Uchuu Kyoudai – 17
「犯人はこの中にいる」 (Hannin wa Kono Naka ni Iru)
“The Culprit Is in the Room”
There were no major surprises this episode but rather the confirmation of everything we’ve been able to deduce about what’s been going on. It would seem that everything I speculated in episode fifteen has proven true – JAXA has been assigning tasks to further build on the tensions that are already present and they’ve been doing it via the regular health checks (partially at any rate). This episode actually decided to come out and reveal that everything so far has been done to cause stress – I’m not entirely sure why that was necessary since it seemed pretty obvious anyway.
Given that these green cards are designed to simulate situations where someone makes a mistake (and possibly doesn’t want to own up to it too, though that’s probably a lesser concern), it’s rather ironic that such a mistake would actually occur within the team without any influence from JAXA. Serika’s decision to finally come clean about the food shortage to Mutta (who has impeccable timing) must’ve lifted quite a weight – we’ve seen just how much she’s been suffering silently by forgoing her own meals to try and hide it. Mutta’s knowledge of the green cards plays in her favour too, since he immediately makes the assumption that it was done at JAXA’s orders (I guess she was lucky there). The scenes which immediately follow worry me a little. We can see that Hoshika has registered Mutta’s attraction to Serika and we’re aware from the preview that he’ll be getting a green card next week. Why can’t I shake the feeling that it will be designed to create tension in that particular relationship? To drive a wedge between the two and see how they cope?
There was also something rather heart-warming about the handshake following Mutta’s sudden recollection of Jennifer’s words on the green cards. Somehow it paved the way to restabilising the relationships within Team A – for those moments at least, they were back to how things were prior to the clock breaking. Mutta truly is one of the most suited to be an astronaut – it was his perceptiveness and choice of words that led to lessening the tensions that were continuing to build. None of the members really want to cause this stress – that much can be seen from Furuya’s reluctance to continue setting the alarm off on a daily basis. Not a single one of them is a terrible person. Team B isn’t quite as lucky on that front – I can’t see them managing to relieve tension in a similar manner.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – With revelations and Mutta’s charm, tensions in Team A finally relieve a little. #SpaceBros
- I don’t think Mutta deals very well with lack of sleep…
- Trust him to come up with the correct answer and also throw in a dumb one!
- I wasn’t expecting to hear that Fukuda and Hoshika took the tests together back in 2008. It’s no surprise though really since tests only happen infrequently and we’re aware that both had participated in them at some point.
- ‘Who are they?‘ It’s not quite the ‘ehhh’ some people may have hoped for, but it’s close!