His Reasons introduces two new characters who will be crucial to the remaining episodes of Planetes. It is not stretching the point to say that one of these characters is an unmitigated bastard.
The disturbing thing is the extent to which Hachimaki and his father are the same as the bastard. Continue reading
Ignition is an astonishing episode of Planetes that confronts psychological trauma, and post traumatic stress, head on. This is extremely rare both in anime and in television in general. The only other example that springs to mind is the season 2 The West Wing episode Noël.
Trigger warnings for mentions of suicide are applicable to this synopsis. Continue reading