The BEST Episodes of Planetes

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2019

Network: NHK

By 2075 traveling between Earth, Space stations and the moon have become normal. Hachimaki collects debris at a space station and dreams of owning his very own space ship someday.

And the Days We Chance Upon...

#1 - And the Days We Chance Upon...

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Apr 17, 2004

With Tanabe fully recovered, she and Hachimaki visit the ISPV 7 Space Station.

star 8.59
29 votes
Directors: Goro Taniguchi
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
The Lost

#2 - The Lost

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 10, 2004

Following the Von Braun crisis, Hachimaki sinks into deep depression and wanders on the lunar surface. He returns to Earth for a holiday, only to encounter Tanabe, who was paralyzed during the Von Braun crisis.

star 8.34
29 votes
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Tentative Steps

#3 - Tentative Steps

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 28, 2004

Claire has been demoted from working in Control Section to replacing Hachimaki in Debris Section. Hachimaki and Hakim encounter unexpected difficulties completing a 10-day group endurance test, the second round of testing for those wishing to join the Von Braun.

star 8.32
28 votes
Directors: Masaki Kitamura
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Debris Cluster

#4 - Debris Cluster

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 20, 2004

As the final preparations are being made for the Von Braun's maiden voyage to Jupiter, the Space Defense Front makes a bold attempt at interrupting the INTO summit by taking control of the ship.

star 8.18
28 votes
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Tandem Mirror

#5 - Tandem Mirror

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 6, 2004

Debris Section has been assigned to the Moon for a month to help collect debris from the Tandem Mirror Drive disaster. In training as a finalist aboard the Von Braun, Hachimaki learns that one of his fellow candidates is planning to sabotage the mission.

star 8.14
29 votes
Directors: Kazuya Murata
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Love

#6 - Love

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 3, 2004

The Space Defense Front's sinister plan to crash the Von Braun into Luna City is thwarted at the last minute when INTO caves in to the terrorists' demands. Tanabe and Claire are stranded on the surface of the moon in a life or death situation.

star 8.14
29 votes
Directors: Megumi Yamamoto
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Debris Section, The Last Day

#7 - Debris Section, The Last Day

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 14, 2004

Dolph is replaced as director of the Technora Second Division and the new director wants to shut down the Debris Section while the crew of the Toy Box find a secret INTO orbital mine.

star 8.10
29 votes
Directors: Megumi Yamamoto
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Endings Are Always...

#8 - Endings Are Always...

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 21, 2004

Debris Section has won a reprieve after their discovery of a classified INTO military satellite. On Earth, Hachimaki has entered the first round of tests for those wishing to join the Von Braun.

star 8.04
25 votes
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Regrets

#9 - Regrets

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 2003

Hachimaki's extra-vehicular activity instructor, Gigalt visits the Debris Section as part of a safety inspection. However, on a debris hauling run supervised by Gigalt, the crew of the Toy Box encounter illegal debris dumping activities.

star 8.03
30 votes
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Scenery With a Rocket

#10 - Scenery With a Rocket

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 10, 2004

Since the Toy Box was destroyed, the Debris Section go on a holiday on Earth. Hachimaki, Yuri, and Tanabe visit the Hoshino household. Meanwhile, Yuri makes friends with Kyutaro, Hachimaki's brother.

star 8.03
31 votes
Directors: Masami Furukawa
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Exposure

#11 - Exposure

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 13, 2004

Hachimaki is called to the moon for questioning about the explosion aboard the Von Braun. He also learns of the death of his sensei and of Tanabe's prior knowledge of Gigalt's fight with cancer

star 7.93
27 votes
Directors: Akira Yoshimura
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
In Her Case...

#12 - In Her Case...

