Uchuu Kyoudai – 20
「一番酷い仕打ち」 (Ichiban Hidoi Shiuchi)
“The Worst Possible Punishment”
At last the final day of the third round of tests has arrived! While I’ve enjoyed this arc, I can’t say I’m sad to see it finally approaching its end – we’ve spent an awful lot of time in this sealed environment and it’ll be nice to finally have a change of pace. Of course, in a fashion I’ve more or less come to expect from Uchuu Kyoudai, we’re once again left with a pretty big cliff-hanger… who will win? Which two candidates will they select? What actually comes next? More tests? Or will we finally have our astronauts selected and move on to things like training and maybe even spacetravel? At the very least, the preview for next week heavily suggests we’ll finally be getting out of the sealed boxes and back into the real world!
Even at this late stage, Uchuu Kyoudai isn’t afraid to further develop characters and delve a little more into their backstories. With the continued emphasis some of the ‘side’ characters have been receiving (it was Furuya we focused on more this week), I can’t help but wonder whether or not we’ll actually be leaving these people behind. I still don’t think that all of them will be selected and continue down the path to becoming an astronaut, but even if they don’t, I won’t be remotely surprised to see them again further down the line in some form. Perhaps some who aren’t successful will choose a similar raod to Hoshika, thus finding a way to secure themselves a continued role in the show. Or perhaps we’ll just see them callousely brushed aside as we return focus to the original trio.
Of course, Mutta remains the focal point of the story, and events have a way of revolving around him. At last he reveals his true powers, blowing everyone away and finally getting Nitta to refer to him by his name. It’s always interesting to see how Mutta’s strengths seem to come out subconsciously – when he’s focused on avoiding thinking about a certain topic rather than focusing on the task at hand. There should be no surprise that it would be him to propose their method of deciding on the two candidates either. At the end of the day, all the candidates deserve to succeed, regardless of some of the dubious liabilities they might otherwise have brought to light. Everyone is equally worthy, so why not just leave it down to luck? Luck is the only truly fair way to make a selection between equals – there is no bias, no rivalry, and there can be no attempts to cheat. It does defy the reasons JAXA set them this task though while simultaneously suggesting that none of them are actually capable of making choices when it comes to sacrifice – something that could easily come up again in future.
It also feels a little like the freedom of choice for activities on the final day is a bit of a loaded gun. They’re still being observed and I would imagine deciding to slack off for the day would be a point against you. By now, I’m not surprised that Team A would remain diligent and continue their daily training routine. The scenes we saw of Team B also heavily suggest that Kenji did the same. On the other hand, from Yamato’s actions we learn a little bit more about him. While reconstructing the point system from memory is an arguably poor course of action that reeks of desperation, his motivations don’t seem to be entirely impure. Against all odds, it’s Teshima who holds the lead place under that system and, despite the wording of that mini-cliff-hanger, I would not be surprised to find that Kenji himself is in second. Regardless, I fully expect to see Kenji being one of those chosen to become an astronaut, bottom of the leaderboard or not!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – The final day of the candidate’s time in the sealed environment begins! That cliff-hanger was kind of annoying though… #SpaceBros
- Poor Mutta… seemingly forgotten by his parents.
- To be honest, I never actually expected to feel anything towards Furuya but irritation and dislike. It’s surprising just how much Uchuu Kyoudai has managed to get me attached to the characters!
- I see blame for Serika’s actions continues to fall on Mutta!
- As always, whenever Mutta faces a difficult decision, Sharon lends a helping hand… even when she’s not physically present.