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Uchuu Kyoudai – 33

「月のウサギ」 (Tsuki no Usagi)
“Moon Rabbit”

From the moment I saw this title, I could guess what it probably meant. Good old excitable Hibitio! If ever there was to be a moon rabbit, it would be him! It should probably come as no surprise that the entire landing was well handled. There was tension, both in the slow countdown and emphasised by the use of a type of music we haven’t really heard throughout Uchuu Kyoudai’s run. It was particularly effective, using a far more aggressive cue that stood out from most of what we’ve heard so far – it highlighted just how much more climatic, how much more important this moment was than those that have come before. The hundreds of people watching all across Japan (and likely the whole world) gave us a feel of just how influential the whole experience will be – just how many people it will inspire. And then there’s Mutta’s reaction.

Credit for how Uchuu Kyoudai can inspire emotion shouldn’t just go to the writing alone – the directing plays a big part in building these emotions. Perhaps it was done in the exact same manner in the manga, but small things like hiding Mutta’s reaction as the crowds around him rejoiced, only finally showing it to us in a perceived isolated area, really ramp up the effectiveness. Mutta’s joy is a little different to everyone else’s – it’s on a completely different level after competing with his jealousy for so long. Even Azuma’s small smile has great impact as something he never shows except to his family. Does this confirm one of the things I’ve always speculated – that Azuma, in a sense, sees Hibito as a younger brother in all this? Perhaps! Or it could just be that Hibito’s obvious elation is contagious.

Hibito’s first words on the moon are amongst the best. They’re simple but full of meaning – a pure expression of joy, of the realisation of a lifelong dream, of the childish spirit Hibito still retains. Perhaps they’re not exactly profound, but being profound is overrated anyway! Uchuu Kyoudai has always been about dreams and working towards achieving them. Now that Hibito has achieved his, that just leaves Mutta! But what is Mutta’s dream really? Is it to stand ahead of Hibito ‘as an elder brother should’? To reach Mars as he once claimed? Or just to catch up with the younger brother who somehow managed to leave him behind?

tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Ya~y!! #SpaceBros

Random thoughts:

  • I find it funny to think that Hibito is the first to ever jump that high on the moon!
  • Poor Mutta, never able to get anyone to believe him that Hibito is his younger brother!
  • He did a good job of lifting the last of the weights that were holding Hibito down though.
  • It concerns me that the preview makes it look like there could be something wrong… I guess we’ll find out next week.

Full-length images: 21, 22, 25, 36.




November 18, 2012 at 5:52 am
  • November 18, 2012 at 8:36 amGermanguy

    It concerns me that the preview makes it look like there could be something wrong… I guess we’ll find out next week.

    From what small Details the Preview show us, i think that is a “Point”, where they change into “Station” Air Circulation. So, in other Words. They will take the Helms off, and breath the Air inside the Station. But something is not right. Perhaps some Sensors went Offline.

    And… How build this Station together anyway. So, NASA and others, must have been there to Prepare the Moon Base for them. Or their “Robots” has become better with “force feedback” and such

    • November 18, 2012 at 8:42 amGermanguy

      Btw, they changed something here.. Hope you see the difference


      Some tip. Hibito is the “First Japan/Nippon Human” on the Moon… Well the Crew was waiting outside for him…

      Show Spoiler ▼

      • November 18, 2012 at 9:20 amChaos_Alfa

        Show Spoiler ▼

      • November 18, 2012 at 9:34 amGermanguy

        Yeah, the focus on the Brothers. So i think the same as you. But even here and there some “mistakes” slips trough :)

      • November 18, 2012 at 9:47 amTre

        I’m thinking it’s just a mistake on the picture.

        I found another mistake that’s in one picture but not the other. One picture has all their names on the center of their suits. Hibito’s has the name “Linda C” on it, which is really the name of the woman on the left. The names were not there in the preview picture.

      • November 18, 2012 at 6:57 pmTaylor

        I know that this was a major building point for the story, but it fell kind of flat for me for a similar reason. Assuming that Space Brothers is a different timeline or NASA has been busy for the next fourteen years, the media and NASA prioritized first Japanese on the moon over first woman or African American. What exactly was/is Hibito’s role on the shuttle or Moon?

      • November 19, 2012 at 3:43 pmChaos_Alfa

        I think most of the news we see is from a Japanese channel, which explains why they would make such a big deal about the first Japanese person on the moon.

  • November 18, 2012 at 9:28 amhwighting

    the soundtrack was in the spotlight again this episode. hella good and dramatic

  • November 18, 2012 at 10:38 amunderMebius


    Ahaha! I really laughed that Hibito said that! Typical Hibito! This episode was really really outstanding!

  • November 18, 2012 at 10:49 amStereoman

    Quote of the year: “Ya~y!!”

    This episode was too short. Q_Q

    • November 19, 2012 at 5:28 amKarmafan

      I love this series and enjoy it each week but damn some weeks it seems like very little happens.

      • November 21, 2012 at 5:14 pmRanol

        I enjoyed the series immensely at the beginning, but in the last few episodes the pacing has been so excruciatingly slow that now I’m just watching in hopes that it’ll get good again. Probably why there’s so few commentators left.

        Kinda strange, really, because I hear others have had this same problem with the sealed container episodes. Which I actually found very fun.

  • November 18, 2012 at 1:37 pmJustin

    Im so proud of being a japanese….. wait, im not……..

  • November 18, 2012 at 1:49 pmJames

    This show gets less than 10 comments while SAO gets 100+

    yeap, that sounds normal actually -___-

    • November 18, 2012 at 4:03 pmephemeral

      well, dumb folks are usually much louder than smart folks. And the thing stupid people hate the most is being called stupid.

  • November 18, 2012 at 5:28 pmchaoslimits

    This show is the anime highlight of my week. Either I’m tearing up (manly tears obviously) or lmao.

  • November 18, 2012 at 9:57 pmJimhawk


    -Nanba Hibito.

  • November 19, 2012 at 11:26 amluvintulips

    These brother feels will never go away, will they? Awesome episode and thank you so much for the spot on write-up. How does this show not have more love? I mean every episode is great, not to mention the characters are wonderful and there is actual character growth with each episode! I just really love everyone here!