Posted on 29 October 2012 with categories: Uchuu Kyoudai

Agh! That build-up!

This was probably one of the slowest episodes of the entire series. Holy crap, it took its time. They showed everything, from gearing up Hibito in his seat, locking the cabin, the wait for everything to get ready, the procedures in the control room. And Mutta getting kidnapped by this old NASA instructor.

But that’s also what made this episode so incredibly good. I can only imagine that one major part of the experience of such a launch is the wait and the tension that builds up. If the creators immediately cut to the launch here and didn’t use that damned dog as a red herring, the end of the episode would never have had the same impact as it did now, and I also wouldn’t be yelling at my screen at that cliff-hanger.

Space Brothers has really nailed the slow pacing. It’s really dangerous to use, because you still need to be continuously interesting to avoid dragging on and taking way too long. Space Brothers for me has never had a dull moment, and this episode in particular had me on the edge of my seat, hoping that everything would go right.
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

7 Responses

  1. Dop says:

    I just loved the amount of detail that went into their depiction of the launch procedure. It seemed to me that both the author and the animation team had really done their research.

  2. bladeblur says:

    Next week, the first Voice Over recording from space. EVER!

  3. Thomas says:

    I’m not sure, they might building up for something … Like big booom during the start- I still feels that Hibito gonna die somewhere along the line.

  4. sacchi says:

    Next episode, we have that astronaut who voiced himself from space! He literally voiced his own character inside the anime (which doesn’t appear in the manga). Astronauts, now voicing anime characters since 2012.

  5. chuu says:

    I really liked how they showcased the silence or the quasi absence of sound in certain scenes of this episode; for the last bit, the expression of Mutta says all. Very moving.

  6. ender650 says:

    I really enjoyed the episode, especially the actual launch. Cant wait for next week- this felt a bit like the end of the first part of the story. Having an actual astronauts voice in the anime next week will also be quite cool.

  7. kero says:

    Although the pacing was slow, it did very well to hold my attention, for moment i did wonder if Mutta was in danger, being kidnapped by so old demented guy!

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 10:10 PM)
    Now all we need is a grim scifi piece with a political element included. =P
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 09:57 PM)
    I can always trust Vincent for scifi ideas, Emma for grim ideas, and K-Off for political pieces. :P
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 09:46 PM)
    Transformer animation art, now I’d definitely go for that.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 09:43 PM)
    Still no transforming mecha ponies F**k you Hasbro =P
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 09:36 PM)
    Campy sounds about right. But I will think about a Transformers G1 fanart. Might even try a Unicron transformation GIF to practice animation.
  • Vincent
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 09:33 PM)
    @Friend I think he’s Jupiter sized as well. That’d make him the first planet-sized robot, f*ck Gurren Lagann.
  • Vincent
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 09:32 PM)
    But seriously, I could fall asleep to Unicron’s soothing voice.
  • Vincent
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 09:32 PM)
    @Emma Yeah definitely, and in my opinion, Galvatron was a bit too campy for me.
  • Vincent
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 09:31 PM)
    @Emma Makes Unicron my second favorite Transformer. First is Soundwave.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 09:29 PM)
    Fact: Orson Welles voice unicron, but he died and then his voice was filled in by Leonard Nimoy.

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