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* IWasNeverHere: There's no official record of Colin ever being on the Toybox, or of the crew helping him [[spoiler:recover his camera that he'd forgotten while touring a space wreck]]. Of course, this also means that there's no official record of [[spoiler:Ai socking him in the jaw]], either.


* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Differences in romanization according to the anime and manga. More particularly, the Tandem-Mirror/Tandem Miller engine, as well as Hakim/Hakimu/Hakeem. Specific to the anime, the Assistant Manager's name is ''pronounced'' "Ravi," but spelled "Lavie."
** It's [[http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/Articles_2009/Summer-2009/Thoughts_on_fusion.pdf Tandem Mirror]].
*** Seriously why would it be Tandem Miller? There was never any Miller involved!
* SquareCubeLaw: Deconstructed by Nono. She grew up on the moon, whose lower gravity made her taller than the average human, but as a result, Earth's gravity could easily crush her.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Differences in romanization according to the anime and manga. More particularly, the Tandem-Mirror/Tandem Miller engine, Tandem-Mirror engine[[note]]which is based on an [[http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/Articles_2009/Summer-2009/Thoughts_on_fusion.pdf actual theoretical design]][[/note]] is called the "Tandem Miller", as well as Hakim/Hakimu/Hakeem. Specific to the anime, the Assistant Manager's name is ''pronounced'' "Ravi," but spelled "Lavie."
** It's [[http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/Articles_2009/Summer-2009/Thoughts_on_fusion.pdf Tandem Mirror]].
*** Seriously why would it be Tandem Miller? There was never any Miller involved!
* SquareCubeLaw: Deconstructed by Nono. She grew up on the moon, whose lower gravity made her taller than the average human, but as a result, Earth's gravity could easily crush her.
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* BilingualBonus: In the manga version, Hachimaki meets the mother of an astronaut whose life he just saved, who speaks to him in Russian. In Yukimura's typical ShownTheirWork fashion the words are written using the Cyrillic alphabet and are entirely correct. They still don't understand each other at all. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments We do.]]

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* BilingualBonus: In the manga version, Hachimaki meets the mother of an astronaut whose life he just saved, who speaks to him in Russian. In Yukimura's typical ShownTheirWork fashion the words are written using the Cyrillic alphabet and are entirely correct. They still don't understand each other at all. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments We do.]]



** Also, the ''Toybox I''. It's ugly, unwieldy, and [[UsedFuture older than most of its crew]], but it has a lot of character and had [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome an incredible]] [[SavingTheWorld sendoff]].

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** Also, the ''Toybox I''. It's ugly, unwieldy, and [[UsedFuture older than most of its crew]], but it has a lot of character and had [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome an incredible]] incredible [[SavingTheWorld sendoff]].



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ai. She survives, but with horrible injuries.]] Also, what everyone ''thought'' [[NoSmoking Fee]] was doing during her SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ai. She survives, but with horrible injuries.]] Also, what everyone ''thought'' [[NoSmoking Fee]] was doing during her SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.doing.



* SmokingIsCool: Fee Carmichael and to a certain extent Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino. In fact, in one episode, Fee ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome saves outer space]]'' without knowing it because she is ''that'' desperate for a smoke.

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* SmokingIsCool: Fee Carmichael and to a certain extent Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino. In fact, in one episode, Fee ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome saves ''saves outer space]]'' space'' without knowing it because she is ''that'' desperate for a smoke.



* SoundtrackDissonance: As the series gets ''[[EarnYourHappyEnding considerably]]'' [[EarnYourHappyEnding darker]] in later episodes, the contrast between an episode's closing scene and the upbeat closing credits music can be quite jarring. Sometimes this even occurs between an opening scene and the title music. The original score playing during these scenes, however, is [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic always appropriate]].

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* SoundtrackDissonance: As the series gets ''[[EarnYourHappyEnding considerably]]'' [[EarnYourHappyEnding darker]] in later episodes, the contrast between an episode's closing scene and the upbeat closing credits music can be quite jarring. Sometimes this even occurs between an opening scene and the title music. The original score playing during these scenes, however, is [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic always appropriate]].appropriate.


* EmotionsVersusStoicism: You see this debate frequently in the manga among astronauts, arguing over whether it's better to shut yourself off and give in to the competitive nature of being involved in space or to open your heart to others in a wod far bigger than the one they left behind.

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* EmotionsVersusStoicism: You see this debate frequently in the manga among astronauts, arguing over whether it's better to shut yourself off and give in to the competitive nature of being involved in space or to open your heart to others in a wod world far bigger than the one they left behind.