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 24, 2004

Edel's past finally catches up to her when an old flame comes to the ISPV 7 space station. Meanwhile, Hachimaki struggles with his date with Tanabe.

star 7.87
30 votes
Directors: Masaki Kitamura
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
The Lunar Flying Squirrels

#13 - The Lunar Flying Squirrels

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 2003

On Hachimaki and Tanabe's visit to the Moon, they meet Tanabe's neighbours... a group of wannabe ninjas who perform ninja techniques through the Moon's lower gravity.

star 7.82
34 votes
Directors: Masaki Kitamura
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
A Place to Cling to

#14 - A Place to Cling to

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 22, 2003

Tanabe suspects that Fee is having an affair with the division manager Technora Corp, Dolph Azalia. However, Fee is not, and actually is being promoted to assistant chief of Control Section. Meanwhile, the rest of the Debris Section take this opportunity to go on a very difficult debris mission on their own.

star 7.78
27 votes
Directors: Megumi Yamamoto
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Turning Point

#15 - Turning Point

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 17, 2004

Debris Section get their new debris hauling ship, the Toy Box 2. On a debris retrieval run, the Debris Section become embroiled in company intrigue as they choose to help an orbital research facility about to be destroyed by a meteoroid against the will of a Technora division manager.

star 7.77
31 votes
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Ignition

#16 - Ignition

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 31, 2004

Hachimaki is left adrift in space in the middle of a solar flare and miraculously survies. But he is diagnosed with Acute Spatial Disorder and unless he can overcome it, he will be grounded from space for the rest of his life.

star 7.70
27 votes
Directors: Kazuya Murata
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
A Sky of Stardust

#17 - A Sky of Stardust

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 6, 2003

Tanabe is preoccupied with her discovery of Gigalt's illness. Yuri's involvement in a famous high-altitude shuttle accident is revealed. On a routine debris retrieval mission, Yuri finds the only keepsake of his deceased wife.

star 7.70
56 votes
Directors: Kazuya Murata
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
A Modest Request

#18 - A Modest Request

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 20, 2003

Fee's increasingly difficult quest for a smoke leads her to become entangled in a terrorist plot to stop human development in space.

star 7.66
56 votes
Directors: Akira Yoshimura
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Boundary Line

#19 - Boundary Line

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 13, 2003

An engineer from an impoverished country, El Tanika, comes to the ISPV 7 space station to have his new spacesuit tested. No one will have anything to do with his unusual suit because of the lowly status of his home country until the Debris Section volunteers to help him with the testing.

star 7.61
57 votes
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Part of the Job

#20 - Part of the Job

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 25, 2003

The spoiled son of INTO chairman, Colin Clifford visits the ISPV 7 space station, and goes on a debris hauling mission with the Debris Section. Among the debris retrieved is Colin's camera carelessly left attached to a derelict satellite.

star 7.56
36 votes
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Extraterrestrial Girl

#21 - Extraterrestrial Girl

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 15, 2003

While recovering from an injury, Hachimaki must stay on the Moon to recover. He then meets a girl who is a Lunarian, a person born on the Moon. Hachimaki also meets Harry Roland, a veteran astronaut who is in an adjacent hospital bed.

star 7.55
58 votes
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Outside the Atmosphere

#22 - Outside the Atmosphere

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 4, 2003

It's the first day on the job for Ai Tanabe as she's introduced to her eccentric co-workers in the Debris Section of space station ISPV-7.

star 7.45
69 votes
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
His Reasons

#23 - His Reasons

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 7, 2004

The chief engineer of the Jupiter Exploration Mission hopes to recruit Hachimaki's father, a veteran of several missions to Mars, but all he wants is to settle down back on Earth.

star 7.44
27 votes
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Like a Dream

#24 - Like a Dream

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 11, 2003

Hachimaki's dream of getting his own spaceship is revealed. Tanabe continues her zero-G training with Hachimaki. Tanabe and Hachimaki are sent on a debris retrieval mission to recover a derelict satellite. However, the satellite's orbit sends it on a collision course with Cheng-Shin's orbital shuttle.

star 7.41
82 votes
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi
Return Trajectory

#25 - Return Trajectory

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 18, 2003

Insurance salespeople swarm the ISPV 7 space station while members of the Debris Section write their annual wills. During a routine debris collection, Yuri, Tanabe, and Hachimaki recover a space coffin containing a famous astronaut. However, an ideological conflict erupts over the fate of the coffin and the body contained in it.

star 7.40
47 votes
Directors: Megumi Yamamoto
Writers: Ichiro Okouchi