Autumn 2012: Round Two!

Fighto! >o<

In all seriousness, now that we’ve seen almost everything, here’s the finalised version of who’s covering what, with, rather spectacularly, almost every good show being covered this season.

Alex, after removing all his jokes,  is covering Sword Art Online, Magi, Little Busters

Mimi,currently overjoyed with her new headphones, is covering Shin Sekai Yori, K and Sukitte Ii na yo.

Dusk, won her quest for justice, is covering PYSCHO-PASS, Tonari no Kaibutsu-Kun and Jormungand 2

Doofus, recently exposed as a tsundere, is covering Hunter x Hunter, Gintama 2012 and Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure (Triple helping of Doofus, everyone!)

Liam, after baking everyone a nice cake, is covering Zetsuen no Tempest

Justin, living happily ever after in Canadaland, is covering Space Brothers and Code:Breaker

Space Brothers Episode 24

“The Worst Possible Examiner”

Not really a whole lot to say this episode. It was pretty dull for me, actually. But for a filler episode it wa pretty good. It didn’t really add anything to the story, however, it did introduce a new character. Azuma was apparently the most famous astronaut in Japan before Hibito. Hibito got chosen over him to be the first Japanese person on the moon most likely because he’s more TV friendly. Is it fair? Probably not, and Azuma is understadably jealous of Hibito… Which is kind of sad, since Azuma is Hibito’s hero ._. Hopefully it shows them playing catch on the roof again when the dust clears.

I guess the episode also showcased the contrast in their drive and personalities. Although riding a lawn mower was much simpler than… whatever Hibito was driving, they both had a “just do it” attitude because they didn’t want to read the manual. Luckily for both of them it worked out… Though Mutta could use improvement in his lawn mowing techniques.

Although I wasn’t bored, I would say the series could have done without this episode. Actually, we can never get enough of Appa I suppose ^_^. The next episode should be more interesting since Mutta’s getting interviewed by Azuma… For the first time Hibito being his brother will work against him. But knowing Space Brothers we’ll have another cliff hanger.

Space Brothers Episodes 22-23

I apologize for my momentary absence. Unfortunately, I had to get sorted out with some college things and couldn’t find the time to make a blog post. Anyway, now that I’m all settled in, I can finally start blogging again. I’ve missed it :). I’ll cover the last two episodes.

I actually thought these last two episodes were kind of lacking. I mean, sure, we found out who were selected to go to Houston. It’s great Serika, Kenji and Mutta all got in(who guess they wouldn’t? lol). But what about the other characters we grew to love? I’m guessing the series has no more uses for them. Ah well, I guess that’s life. Over time you’ll meet people along the way and never see them again.

Instead of having “captivating” moments like the previous episodes, it decided to have more slice of life moments like Mutta getting a part-time job. I can’t say I enjoy those moments as much as what I know Space Brothers has to offer. I wasn’t bored while watching it; I just found myself wishing there were a few more episodes in the containment chamber. Ah well, I guess the series needs to move on.

Understandably, Mutta assumes Kenji got in and he didn’t. When he learned he got chosen, he couldn’t understand why he was chosen over Kenji… Kenji assumed the same thing, since they were both chosen to go to Houston. Both of thme wondered why they were selected but the other was not. For Mutta, Kenji is the perfect choice to be an astronaut. Kenji, like most people who encounter Mutta, can see that there’s something more to Mutta than awkward moments and hilarious dialogue.

Now we’re finally seeing the gang head to Houston! I’m guessing Serika is immediately going to develop a crush on Hibito and get Mutta to “help” her. It would be hilarious to watch but also painful at the same time. Kenji will also likely be hit hard by being away from his family. I’d like to see the realization hit him later in the series, though. Astronauts don’t normally spend too much time with their family.

Space Brothers Episode 21

A Long Awaited Glimpse of the Sky

Leave it to Space Brothers to make us wait another week to figure out who the winners are. As soon as the episode started teasing us I figured they wouldn’t reveal who the winners were. I’m going to guess one is Serika since she seemed pretty happy this episode…. But maybe that was because she saw mutta (hehehe). It was pretty hilarious to see Mutta do his hair in a window then have Serika show up looking like trash.

Yasushi, along with Mutta, didn’t win in the rock-paper-scissors match. This episode we finally see some interesting back story. And it actually makes Yasushi a likeable character! I’m glad the show is finally showing the determination of the other members. I’ve went over this before but every single person who had made it as far as Mutta are just as determined as him. Apparently, he was too short to be able to fit in the astronaut suit… So I wonder why even bothered to apply.

I think the scene of Yasushi with the professor would have been a better flash back, since it didn’t make much sense for Yasushi to apply if he couldn’t be accepted. It was great to see some more development on his character, though. Too bad he wasn’t accepted. I doubt this will be the last time we’ll see him. His chemistry with Mutta was great.

Anyway, if anyone cares, this has entered my top 5. I haven’t had a similar feeling with a series since GTO. If I were to guess, the two applicants from Mutta’s team would be Nitta and Serika… Don’t ask me why, it’s just what I think. But what? Only one more applicant will be chosen? I’m kind of disappointed… Oh well, this show will find some way for Kenji and Mutta to become astronauts. I hope the show finds some way for everyone to become astronauts. Of course we can’t have that, though.

