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The award-winning hard science-fiction saga concludes in this definitive omnibus! Hachimaki makes the cut for the Von Braun Jupiter mission, but what awaits him past the farthest frontier? Back home, his compatriots Fee, Yuri, and Tanabe become embroiled in a war that threatens to trap Earth forever behind a wall of deadly space debris!


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The award-winning hard science-fiction saga concludes in this definitive omnibus! Hachimaki makes the cut for the Von Braun Jupiter mission, but what awaits him past the farthest frontier? Back home, his compatriots Fee, Yuri, and Tanabe become embroiled in a war that threatens to trap Earth forever behind a wall of deadly space debris!

30 review for Planetes Omnibus, Volume 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    E. G.

    --Planetes Omnibus, Volume 2 Planetes Supplement Part 2: Being 70% happy is all right Planetes Extra Phase: Ah, I just wanted to say that! Buzz! My cell phone on vibrate!! Incoming message! Chihuahua!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    The second omnibus concludes the Planetes saga, and it's just as fantastic as the first one. At first, this series may leave an impression of a more comedic and humorous one, but it's actually much more concerned with philosophical and existential themes like our place in the world as a species, human worth, the humanity's constant push for progress and exploration against all odds and the great, all-conquering power of love. Come to think of it, Planetes is very similar to Chris Nolan's movie I The second omnibus concludes the Planetes saga, and it's just as fantastic as the first one. At first, this series may leave an impression of a more comedic and humorous one, but it's actually much more concerned with philosophical and existential themes like our place in the world as a species, human worth, the humanity's constant push for progress and exploration against all odds and the great, all-conquering power of love. Come to think of it, Planetes is very similar to Chris Nolan's movie Interstellar, though it predates the film by a decade and explores almost all the same themes in a much more thoughtful and meaningful way. Makoto Yukimura's storytelling is wonderfully poetic and subtle, and his artwork is luscious and absolutely stunning. Overall, it's an incredibly moving series and one of the best mangas I have ever read. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liam || Books 'n Beards

    A good conclusion, but I wish it had kept going :( A better end than the anime, anyways.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Fantastic continuation/conclusion to the series. I love the existential questions, the pondering and space gazing in this series. Maturation of characters in this second omnibus, less high jinks and angst, and more meaningful conversations. The art is superb.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Powerful! The characters grow, develop, get married and we learn their pasts. This volume becomes very emotional as the many facets of love are explored. Also, the characters struggle with their place in the world when faced with the vastness of space. A few new quirky characters keep some humour to temper the darkness. I loved the characters and this is one series I'll probably re-read. Not only a great story but a quality book that will be a keeper for my shelves. Powerful! The characters grow, develop, get married and we learn their pasts. This volume becomes very emotional as the many facets of love are explored. Also, the characters struggle with their place in the world when faced with the vastness of space. A few new quirky characters keep some humour to temper the darkness. I loved the characters and this is one series I'll probably re-read. Not only a great story but a quality book that will be a keeper for my shelves.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dominique

    I actually really enjoyed this volume. It looked more into the past of the captain of the debris collector ship, Fee and what her life at home was like. I was semi disappointing to find that we weren't going to be fallowing Hachimaki more closely on his Jupiter mission or his new found relationship. But fallowing Fee and the other crew members in their rebellion against the government in the space war was very interesting. I don't know when the story will be continued but when it is I am excited I actually really enjoyed this volume. It looked more into the past of the captain of the debris collector ship, Fee and what her life at home was like. I was semi disappointing to find that we weren't going to be fallowing Hachimaki more closely on his Jupiter mission or his new found relationship. But fallowing Fee and the other crew members in their rebellion against the government in the space war was very interesting. I don't know when the story will be continued but when it is I am excited to see what is going to happen. 

