Uchuu Kyoudai – 36
「踊る宇宙飛行士」 (Odoru Uchuuhikoushi)
In a sense, this was a somewhat touching episode to watch – seeing how much Serika cared for her father and the lengths to which she wanted to go in order to cure his illness. But at the same time, a chunk of the episode’s content felt largely unnecessary. I’ve been greatly enjoying Uchuu Kyoudai so far – and still do – but to an extent, my patience is waning. Maybe it’s because I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning (metaphorically speaking – there is only one side since I can’t phase through walls) but the opening phone-call joke with Mutta fell completely flat for me. Mostly because it feels like we’re being toyed with – I’m sure everyone involved in the production is well aware of what we want at this point and it sometimes feels like they’re going out of their way to deny us that.
Spending an entire episode on Kenji’s phone-call, while not ideal, made sense. We knew very little about his background and nothing whatsoever of his previous job. Until last episode, what he’d done between falling in love with outer space and actually taking the astronaut exams was a complete mystery, so there was actually some merit in fleshing that out a bit. But it’s completely different with Serika this week. As entertaining as it was to watch the adorable younger Serika prance about, most of the content of the episode is essentially a rehash of things the series had already told us about her in a far more succinct manner, drawn out to fill a complete episode. We already knew that Serika’s father suffered from an illness which forced him into hospital and sparked bother her desire to become an astronaut-doctor and begin writing her diaries. Frankly speaking, this episode presented us with very little in the way of additional material on top of that. It’s starting to feel unnecessarily drawn out.
I understand exactly what they’re trying to do – they want to get us more invested in the characters who are going to be continuing onwards from this point. The thing is, this has already been done extensively earlier in the series and I’m sure most of us have already become as invested in them as we’re ever going to get. I didn’t need any of these heartstring-tugging moments to make me want Serika to pass because they’d already convinced me I wanted Serika to pass long ago. We’re stalling here where we could be moving forwards. I’d be curious to know, given how well paced it’s been so far, whether this part was quite as extended in the original manga.
Next week, we may finally find out whether Mutta passes or not. Of course, we already know a chunk of the episode is going to be devoted to the other candidates, particularly those who failed, so it’s entirely possible that scene under the open sky could end up being next week’s cliff-hanger…
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Another week, another phone-call. #SpaceBros
- Mutta was half right about them using amidakuji!
- For some reason, something about Serika’s grandparents irritates me…
- Even as a child Serika had a love for writing about food!
- Tsundere Serika?
- That flip-book was pretty cool!