Uchuu Kyoudai – 16
「アラームアリ時計ナシ」 (Arāmu ari Tokei nashi)
“Alarm, but No Clock”
It seems evident now that the JAXA staff has been giving secret instructions to the candidates to cause mischief, presumably by way of the health checks. If the alarm’s positioning below the floor of the room and Tomii’s role in triggering it didn’t make it obvious enough, Furuya’s face after his visit to the doctor certainly did. Hoshika must have a slightly sadistic streak if this truly is his doing (which seems extremely probable). He’s definitely not pulling any punches for Mutta’s sake either – had he been less honest, he could’ve chosen not to include Team A in these stress inducing tactics. While he obviously favours Mutta, he’s still ensuring that everything is fair. I also wonder just how many people from each team will be assigned one of these tasks – so far we can see that two from both Team A and Team B most likely have been. Will they give tasks to more people, increasing the suspicion – everyone who receives such a task will realise the implications immediately and begin to suspect their teammates for everything else that has occurred so far – or would that be considered going too far?
From events in this episode, I get the feeling that things aren’t quite as rosy in Team A as they’ve appeared on the surface. Merely trying to keep Fukuda’s secret to himself managed to raise the suspicions of all the other team members, including Serika. Sure, they’re in a closed environment, but the idea Mutta presented last episode was plausible if nothing else – they had no real reason to suspect him unless there was a already an underlying current of mistrust. Even Nitta, despite his valiant attempt to keep his emotions in check, finally broke. I can only imagine his frustration is exceedingly high – proof that Hoshika’s plans are working as intended if they managed to get to even him.
Team B is still far worse off. We continue to see why their choice to use a point system was terrible – Yamato’s repeated antagonism towards Kenji shows it so perfectly. No matter what Kenji chooses to do, even if it’s finishing a puzzle that would bother him otherwise – Yamato sees it only as a way to get ahead of the others. Tensions must be running exceedingly high if even the normally calm Kenji would make a jab like that. But the guy deserves it. He deserves so much worse. And who can blame Kenji really? I’m sure he’s aware that Yamato’s little discussion on Brian Jay was meant for his ears, and it’s obviously having the desired effect – Kenji is worrying over them. He might never see his daughter grow up.
I guess we could say that Serika’s almost insatiable hunger served as something of a Chekhov’s gun. Low food supplies could potentially prove disastrous to the team if Mission Control does not interfere. It would certainly be a major problem in a real space station. In a way, I kind of admire Serika for choosing to forgo meals to mask the fact they’re running low. Just imagine how hard that must be on her. But at the same time, I really feel she should just come clean about it – it’s a definite problem and one that won’t go away by trying to hide it.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – The stress of the tests begins to manifest in those who rarely show their emotions. Hoshika’s plan seems to be effective! #SpaceBros
- I was surprised to see Mutta and Serika think alike. They’re so obviously meant for each other!
- It’s also great to see that the humour remains without being intrusive even despite the serious air.
- Team C has descended so far into irrelevance that I begin to wonder if they’ll ever even be mentioned again.
- Even after all this time, Serika’s growling stomach is still being pinned on Mutta. I guess no-one would actually believe his denials!