「3人の宇宙飛行士」 (3 Nin no Uchuuhikoushi)
It’s funny how Uchuu Kyoudai still manages to maintain an emotional high despite moving back towards its former style. Even though the tension everywhere is abating, this episode was somehow almost more emotionally stirring than those which preceded it. There was something in the pure relief felt by all the characters, Mutta and Buddy close to breaking down, everyone at NASA applauding, Freddie’s soft sigh of thanks and even Azuma’s subtle smile. Then there was Hibito’s simple gesture, nothing particularly special but so very Hibito in its execution – there was something amazingly powerful about that scene. Even the thematic music that’s been present throughout the series since its start made a triumphant return after being absent during this past arc. Things are finally returning to normal!
I can feel a little sympathy towards Claude. He appears to be feeling quite bad about the whole thing after making the decision to have Buddy and Freddie ignore JAXA’s advice. Were it not for Azuma’s insistence on sending the oxygen drone to the point indicated by Mutta it would have cost them Hibito’s life. It’s no surprise he’d be feeling quite guilty about it. Strictly speaking, he probably made the right call based on the information they had to hand, though I doubt that makes him feel any better about the fact that it was the wrong call given the circumstances. It would’ve been an extremely tough decision to make.
So as the title suggests, three astronauts saved the day, partially through clever thinking and partially through sheer coincidence. Had Brian not left that figure so many years ago, Hibito would have returned to the ravine and died there. Were it not for Mutta predicting that Hibito would move rather than remaining in one place (I still wonder if Hibito really would’ve broken protocol and moved if nothing serious was requiring him to do so) and Azuma’s insistence on sending the drone to that point, the oxygen supply would never have arrived in time. With this arc over, I wonder where we’ll be going next! Looks like we’ll be getting some flashbacks next week at any rate!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Another emotional episode in the aftermath of the accident. #SpaceBros
- It’s amazing to see how long ago Brian and Eddie Jay got those figures. It seems they really would be able to last in space!
- Good old Brian, always the joker!
- It’s quite nice to see the return of the typical brand of Uchuu Kyoudai humour. Its absence has been quite noticeable these past few episodes!
- And Nasuda makes untranslatable puns! I’m slightly disappointed that no effort at all was made by CrunchyRoll to localise it!
Random aside: I released an awesome eight track sci-fi electronic video-game-inspired album! You should listen to it, buy it, and spread the word or something!