「白煙天国」 (Hakuen Tengoku)
Well I never thought Mutta would be one to launch into a speech about justice. Okay, that’s not entirely true – it’s something I can definitely see him doing given his personality, but it still made me laugh under the circumstances. Especially when you add the hypocrisy of his statements while on the air to the mix!
I have to admit to being a little bit disappointed with this turn of events – this is possibly the first time the series’ humour has actually got in the way of allowing something both serious and exhilarating to take place. This was a chance for Mutta to shine and show off his abilities, but instead the entire event was resolved through an elaborate series of mishaps. While on the outside, it still works in Mutta’s favour (most people are unaware that it was accidental), it just doesn’t sit right with me when I know that he could have done something about it while actually using his wit and skills. Maybe I should have expected it given how frequently humour has been used throughout the anime, especially around Mutta, but that doesn’t really improve the situation in my eyes. It feels like a missed opportunity to show us viewers that even Mutta can be serious when the situation calls for it.
Back to Mutta’s TV debut, I’m not surprised to see him get carried away and launch into a motivational speech about truth and justice (especially since we all know how the American population is portrayed in media). If Ozzy’s slight omissions hadn’t been enough to get him to fully take advantage of the situation, the expectant eyes of the audience (especially a certain pair) would have been extremely hard to resist. Sometimes it’s easy to tell people what they want to hear, especially when you know how disappointed they will be to hear something else.
Ozzy may have bent the truth a little (particularly in his neglect to mention Appo), but he still came very close to the truth when he spoke about the culprit. Mutta may not have realised it at the time, but I’m sure many viewers (myself included) were tipped off by his observations regarding the lone man eating an expensive meal despite his poorly-kept appearance. They often say that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their shoes and their general state of maintenance, but I’m not a psychologist so there really isn’t a great deal I can say on the subject.
The look on Hibito’s face as he hears that Mutta is on TV was priceless to behold. I have to wonder whether he’s feeling a little bit of jealousy deep down – Mutta has become a hero to the public now. To see him go on a talk show to boast about the skill his brother failed to exercise in an earlier training simulation might be a little hard to bear. Not only that, but all the reporters who would usually want to talk to Hibito – the ‘Samurai Boy’ from Japan who’s training to be the first Japanese person to go to the moon – now want him to talk about his brother instead of himself. Any normal being would be hard-pressed not to feel at least a little jealousy here. But then again, Hibito’s loyalty and pride towards his brother likely trumps that.
As the episode closes, we finally have some new plot points to mull over. With the discovery of Hibito’s will, it looks like the anime is finally about to start delving into the dangers of spaceflight. I would imagine these wills have some relation to this ‘Brian Jay‘ that Hibito seems to look up to. The way the scene was handled and the lack of his presence so far strongly suggests that he’s no longer in the world. If I had to guess, I’d suspect that he was killed during an accident, either in training or on a mission, though this remains to be seen.
- ‘Luck is what you make of it.’ It really is – anyone can be lucky, but it takes some measure of skill to put that luck to good use.
- There’s something funny about how Director ‘Fires-of-Evil‘ Nasuda claims to have liked Mutta.
- What?! They haven’t eliminated buffering by 2025?! Nooooooo!
- Oh, I somehow forgot to talk about Mutta passing. I guess it was a foregone conclusion by this point though. That and the fact that it was dragged out so long it feels as though it became a lesser plot point.
- I’m sure I’m not the only one happy to see that Serika and Kenji are finally back next week!