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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  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:16 AM)
    Keep in mind mature plot elements are different from graphic violence. A lot of times you are shocked because of sympathy for the circumstances of the characters, not their actual vicarious pain which you feel. As things move away from live-action and become animated the less it looks human the less natural respond it elicits. That’s why a lot of anime have emotional deathbed monologues to help hammer home the point.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:03 AM)
    @Aidan: meh … I think Madoka could’ve also been better if it used a more rigid style. I heard a lot that the moe made it more shocking for some people, I guess I can see that even if I don’t personally feel that away at all. I think Madoka was a good series that brought a wider shonen type of audience to more adult themes, but some of the fan-praise to me is a little halfbaked and unfounded.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:49 AM)
    I’m fairly fond of the artstyle sunrise used back in the 90s also.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:46 AM)
    Actually with old artstyles in mind, I watched an old ova called california crisis recently, the character design stood out for me, the ova itself is fairly trashy however, more of a guilty pleasure.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:31 AM)
    I still don’t like the art in madoka regardless though.
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    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:29 AM)
    “Even if a series which has detailed backgrounds and a sharp dark tone features moe characters the show would be considered lighthearted and Moe, and any violence will come off as forced or even comical.”
    Madoka says otherwise.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:24 AM)
    But still even in terms of cutesy looking female characters, I’m still going to pick the old art over the new usually.

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