Posted by psgels on 15 January 2013 with categories: Uchuu Kyoudai

I had been spoiled about the cliff-hanger of this episode (seriously, try to keep things like that out of the shoutbox; you know who you are…), but neverthelesss. : what an episode. And to think: this airs on sunday morning. Think of all the traumatized kids here. I mean, nobody died yet, but still, this was heavy stuff here. Also, an entire episode in which Mutta didn’t appear.

Here, you can really see the benefit of realism. You have series in which characters have all their bones in their bodies broken, limbs cut off, or cough up blood like crazy. But in this series, you really fear for the characters’ lives due to how meticulous it has been in portraying its characters: they feel real, making any danger to them so much more tangible. Especially since this episode also was a big chunk of atmosphere of Hibito trying to save both himself and his partner, all the while that this episode kept dropping hints that his oxygen tank was about to burst.

And it did, while both of them were still far from being saved. Heck, how long is Hibito going to be able to survive like this? And this brings me back to an awful feeling that I’ve had since this series took so much time into building up Hibito’s launch. I originally thought that something would just go wrong there, but heck. Are the creators seriously planning to kill off Hibito? Holy crap man. I mean, I can see the creators actually go through with that with all of the build-up they’ve done!

And I’m already going to give a warning for next week: really try to keep spoilers to a minimum there. Something tells me that that is an episode you do not want to be spoiled about…
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

9 Responses

  1. someloser says:

    The live action movie trailer was what spoiled it for me. well, it would have been a lot more depressing if it weren’t for that announcement of another season of ghost in the shell

  2. chaoslimits says:

    The part, in the intro, where Apo walks up to Mutta and Hibito and goes to lick Mutta’s face was kinda chilling…

    Please don’t kill off Hibito ;_;

  3. Happy says:

    I don’t think he’d freeze in space, as there is no way to transfer heat in a vacuum. Space suits actually need to prevent people from overheating. Of course, they’d freeze eventually, long after they died. The blanket was god damn useless, the suits have ridiculous insulation already.

    Though if he was actually exposed, his bodily liquids would boil due to the lack of pressure, freezing him very, very slowly.

    • Happy says:

      But yeah, fiction, plot development and all that. I didn’t mean to nitpick. :x

      • Mike says:

        Yep – if they’d gone with the reality (damaged environmental system = overheating) then there’d be no need to rush to the surface and no end-of-episode cliff-hanger…

        Best not apply too much science when watching Sci-fi – even good ones like Space Brothers.

  4. Sam says:

    I think in the trailer for the next ep it’s stated he has 80 minutes of air left? Also I believe they will both live, at least this time, since he mentions Apollo 13 in the trailer as well, which is a sort of similar situation – losing air, temperature, but they made it, JUST. I think this will be a similar case. I hope.

  5. HunterWulf says:

    I’m getting the same vibes here that i got from Planetes final episodes .. strange to see that Space Brothers is following a similar pattern .. Planetes also started positive, happy-go-lucky and had many funny light-hearted moments .. then near the end things got very serious and tense .. the whole oxygen loss in outer space scenario was very cruel in Planetes .. i don’t think Space Brother will go that far but i can’t help comparing them.

    Oh, and if any fan of Space Brothers haven’t seen Planetes .. what the heck are you doing !!! .. go fix your mistake .. watch it now.

    • Mike says:

      It’s eeiry how similar in feel Space Brothers is to Planetes; if you’ve not seen it I’d recommend leaving off watching Planetes until Space Brothers is finished – I always like to save the best for last…

  6. kero says:

    That was intense.

    I love Space Brothers for being so great at comedy and drama

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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 PM)
    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 06:52 AM)
    Jezz, I was almost certain that I would cover Orange, mainly because I never have thought it would be on top of the polls. Anw, it’s good to see how Aidan cover it as it appears I’m a much more easy-marker than Aidan
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:40 AM)
    There is a hipster movement of contrarianism, that they just like to hate on whatever’s popular and deemed kinda mainstream. I get defensive when they shit on classics like Akira, Berserk and Ghost in The Shell. I see that wasn’t the case here. Anybody can sincerely dislike Anything; that’s fine.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 AM)
    I see your point too. We can certainly take the stance of judging a thing by its own merit, unobstructed by social influences and constrains of time. Yet even at that Evangelion is a fairly slick piece of science fiction, and an interesting watch. At worst it’s boring and contrived, but that’s harmless. Never really fair to call it shit.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:20 AM)
    @Aidan: looking back soberly I did come back a little too heated. That’s uncalled for and I’m sorry for that. I usually don’t lash out of unrelated daily stress, but there are mistakes here and there.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:22 AM)
    @Aidan hahaha can’t wait for the episode reviews for Orange. It’s gonna really test you.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:58 AM)
    Look I knew how this would end before it began. We have done this already and neither of us are changing our stance. K-Off laid out things perfectly with his response so I see no reason to elaborate. Only reason I jumped in was because you brought Fate into it and if that was the bait then congrats, you won. I see no reason to continue the farce with no compromise in sight.
    In other words, need sleep. Goodnight.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:53 AM)
    @Bam,”I never said the problems it has gets erased by its early release or cultural significance”
    Neither did I. I said you are hand waving it’s problems by stating so, which you are.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:32 AM)
    …And orange is still top of the poll…ugh. Seems like this is going to be torture for me. Kiznaiver was already trying my patience with those speeches but if Orange is even worse…oh boy…

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