Uchuu Kyoudai – 18
「かぺ！けんじ！」 (Kape! Kenji!)
Another week, another day of the astronaut tests and another set of problems caused by JAXA’s devious hand! It’s been pretty clear so far just how much damage the green cards have been doing to Team B (although I blame a lot of it on Mizoguchi being an S Class douchebag), but in a sense it does appear to have done a little good too. Remember way back at the start of the tests when Teshima seemed to be always a hairs breadth from panic? It’s amazing to see how much he’s grown since then (mostly off-screen). That he would actually stand up for both himself and Kenji against Mizoguchi shows some real development that might not have come about if not for the extreme pressure he’s been subjected to.
But of course, the green cards exist primarily to sow discord amongst the teams and see how well they cope. Despite Mutta’s original excitement at finally receiving one, he’s managed to end up with one that obviously makes him look bad in front of the others. While, as Kenji said, it’s unlikely that the two candidates chosen by each team will actually have any bearing on who goes on to become an astronaut, it would still feel pretty bad not to be chosen on the grounds of appearing completely insane. I speculated last week that Mutta would be given a task to specifically damage his relationship with Serika. It turns out this was wrong… partially. His constant random shouting will undoubtedly result in some odd looks and the general consensus that Mutta has gone stark raving mad under the pressure. I feel kinda bad for the guy! Makes for great comic relief though…
The focus on Team B this week, and particularly on Kenji, gave us a bit more insight into his character. I was slightly surprised to discover that he sees himself as a killjoy and a devil’s advocate, but I guess it makes a lot of sense given how logically he approaches most situations. It’s that very logic that led him to realise that most of the disturbances are JAXA’s doings and resulted in his shaking the faith of some door-to-door representatives of a crazy space-religion! Not only this, but it led him to finally reason out exactly what the ‘ka-pe!’ his daughter has been spouting actually means, resulting in a somewhat touching scene accented by great music usage. Thanks to his newfound resolve, I think we may see things pick up for Team B during their final day! At the very least, Kenji will give it his all to unite them. How he could possibly tame the ever disagreeable Mizoguchi is beyond me though…
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – A bit of a look into Kenji’s nature and poor Mutta finally gets his green card! #SpaceBros
- I really admire Kenji’s desire to experience everything for himself, even down to seeing what the completion of an entirely white puzzle feels like!
- As always, Mutta’s character provides a great source of comic relief, whether through falling for simple mind tricks or failing to disrupt a game of air shogi!
- Those reactions are brilliant.
- Trust Mutta to be the only one not using his recreation time for serious pursuits!