After an excruciating selection process, Hachimaki is accepted into the Mars Development Project, his lifelong dream. However, feelings of elation are soon sucked up by a black hole of despair as he comes to grips with the fact that he will be leaving everything he holds dear behind. This realization forces Hachimaki to contemplate the meaning of his existence and the nature of his life in space.
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A Sci-Fi drama that explores the boundaries of human relationships. 100% Authentic Manga Format. Story by MAKOTO YUKIMURA.From the Inside Flap:
Planetes is quickly gaining a deserved reputation as a new manga classic. From award nominations in France, to constant raving buzz in the US, Planetes has spread like international wildfire. The mix of hard science fiction, and humanity, crafted by a creator who has taken the time to perfect his work (the series has been released at an unconventional rate in Japan, which is only one volume ahead of the domestic release), make Planetes THE manga to anticipate.
-- Scott Green, Aint-It-Cool
Planetes Vol. 1 is the kind of book that got me first interested in science-fiction at a young age. The dreams of the future coupled with the reality of the people living in it... that's great stuff. With the wealth of material getting translated from Japanese and Korean into English these days, it's easy to have some of the books slip by you in all of the shuffle. Trust me when I say that Planetes is not one that you want to miss. I absolutely cannot wait for the next volumes of Yukimura's masterpiece; more, please.
-- Greg McElhatton, iCOMICS.com
The mundanity of the characters' routines actually amplify their courage and determination, and this being a manga, the poetry and wonder of the adventure they signed up for are still there. The more they venture into space, the more human they are.
-- Adi Tantimedhm, Artbomb
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