  7. 5 out of 5

    Koen Claeys

    Perfect manga about space exploration, the Kessler syndrome and what it means to be human.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    i would read pieces of this before bed, and so it has been a nice, slow journey back into the atmosphere. brilliant story and great art. one of a kind read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    shirley

    Would have been happy to see this go on and on and on. #JanuaryinJapan

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Top shelf. A story not about love or winning, but the human condition. No villain twirling a mustachio, no damsel in distress, no knight in shining armor (spaceship). Also, a good intro to manga to the uninitiated: the style of asides and many of the other little things going on in the background of the images. One drawback: I think it might have lost something in the translation. The societal norms and societal history of Japan is so very different. As close/good as a translation can be, it is Top shelf. A story not about love or winning, but the human condition. No villain twirling a mustachio, no damsel in distress, no knight in shining armor (spaceship). Also, a good intro to manga to the uninitiated: the style of asides and many of the other little things going on in the background of the images. One drawback: I think it might have lost something in the translation. The societal norms and societal history of Japan is so very different. As close/good as a translation can be, it is never 100% true. That being said, it is great. Good enough to read again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Phew, this was a heavy read, just like the first one, but for some reason I had more trouble with it this time. Maybe also because we just kept switching between characters and I couldn't follow it all the time. Sometimes it was just plain boring, other times it was just gorgeous. All in all, still an amazing volume and still a series that I really like and would recommend. Phew, this was a heavy read, just like the first one, but for some reason I had more trouble with it this time. Maybe also because we just kept switching between characters and I couldn't follow it all the time. Sometimes it was just plain boring, other times it was just gorgeous. All in all, still an amazing volume and still a series that I really like and would recommend.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Connor Foley

    One of the definitive space exploration pieces of media/art I’ve come across. The story of a group of space debris collectors expands and encompasses a vast array of human emotion and experience in the setting of space. Reminded me alot of the genius Cowboy Bebop, minus the action. Aces on the characterization and character growth across the board. Huge fan.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    What a fantastic series! I loved the pacing and the time dedicated to character development. Key themes like exploration, family, love and optimism made this a really heartwarming read, too.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karissa

    Series Info/Source: This is the second omnibus volume in the Planetes series, there are two volumes in this omnibus series. I received this volume as a birthday gift. Story (5/5): This continues to be a very “day in the life type of” story mainly focused on Hachimaki and Tanabe. We get to see Hachimaki realize his dream of going to Jupiter. We also find out a lot about Tanabe’s history and watch her realize her dream to work in space. We also get to spend time with Fee and other characters. The s Series Info/Source: This is the second omnibus volume in the Planetes series, there are two volumes in this omnibus series. I received this volume as a birthday gift. Story (5/5): This continues to be a very “day in the life type of” story mainly focused on Hachimaki and Tanabe. We get to see Hachimaki realize his dream of going to Jupiter. We also find out a lot about Tanabe’s history and watch her realize her dream to work in space. We also get to spend time with Fee and other characters. The story was very well done and much more mature than the beginning of the previous omnibus. I really enjoyed it. Characters (5/5): As mentioned above the story focuses on Tanabe and Hachimaki. We start out learning a lot about Tanabe’s childhood and then get to watch as her and Hachimaki start to form a relationship. We also get to spend quite a bit of time with Fee and her family, which was highly entertaining. I absolutely loved the characters in here, they are so well done and have so much depth. Setting (5/5): I love the space setting here. This is a fully realized world where living and working in space is just a day to day part of human life. It is complex and beautifully designed and I really loved it! Writing/Drawing Style (5/5): You can really see how Yukimura has grown as both an artist and a writer over the course of this series. The drawings are much more detailed and polished in this volume. The story seems much more cohesive and well put together. I really enjoyed it all a ton. My Summary (5/5): Overall this was an amazing continuation and conclusion to the Planetes Omnibus series. This is a very “day in the life” type of manga series but set in the extraordinary setting of space. Illustration and writing were both incredibly well done. I enjoyed the amazing world-building and the characters who had a lot of depth and were easy to relate to. I would definitely recommend it if you are interested in sci-fi manga or a fan of Vinland Saga.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bradley Farless

