So this is probably the only good opportunity to say this. There’s these two tidbits about planetarian that don’t really fit in anywhere.
First about the planetarian light novel, before the story starts there’s a quote from a poem. The poem is by Kitahara Hakushuu and is called 月から見た地球(The Earth as Seen from the Moon). The poem kinda describes what the Earth would look like traveling across the sky, though it’s only the last stanza that’s quoted.
[This is the modern version with actually readable hiragana]
This is probably blasphemy to anyone who cares for this guy’s writings, but is says something like: No, for I already knew. How quickly the earthlings would seek God, create God. The blog I found on it said that part was about like how people will seek logic in nature and attribute it to the divine. In planetarian humans do create robots which often act as divine symbols, so the last line takes a different meaning here. The light novel is described as “Four little stories about stars, words, God, and robots” after all.
For my second trick I’ll present you the secret planetarian side story! Okay, it’s not actually that exciting but quite the pain in the arse.
Disclaimer: All this information is from Wikipedia and heresay. I can in no way guarantee how much is real.
When Hoshi no Hito ran in cinemas, there was a pamphlet with this micro story called 舟守の塔(The Boatmen’s Tower). It’s supposed to make a more clear connection between Hoshi no Hito and Tircis and Aminte. So in the original, the three kids get Yumemi’s memory card and say they wanna go to the Moon; that was the whole connection before. Apparently, over many generations of planetarians, this changes into this idea that all of humanities writings should be sent to the stars. So humanity is beyond saving, but the final planetarians, a brother and a sister, make it to the city on the Moon. They input all the writings they’ve gathered including Yumemi’s data into the super computers, then they die fantasizing about starting a family (Weren’t they siblings?).
I wish I could see this story for myself. I asked Pepe about it in the past, but he didn’t seem to have it.