「日々人の選択」 (Hibito no Sentaku)
As is the Uchuu Kyoudai norm, this arc continues to be drawn out but without feeling too slow. In truth, not a lot has happened over the past few episodes, but they’ve still been handled in an effective way. The complete contrast to how relatively light-hearted the rest of the series has been is definitely a huge mark in its favour too – it feels like we’re getting something new and exciting. Until now, everything has gone well, perhaps, as I actually mentioned prior to the launch, too well. It’s kind of hard to believe that nothing would ever go wrong in outer space, especially when this is a work of fiction designed for the purpose of entertainment.
I still fully expect Hibito to survive – for the oxygen generator to reach him just in the nick of time. But at the same time, what if that was a red herring? This entire arc feels a little like karma, especially when you take into account how much the series has talked about luck and balance, frequently referring to luck as a finite source. This is the dark patch to balance all the wonders that have happened so far – the reveal that space isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, that maybe luck really does run out. Before this point, nothing truly bad happened to the characters in the series’ run – questions of whether Mutta would pass were frequently raised, but he always overcame the odds, frequently on sheer luck alone, always worrying that it would run out and this would be the end of his journey. What if Hibito’s luck really has run out? What if this is the end of his journey? It seems almost as though everything that could go wrong at this point has gone wrong. If we stuck with the balance theme, we already have one pair of brothers that were tragically separated by death. It seemed like Damian would die, but in attempting to save him (and seemingly succeeding), using up the last flare in the process, Hibito might have traded his own life in return. Balance.
It’s kind of interesting to see how opinions on how to react to the situation differ from person to person and based upon varying factors that cannot be predicted. The personnel at NASA believe Hibito will follow standard protocol and wait to be rescued. If not for Damian’s urgent need for warmth, perhaps he would have. Realistically, it would be the sensible thing to do, yet Mutta seemed to think Hibito would try to leave the ravine anyway, despite having no information on the situation within. I’m honestly not really sure what to think about that, but then I guess Hibito may not be the most sensible of people and Mutta might be reacting to that. He’s caused a lot of worry for the family over the years and always come back relatively unscathed after all. The whole thing has been quite a mess with so many assumptions on what should happen by NASA, none of which came to pass as predicted.
There’s something really powerful about Hibito’s final lonely walk on the moon. He casts away his only remaining method of communication, choosing to spend his final moments in true solitude. I had never expected for the light to suddenly come back into play at this point – it came as a bit of a surprise to me. There’s something really profound about Brian Jay appearing in Hibito’s greatest moment of need, even if it is in the form of the counterpart to Eddie Jay’s doll – one similar to those used in the discussions on leaving behind an injured comrade so long ago. This is the guy that Hibito looked up to as a mentor, someone who also had a brother as an astronaut, and someone who faced death, just as Hibito is now doing. It’s quite impressive how Uchuu Kyoudai always manages to tie these things together and I can only look forward to seeing where it’s going to go next. Will Hibito follow the same path as his mentor and predecessor? Or will he manage to live on where Brian Jay could not? I suspect we’re in for quite the tense ride next week!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – In Hibito’s true hour of need, an unexpected figure appears before him. #SpaceBros
- Being dragged along like that can’t be good for Hibito. Things really do just keep going wrong.
- And communications turn out to be damaged too! I’m surprised the Gibson wasn’t trashed!
- The panic when everyone realises that Hibito only has ten minutes left was quite intense.