    This was a really good read. It's great sci-fi, but I think what I liked, even more, was the commentary on life and the human condition. I wish it had been longer. I can't help but wonder if the story was cut short for some reason because the last volume felt like an abrupt wrap-up of the storyline. Still, what's there is a 5-star story. (view spoiler)[I would have liked to have read about the return trip and more about Hachimaki and Tanabe's relationship when he got back, especially after that l This was a really good read. It's great sci-fi, but I think what I liked, even more, was the commentary on life and the human condition. I wish it had been longer. I can't help but wonder if the story was cut short for some reason because the last volume felt like an abrupt wrap-up of the storyline. Still, what's there is a 5-star story. (view spoiler)[I would have liked to have read about the return trip and more about Hachimaki and Tanabe's relationship when he got back, especially after that last conversation with Fee and Tanabe. It felt real and it was interesting. Plus, I felt like a little more attention could have been given to what role Fee and Yuri played in trying to stop the space war. I wasn't really clear on what they were doing in the panels that showed them out there. It seemed like they were using their ship's empty cargo hold to try to catch debris but every time their ship was hit, it was just creating more debris. (hide spoiler)]

  16. 4 out of 5

    J.P.

    Strange ending, I don't remember the anime being as anti-climactic as the manga. What is the deal with Tanabe's reply to Fee in the concluding pages of the the book, about why she married Hachi? Maybe I missed something. However, I still think this is an incredible manga and one that I would recommend to any Western reader who is completely new to manga, it's extremely accessible and a fascinating hard sci-fi tale. Strong "love is the truth" message, some cool anti-war themes, and I love how the Strange ending, I don't remember the anime being as anti-climactic as the manga. What is the deal with Tanabe's reply to Fee in the concluding pages of the the book, about why she married Hachi? Maybe I missed something. However, I still think this is an incredible manga and one that I would recommend to any Western reader who is completely new to manga, it's extremely accessible and a fascinating hard sci-fi tale. Strong "love is the truth" message, some cool anti-war themes, and I love how the characters' backstories are filled in right at a pivotal moment in the story. All the characters have interesting backstories, motivations for becoming debris collectors and being dedicated to their work, no matter how demeaning and trivial it may seem to others.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jesus Flores

    Planetes 2 The continuation, nice to have a background story for Fee and Tanabe, Hachimaki’s training for the Jupiter travel. Although the end is great, he does get to Jupiter, it felt kind of we are left in the middle of the story. All around a very enjoyable sci-fi manga with great characters. 4.5 stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Distant Sounds

    Whilst this second half of the story in volumes 3 & 4 weren't up to the high standards of the first two, it was still full of engaging storylines and themes, and the humour was still on show to bring some ease to the more heavier sequences. A story like this has the ability to be felt and seen differently on a second reading, as what happened for me with the first Omnibus. Whilst this second half of the story in volumes 3 & 4 weren't up to the high standards of the first two, it was still full of engaging storylines and themes, and the humour was still on show to bring some ease to the more heavier sequences. A story like this has the ability to be felt and seen differently on a second reading, as what happened for me with the first Omnibus.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janta

    It was okay, but I felt like there was a lot of random stuff that never really amounted to much of a story. The ending was mostly meaningless, in which a character came to a banal, commonplace conclusion. I'm not sure if the series is ongoing or not, but if not there are several plot threads that do not get resolved. Yeah, that's how life *actually* is, but is that why we read fiction? It was okay, but I felt like there was a lot of random stuff that never really amounted to much of a story. The ending was mostly meaningless, in which a character came to a banal, commonplace conclusion. I'm not sure if the series is ongoing or not, but if not there are several plot threads that do not get resolved. Yeah, that's how life *actually* is, but is that why we read fiction?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vince

