a way that may confuse one. There are a bunch of annoying characters (Tanabe and the whole comic relief crew, I'm looking at you guys). Also, the relationship between the Debris team is not well made, and there is not enough time to build the characters that are very important in the final part of Planetes. They also didn't take enough time building the main couple. Another confusing thing is that sometimes there is a lot of attention to little details to make the space atmosphere believable, but at the same time you can never be sure on whether there is gravity or not, something rather simple. I'd think that nowhere in the ship has gravity, but sometimes it seems like they walk like they would in earth and in others they float. It bothered me a lot. I think Planetes is a season too short, or they could have used the episodes better, instead of throwing useless fillers. This "slice of life in space" has major flaws due to lack of attention to details and the policits/action part in the end is confusing. I'd not recommend this anime.

***As always, my reviews are spoiler free.*** There is figure of speech “Jack of all trades, master of none.” It refers to a person who is able to do many things with some level of competence, but they fail to excel in any one skill. This is a very apt explanation of Planetes, an anime released by Sunrise in 2003 which chronicles the activities of Ai Tanabe and the debris collection section of a space company, protecting other ships from collisions with trash that humanity has ejected into space by the year 2075. Well, sort of. It is also about romance, random SOL elements, and death, drama, and space terrorists. It tries so hard to make all these elements fit together, but by the end it was obvious this was a futile attempt to pound a round peg into a square hole. **Story** - **4/10** Ai Tanabe is a girl who begins her job working on a space station, excited to be a part of the prestigious world of astronauts and space travel. She learns that her expectations were a little too high as she is greeted by a diaper-clad man in a space suit stumbling around the room, which is filled with test animals running amuck. They are known as “half section,” as they are half-assed, half-trained, and half-funded, or something to that effect. However, she decides to take her job seriously and do her best with the cards she has been dealt, meeting and bonding with a wide variety of characters along the way. The vast majority of the series is a unique take on the SOL genre, and in this aspect, it succeeds. Episodic plots with serious subject matter balanced with plenty of comic relief is one of the strongest points of the series, and I enjoyed these for the most part. If they had kept it at this level, I think that Planetes would be a much stronger anime, but Sunrise chose to incorporate too many other elements for it to be truly successful in my eyes. Of course, they are following source material so there is a limit to how much I can blame Sunrise themselves. One of the overarching elements in the story is the relationship between Ai and Hachirota, giving this anime a hefty dose of romance. This relationship progression is shaky to say the least, and is usually more random angst than actual romance. Because there is so much “other stuff” happening, all of the moments of significance in the development of their relationship are spaced out to the point of feeling random; it was as if they would fall in and out of love with each other on a whim. Having seen a few romance anime, I expect a long and drawn out build up, but this is a long and drawn out build up but with huge breaks in between. The relationship begins to solidify more towards the end of the series, and actually comes to a conclusion. Therefore, the romantic element is flawed, but still acceptable, and even a bonus if you can look past the gaps. Here is where things really go wrong. Occasionally, Planetes will decide to become a dark dramatic series, if only for one or two episodes. Often completely out of place, these “dramatic” episodes feel so forced and pointless that they detract from the enjoyment of the relatively lighthearted overall plot. Because these episodes or moments are somewhat rare and sometimes add to character development I could overlook them, if not for the last arc. I have absolutely no idea what they were thinking. I am going to have to dance through the spoiler minefield here, so forgive me if I let a detail or two slip. The last arc involves a special exploratory ship of which Hachirota aspires to join the crew. It is taken over by terrorists who attempt to crash it into the colony