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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    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.
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