Uchuu Kyoudai – 03
「有利な男と走る女医」 (Yuuri na Otoko to Hashiru Joi)
“The Man with the Advantage and the Running Female Doctor”
At this point, I’m really starting to wonder what it is that’ll put Mutta ahead of the other candidates. The only aspect that really shines so far is his strong desire to succeed and I’m sure that most, if not all, the others struggling through these tests feel exactly the same. Over the course of this episode, Mutta comes face to face with just how under qualified he is compared to everyone else who’s taking the tests alongside him. His endurance is lower, his knowledge is inferior (though why he would need to know the former administrator’s hobbies is beyond me) and despite his resolve, his confidence is lower.
All that trumpet playing he did as a child apparently paid off though, allowing him to come so very close to being the candidate with the highest lung capacity. If only he hadn’t lost concentration at the last moment! It was good to finally see Mutta succeeding at something, if only for a few minutes, and if he had to lose to anyone, at least it was the girl coming out on top of all the physical tests.
Speaking of Serika, I was hoping we’d see more of her this episode (not just for Sawashiro Miyuki) and wasn’t disappointed! The latter half of the episode focused quite a bit on both her and her past. She seems to keep a very detailed diary about the important events of the day and… the food she ate! Maybe it goes along with being a doctor and wanting to keep track of her diet or something, or maybe she just likes food, who knows! Wait… is she actually writing rather than causing mysterious squiggles to appear?
I once heard that certain types of girls often compare potential love interests to their fathers (disclaimer: I have no idea how true this actually is). If this is the case, then Mutta’s strange actions in the face of the spacesuit – mirroring Serika’s father – seem a good indicator of what’s to come. Not to mention the romantic cue being played as Serika notices said actions! Or the frequent smiles and blushes! Or the fact that she thought he was suspicious! Wait, that last one is a little off. Regardless, I’d say that if it was relatively obvious in the previous episode that there would be romantic feelings involved, in this episode it’s blatantly so.
Perhaps it’s a little unfair, but most of the candidates seem to believe that Mutta has an edge – what with being the elder brother of an astronaut and all. Perhaps this does give him some sort of advantage – it’s entirely possible that those going over the applications and test results might consider him a more promising choice based on hereditary traits (and a certain amount of bias). This edge, however fictional it may be, means that should he fail, Mutta will fall even harder. In the eyes of the other candidates it would prove that even with an advantage over them, he still couldn’t cut it. I wonder if Mutta will be able to handle that sort of pressure.
Even though they may have been teasing, the two young candidates had a point. Mutta could have asked Hibito for details about the tests he’d have to undergo in order to allow him to be better prepared for them (particularly that secret test). I somehow doubt that the questions on the written exams would be the same though! But perhaps, in the long run, it’s better if Mutta gets through entirely on his own merit. If he were to rely too much on Hibito, would he really be taking steps to put himself back in the lead?
- Mutta no ecchi! It’s fairly obvious how the doctor knew what kind of thoughts Mutta was having…
- My suspicions about Kenji being the cool and collected type seem to have been spot on given how he calmly analyses and justifies their chances of success in a logical manner.
- Looks like there are still great reaction faces everywhere!
- Pacing felt a teeny bit slow this episode, but it looks like we’ll be seeing Hibito again next time (presumably undergoing zero-gravity training)!
- Fun fact: ThinkPad is the only laptop brand certified for use on the International Space Station (tip courtesy of Zephyr)!