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「拝啓日々人」 (Haikei Hibito)
“Dear Hibito”

How’s that for foreshadowing? To be honest, it was pretty blunt and lacked quite a bit of subtlety, but I guess it works! After hearing about the fire extinguisher robber for the second time I was almost positive that he would be making an appearance (the further mentions only made me even more certain), though I couldn’t be entirely sure they weren’t just leading us on.

Unfortunately, this episode once again manages to skirt around most of the problem at hand – we still have no idea whether Mutta will pass the tests and more and more bleak observations (such as the fact that more than half the people voted against Mutta) are being thrust upon us. Hoshika (Ryuzanji Show) remains as adamant a supporter of Mutta as before, even suggesting leaving the decision up to a computer in face of Tanuma’s accusations of favouring him for personal reasons. Tanuma intrigues me. I’m curious as to whether his objection to Mutta is based solely on the fact he used violence against his boss (which, as much as I hate to say it, would be reasonable) or if it goes deeper than that. Given that we already have one face from the past showing up on the panel to make the decision, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to discover that Tanuma was also an old acquaintance – perhaps one the boys had unintentionally wronged long ago.

Once again Uchuu Kyoudai spends quite a bit of the episode giving us further insight into Mutta, Hibito, and their relationship as brothers. We get yet another glimpse into Mutta’s untapped talent – just like his incessant need to right anything that’s even slightly out of place, he has an impressive aptitude for multitasking. His apparent ability to take in information from everything that’s going on around him is undoubtedly a quality desirable in an astronaut, even if it stems from his attempts to block out unwanted thoughts by flooding his brain with information. On top of that, his focus in removing the stubborn label from the cactus’ pot proves just how determined he can be when he sets his mind to something. It’s unfortunate that JAXA’s early tests didn’t seem to provide a facility to test for these types of extraordinary (and highly relevant) skills!

Mutta finally comes clean to Hibito about his chances of passing (with a very specific statistic!), though he still doesn’t disclose the reason why his chances are so low, which probably leaves Hibito with the impression that his brother is being overly negative about things. But perhaps he’s already aware that there might be something behind Mutta’s reasoning – he’s already shown that he’s far more aware of how his brother is feeling – and how he thinks – than one might assume at first. In fact, Hibito’s inability to complete the test in time this week is likely because he can’t focus on it properly with his mind clouded by concern for Mutta. Additionally, Hibito seems to show far more reason than his brother at times. He laughs down the idea that the Agony of Doha could have anything to do with Mutta’s future (Mutta probably just feels the need to blame something when things go wrong) and he provides some insight – if you can give up on your dream, it was never really your dream at all.

The incident with the fire extinguisher robber is finally the opportunity Mutta needs. Everyone at JAXA is watching and the conditions are very similar to those presented by Hibito’s airlock simulation. In fact, the impromptu nature of this situation would prove just how well he can adapt to sudden and unexpected problems far more than any test would. If he can make good use of his observation skills and take down the robber (which I’m assuming he does… with a headbutt to boot) it might just be what Hoshika needs to make a good case for his inclusion in further tests!

Random thoughts:

  • The amount of knowledge the author shows in all things relating to space continues to impress me. Harrison Schmitt’s experience with regolith and its effect on his lungs is actually something of an interesting read.
  • The sheer amount of detail that goes into newspapers is also astounding! I actually paused to read this one to see if it made sense!
  • For a moment I thought Mutta might actually be a smoker… but nah… I should’ve guessed he was too much of a child at heart for that!
  • Those bubbles do serve an additional purpose though. They’re used multiple times throughout the episode as a metaphor for dreams (in particular, Mutta’s dream) – they’re extremely fragile and it only takes the smallest outside influence to crush them.

