Posted on 29 April 2012 with categories: Uchuu Kyoudai

So… much…. character-development.

I can’t believe how well the creators made use of this episode where Mutta pays a small visit to Hibiki. It just shows how much the two changed over the years. And it’s not a simple change either: the two of them evolved multiple times over the years and are by far the two most dynamic characters of the entire season. The bond between the two of them in this episode was also just amazing to watch. And that for an building up episode.

I loved how Mutta kept criticizing the tiny things that Hibiki did wrong throughout this episode in order to distract from his own inferiority complex. But really, it also showed that Mutta is a perfectionist, unlike his brother. This perfectionism probably lead to his car being a success. And really: it’s not like Mutta is your average Joe with no accomplishments either. Mutta continues to look over it, but pulling off such a thing is no small feat either. Hibiki in any case can’t boast to have created something like that.

I also loved the dialogue in this episode, and the way in which Mutta and Hibiki talk to each other: it really feels like these two knew each other for their entire lives. This episode also finally revealed the identity of that dog in the OP, and it turns out to be Hibiki’s. At first I really feared it to be this series’ annoying animal mascot. And yeah, it was annoying for a while, but the great thing about it: it knew when to quit.
Rating: **+ (Excellent+)

6 Responses

  1. Aegd says:

    Where is this show out now? Looking at Tokyotosho and Nyaatorrents it’s not out yet in RAW, or do you have a premium membership on crunchyroll, seems to have been out there for around 11 hours or so.

  2. Sugoi says:

    It’s Hibito, not Hibiki.

  3. darkerthanblackswordsman says:

    @Aegd: If you can, do watch it on Crunchyroll. This show needs all the support it can get!

  4. Mi-Mi-Mikuru says:

    @Aegd
    perhaps you’re only looking for “Uchuu Kyoudai”. Crunchyroll/horrible subs have the title translated: Space Brothers

    • Aegd says:

      I’m only interested in the raw version.

      Funny how the subtitled versions seems to be coming out faster these days.

  5. kero says:

    Watching this makes me realise how rarely do we see sibling relationships at the forefront in anime/manga.

    I enjoy all the flashbacks to their childhood.

    Hibito is a bit of a mystery to understand, I didn’t quite get why his grades suddenly went up? But he has a bit of a brother complex?

    That dog is so freaky looking, but also kinda cute with his big eyes, like creepy cute.

    And also every time I see Hibito, I’m reminded of chestnuts and kurita from Eyeshield 21.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 12:48 AM)
    @Aidan Just wait. The arc climaxes at episode 131. From here on out it gets progressively more and more intense until that point. You’re only at the beginning.
  • Mikey
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 12:40 AM)
    @Aidan Trust me. That’s quite tame compared to what you’ll get later. Just wait for episode 80.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 12:32 AM)
    @Mikey, I am up to Episode 78 now. And woah…sudden darkness. I mean sure those kids earned it by saying every death flag under the sun but…thinking of them getting devoured like that…Alive…fuck.
  • Mikey
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 12:26 AM)
    Hunter x Hunter 140: Damn! That was one satisfying punch!
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Jul 30. 2014 12:04 AM)
    @Raggers logic is assuming that tomatoes are poisonous just because they look almost exactly like a closely-related poisonous plant.
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:34 PM)
    @Aidan: “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.”
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:27 PM)
    Maybe I’ll Michael Bay it and make it disappear through incomprehensible shuffling of parts.
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 10:26 PM)
    Whai u so hard to transform, Unicron?? I’m having the most trouble with animating his legs; I don’t know what to do with his calf, since a quarter chunk of a planet is attached to it. It looks awkward.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:49 PM)
    @ninja Since they live in a prison, they’re forced to dig tunnels to transport bread, wheat, and water. The biggest slap in the face from Israel is, when the IDF finds one of these Palestinian tunnels, they shut it off, in the defense that they’re used to move terrorists. Sure, they probably do, but they also move food and water for the civilians. Clearly, both sides don’t see eye to eye.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 08:32 PM)
    and most of all, the Israeli government wont let anyone out of Gaza. If they were allowed to flee somewhere they might be able to escape the shelling but they’re basically forced to play whack-a-mole with their own lives in a geographic area that’s half the size of NYC.

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