Uchuu Kyoudai – 22
「夢の途中」 (Yume no Tochuu)
“Working on the Dream”
After taking a week’s break following the death of legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong, Uchuu Kyoudai finally returns with the conclusions to those extended cliff-hangers. There were actually a few moments in which I was worried that the answer to the biggest of the two – whether it would be Kenji or Mutta taking that final place in the journey to Houston – was going to be put off for yet another week, leaving us with even more frustrating cliff-hangers. Fortunately, they gave us that answer and it seems like next week will be a short break away from the astronaut exams once again.
This was an episode of partings and closure… well sort of. The majority of the closure on Furuya’s story was handled last episode with the strong implication that he’ll keep trying until he finally succeeds. This week was dedicated more to Fukuda who, despite not being selected to continue beyond the third exam (and who will likely not have another chance to take them) is still given an opportunity to realise his dream. Even though he won’t be joining Mutta for the rest of the series, we know that he’ll be working on his original goal – to launch the first Japanese manned rocket into outer space!
It’s a little disappointing that Kenji didn’t make it past the selections when the resident douchebag of Team B did. On the plus side, at least Teshima also made it through. A pity we never really saw a great deal of Kitamura and can’t properly judge the reasons why she was selected beyond her sex, but to make those assumptions without more knowledge would be unfair to her and seems pretty unlikely overall anyway. But it does still bother me that she was chosen in place of Kenji who clearly did a lot for his team in those final days. Perhaps it was too little too late. I actually have to wonder what’s going to happen now… will Kenji join them through some contrivance of plot? Or are we actually going to see him fall casualty to this current development? On the one hand I would like to see him succeed, but on the other his failure helps to disperse any worries of plot armour and suggests that regardless of what we may think, things may not turn out as expected.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – After a week’s delay, #SpaceBros returns with an episode of farewells and more dreams!
- Given how the selection panel seemed rather concerned for Mutta’s sanity, I wonder what it was that Hoshika said to convince them that he should be the second of the chosen candidates.
- I like how Team A was the only team who managed to maintain their strong bonds through the trials of the selection, though not much can really be said about Team C, and Team B was doomed to fail the moment their members were set. I doubt even rock-paper-scissors could have fixed that mess.
- Another thing I enjoyed was seeing the reactions of all the astronauts at Houston to Mutta’s selection which they’d been waiting to hear even though they were in confined training for 48 hours.