Uchuu Kyoudai – 35
「だだっ広い施設のほんの一角から」 (Dadappiroi Shisetsu no Hon no Ikakku Kara)
“From the Little Corner of a Big Facility”
I’m sure what most of us want to know right now is whether or not Mutta has passed the astronaut selection exams. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’re going to be finding out anytime soon what with this entire episode being devoted to Kenji and next week’s episode likely being devoted to Serika. Perhaps the week after that will finally feature the revelation, or perhaps it will be drawn out even longer. Honestly speaking, we’ve reached a point where I’d rather they just came out and told us instead of constantly pushing it back.
It must be a hard job for Tsurumi to perform – being the one to make all the phone calls during this final stage. As amazing as it must feel to inform the successful candidates that their dreams are coming true, it must be at least as hard to shatter the dreams of those who haven’t been selected. The deep breath he takes before beginning speaks measures about what he must be feeling. When he talks to Kenji, he gives a long introduction before finally announcing the results. It’s funny really – while this frustrates Kenji, we in turn are forced through something similar while more of his back story is recounted. While I’m sure they wanted to draw out the time between the beginning of the call and the results in order to increase tension, they’ve already had an entire week and there was never really all that much doubt that Kenji would pass. Other than those final few moments before the sudden burst of light signifying Kenji’s acceptance, I didn’t really feel all that much tension over the whole ordeal.
The majority of the episode focuses on Kenji’s previous line of work and how he met his wife. It’s really no surprise that someone with dreams as large as his would find such a confining and static job to be dull. The lack of traffic, of people, and of nearby restaurants and landmarks seems to reflect the same hollowness he felt about the job – the empty and unfulfilling daily life in which nothing special ever happens. Everyone wears the same uniforms, eats the same food and works in their own small corner of the larger facility, a small fish in a big ocean, another uniform cog in the machine. Since everyone is the same, there’s no passion or motivation, the careless spilling of food by those serving in the canteen another reflection of this. In truth, I can’t imagine how someone as obviously adventurous as Kenji ended up in such a position.
In the end, it was his wife’s influence that actually led him to try and become an astronaut. Thanks to her support for his dreams and use of his own phrase ‘Better to do it than not.’ he ended up taking the tests. It’s amazing just how much making a simple decision can brighten even the most mundane of daily routines – finally knowing what you’re working towards rather than eternally stuck in the same place.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – This week we focus on Kenji’s former job and what led him to take the tests in the first place. #SpaceBros
- It’s funny to see how Mutta’s mother’s carefree attitude contrasts with Mutta’s nervousness.
- So Kenji was doing his age guessing thing even back during his university days huh?
- Hoshika seems to be at least as impatient as Mutta when it comes to finding out how the results are going to turn out!
- I never really expected Kenji to meet his wife through such a cliché method – that accidental dropped book and series of coincidences has been done so many times in the past.
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