Uchuu Kyoudai – 31
「ロケットロード」 (Roketto Rōdo)
In a sense, this was an episode about the small things. Perhaps one of the more powerful scenes in this episode was Mutta’s short gesture – where he clenched and raised his fist. It’s a small gesture, but the meaning behind it is larger – it’s a physical representation of the resolve he built last episode and a continuation of his acknowledgement of Hibito. I never fail to be surprised just how much can be put into something so very simple, and it’s one of those things Uchuu Kyoudai has always excelled at.
It’s a small world too – to think that the old man was the one who taught Hibito to fly a jet. I wonder just how long ago he realised who Mutta was, and just how much of his apparent confusion was no more than an act. I imagine we’ll be seeing much more of him if Mutta is chosen to become an astronaut. Now that the launch is over, perhaps we’ll finally return focus to the selection. It would be nice to find out the results of the last exam fairly soon – it feels like it’s been put off long enough by this point.
Continuing in the same trend, it’s amazing how short the trip into space is compared to the road you have to take in order to get there. To think that outer space is less than two minutes away but takes years of training – and an even longer period of dreaming – before you’re allowed to make that short hop. It only takes a small obstacle to divert you from that path too – in Mutta’s case, it was his lack of enthusiasm. Where Hibito never once gave up his determination to become an astronaut, Mutta seems to have quickly become jaded resulting in him losing his way. It’s obvious how much he regrets that and we can see Deneil Young’s words get to him. There are many things that come along in life over which you have no control – things like the weather. But your hopes and dreams are entirely in your own hands. Mutta can only blame himself for losing sight of the path and falling behind on the road to outer space.
‘It’s blinding!’ I feel like there are multiple layers to this statement (particularly the Japanese). There’s the obvious literal sense, but there’s also the splendour that comes from the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and the culmination of where a little hope and hard work can lead you.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – With the launch over, hopefully we’ll finally return to Mutta’s road to space. #SpaceBros
- I still love how Uchuu Kyoudai manages to rope real astronauts into appearing on the show. In this case, it’s Hoshide Akihiko.
- I’m also still quite fond of how easily it manages to inject humour in between the more serious scenes.
- Why is a hot dog called a hot dog? As it happens I already know one part of this – the dog part to be specific. It comes from a time when the consumption of dog meat was not uncommon and sausage manufacturers were frequently suspected of using it in their sausages instead of pork. You can probably find the full story online without too much trouble.
- I find the idea that he gets wild in a jet compared to a car terrifying given his driving skills from last episode.