Posted by psgels on 3 December 2012 with categories: Uchuu Kyoudai

This episode was recommended to me in order to cheer up from being sick, so I’m putting it ahead a bit of the other shows this week. And yeah: this episode is as we feared: the creators managed to dedicate an entire episode to Kenji’s results from the third exam. At the end of this episode, we still don’t know what happened to Mutta.

Having said that though, this episode was completely and utterly adorable. Kenji already was an awesome character, and here this episode comes and gives him even more character. We finally learn exactly why he chose to become an astronaut, and what he did before he met Mutta, while this episode was entirely occupied with building up to that one moment, where he heard whether he passed the exam or not.

And that moment actually brought some tears to my eyes. The creators here were evil and just kept dragging it out, using Kenji’s daughter also really well in it, and how the bald guy just kept going on and on with his story. Also don’t tell me that the rest of the characters will also get their own episode dedicated to their results. It’s gonna take ages before we know how Mutta did.
Rating: 6.5/8 (Amazing)

9 Responses

  1. jfejf says:

    Tbh, I was totally ok with Kenji not passing when the episode started. I was totally expecting him to either fail or let Mutta go in his place. As the episode went on though…

    let’s just say I had to wipe my keyboard dry by the end.

  2. Trass says:

    “I met her in college”

    That’s kind of rare for anime nowadays (with the highschool fetishes)

    • It’s because this isn’t an adaptation of a shonen manga or aimed towards otaku/shonen.

      Pretty rare a Seinen manga gets a treatment like this, thank you A-1! Why can’t you guys make more shows like Space Brothers, Tsuritama and Working!! and less SAO( or at least do shows in that vein justice)

  3. Rachnid says:

    I totally predicted that the episode was gonna make me tear up when it looked like it was dedicated to just kenji.

  4. rufe says:

    1) It is amazing how much I cared if this fictional character passed a fictional exam he is lucky just to have taken. Bravo Space Brothers

    2) I know (many!) people who met in high school and married in all sorts of walks of life. It happens.

  5. CJay says:

    Next episode seems like it will be the same but about Serika. And honestly after this episode I am completely content with that. Definitely shed a few tears at the end of the episode.

  6. aidanak46gtfo says:

    didn’t cry at all but was deeply touched, especially being a science graduate student myself at the moment.

  7. kero says:

    they really kept me guessing, i was like EEEEEEEEE JUST TELL MEEEEE

    and even though i knew he had to pass, i still had those moments of doubt.

    also. made me want to eat katsu don

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 10:48 AM)
    This is a fairly minor complaint but in some older anime I always noticed “flashing light syndrome” and “Epilepsy visuals” , “Animes equivalent to flash photography”, it can sometimes bother me alot/hurt my eyes watching old shows, then again I am susceptible to epilepsy…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:14 AM)
    @Bam: Emotional involvement and rewatch value are very important to me in a film, which is my preference for synecdoche over birdman.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 04:05 AM)
    “Firechick, answer: Hell no. And don’t impersonate Bam. You suck at it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 03:05 AM)
    Yeah guys! Why aren’t you reviewing Go! Princess Precure?
  • Firechick
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 02:51 AM)
    Is anyone gonna review Go! Princess Precure? I hear it just aired.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 11:14 PM)
    Synecdoche is incredibly rich in detail, and keen return viewers can find a lot of things they missed the first time thru. Kaufman didn’t have a single teacup in a shot that didn’t mean something. Pacing is a bit of an issue, but if you notice the passage of time you can see that was deliberate as well. The movie could’ve been livelier, but for a movie about death and decay that would’ve been a bit of a sell-out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 11:01 PM)
    @Emma: Birdman and Synecdoche have a lot of thematic elements in common, and given that Synecdoche was released in 08 makes me realize that Alejandro González borrowed quite a bit from it; although in the end they are different enough to justify Birdman’s existence. Where Synecdiche was a better written movie, I feel that Birdman was the better directed one.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:15 PM)
    And I’d go as far to say this beats out birdman for me by miles.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    The film is a solid mood piece thanks to the in tone cinematography, a great performance from Hoffman that along with his characters drama makes for an emotionally investing film. And before it gets TOO sad theres all those bits of dark humour fitted in there that work out pretty well. This is probably my favourite work by Kaufman currently.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    Well Bam, I had a go of synecdoche there. A bit of a slow burner, near the end slightly drawn out, however that last stretch was forgiven by that bonkers ending.

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