A Historic Moment for Space Brothers
As a blogger, I find myself facing a unique challenge – reviewing a series that has run for two years. Uchuu Kyoudai, also known as Space Brothers, has taken its viewers on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and experiences. The task of encapsulating the essence of this 99-episode series is no easy feat. Throughout its run, there have been moments where my admiration for the show wavered. However, it is important to note that the Space Brothers franchise is not disappearing altogether. The manga continues to thrive, an anime film is set to release soon, and there are plans for an exciting exhibit in May. While the anime may not be a weekly fixture on our TVs for the time being, it is evident that Uchuu Kyoudai is far from fading away.
An End and a Beginning
Despite its ongoing presence in other forms, the ending of the anime demands acknowledgement. In its final episode, Uchuu Kyoudai shines brightly. The finale captures the essence of the series in a dignified, emotionally resonant manner. The carefully timed background music during crucial moments never fails to impact the audience. While loose ends are not completely tied up, it is understandable considering the ongoing manga and the potential return of the anime. Some omissions, such as the absence of Aunt Sharon or the JAXA isolation pod gang in the reaction montage to Vince’s launch, may have surprised the viewers. However, the overarching themes of brotherhood and space take center stage, staying true to the series’ title.
Bonds and Fresh Starts
One delightful aspect of the resolution is the involvement of Nitta, whose character development had been underutilized until the desert survival arc. Nitta’s connection with Mutta is evident, especially given the rumors surrounding Hibito. Inviting Mutta for pizza not only symbolizes their bond but also provides an opportunity for Nitta to share updates about Kazuya, his hikikomori younger brother. Kazuya’s pursuit of his own dreams while facing skepticism reflects the long and challenging journey of recovering from a dark place. His decision to come to America, where hikikomori face less social stigma, is a step towards a fresh start. Likewise, Hibito’s joint mission with JAXA and Roscosmos to the moon signifies a bitter pill for Butler, but a necessary move towards progress.
Mutta’s Dilemma and Self-Discovery
However, Hibito’s absence has had a significant impact on Mutta. Leaving without a word during a crucial period in his brother’s career reflects Hibito’s selfishness, which ultimately affects Mutta’s performance as CAPCOM. Vince’s loss of confidence in him presents a dilemma for Mutta – for so long, he has been chasing Hibito, defining himself through their brotherly relationship. Now, it is time for Mutta to forge his own path. Vince’s advice to treat training as a mission and missions as training resonates deeply with Mutta. Building a personal connection with Vince allows him to act as his alter-ego, a classic Mutta move. Despite the minor complaint of the process being condensed into a single episode, it is a testament to Mutta’s ability to adapt and overcome challenges.
Celebrating an End and Embracing the Legacy
Uchuu Kyoudai began with a promise for the future, two young boys witnessing something remarkable and making a vow. It ends as it began, with a rocket soaring into space set to the tune of “Feel so Moon.” The constants in this series are space and brothers, with the circumstances changing along the way. The message of “See you on the moon” from Hibito to his brother holds a powerful certainty. This show’s legacy extends beyond occasional stumbles, such as the inclusion of Buddy the Gorilla. It stands as one of the most realistic character dramas in recent years, alongside Gin no Saji. Uchuu Kyoudai enlightens the human condition by focusing on elemental human psychology and relationships, all while displaying wit and intelligence.
The Legacy of Uchuu Kyoudai Lives On
Although the second year of Uchuu Kyoudai did not surpass the first, it still offered remarkable moments. Episode 37, “Two Men in the Park,” remains a standout for its emotional impact and the payoff for Mutta’s struggles. Director Watanabe Ayumu’s ability to let the moment speak for itself adds to the show’s beauty and resonance. Uchuu Kyoudai is one of the few anime series that truly inspired me in my personal life. Mutta, the heart of the series, embodies perseverance and courage in the face of adversity. His journey continues, and as my own life unfolds, he remains a source of inspiration. Hirata Hiroaki’s performance as Mutta sets the foundation upon which everything else in the series is built. Accomplishing great things despite the challenges life presents is a recurring theme, both for Mutta and for viewers.
As we bid farewell to Uchuu Kyoudai, we reflect on the remarkable journey it has taken us on. While acknowledging the show’s occasional missteps, we celebrate its ability to capture the essence of human relationships and psychology. Uchuu Kyoudai leaves behind a legacy of inspiration and reminds us that the pursuit of dreams is rarely easy. As we continue our own journeys, may we all find the perseverance and kindness that define Mutta and the spirit of Space Brothers.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will there be a continuation of the Uchuu Kyoudai anime in the future?
While the anime may not be returning immediately, the manga continues to thrive, and there are plans for an anime film. The franchise remains vibrant and full of potential for the future.
2. Can newcomers to Uchuu Kyoudai still enjoy the series?
Absolutely! Uchuu Kyoudai offers a unique and engaging storyline that appeals to audiences of all backgrounds. Its themes of brotherhood and perseverance are relatable and timeless.