Posted by psgels on 23 February 2013 with categories: Uchuu Kyoudai

After what feels like months of watching Hibot struggle for his life, we finally get a “normal” episode of Space Brothers. For the series’ standards, it is an uneventful episode. It’s meant to build up for later, and introduce the upcoming arc, which will focus on Mutta again as he travels to the USA in order to meet the top astronauts out there. A teaser line-up showed quite a few different characters, so that really sounds promising here!

In the meantime they also took their chance to give Sharon some character with her husband. They’re two people with a great passion for watching the starts that came together. It’s a nice little detail, but nothing more. What caught my eye the most about this episode was how she reacted when she learned what Hibito went through: they didn’t provide the full details for the fear of confusion.

Still, this series has a habit of a lot of dead very inspiring people. There’s Brian, then there is Sharon’s husband, and didn’t Serika’s father also die? Death plays a very big role in this series, but in a different way from normal. And the thing is that I keep thinking that this will be some hint for the future, but in the end everyone manages to survive.. It’s quite annoying, but well played from the creators. Just know that you can’t keep pulling stuff like this…

Also, did they spell Nanba Mutta as “Namba Mutta”? Is that his official English spelling? It’s a bit weird to have that ‘m’ there in Romanji.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

4 Responses

  1. Juno says:

    The “m” isn’t unnatural at all. In actuality, the lone “n” character in Japanese changes pronounciation based on the sound of the next letter/character that comes after it. You sometimes see “senpai” spelled “sempai” because the lips are closed when you make the “p” sound and that drags back into the “n” character’s pronunciation. Interestingly, words like “honya” make the “n” sound like a vowel, as the “y” sound doesn’t close any part of your mouth at all. This also applies to the next word in a sentence, like if you were to say, “hon o kaimasu” (I will buy a book). The “n” in “hon” sounds like a vowel because of the particle “o/wo” in the sentence. If a word/sentence ends in “n” with nothing after it, however, it just sounds like an “n.” Because it sounds like an “m” when you sound out Nanba’s name, I’m guessing they took that to be an “m” when they romanized it.

    Usually, romaji is consistent with its spelling, but because there are many kinds of romanization, it’s not that strange to see them get mixed and used differently, depending on who is writing.

  2. notintheface11 says:

    psgels I feel like your audience has explained this exact thing to you before at least once. lol.

  3. Nic says:

    Seriously, why should we care about them spelling ‘Namba’?

    I mean, look at it – http://hcd-1.imgbox.com/abx2gDxm.jpg?st=bJmGlrl16qH20I1MkzUgMQ&e=1361703298

    Univercity a Doctor of Engineering

    They don’t even know proper English.

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  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 05:52 PM)
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 01:26 PM)
    @Bam, he deflects it with is manly human jawline.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 08:20 AM)
    @Bam: Although rare…if I recall. But we never get 18s ratings all that much anymore.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 08:01 AM)
    Also I’m going to present the age old question here: what happens if you shoot Robocop in the mouth?
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 08:00 AM)
    @Emma: wait, you guys have separate 15 and 16 and over ratings?
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 04:52 AM)
    And on the remake of robocop, definitely taking robocop serious doesn’t make sense, he’s a pisstake of Dredd.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 04:40 AM)
    The lack of actually 18s cert films now is awful. And really a 15s AND a 16s rating, ridiculous.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 04:38 AM)
    The awful thing about the remake of the thing though was that it tried acting like a prequel at the same time, didn’t know itself what it was meant to do. The Dredd reboot actually had some weight to it but all the tweens hated it because it wasn’t terrible.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 04:34 AM)
    The amazing thing about these remakes is that every time, every single time, they completely miss the point that made the original so good.
    Oh hey lets remake total recall but remove all the 90’s camp and make it completely serious. Oh hey lets remake Robocop, but remove the satire and gore. Oh hey lets remake the Thing, but make it all CG and remove the isolation and mystery aspects.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Nov 25. 2014 04:24 AM)
    Gremlins remake ;O; all these horrid horrid 12s rated remakes /xOx/ OmO =<

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