Posted by psgels on 16 December 2012 with categories: Uchuu Kyoudai

Yeah, the only two series that made me cry this year: Natsuyuki Rendezvous and Uchuu Kyoudai. I just completely broke down at the big moment of this episode.

At first sight it seemed that the creators were going to make this one the episode for the losers: the ones who didn’t make it while Mutta was still going on and on about his luck of the day. The episode indeed started out that way: Mizoguchi didn’t get the job. And in a way, this was to be expected: he is talented, but in the end he is too much focused on himself. It’s a bit of a shame that we didn’t get to see much of him in the third exam, but I believe that the decision was already made after the second.

Mutta in the meantime was hilarious. Just seeing him waiting and waiting for the right moment was awesome. And then this episode put details like head-bumps in the mix to make things even better. And then he suddenly got invited to come outside, and hear that he passed, even though there still are enough people left of which we don’t know what happened.

His reaction in any case was beautiful. The danger with these things of course is making them too cheesy: playing up the emotional value too much and making the reactions too simple and shallow. The comedy did so much to avoid this, the symbolism helped so much, en then Mutta’s facial expressions were really well done. This series doesn’t have the best animation at all, but it is a A-1 production nonetheless: they really bring in some good people for the scenes that really matter, and this episode really showed that in bringing out the emotions right.
Rating: 7/8 (Fantastic)

11 Responses

  1. Maria Antonietta Idotta says:

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I was waiting for this episode with a big hope and luckily Mutta has realized his dream!!!
    I was worried till the last moment… and his smile and weird expressions were exactly as mine!!!
    For me this is the best anime ever.

  2. tt5 says:

    Best part was that his parents didn’t seem to be interested in the result, but then his mother followed him with Apo. Her reaction when she realized that mutta passed was for me also one of the highlights, since I found it really rude to ignore mutta the last episodes. Also really good comedy when mutta answered the phone with the song his mother was singing before. I want psgels to ask when he is going to give an 8 to one episode when not this one ^^

  3. Chris says:

    That was beautiful. That is what anime should be. A show hasn’t melted my heart like that in a long time.

  4. Nic says:

    Yeah, fantastic episode indeed. My favorite part was also when his mother decided to secretly tail him to find out the result.

    Because all day, they were acting as if they didn’t care and the moment he goes out, she breaks from that facade and starts making excuses to follow him. So you realize that was their way of not putting too much pressure on Mutta and keep him from getting too nervous by acting normal. Wonderful parents.

  5. liz says:

    agree with all the comments posted…mutta thanking the girl on the pink bike (his lucky item) was one of my highlights of the episode.

  6. ojisan says:

    Oh, the long hold on his face as it moved from one feeling to another…

    Nice to see so much love here for this (slow, quiet, oddball) great show -

  7. Jeevas says:

    I really need to catch up with this anime am I?

  8. Alec says:

    watched Kaleido Star and was moved deeply both both seasons’ endings ; this was episode was the same xD

    Kinda leaves you with a sense of fulfillment

  9. Kurini says:

    :’)
    I’m so happy this anime exist! So many feelings!

  10. kero says:

    EPISODE 37 WAS BEAUTIFUL

    Boy, they really made us wait for it, didn’t they?

    Things that I really loved about this episode were

    1. The part where the mum sings a song and he accidentally repeats it
    2. The detail of the children in the park. The girl who could skip rope and the one who couldn’t. The boy who was enjoying a ride, and another who was serious.
    3. Expression of the girl on the pink bike.
    4. Final ugly happy face of mutta before he goes into the conference.

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    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 10:10 AM)
    I’ve noticed Aidan you’ve had no additional words on rolling girls, yatterman night, Junketsu no Maria. Also I would definitely gladly read your Garo posts.
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    Fumoffu was considerably funnier than the actual show, but it only paid off if you were somewhat invested in the main series.
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