Uchuu Kyoudai – 41
「あと80分の命」 (Ato 80 Pun no Inochi)
“Eighty Minutes to Live”
It’s these kinds of moments that really bring out the best in people. When there are lives on the line – when inaction could lead to the deaths of comrades – people discover a desire to go above and beyond what’s normally required of them. This extends beyond Hibito’s decision not to leave Damian behind, even though it would increase his own chances of survival. Hibito wouldn’t be Hibito if he sacrificed another to save himself. It also extends to the entirety of NASA and JAXA, to Azuma suggesting sending out the drones to start the search, to Hoshika and his team’s 3D map, to Mutta’s suggestions based on his familiarity with his brother, and even to Eddie Jay’s prayers when there’s nothing else he can do to help. It’s when everyone pulls together to try and solve these problems that magnificent things begin to happen, and it’s a joy to see characters we haven’t seen in a while reappear to join in.
Uchuu Kyoudai always manages to impress me in how no man is left behind, and not just in the sense of Hibito’s attempts to save Damian. Even when it seems their role in the story is long over, characters will resurface to deliver lines and add to the impact of the scenes. It never feels like a throwaway cameo – never feels like these characters are just appearing for the sake of appearing – they always work extremely well and contribute something profound. Eddie Jay in particular is a good one. It must be extremely hard for him to face this after the loss of his own brother. He’s one of the few people who can actually understand how Mutta feels at this point and it must be extremely frustrating to be unable to contribute anything tangible to the rescue effort.
With Claude rejecting Mutta’s suggestion, things are left a little murkier than I was expecting. Uchuu Kyoudai sure loves its cliff-hangers! Had he agreed to send the crew to the exact location Hibito would be heading, it would be quite safe to make guesses as to how things would turn out. It would, in fact, be a little too perfect in the grand scheme of things – too many convenient coincidences in the choices made by NASA. Azuma’s suggestion that they send out the oxygen generating drone is enough of a helpful coincidence. I’m almost positive that it will prove key in saving the day by providing Hibito with much needed oxygen before his reserves run out.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – With all of NASA and JAXA working to save the astronauts, things begin to fall into place. #SpaceBros
- That dramatic fall, assisted by the moon’s lower gravity, was almost worthy of something out of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure!
- With how frequently discussions of the flash and alien life are coming up, I can’t imagine that it’s not going to play a large role once these current events are ironed out.
- There was something rather touching in seeing how worried the crew (particularly Buddy) is about Hibito and Damian.
- The music towards the end of the episode was magnificent. Possibly one of the best cues I’ve heard in Uchuu Kyoudai to date in terms of how it fit the scene.