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Makoto Yukimura is a Japanese manga artist. He made his debut in 2000 with the praised Planetes, serialized in Kodansha Weekly Morning mangazine and adapted into a 26 episodes anime series by the studio Sunrise. Before that, he worked as an assistant for Shin Morimura. He is currently working on Vinland Saga which was first serialized in Weekly Sh?nen Magazine then moved to the monthly Afternoon magazine. For this work he received the 2009 Japan Media Arts Festival Grand Prize in the manga category. In 2010, he was a guest of the AngoulUme International Comics Festival.
"When people recommend a good "gateway" manga for American comic readers, one choice that comes up often is Makoto Yukimura's Planetes. Originally serialized in Japanese magazine Weekly Morning from 1999 to 2004, Planetes is a "hard sci-fi" drama set in the year 2075 that follows a crew on a debris-collection ship in outer space. It is highly recommended by manga enthusiasts, in part, because of its realistic tone, rich backstories, and complex themes involving environmentalism, terrorism, and existentialism. Another reason is Yukimura's artwork, which mixes cartoony characters with detailed backgrounds and machinery to ground it all in a sense of realism without losing the energy often associated with good manga. Dark Horse has brought a lot of quality manga to North American readers in the past couple of years, and with Planetes they've assembled the entire story into one giant 500+ page omnibus with restored color sequences." -Mental Floss