「犬とじじいとアレクサンダー」 (Inu to Jijii to Arekusandā)
“Dog, Old Man, and Alexander”
The time has finally arrived. Uchuu Kyoudai has quite the penchant for drawing out the small happenings between the big events, something it’s been doing quite obviously for the past couple of episodes. I had worried that the launch would be put off for yet another episode in favour of searching for Apo and truth be told, in a sense it was. While we may have finally witnessed the very beginning of the launch towards the end of the episode, the rest won’t be coming around until next week. There are times when I feel the show could benefit a little from slightly increased pacing – this doesn’t happen often, but the lead up to the launch is one of those rare times.
Uchuu Kyoudai still has some very effective moments, even if they have been somewhat diluted recently. The tension during the two minutes before launch was palpable, and the launch itself was a wonderful thing to watch with the ecstatic crowd contrasting the silent awe of the candidates. I can only imagine what might be going through their heads at that moment; this is what they’re aiming for – one day soon, it could be them buckled down inside that rocket. Another of these moments comes from the long-awaited appearance of the sun, and not just in a literal sense – Mutta finally comes to terms with those vestiges of jealousy. It’s been twenty years since Hibito declared he’d go to the moon and that day is finally approaching. There’s no real need for envy – Mutta will likely follow soon after and the dream originated with Hibito.
During his frantic search for Apo, Mutta comes across a rather confused old man claiming to be a NASA employee. It’s largely thanks to this Deneil Young (Ishida Tarou) that Mutta finally manages to gather his thoughts without any distractions. Out near to alone on the old blockhouse dating from a time before the Apollo program, there was little else to provide any sort of distraction, Apo least of all. I imagine the history of the place would also have inspired Mutta in his ultimate decision to let go of any negative feelings towards this launch. It provides the perfect view too!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Continuing in its recent slow trend, #SpaceBros spends most of the episode slightly distanced from the launch.
- As always, it’s great to see how much detail the author managed to include in regards to the whole launch process.
- I see Mutta has continued to screw with Lowry!
- I most certainly wouldn’t want to go anywhere in a van with Deneil Young. His driving was terrifying!
- Even amidst the tension, Mutta’s parents still manage to bring a little comic relief.