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* EmotionsVersusStoicism: You see this debate frequently in the manga among astronauts, arguing over whether it's better to shut yourself off and give in to the competitive nature of being involved in space or to open your heart to others in a wod far bigger than the one they left behind.


* IllGirl: Nono is a rare case of a GenkiGirl who is also technically one of these. She's a Lunarian; a human who was born and raised on the moon, and human bodies obviously didn't evolve in 1/6th Earth gravity, which resulted in numerous side effects. Hachimaki is implied to have been developing a crush on her during his stay in the hospital, and has a short-lived BSOD when he realizes that the friendly, attractive woman who's actually a bit taller than him is actually a ''[[YoungerThanTheyLook twelve-year-old girl]]''. She ''lives'' in the hospital because she needs constant treatment just to stay alive, and judging by the looks of her room (which is filled with gym equipment) has to exercise constantly so she doesn't get any sicker. If she actually tried to land on Earth, she would be severely handicapped, and even that's assuming her cardiovascular system wouldn't just give out. She's super-cheerful because she's flourished under the constant care and attention, and proud that her life has improved the lives of pretty much every human being alive; the techniques developed to keep her alive have revolutionized medicine, resulting in countless breakthroughs in treating organ failure, radiation sickness, strengthening muscles and bones, etc. It's also implied that .

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* IllGirl: Nono is a rare case of a GenkiGirl who is also technically one of these. She's a Lunarian; a human who was born and raised on the moon, and human bodies obviously didn't evolve in 1/6th Earth gravity, which resulted in numerous side effects. Hachimaki is implied to have been developing a crush on her during his stay in the hospital, and has a short-lived BSOD when he realizes that the friendly, attractive woman who's actually a bit taller than him is actually a ''[[YoungerThanTheyLook twelve-year-old girl]]''. She ''lives'' in the hospital because she needs constant treatment just to stay alive, and judging by the looks of her room (which is filled with gym equipment) has to exercise constantly so she doesn't get any sicker. If she actually tried to land on Earth, she would be severely handicapped, and even that's assuming her cardiovascular system wouldn't just give out. She's super-cheerful because she's flourished under the constant care and attention, and proud that her life has improved the lives of pretty much every human being alive; the techniques developed to keep her alive have revolutionized medicine, resulting in countless breakthroughs in treating organ failure, radiation sickness, strengthening muscles and bones, etc. It's also implied that .


A 26-episode anime series, based on a manga series of the same name, that provides a realistic and dramatic view of life in space in the near future. The principal cast are the "Debris Section" of the Technora corporation, space trash collectors that are charged with the prevention of deadly orbital collisions with free-floating junk.

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A ''Planetes'' (derived from the Greek word for Planets, which translates to "Wanderers") is a 26-episode anime series, based on a manga series of the same name, that provides a realistic and dramatic view of life in space in the near future. The principal cast are the "Debris Section" of the Technora corporation, space trash collectors that are charged with the prevention of deadly orbital collisions with free-floating junk.


* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: Very hard, possibly the hardest series ever ''made'' up to this point. [[IWantMyJetpack Commercial spaceflight]] less than [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture a century in the future]] and almost completely limited to the Earth Sphere itself. Detailed orbital mechanics, realistic effects of space on health, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dependency_theory dependency theory]], diapers under spacesuits, and ''invisible'' [[FrickinLaserBeams laser beams]]. Even the gratuitous InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace is justified as mere thematic [[CloseupOnHead close-ups on the characters' faces]] -- ''with their faceplates down.'' Its premise -- the collection of space garbage to prevent multimillion-dollar spacecraft from being [[OneHitKill scrapped]] by ''[[CherryTapping screws]]'' -- is a RealLife problem but economically unfeasible (nowadays we JustIgnoreIt - military satellites are fitted with maneuvering thrusters to dodge but nobody cleans it up), but this is actually ''a major plot point'' -- though the job is essential to actual commercial space travel, the fact that nobody can find a way to make money off it means they ignored it right up until the accident that killed Yuri's wife. ''Then'' the Debris Sections were formed [[FalseReassurance in response to public outcry]] -- and staffed by ''[[{{Salaryman}} underpaid office drones]]'' with '''[[UsedFuture gear older than they are]]'''.

