Planetes is definitely something. Episode 6 made me laugh as hard as any Fumoffu episode, but episode 7 touched me with its two contrasting subplots. I’ll talk about episode 7 in this post.
Hachi is surprisingly smooth, when Tanabe’s not around (I wish he would treat Tanabe better, but I’m positive it would happen eventually). He befriends a random stranger and becomes close to her in a matter of days. Perhaps because Nono is such a positive force to have around? She sure is. I am still awash in her glow, even though it has already been a full day since I watched her episode.
The thing about Nono is, she’s sick. Sick in a way that prevents her from leaving the hospital, rendering her all but a caged bird that looks longingly at the outside world. She wants to go to Earth and swim in its oceans of blue water, but even the circumstances of her birth have conspired to keep her from it.
12 years. She’s lived 12 years, the entirety of her life, inside a hospital. Saying that’s tough is a massive understatement.
Despite this, Nono remains cheerful. Never has she blamed her parents for bringing her into the world like this, and while she longs to visit the Earth, she sure wouldn’t want to live there–the moon is her home, after all, and the barren, pockmarked surface strewn with dust instead of water is her ocean.
I am humbled by this scene. Nono lives a cooped life and unable to do the things she wants, but is perfectly happy with it. Many a night I have spent thinking on how I could’ve been born differently, with the sort of life I’ve always yearned for (while I am not entirely sure about it, I firmly believe it has robots in it). Never mind the age gap, and the vast chasm between our experiences in life. Nono turns moon dust into salt water, and there is no greater alchemy than that.