Dark Horse License Rescues the Planetes Manga
Dark Horse Comics has announced that it has license rescued Makoto Yukimura’s Planetes manga series. The company is planning to release the series in two omnibus editions, with the first omnibus scheduled to be released on December 9, 2015. The omnibus editions will be compiled from the original files, complete with bonus color pages. The first omnibus will contain over 500 pages and will have an MSRP of $19.99.
Planetes is set in the 2070s, when increased interplanetary travel has led to crisis-level amounts of dangerous space debris that someone has to clean up. The series follows the space-garbage crew of aspiring explorer Hachimaki, mourning Yuri, secretive Fee, and newcomer Ai. Unfortunately, the members of the Debris Section are looked down upon as the lowest members of Technora Company, so they must work hard to prove their worth to others and to accomplish their dreams. Together, these characters travel on a debris collection craft known as Toy Box. A two-time recipient of the Seiun Award, Japan’s highest honor for science fiction, Planetes grants a whole new generation a chance to journey to the far reaches of the universe.
The Planetes manga inspired a 26 episode anime series that aired in Japan between 2003 and 2004. The animation studio Sunrise produced the series, and Goro Taniguchi directed the episodes. Bandai Entertainment released the anime in North America.
“Planetes is one of the series that made me a manga fan, at once startlingly realistic in its scientific detail, moving in its relatable human drama, and hilarious in the personalities of its diverse cast of astronauts,” said Planetes editor Brendan Wright. “I was saddened to think it might fade from American comics shops after Tokyopop’s demise, so it’s a joy and an honor to reintroduce it at Dark Horse in the edition I’d want as a fan, with superior source materials and all the color pages included.”