Uchuu Kyoudai never fails to be an emotionally moving series. The outcome was always quite clear – there was never any doubt in my mind how things would turn out, though they came very close to changing this, yet it still had incredible impact when the moment finally came. With the build-up throughout previous episodes, and especially in this one, I was always sure that the oxygen generator would arrive at the last minute to save the day. There were a few sketchy moments in there though, as Hibito suffered with his oxygen tank exhausted – moments where I found myself constantly scanning the screen for signs of the drone, wondering why it wasn’t making an appearance.
It’s kind of funny to learn at this late stage that Brian Jay didn’t leave a very good early impression on Hibito. Until now, he’s never been shown as anything less than a flawless idol who met a tragic end. But he was a genius, one who was fully aware of just how talented he was, and on a level comparable to Mutta. He was always there to help Hibito out, even when his assistance wasn’t wanted, always as jovial and friendly as if Hibito was really his own brother. Perhaps the comparisons to Mutta contributed a lot to those first impressions and idolisation. It makes sense that he would appear to save Hibito once again and there was something emotional and magnificent about seeing his spectre stride ahead of the oxygen generator bearing his name, bringing salvation one last time.
At the end of the day, Uchuu Kyoudai has always been about two brothers and their dreams to stand on the moon together. Brian and Eddie Jay never actually got to properly realise this dream – the closest they came was in the model Brian left on the moon with their photo. There’s something kind of emotional in that – the fact he went to such a length to ensure that they’d at least be able to stand together in some form. With Hibito now saved, and the announcement that Uchuu Kyoudai has been renewed in a much more prominent timeslot, perhaps we’ll one day get to see the moment when Mutta and Hibito stand together on the surface of the moon!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – The countdown of Hibito’s final moments commences… and concludes. #SpaceBros
- Brian Jay’s multitasking skills were really impressive!
- It’s somewhat strange to have watched an episode of Uchuu Kyoudai which not only contains physical suffering but is also completely devoid of its usual humour.
- Counting down the seconds to someone’s death certainly seems very wrong. It’s not like counting down towards a launch – there’s nothing joyous about the occasion.
- Mutta’s continued faith in Hibito’s survival was rather impressive and kind of seemed to border on denial.