on the moon, which would kill thousands and set humanity back decades. The shift in tone of the series is comical; it would be as if there was a shooting in the last episode of <em>High School Comedy 432: Class B! </em>Suddenly, the SOL/romance plot is thrown out the window for a battle to the death. The aftermath leaves behind despair and drama like discarded solo cups at a frat party. Thankfully, the series wraps on a neutral to positive note, but the pathetic arc preceding it pretty much ruined any hope of my taking the end seriously. Stick to one genre, maybe two if you’re feeling ballsy. It usually works out better. **Animation - 8/10** When I saw that this anime came out in 2003, my jaw hit the floor. The animation quality is good today, and for 2003 it is absolutely superb. I was lucky enough to watch the blu-rays of this series, and implore you to do the same if you decide to watch Planetes. I will refrain from pouring out more compliments, and instead show a few screenshots for you to enjoy. **Sound - 7/10** There is little background music in Planetes, and what little there is remains forgettable. Instead, the viewer is treated to a variety of sound affects befitting of space travel that are done very well. I quite like the opening for Planetes; perhaps I am biased because of my interest in rockets when I was younger, but the music, animation, and subject matter really strike a nice chord with me. The ending is average at best. I have seen both the English and Japanese dubs, and I would be confident recommending either. Both casts did a great job, and this is one of the exceptions to my “always watch the Japanese” rule. I do think the Japanese cast is better, but if you like dubs and want to pay closer attention to the animation, the dub is fine. Plus, I am a fan of Julie Ann Taylor, who hasn’t done many leading rolls but nailed it for Ai. **Characters - 7/10** The cast for Planetes is enormous, and it would be difficult and very time consuming to go over each one. Consequently, I will cover the two leads in detail and just skim the others. Ai Tanabe is the definition of a positive hard worker, always seeing the bright side, doing any job with passion, and believing the love will conquer all her problems. She was a good female protagonist for a number of reasons; despite being a bit overly upbeat, she acts like a real human being. She demonstrates real emotion and follows a consistent set of morals, and tries to make those around her do the same. She is “believable.” For all these reasons, I gained an attachment to her throughout the series and I think that she is one of the strongest female leads I’ve seen. Hachirota was not so much to my liking. He is grouchy and emotional because of past events and his desire to pilot his own ship, and aspiration that is constantly beaten down by those around him. He is the foil for Ai’s positivity; he constantly throws away his friends for his own desires (“I LOVE space and NOBODY else!”) and puts the feelings of others last. For this reason, I simply cannot understand the romance between himself and Ai, and I was constantly beating my head against the desk because of his idiotic stunts. The supporting cast largely exists for either comic relief or short arcs about their pasts. None of them are particularly noteworthy, but each one does a specific job to add to the plot and some of the arcs involving their pasts and motivations are very interesting. Sadly, the exploration of these events ends when the arc does; their characters don’t especially change. The supporting cast is strong overall. The only negative aspects of these characters are a direct result of the (occasionally idiotic) plot, and explanation would involve spoilers. Suffice it to say that most people will find the characters to their liking. **Enjoyment - 6/10** Jack of all trades, master of none: Planetes is able to present several strong features of SOL, romance, and drama, but when put together in the way that Planetes chooses, they crumble. It’s not all bad, of course. 75% of the series is an enjoyable SOL with a little romance taking place on a space station, and it does a good job with this. It’s that 25% when they try to go all action and despair that pulls down the rest. If you can look past the final arc, and are a fan of space, romance, and a strong cast, it is definitely worth giving this flawed but enjoyable show a chance.

I consider this anime to be a masterpiece. I never expected to enjoy an anime about the daily lives of a crew in space, but in the end it became much deeper than that. I doubt I will ever see another story like Planetes ever again.