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* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: Very hard, possibly the hardest series ever ''made'' up to this point. [[IWantMyJetpack Commercial spaceflight]] less than [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture a century in the future]] and almost completely limited to the Earth Sphere itself. Detailed orbital mechanics, realistic effects of space on health, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dependency_theory dependency theory]], theory,]] diapers under spacesuits, and ''invisible'' [[FrickinLaserBeams laser beams]]. Even the gratuitous InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace is justified as mere thematic [[CloseupOnHead close-ups on the characters' faces]] -- ''with their faceplates down.'' Its premise -- the collection of space garbage to prevent multimillion-dollar spacecraft from being [[OneHitKill scrapped]] by ''[[CherryTapping screws]]'' -- is a RealLife problem but economically unfeasible (nowadays we JustIgnoreIt - military satellites are fitted with maneuvering thrusters to dodge but nobody cleans it up), but this is actually ''a major plot point'' -- though the job is essential to actual commercial space travel, the fact that nobody can find a way to make money off it means they ignored it right up until the accident that killed Yuri's wife. ''Then'' the Debris Sections were formed [[FalseReassurance in response to public outcry]] -- and staffed by ''[[{{Salaryman}} underpaid office drones]]'' with '''[[UsedFuture gear older than they are]]'''.


* MeaningfulName: Yuri Mihairokov shares the name of famous cosmonaut UsefulNotes/YuriGagarin, who was the first man in space. Werner Locksmith shares the name of Werner von Braun, one of, if not the most important rocket designers who ever lived whose designs include the terrifying V-2 for the Nazis, and the mighty Saturn V, the famous moon rocket. Ai Tanabe's name is also a pun, as 'ai' is the Japanese word for love, which matches with her belief in love's power.

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* MeaningfulName: Yuri Mihairokov shares the name of famous cosmonaut UsefulNotes/YuriGagarin, who was the first man in space. Werner Locksmith shares the name of Werner von Braun, one of, if not the most important rocket designers who ever lived whose designs include the terrifying V-2 for the Nazis, and the mighty Saturn V, the famous moon rocket. Ai Tanabe's name is also a pun, as 'ai' is the Japanese word for love, which matches with her belief in love's power. Hachirota's last name, Hoshino, is spelled "星野" and can be read literally as "star field", but phonetically it can sound like the possessive form, making his full name "星の八郎太" or "Hachirota of the stars".

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* TheBadGuyWins / TheExtremistWasRight: The [[Administrivia/EditWar heavily debated]] interpretation of the [[WesternTerrorists Space Defense Front]].
** The Bad Guys Won; [[spoiler:the ObviouslyEvil genocidal terrorist nations succeed in forcing the industrial nations which invested heavily in space and sacrificed lives to that effort to give up their investments, most likely causing a depression. It's unlikely that the "underdogs" will see a cent of that money, as it will likely go into the pockets of dictators -- who just might be inspired by the SDF's success to further acts of terrorism. Ironically summed up by Hakim's rationale for joining the SDF: since fossil fuels are now obsolete, the oil trade that his home country had depended on could no longer provide significant revenue, making them take a back seat to nations that had already invested in alternative energy sources. Acquiescence to the SDF's demands means that the holders of the old hydrocarbon energy monopolies will still be pulling in significant amounts of money, and quite a few of them are not the nicest people ever. So, not only will dictators with ties to terrorism be rewarded, it will probably be the ''exact same'' dictators with ties to terrorism that are currently in power. Series/TwentyFour InSpace anyone?]]
** The Extremists Were Right; [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist the united underdogs of earth]] succeed in forcing [[CorruptCorporateExecutive a bunch of fat cats]] to accept a deal that will prevent the rich nations able to afford space travel from getting dibs on all the solar system's resources while the rest of humanity is left to wither in war and poverty. Sure, they are willing to sacrifice a city of 100,000 in the process, but millions died and will continue dying from the wars and famine that INTO policies caused]].
** The most interesting part? In the manga, the SDF is just a means for industrial saboteurs to use Third World refugees as suicide bombers against rival companies. They're just the B plot of a single chapter - Ai and Hachi's relationship is the A plot. They dissolve in the ending text.


* IllGirl: Nono is a rare case of a GenkiGirl who is also technically one of these. She was born and grew up on the moon, and unfortunately, human bodies aren't designed to grow up in 1/6th Earth gravity. Aside from being freakishly tall, it is implied that she suffers from numerous other health problems as a result. She essentially lives in a hospital (both so that she can get constant treatments and to perform experiments on her body that might help future Lunarians live healthier lives), and judging by the looks of her room (which is filled with gym equipment), she has to train all the time for things not to get any worse. If she actually tried to land on Earth, she would be severely handicapped, and even that's assuming her cardiovascular system wouldn't just give out.

