First Impressions – Uchuu Kyodai

You don’t see this very often! A new season, and right off the bat we’re being thrown the good stuff? Well, I’m not complaining, Uchuu Kyodai (I can’t stand people calling it Space Bros, that name just rubs me the wrong way) has certainly set the bar high, if most of the season is this good, (though I seriously doubt it will b) I have high hopes for Spring.

Uchuu Kyodai is one of my most anticipated shows this season, serving as a throwback to the more realistic sci-fi previously brough to you by 2003’s Planetes (An old favourite of mine) and very little else. As a result of this, Uchuu Kyodai ends up feeling rather fresh, even though the basic concept of a man aspiring to achieve a childhood dream isn’t incredibly unique.

Where Bros (for the sake of not having to type out the title, I’ll shorten it to this, even though I hate myself for it) excels is in its execution and characterisation. Everything is directed rather well and even though this is going to run for 50+ episodes, the pacing never dragged, giving the perfect amount of time for an enjoyable set-up, if anything, the episode felt too short, but it’s not the shows fault, quite the opposite, I was just hungry for more.

While the parallels between protagonist Mutta and his younger brother Hibito are made rather obvious, I was happy that this episode didn’t simply turn Hibito into a rival the audience is meant to hate, he actively helps Mutta and nudges him back on track with his childhood dream, leading to a relationship that actually feels like a genuine brotherhood. (I found it funny that the brothers here have the same age gap as me and my older brother, their relationship (NOT the way their careers turned out) reminded me of ours, in a few ways) Speaking of childhood dreams, I liked the approach taken here, showing us childish endeavours through the eyes of a jaded adult, it’s interesting, and I’d love to see more of it.

So if I haven’t made it clear, (I really hope I did, this is the second draft of something I’d already written, the first draft, which I preferred, deleted itself. Yaaay)  Bros looks to be a highlight of the season. Constantly enjoyable, yet grounded and human throughout, it’s a wonderful, well written, fairly inspiring character study, as well as a solid comedy. We don’t get much like this, and I’m glad it exists.

Will I blog this?

I’d like to, but no. Considering it’ll be over 50 episodes, it’ll run through my preliminary exams, my final exams, and if all goes well, my first semester of university. I’ll still be blogging other stuff while all that happens, but I don’t think I have the energy at this moment to cover a long-running narrative. I hope someone else here picks it up in my stead though, it deserves the coverage.

4 Responses to “First Impressions – Uchuu Kyodai”

  1. 3 April 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Uchuu Kyodai (I can’t stand people calling it Space Bros, that name just rubs me the wrong way)


    • 2 Gooney
      3 April 2012 at 3:49 pm

      SHIT! I’ve been found out! I’ve got nowhere to run now!
      Seriously though, I don’t know what it is about that name, it just annoys me.

  2. 5 April 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Yup, yup, I really enjoyed this episode. Also, the brotherly relationship really reminds me of me and my brother (though our age gap is one year less). It was quite saddening to see Mu-Chan feel outdone by his brother because I often feel the exact same!

  3. 12 April 2012 at 10:45 am

    I’ve actually been wondering if this series could have been made into a movie. I’m sure the 50-odd episodes will be enough, but I think it could work shorter too.

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