Planetes aired in October 2003 produced by studio Sunrise containing 26 episodes as a Space Drama Slice of Life The Story The year is 2075, the world has now reached a time where travelling from earth to space stations to the moon is a common occurrence of everyday life. Space debris has caused a hazard for travelers because even a screw can destroy an entire spacecraft thus the Technora Debris Collecting Section was formed where we follow the story of Tanabe, a new female worker and Hoshino, a male worker who aspires to build a rocket as well as the rest of the crew Fee, Yuri, Edel, Arvind and the chief . From there we see multiple events unfold as the story evolves and shows its true colors as we watch as the relationships between the characters form and break. So the anime is about space garbagemen? Lame, probably some cheesy space Shi-OH MY GOD. This show wears a fake facade that bamboozles your expectations and morphs into a completely different show in the latter half full of deep concepts and very human situations. Planetes is one of the most thought provoking emotional anime in the medium, it contains numerous amounts of sociological and political themes as well as being lighthearted and comical, all while containing its realism despite its futuristic setting. It is a Slice of Life that manages to embrace its Space setting rather than utilize it as a mask with is a bunch of realistic science incorporated heavily in the show like G-forces, decompression sickness and radiation poisoning. Also the implementation of hidden historical Easter eggs like models of the first rockets and Neil Armstrong landing on the moon in the opening was genius in my eyes. One of the big themes about Planetes is how a person’s ambition can transform into greed and how it can break apart relationships and drastically destroy a person internally but this occurs later on in the second half. This is a very human show, it understands human behaviors including fear and anxiety allowing for each character to act accordingly to how they’re characterized and how they’d react to certain situations without breaking character. Speaking of the second half, Planetes is surprisingly very politically astute and focuses heavily on how space exploration can affect the economical state of each country. The farther the first world countries venture into space, the more the third world countries are left in the dust, Planetes teaches us that from Space there are no borders on earth so everyone should be treated as equal. Thanks to all the accurate details and how it handles its themes with excellence Planetes manages to fabricate a plausible world filled with realistic problems that even occur in our modern society. The anime also loves tugging at the heartstrings with some pretty realistic situations surrounding our characters, some pertaining to coping with the deceased, some where the characters are pushed to their limits having to make a life or death situations, and a few bittersweet moments that strike you in the kokoro. I will tell you this, I cried….A lot... Aside from the seriousness Planetes offers up an abundance of genuine playful and hysterical moments to keep the audience entertained from Space Ninjas to the crazy antics of the Debris section because of the cleverly written dialogue and humor. To keep a consistent tone the comedy and the serious parts of the show were balanced out with finesse to never crush the delicate atmosphere. The romantic aspect of the show isn’t placed on the back-burner as the romance that 2 characters have actually develops through proper pacing and actually details some of the hardships of relationships including distance and lack of communication so in that regard it feels very realistic. Don’t worry, the romance nor the drama ever comes off as forced, everything feels quite natural and not shoved in your face or thrown in out of nowhere. The story handles plot twists extremely well with splendid use of subtle foreshadowing to events that unfold in the latter half of the anime as you realize there is more to the show than what’s seen superficially. Most of the actions have consequences that stir up later making the events from the past you thought were unimportant important. I will say this though, it takes 10 episodes to get the story going to the point where you may find to be slow but stick with it because the story is a helluva tasty treat. The conclusion for the anime tied up every last element from the romance to each character’s individual stories to generate an ending that’ll make you cry from tears of joy.  The Characters Planetes without phenomenal characters is like a baby without legs, they drive the plot forward and it is probably one of the most diverse casts I’ve viewed in the anime medium. They’re all characterized extremely different with some having their own flaws making them feel human and every single character you encounter holds weight and presence in the story as they develop. They all have their own motivations, a popular one being climbing the corporate ladder. lets meet them shall we! Tanabe is our main female protagonist, characterized as by the books and preachy upon her entrance into the debris section, but over time the gravity of her presence affects the characters around her most of the time acting as the voice of reason. Throughout the show she grows from her experiences, her naiveness diminishes, and her clashing with Hoshino due to contrasting personalities swiftly transforms