    This second half of Yakimura's near future astronaut biopic struggled a bit. I disliked the small part involving jocular elements and rolled my eyes as the plot veered into the outlandish (taking down terrorists?). Caveats aside, the artwork and plot continued to be enjoyable. Four stars. This second half of Yakimura's near future astronaut biopic struggled a bit. I disliked the small part involving jocular elements and rolled my eyes as the plot veered into the outlandish (taking down terrorists?). Caveats aside, the artwork and plot continued to be enjoyable. Four stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jasper

    this was good but not great... Volume 1 is definitely much better in terms of story and character progression. i think the anime does a better job creating tension and drama... OH and the action! but that's not really fair? still happy for this though. this was good but not great... Volume 1 is definitely much better in terms of story and character progression. i think the anime does a better job creating tension and drama... OH and the action! but that's not really fair? still happy for this though.

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Laughing Man

    Planetes is an amazing, philosophically charged manga. It probed so many emotions and thoughts I was moved to read it. I'm glad I read it, I was thinking of simply passing it because I watched the anime series, but the manga goes way beyond the anime series. Planetes is an amazing, philosophically charged manga. It probed so many emotions and thoughts I was moved to read it. I'm glad I read it, I was thinking of simply passing it because I watched the anime series, but the manga goes way beyond the anime series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Breen

    Visually still very cool, great second half of the story. did a very good job of flushing out characters from the first half, and a pretty solid conclusion, that by no.means stops the story universe from existing. May have to watch the anime.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    Great conclusion to the series. What does it mean to be human? What is the meaning of life? All explored but not answered, cause no one can answer them for any one other than thier own self. Jupiter was beautifully drawn as was space itself.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark Stratton

    Reread the first two/thirds to reacquaint myself with everything. It was quite good. I should and will reread the two volumes again and soon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dai Vu

    A space sci-fi flavoured with existentialism, some real-world problems and a lot of well-placed humor, what a fantastic manga!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    Lots to unpack here! Had a quiet ending, but some great chapters and I even laughed a couple times. I really appreciate the diversity of Yukimura's characters, also. He puts more women into his science-fiction than anyone else I've seen (so far). Lots to unpack here! Had a quiet ending, but some great chapters and I even laughed a couple times. I really appreciate the diversity of Yukimura's characters, also. He puts more women into his science-fiction than anyone else I've seen (so far).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    I got both volumes from the library and I'm going to have to actually add them to my permanent collection, they are such deep emotional stories with gorgeous space art. Everyone should read this epic. I got both volumes from the library and I'm going to have to actually add them to my permanent collection, they are such deep emotional stories with gorgeous space art. Everyone should read this epic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    such a great read, with the continuation from the previous volume on the philosophy of life and what you want to with your life this volume showed those plus "love". The mangaka showed the human side of each character's throughout the series, while they go through the struggles of life in outer space. This alternative Earth story is so good you will be engrossed, I highly recommend. such a great read, with the continuation from the previous volume on the philosophy of life and what you want to with your life this volume showed those plus "love". The mangaka showed the human side of each character's throughout the series, while they go through the struggles of life in outer space. This alternative Earth story is so good you will be engrossed, I highly recommend.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ken-ichi

    This is a review for the whole series. It's hard to argue with a realist novel-length graphic novel about humans in space, but... I will. There's just not much to these characters beyond some familiar tropes, and there's not enough exploration of the technology or the politics of the era to make up for it. seveneves covers a lot of the same what-if territory and was a lot more satisfying for me. I mean, how do they pay for constant flights between Earth and LEO? That can't be cheap! Do we have s This is a review for the whole series. It's hard to argue with a realist novel-length graphic novel about humans in space, but... I will. There's just not much to these characters beyond some familiar tropes, and there's not enough exploration of the technology or the politics of the era to make up for it. seveneves covers a lot of the same what-if territory and was a lot more satisfying for me. I mean, how do they pay for constant flights between Earth and LEO? That can't be cheap! Do we have space elevators? Fusion rockets? How can Fee maintain her marriage when she's in space most of the time? What the hell does Yuri do with his time other than be at peace with everything? How did a war in space just sort of happen in the background? I mean, whatever, there were space ships. I'll take what I can get.

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