Uchuu Kyoudai – 49
「リーダー新田」 (Rīdā Nitta)
“Nitta the Leader”
It looks like there are rocky times ahead for the characters of Uchuu Kyoudai. Vince is certainly not the best instructor to be training under – his training is barely short of brutal and he seems to have no empathy whatsoever. Larry’s comparison of him to a moai statue is pretty accurate – it’s somehow even harder to imagine Vince smiling than it ever was to imagine Azuma smiling! Every part of this program is designed solely to better each of the individual ASCANs, but perhaps not in the kindest way. Fostering competition in a similar manner to the space race is quite clever – national pride is something that can almost always be counted upon to motivate people to do better than others and the desire to reach space first should be a pretty large motivator when taking rankings into account.
There’s a lot of testing going on in terms of teamwork and team dynamics too – something that’s certainly extremely important for astronauts. Not only are they being expected to work as a team to survive in the wilderness, but they’re also being tested through things such as the punishments. These punishments could potentially lead to the creation of a rift between the team members by fostering resentment towards the leader from the individuals being punished. Such resentment would certainly not be good for astronauts, so now is the ideal opportunity to keep an eye out for it through this testing and it could help the individuals to get over such feelings.
I’ve wondered about the ranking system for a while now. My first impressions were that the whole thing was merely another motivator – that all of the teams would be told they were doing poorly just to get them to try even harder. It seems like this isn’t true though, at least not given how frankly the instructors have been discussing the performance of the teams. I’m glad to see that Mutta’s team are gradually working their way up the rankings but it seems things may not go quite as well next week given that everything with Nitta appears to be coming to a head! Most of next week’s episode seems likely to be focused on Nitta’s past and the events surrounding what’s causing him so much stress at the moment!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Pressure, motivation, and stoicism are back at the fore! #SpaceBros
- Serika’s sheer joy at finding the food is quite something!
- I feel sorry for Mutta – having to stand to attention for an hour after trekking for a full day would be quite challenging.
- There’s something wonderful about how astronauts always find time to be amazed by space regardless of their situation.
- Nitta has cat wallpaper?
Note: I will be away for a little under two weeks starting next Friday meaning that posts for the next two episodes will be delayed until my return. Thanks for understanding!