Uchuu Kyoudai – 48
「心にいつも万歩計を」 (Kokoro ni Itsumo Manpokei o)
“Always Have a Pedometer in Your Heart”
‘Differences’ seems to be one of the underlying themes in Uchuu Kyoudai this week. Different people, different ideals, different opinions. Perhaps most stark were the differences Vincent demonstrated between those with military training and those without. I find it rather interesting that he chooses to judge people differently based on this, but does not share Larry Bison’s (Kawahara Yoshihisa) apparent tendency towards sexism.
Of course, the differences between Vincent and Larry are stark. The former is strict, impatient, and unforgiving. It’s kind of funny that Mutta takes an instant liking to him because of his intense motivation whereas Vincent despises Mutta because he doesn’t feel he can take him seriously. Larry, on the other hand, takes a lukewarm and more laid back approach to everything. The fact that both instructors have very different personalities seems good – I see it a bit like playing ‘good cop’ and ‘bad cop’ in that both could be liable to throw different things at the candidates for a more thorough training experience.
While we’re still talking about differences, we have the super-serious Lowry who was extremely hard to take at face value. It doesn’t really suit him at all! Props to him for managing to bury his normally unserious personality beneath attempts at being stern and militant! The other difference of note is in the motivations of two of the characters to continue onwards towards their goal at the end of the day. As per usual, we have Serika eagerly anticipating the food they’ll find at their destination, but we also have Kitamura’s desire not to hold the team back. It would be interesting to hear more of the other members’ thoughts as they trudge across the desert.
I feel a little sorry for Mutta – I can imagine how it would feel to know that something bad might be on the horizon but having no idea what it could be. Paranoia really starts to kick in during those kinds of situations and we already know just how much stock Mutta puts in the supernatural after his frequent ramblings on luck and its exhaustive nature. It will be interesting to see if there really are bad things on their way or if this premonition applies only to Vincent Bold’s dislike of Mutta. Watching Nitta fail as a leader next week should be something at least. He doesn’t really seem suited for the role at times and with current events keeping him preoccupied, it seems like a recipe for disaster!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Differences, the supernatural, and the beginning of survival training! #SpaceBros
- There was some pretty cool new music this week as we watched the beginning of the survival training!
- It’s nice to see Serika look on the bright side and see trekking through the desert in military gear with a large pack as something good!
- I kind of wonder just what questions Mutta was hoping to ask.
- It doesn’t surprise me to see that Kenji is not entirely happy with the idea of a ranking system once again.