into more of an admiration and it’s fantastic to witness their growing relationship. Hoshino is a flawed individual who rubs off as being ambitious yet a tad bit cocky. He’s a normal class man who dreams big and aspires to one day own a rocket. His cynical personality generates conflicting interactions between the cast and we witness a softer side to him as the show progresses. He learns through achievements and failures about the world around him and the bonds he forms evolves him into a different character by the conclusion. Fee, Yuri and Claire deserve honorable mentions as they are the most developed out of the side cast and add a lot of flavor. All the characters in Planetes receive a magnificent amount of care in their development and characterization making them all a blessing to watch onscreen and having you care for even characters that had 2 episodes of screentime.  The Art/Animation For a show that released in 2003 the art and animation completely trumps 95% of the anime that released in the past 5 years. The general artwork is filled with mesmerizing details leaving no areas appearing bland, you can really tell a lot of love and care was put in Planetes. From the wide shots of space, to the beautiful interior of the space station down to the landscapes of the beach and the moon, Planetes was handled with finesse. The cinematography was stellar displaying an assorted amount of shots to broaden the meaning of a situation like as I mentioned the wide shots of space to convey isolation or enhance the grand scale of space, or close up shots to enhance a character’s emotion. Heck, the character designs themselves gave everyone distinctive individual features, there is no copy and paste here, we got characters from tall to skinny to gordo to pequeno to dark and light skinned. The facial expressions are so heavily detailed that you’d think they were human. Speaking of which, the animation is also remarkable too, the characters move with such fluidity, this is especially highlighted with zero gravity areas where the characters appear to be actually weightless. Each character has a different type of walking style and minuscule mannerisms that make them act realistic rather than as a static figure, they even go as far as having background characters move a lot of the time. I have no complaints with the animation, everything moves with finesse. The ost So Planetes delivered so far on story, character and visuals, but did it nail the soundtrack? My answer is yes, it did wonders. The ost is amongst the most powerful I have had the pleasure of hearing, it manages to emphasize the emotional and edge of your seat scenes which not a lot of anime can achieve nowadays containing grand atmospheric songs and talented vocalists for my favorite pieces Secret of the Moon and Planetes. The opening Dive in the Sky was a satisfying way to start an episode while the ending song though I’m not a fan of it was adequate. The sound design was also superb, it follows the laws of space which means that since space is a vacuum that engulfs all sound waves there are no sounds whenever someone steps on the moon, all you can hear is the vibrations from the astronaut suit like in the movie Gravity. The sound design adds realism in that regard, also the voice acting is spot on in sub and dub, adding personality to each character so that everyone felt genuine. Overall I believe that Planetes is one of the best anime the medium has to offer, it presents outstandingly handled themes, a diverse cast of immensely developed and characterized characters as well as extraordinary visuals an alluring soundtrack. This is why I shall bestow upon Planetes my rating of Masterpiece, this rating is only deserved for the best of the best within the anime medium and I highly recommend you to check out the emotional work of brilliance known as Planetes. If you want to view this show legally pick it up for the cheap cost of $269.69, thank you Sunrise.

I am the stage in my "anime life" where it is very rare for me to enjoy an anime more than it being mildly entertaining. It has been a very long time since I have enjoyed an anime as much as Planetes. In the year 2075, the story of a young woman as she begins her career as a "Debris Hauler" (Space debris are a serious danger to vessels orbiting the earth and the moon,  so it is Debris Haulers' jobs to clean it up) I found myself lost in the world that this anime presents as I watched the different events unfold. Though the female lead was slightly annoying at first, she became a very interesting character along with the male lead. The series doesn't spend too much time on the two main characters, meaning that all the brilliant side characters get the time they deserve, and its a joy to watch.  Satisfying interconnected arcs lead up to a thrilling, thought-provoking ending. This along with impressive realism, immersive music, excellent animation and a fabulously written romance leads to a fantastic show, and definitely worth the watch. It is an anime I wont soon forget.

85/100 A great show. The characters are interesting and complex, and they get fleshed out well. The atmosphere is great, and there is some great world-building. You really get the sense that you're in space, and it takes itself seriously. But at the same time, it's still a fun show, and that's what makes me like it so much. Not many anime can be fun, but still take itself seriously at the same time.

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