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
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:51 PM)
    But seriously I only watched this sequel because I was told to. From now on if I don’t like something at a glance of its plot summary/promo material I won’t watch it.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:48 PM)
    And I also want to added to what I said about the latest psycho pass episode by mentioning that ridiculous fight scene with shisui, arrows vs guns.
  • Mikey
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:47 PM)
    Psycho Pass: So basically there is no season 2 of Psycho Pass.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:59 PM)
    @Bam, Visionary? Ain’t exactly seeing anything new here. fanservice is bad, anime is making people mindless drones. Been there done that.
    You are giving Anno too much credit man. I honestly think he just fires this shit out and laughs as fans try to find an “interpretation”
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:57 PM)
    It took me a little longer to start shaking my head a Mika’s role in the series in comparison to other viewers and I thought there may have been something salvagable, but no such luck there.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:55 PM)
    At the beginning I saw some potential in this sequel, although it was kind of slow going at first. Initially I was able to get behind the silly gore as dumb entertainment, at the start I liked kamui more than Makishima and I liked the way they had Akane as a stronger character too here.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:51 PM)
    And Kamui’s final moment, that shot was pure fujoshi baiting I don’t care what anyone says, add to his last stand being fairly underwhelming. Another unmistakable Mika moment too later on in this episode. This is the kind of thing that leaves me depressed at it whereas previous episodes I could just laugh, raise an eyebrow or stop caring.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:51 PM)
    Really Togane, is this all you come down to and amount to, an oedipus complex mess, the last nail in the coffin after you spend the show dragging out the buildup around him and killing the intrigue around him. Then giving him those silly flashbacks, now in this episode giving him a ridiculously cartoonish performance.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 09:01 PM)
    @Bam: Well put together it is and I actually like the music, the last three minutes stood out for me particularly.
    I also noticed the Eva reference slipped into the video.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 02:14 PM)
    This is the gratuitous fan-service done for a purpose that people argued for Kill la Kill, which quite frankly just wasn’t there, but there is no denying that even in this music video some value of the fan-service is sheerly the eye-candy.

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