Posted by psgels on 5 November 2012 with categories: Uchuu Kyoudai

So, this is the episode: they actually got an astronaut to voice a version of himself, as he was in space. You really could hear that he wasn’t a professional voice actor, and instead someone who was more used to giving press conferences.

I kept wondering in what kind of context the creators would put it, but they actually did it in a flashback to when Mutta and Hibito were still kids and got to talk to him along with a number of other kids. That’s quite neat. I also like how they could have shown this segment at any episode the creators would have liked, yet they chose Hibito’s big moment: the moment where he finally achieved his dreams and arrived into space.

The launch itself also was just perfect: there was just as much detail here as last episode, and it’s amazing to actually see so much time spent on just a single launch of a rocket.

This really was an episode that said “You’re next, Mutta”. With all the build-up I kept thinking that they were leading up to this huge death scene, but instead the creators just really wanted to show in full detail what the launch of a rocket would be like, and what it all entails. It’s completely different from the second exam arc in that the number of characters was much smaller, and this wasn’t aimed to get to know them better at all. Still, it worked really well, just because it was so unique. Slow paced series like this are really rare, especially when done right (dragging on is a really big pitfall for them), so I’m really glad with this series.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. bladeblur says:

    It’s not a big deal he is not an actor, I think it makes him more natural, albeit it doesn’t fit with the scene considering how all the other character are acting. I just think it’s a huge achievement that gives this anime another medal on its long sash.

  2. Dop says:

    I still think getting an astronaut to ‘appear’ as himself in the anime AND record his lines from the International Space Station is a tremendous coup for this show, although I do wonder what his fellow astronauts up there on the ISS thought about it.

    The launch sequence was practically cinematic, wonderfully done. I get the feeling that both the original author and the anime makers both have a real love for the subject of space travel.

  3. Scruffy says:

    I don’t know why but I’ve lost a bit of the love that I have for this show. The 2nd Exam arc in the simulated station I thought was awesome, but this one less so. Maybe it’s just gone one a bit too long for me. I still enjoy it though, I just don’t eagerly await the episode like I did before.

  4. Entrav says:

    That launch. The anticipation leading up to this point really helps with it. This show has been steadily going on for a while and I can’t say my feelings have waned as it progressed. In fact, it might have gotten even stronger due to the fact that Mutta will be going on his journey sometime in the future.

  5. Energizer says:

    Do you think from a character standpoint that Mutta has any sort of jealousy for his brother?

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Aug 31. 2015 01:01 PM)
    *it actually looks
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Aug 31. 2015 12:00 PM)
    @Bam: Aidan watched it and found it decent enough, then I watched it afterwards. Story and characters were nothing particularly remarkable but it was good entertainment for what it was and for a Japanese CG movie is actually look very well done.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Aug 31. 2015 06:36 AM)
    Btw did anyone like the Captain Harlock movie? I forget if we discussed it or not.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:30 PM)
    I get to cheat and say those Rodriguez films are westerns =)
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:20 PM)
    What I can’t forgive Genesis for though is kiddifying terminator.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:18 PM)
    @Bam: Though I think Cameron may have gone mad after 1997.
    Ah-ha, but Miller is a true Aussie, they live through volcanic, Venus/Mercury summers there. =P
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 09:16 PM)
    @Bam: No, no avatar, my Alita movie, done right, done now. =P
    Terminator 3 and salvation were very very mediocre. T3 is fun to laugh at at least, salvation wasn’t very good but it did show the whole dark future schtick.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:52 PM)
    I’ll torrent it later just to see how they attempted to make sense of this fucked up chronology.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:51 PM)
    I haven’t seen Terminator Genisys, since I refuse to drop a penny on what is clearly a monument to artistic compromise. How Cameron lets these idiots desecrate his legacy for the money he doesn’t even need is beyond me. He should get his head out of his ass and either finish that 7 years-in-the-making Avatar 2 and make a good Terminator and set it right, or just live and let it die.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:38 PM)
    I also wanted to see a bit more of Max’s character, but I think Hardy did good with the little he had to do. I mean he spent the first act of the movie tied to a pole with a muzzle on his face. Guess we have to wait till the sequel. It’s crazy to have this 70+ years old man directing movies in the dry extreme heat of the desert. Mad props to Miller for keeping it real.

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