Space Brothers Episode 20

The Worst Possible Punishment

I actually like how this arc turned out. Mutta’s team has decided to disregard everything and leave it all up to luck with rock-paper-scissors. I remember seeing a video about a year ago explaining that most children in Japan will decide minor disputes through rock-paper-scissors… But I guess this anime wanted to take it one step further and have it decide their futures. I’m not quite sure what to make of their decision but at least it will make the decision completely unpredictable. *crosses fingers for Mutta and Serika*

I can’t help but feel sorry for Yasushi… He was the only one who bothered to record the statistics throughout the two weeks and must’ve known he was in dead last. It’s safe to say that if they left it up to a vote or ruling people out, Yasushi, Serika and Naoto wouldn’t become astronauts because of several factors; mainly their performance, age and goals as an astronaut.

All of the characters are so developed at this point I can’t help but wonder what they will do with them. I hope they don’t simply throw them away after this arc. Not only that, but it appears Kenji’s team has their own problem. Apparently some of the members have decided to still use the scoring system by rerecording all of the scores by memory. We can’t figure out if Kenji was at least in the top 2 until next week’s episode.

I’m kind of sad this arc is coming to a close. At least I’ll finally get my wish by seeing Serika and Mutta go on a date. ^w^

Space Brothers Episode 19

The Day Before Goodbye

The Day Before Goodbye

Usually when you’re young it’s hard to find someone with common interests. It isn’t until high school or even college that you’re able to fully express who you are. This is the first time where everyone in groups B and C realized they all have a lot in common. After all, they’re trying to become astronauts. It takes an enormous amount of hard work and dedication to get there.

I think for the first time, both groups are finally having fun. The episode starts with Mutta telling everyone that the food was gone, but he also found some ingredients to make udon noodles. I haven’t tried them myself… Maybe I will order some next time I go to a Japanese restaurant. I guess it’s cool, since cooking stuff is one of the only ways I bond with my mother ^_^.

While cooking, Mutta revealed that he was close with the famous astronomer Sharon Kaneko. Everyone in the group was surprised, especially Serika, that he knew Sharon. Apparently she’s a big deal among astronauts. Mutta’s face definitely showed a realization that he was around people who he has the most in common with, even if it doesn’t seem like it with their personalities. Actually, after seeing how everyone there wanted to become an astronaut, I can’t decide who I want to become one.

The flashback was my favourite part of the episode. Mutta was trying to get his friends from class to come watch the stars with him later that night, but they all think it’s not interesting and stupid… So he goes and does it by himself. It was here when Mutta realized he was surrounded by people he wanted to be with, because they all would have been eager to watch them with him. Maybe Mutta’s first date with Serika will involve star gazing! One can only dream.

Kenji also experienced something similar. JAXA didn’t give him and Mizoguchi green cards so they could show their leadership skills. Once they saw what they wanted to see, JAXA gave them both a “saving grace” in green cards so they could finally understand what was happening. I still can’t help but wonder what group C is doing…

The episode ends with Mutta reminding everyone that they still need to select two people to become astronauts. I’m thinking Mutta will pick Serika no matter what, but I’m not quite sure he will pick himself. It would certainly be tough to choose between who gets to follow their dreams and who doesn’t… I’m not sure I would be able to pick between 4 other people. Maybe it will be something simple like rock-paper-scissors; though I’m thinking that they will just pick people who they want to work with. I can’t help but be a little sad that this arc is ending already ;_;… Oh well, more to come!

Space Brothers Episode 18

Ka-pe! Kenji!

Another great episode. Mutta has basically figured out what’s going on with the green cards. After someone sabotaged the toilet and the rice, Mutta figured he would soon make his “green card debut”. After receiving his card he found out he wouldn’t be able to hide it like the others, as he needed to disrupt them at least twice a day… Which lead to a hilarious scene of him imitating Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee. I guess it’s better to try and entertain them rather than annoy them. Perhaps he should do Arnold Schwarzenegger next ^_^.

Each episode provides new insight into the characters, which is exactly what a good slice-of-life should do. In this episode Kenji has also figured out that JAXA is behind everything being sabotaged. He also suggests that it doesn’t matter who everyone chooses; rather, JAXA is more interested in how they choose. Not even Mutta got that far. Feeling pressure to withdraw, since he has done nothing to develop or encourage team work, Kenji remembers what his daughter said to him. My subs translated it as “roo-rah” but it sounded more like “ka-pe” to me. After some reflecting in the bathroom he realizes his daughter was wishing him good luck and he regained his confidence.

It seems like the next episode is the second last episode of this arc. I can’t help but feel a little sad, but the faster it gets over with, the faster we will see them in space. I’m still a little curious how group C is doing… I guess they’re not very important. It was cool to see Kenji regain his confidence and gel his hair ^_^. Is it just me, or does this anime give me a similar feeling to GTO? I can’t help but watch it with a smile on my face all the way through… Nah, maybe it’s just me. This anime is that good. In fact it’s so good I must resist reading the manga to find out what happens.