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Preview

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Omake

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May 13, 2012 at 4:44 am
20 comments »
  • May 13, 2012 at 4:49 amCybersteel

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    • May 13, 2012 at 4:55 amMixed Milkshake

      Not that kinda show…

      Should’ve went to ‘Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? OF THE DEAD’ or ‘Sankarea’ bro…

      • May 13, 2012 at 4:56 amCybersteel

        its just an excuse for first post :P

    • May 13, 2012 at 4:58 amCybersteel

      What this show needs is more ochu-jin huahahahaha.

      On a serious I do agree with Moomba that the author has a really good insight in all things space. But I can’t help feeling that tragedy is looming somewhere. All in all great post and keep up your good work.

  • May 13, 2012 at 5:07 amThe_Magus_Killer

    Mutta could be an excellent sniper if he applied his ability for extreme information gathering to precision shooting. He could “sense” the locations as well as quantities, and perhaps even qualities of targets, obstacles, and lines of advance and retreat if puts his mind to it. XD

    For me the highlight of the episode was in the shower, where Mutta was despairing over his life falling apart while he could do nothing about it. I’m sure most if not all of us had been down and spent some time of that inside the shower room, right?

    I am somewhat envious of Harrison Schmitt’s experience; “the going to the moon” part, not the “getting regolith in his eyes and lungs” part. That’s it, Uchuu Kyodai has inspired me to graduate and become a geologist…IN SPACE!!! LOL.

    Go Mutta! Avenge the Agony of Doha by defeating the Fire Extinguisher Man! Zidane!!! XD

    • May 13, 2012 at 10:48 amMoomba

      Could be a potential career if he doesn’t pass the exams. Mutta, the next genius hitman?

      • May 13, 2012 at 12:26 pmNitro

        someone call the guys over at jormungand!!

  • May 13, 2012 at 5:24 amDdadain

    :) This show has rekindled my fascination about space XD With the lack of a “real Gundam” show this season (meaning implied). Heh~

    I’m rooting for Moja XD

  • May 13, 2012 at 5:59 amVivace

    I found something OMFG when I watched the credit.
    Apo is voiced by Sawashiro Miyuki…..!!!

    • May 13, 2012 at 10:51 amMoomba

      Nice find! Fortunately she’s using a different voice for him than her other two characters!

  • May 13, 2012 at 6:59 amazeriraz

    Mutta became Shawn Spencer (from Pysch) in this episode

  • May 13, 2012 at 8:42 amWOO WOO WOO YOU KLAC IT!

    ugh so is anything worth some watching on it give dog is so frank the pug lookalike?

    yea still don’t get much on if worthy to watch.

  • May 13, 2012 at 8:59 amSinan Çevik

    It was a good episode. It has been a long time since I got frustrated at the timing of the end of an episode though. How am I going to wait for a whole week?!

    • May 13, 2012 at 10:44 amMoomba

      I know that feeling! Really looking forward to seeing Mutta step up and save the day (at least I assume that’s what happens based on the preview)!

  • May 13, 2012 at 10:30 am†Croos†

    SPACE BRO OPTICAL ILLUSION:
    Optical illusion discovered by lvlln
    Is he reading it towards him or did he flip it towards him?

    • May 13, 2012 at 10:43 amMoomba

      Maybe it works the same way as this which is always the correct way around no matter what direction you look at it from? Futuristic technology! :O

    • May 13, 2012 at 12:51 pmRichfeet

      Ipads have dual screens? interesting.

  • May 13, 2012 at 11:00 ampassing

    I still CAN’T believe that they stopped publishing translated manga!!! Somebody be a good samaritan and translate the raw and publish them for us. Sigh~~. I still say this show is the best of 2012 Spring, edging out FZ and jorgumand (sakamichi no apollon adaptation is a bit ruined , when comparing to the original source, which is much superior, as they rushed through the story like there is no tomorrow).

  • May 13, 2012 at 11:58 amUipt

  • May 14, 2012 at 11:40 pmNamzor

    I was getting some classic Hanna Barbera vibes off the illustration of the fire extinguisher bandit in the paper. Flintstones, Jetsons, or something similar.

    The thing about Delta buying a oil refinery is real news though.

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/01/news/companies/delta-refinery/index.htm