Uchuu Kyoudai – 39
OP4: 「Small World」 by フジファブリック (Fujifabric)
「月の錯覚」 (Tsuki no Sakkaku)
It looks like Uchuu Kyoudai is starting to move into uncharted territory in comparison to what has come previously in the series. For the majority of the episode, we have some stark juxtaposition between Mutta’s relatively mundane introduction to the life of an astronaut candidate, filled with dull lectures and training, and Hibito and Damien’s suddenly treacherous journey across the surface of the moon. After their first narrow miss – it was certainly more excitement and danger than I’d expected to see in Uchuu Kyoudai – I kind of had a feeling that something would go horribly wrong. With Hibito and Damian apparently trapped in the chasm and the earlier ‘preparation for death’ theme coming back into the picture, I have to wonder how the whole thing is going to be handled. Will Mutta find out and lose some of the drive he feels about going into space? Or will it be kept from him until the situation is resolved? While I doubt Hibito is actually going to die, the accident itself could have a negative effect on both of the brothers.
One thing that Uchuu Kyoudai always likes to point out is how strikingly different people can be, even if they’re now following the same path. It’s always entertaining to see just how much the personalities of the various astronauts contrast each other – as Mutta said, these are all people from very different walks of life, none of whom would have met each other without their shared desire to become astronauts. We already know the core astronaut candidates quite well and the lecture once again points out their individual quirks – Nitta remaining cool and collected through anything and Kenji always doing the right thing (in this case asking the lecturer to speak up). It’s the other astronauts that are great to learn about – the prankster Murasaki, the energetic show-off Buddy, and Karen’s distaste at eating silkworms (I certainly don’t blame her for that!).
In almost every industry, there are those who support, and those who are supported. This is especially true in any line of work with people who are in the spotlight. Those who provide support from the background are generally overlooked by all but those they support, but without that support astronauts, film stars, rock stars, idols, and many more, would never manage to stand where they do. Taking pride in being one of those who helps propel others towards their dreams can be tough, especially if you wish you were the one at the forefront. But it can also be rewarding, knowing that you were a part of their success – that you had an impact upon something much larger.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – While Mutta continues along his path, Hibito’s takes an unexpected turn. #SpaceBros
- I love that slightly evil laugh from Serika!
- Nasuda always manages to make me laugh!
- I had hoped this investigation of the Gibson would finally reveal what the mysterious light Hibito spotted was, but sadly this was interrupted by the accident. I’m becoming more and more curious about the light and whether it might have some connection to what we saw in the very first episode – it’s constantly being hinted at but kept just beyond reach so I feel it has some special significance.
- The new OP suits Mutta surprisingly well… I would totally watch a show based entirely upon it!
ED4: 「グッバイ・アイザック」 (Goodbye Isaac) by 秦基博 (Hata Motoharu)