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* IllGirl: Nono is a rare case of a GenkiGirl who is also technically one of these. She She's a Lunarian; a human who was born and grew up raised on the moon, and unfortunately, human bodies aren't designed to grow up obviously didn't evolve in 1/6th Earth gravity. Aside from being freakishly tall, it gravity, which resulted in numerous side effects. Hachimaki is implied to have been developing a crush on her during his stay in the hospital, and has a short-lived BSOD when he realizes that she suffers from numerous other health problems as the friendly, attractive woman who's actually a result. bit taller than him is actually a ''[[YoungerThanTheyLook twelve-year-old girl]]''. She essentially lives ''lives'' in a the hospital (both so that because she can get needs constant treatments and treatment just to perform experiments on her body that might help future Lunarians live healthier lives), stay alive, and judging by the looks of her room (which is filled with gym equipment), she equipment) has to train all the time for things not to exercise constantly so she doesn't get any worse.sicker. If she actually tried to land on Earth, she would be severely handicapped, and even that's assuming her cardiovascular system wouldn't just give out. She's super-cheerful because she's flourished under the constant care and attention, and proud that her life has improved the lives of pretty much every human being alive; the techniques developed to keep her alive have revolutionized medicine, resulting in countless breakthroughs in treating organ failure, radiation sickness, strengthening muscles and bones, etc. It's also implied that .


* BilingualBonus: In the manga version, Hachimaki meets the mother of an astronaut whose life he just saved, who speaks to him in Russian. In Yukimura's typical ShownTheirWork fashion the words are written using the Cyrillic alphabet and are entirely correct. They still don't understand each other at all. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming We do.]]

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* BilingualBonus: In the manga version, Hachimaki meets the mother of an astronaut whose life he just saved, who speaks to him in Russian. In Yukimura's typical ShownTheirWork fashion the words are written using the Cyrillic alphabet and are entirely correct. They still don't understand each other at all. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments We do.]]



** Also, the ''Toybox I''. It's ugly, unwieldy, and [[UsedFuture older than most of its crew]], but it has a lot of character and had [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome an incredible]] [[SavingTheWorld sendoff]].

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** Also, the ''Toybox I''. It's ugly, unwieldy, and [[UsedFuture older than most of its crew]], but it has a lot of character and had [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome an incredible]] [[SavingTheWorld sendoff]].



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ai. She survives, but with horrible injuries.]] Also, what everyone ''thought'' [[NoSmoking Fee]] was doing during her CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ai. She survives, but with horrible injuries.]] Also, what everyone ''thought'' [[NoSmoking Fee]] was doing during her CrowningMomentOfAwesome.SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.



* SmokingIsCool: Fee Carmichael and to a certain extent Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino. In fact, in one episode, Fee ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome saves outer space]]'' without knowing it because she is ''that'' desperate for a smoke.

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* SmokingIsCool: Fee Carmichael and to a certain extent Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino. In fact, in one episode, Fee ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome saves outer space]]'' without knowing it because she is ''that'' desperate for a smoke.



* SoundtrackDissonance: As the series gets ''[[EarnYourHappyEnding considerably]]'' [[EarnYourHappyEnding darker]] in later episodes, the contrast between an episode's closing scene and the upbeat closing credits music can be quite jarring. Sometimes this even occurs between an opening scene and the title music. The original score playing during these scenes, however, is [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome always appropriate]].

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* SoundtrackDissonance: As the series gets ''[[EarnYourHappyEnding considerably]]'' [[EarnYourHappyEnding darker]] in later episodes, the contrast between an episode's closing scene and the upbeat closing credits music can be quite jarring. Sometimes this even occurs between an opening scene and the title music. The original score playing during these scenes, however, is [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic always appropriate]].


* TooLongDidntDub: TokyoPop's manga release didn't translate a very plot-significant Kenji Miyazawa poem from an astronaut's funeral. Fans were not pleased. TokyoPop released a [[BlindIdiotTranslation painfully-literal]] translation a few volumes later.

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* TooLongDidntDub: TokyoPop's {{Creator/Tokyopop}}'s manga release didn't translate a very plot-significant Kenji Miyazawa poem from an astronaut's funeral. Fans were not pleased. TokyoPop Tokyopop released a [[BlindIdiotTranslation painfully-literal]] translation a few volumes later.


* JapaneseLanguage: The dub uses a fair number of Japanese words consistently throughout its run without ever translating them, particularly the UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics "sempai" and "sensei", as well as "{{hachimaki}}" (which means "headband") as a character's nickname.
** Played with in the last episode, where the two Japanese nationals (Ai and Hachi) play a word game which consists of saying a word or term that begins with the last vowel (or syllable) the other person just said. In the English dub, the actors speak the Japanese words (and very well, too) and immediately say the English translation of the term, for clarity.


* ShoutOut: Lavie's gag device to break the ice with Section 3's Debris department plays ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Thus Spake Zarathustra]]''.

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Lavie's gag device to break the ice with Section 3's Debris department plays ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Thus Spake Zarathustra]]''. Zarathustra]]''.
** Fee's son adopts a Boston Terrier named [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Iggy]].

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