「月のウサギ」 (Tsuki no Usagi)
From the moment I saw this title, I could guess what it probably meant. Good old excitable Hibitio! If ever there was to be a moon rabbit, it would be him! It should probably come as no surprise that the entire landing was well handled. There was tension, both in the slow countdown and emphasised by the use of a type of music we haven’t really heard throughout Uchuu Kyoudai’s run. It was particularly effective, using a far more aggressive cue that stood out from most of what we’ve heard so far – it highlighted just how much more climatic, how much more important this moment was than those that have come before. The hundreds of people watching all across Japan (and likely the whole world) gave us a feel of just how influential the whole experience will be – just how many people it will inspire. And then there’s Mutta’s reaction.
Credit for how Uchuu Kyoudai can inspire emotion shouldn’t just go to the writing alone – the directing plays a big part in building these emotions. Perhaps it was done in the exact same manner in the manga, but small things like hiding Mutta’s reaction as the crowds around him rejoiced, only finally showing it to us in a perceived isolated area, really ramp up the effectiveness. Mutta’s joy is a little different to everyone else’s – it’s on a completely different level after competing with his jealousy for so long. Even Azuma’s small smile has great impact as something he never shows except to his family. Does this confirm one of the things I’ve always speculated – that Azuma, in a sense, sees Hibito as a younger brother in all this? Perhaps! Or it could just be that Hibito’s obvious elation is contagious.
Hibito’s first words on the moon are amongst the best. They’re simple but full of meaning – a pure expression of joy, of the realisation of a lifelong dream, of the childish spirit Hibito still retains. Perhaps they’re not exactly profound, but being profound is overrated anyway! Uchuu Kyoudai has always been about dreams and working towards achieving them. Now that Hibito has achieved his, that just leaves Mutta! But what is Mutta’s dream really? Is it to stand ahead of Hibito ‘as an elder brother should’? To reach Mars as he once claimed? Or just to catch up with the younger brother who somehow managed to leave him behind?
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Ya~y!! #SpaceBros
- I find it funny to think that Hibito is the first to ever jump that high on the moon!
- Poor Mutta, never able to get anyone to believe him that Hibito is his younger brother!
- He did a good job of lifting the last of the weights that were holding Hibito down though.
- It concerns me that the preview makes it look like there could be something wrong… I guess we’ll find out next week.