Posted by psgels on 29 July 2012 with categories: Uchuu Kyoudai

Well, it was a long wait, but it has finally happened: an episode dedicated to Makabe. And it worked wonderfully: not just he himself emerged as a better character from this episode, but the rest of Team B did as well, especially the fidgety guy and the bossy guy (whose names I can’t remember at the moment, unfortunately) got more depth as this episode finally focused a bit more on their personalities.

Makabe though, he really is aware of how direct he is. I love how he’s been trying, yet failing to keep the team together. It’s great for introducing a bunch of flaws for him: he is brilliant, definitely, but he also can be quite self-centered, also shown by how he replies to those women selling magic space stones. The end of this episode was really charming with the way the creators used his daughter to cheer him up again. This episode really brought balance into his character.

And in the meantime, this episode had a hell of a lot of fun, fleshing out the people from Team A. Mutta in particular was as hilarious as ever, but the rest of the cast also had their wonderful moments because of how analytic he can be. I especially liked how he was forced to scream out twice every day, and how Nitta responded after breaking the toilet. This show, just is brilliant.I thought that last year we got lucky with Kotetsu from Tiger & Bunny, but to be honest: the series is nowhere near over yet, but at this point Mutta has completely surpassed him.
Rating: 5.5/8

6 Responses

  1. ronbb says:

    I can’t help but laughing out loud at this episode–Mutta is as funny as ever. I also like how this episode adds layer to Kenji’s character–Kenji making a perfect hairdo is also hilarious.

  2. esmeralda31 says:

    About Kotetsu. I think that the real great power of him and Mutta is the job of Hirata Hiroaki. Watching the episode, I made ​​this consideration today. If Mutta was dubbed by another voice actor would not have that charm that Kotetsu had.
    For me yeah, he is another piece of my beloved Kotetsu.
    Hirata is the best seiyū ever.

    • Taka says:

      Hirata is just so good at voicing middle-age losers. His characters are always just so damn likeable. They make you want to root for him.

  3. bladeblur says:

    PSGELS, just to verify, you KNOW it’s the same voice actor for both characters, right?

  4. kero says:

    This was a fun episode!

    The great thing is all the expressions of the characters.
    That little held in laugh from when Mutta is reading American jokes, made me laugh out loud.

    I also liked that he tried to scramble up the air shougi, and the chimp dude just gave him a ‘you idiot’ look and carried on. haha

    Finding out the meaning of ka-pe! was heart warming, and loved the touch about the hair.

    Yup like psgels says, it breaks him out of that ‘perfect’ mould, gives him flaws, and reveals aspects that make us warm up to him. Brilliant!

    ahhh So many characters deserving to become astronauts, it’s going to be so sad when some of them don’t make it !!
    __

    One thing though, if everyone gets given a green card, and shit happens, it’s so obvious that it’s under the direction of JAXA, it loses the potential to cause stress, because everyone will just be like ‘oh JAXA must have issued a green card’

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  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:15 PM)
    I’ve seen a lot of scenarios where a village is doomed because they’re cut off from harvesting/cultivating/mining/etc their best resource.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:14 PM)
    hm, this does pose an interesting question. were villages back in the day really so dependent on a single resource?
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:14 PM)
    @Jalapeno Bagel I’m really enjoying Inou Battle as well. It’s not particularly original, or intelligent, and the cliches can be downright painful at times, but the animation is great and the characters are surprisingly endearing. It’s a fun watch if not a great show, is my opinion. I have definitely been looking forward to the new episodes.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:12 PM)
    yeah. guess we’ll see. i found inou battle pretty enjoyable, although some didn’t like it. reminds me of seitokai ichizon.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:10 PM)
    @Jalapeno Bagel The first episode is awesome but it goes downhill fast. Really fast. This third episode was borderline unwatchable at times IMO. But maybe you’ll feel differently.
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    @ninja ouch. that doesn’t sound good. just about to start it soon…
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    *that was a real samurai series <- is what I meant to add.
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:05 PM)
    @ninja I hadn’t noticed it until you said it, but it does seem like samurai stuff has been in decline. I mean there are series that have samurai elements, some that portray the values of that era, and others that have the sort of epic scope some samurai tales had. but to be honest, Vagabond is probably the only one I can recall off the top of my head in recent times.
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:04 PM)
    Wow, I have never seen a show descend from a promising beginning into an unbearable crap-fest as fast as Amagi Brilliant Park. The third episode was so bad that I’m not even going to give the fourth episode a chance. I should have seen this coming. KyoAni I have had enough. I’ve reached my limit with your nonsense.
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    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:57 AM)
    I mean I guess it wasn’t really fair to make a sweeping generalization like that about society in general. I agree with you that in a lot of ways the renaissance in knowledge has caused an unprecedented spread of information.

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