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Space Bros episode 2

The readers have spoken. According to the poll on the sidebar, you lot want me to blog Space Bros. Admittedly I planned to take that poll more as a suggestion than gospel, so while I won’t be covering Tsuritama, Jormungand, Lupin III or AKB0048 (thank fuck), I can still cover Appolon, Eureka Seven or Mysterious Girlfriend X. Blogging Space Bros will be tough though. The rumour going round that this will be 13 episodes isn’t true. It was a mistranslation, there’s just going to be an announcement after 13 episodes. It’s still set to air 50+ episodes. I’ve covered anime that long before with Hetalia, but Hetalia had the whole of history to fall back on for stuff to talk about. Space Bros? Well, we’ll see how long this lasts.

What would really help is if Space Bros kept the quality of its opening episode. What the hell happened to the directing? So much of this episode was dull talking heads. This women in particular started to creep me out. So many shots of just her face looking straight at the camera with a faint grin on it. It’s a technique used by Silence of the Lambs to make Hannibal Lector appear more unnerving. I somehow doubt that was the same effect they were looking for with this episode, but that’s certainly what happened to me.

What was her point in the episode anyway? To remind Mutta to chase his dreams? Didn’t we already get enough of that in the last episode? I get that this is the central driving force to this show, but already in this episode I was finding their constant laying on of this message to be overwhelming. You don’t have to keep shoving the message down our throats. It starts to lose our effect and become tedious, particularly if you plan to go on for 50+ episodes.

There were still parts of this episode I liked. The exam section went remarkably quickly, already sharply cutting down the number of participants, which I guess is nice so we won’t have to sit through lots of scenes of Mutta studying. I liked the chair conceit, as cheesy a selection it may be. I am surprised how many people apparently don’t notice a screw on their chair is loose though. Do people not notice when their chair is wobbly? Maybe I’m destined to be an astronaut too (actually the more likely explanation is I’m one of nature’s fidgets).

I’m less keen on the instant marking out of the characters that are going to progress through the trials. I suppose this isn’t supposed to be a shounen tournament anime or anything, so it’s not aiming to build tension. But you don’t have to be a tournament anime to recognise the importance of building tension. Then again, it’s not like shounen anime don’t mark out their victors straight away. Hint: It’s the ones with the more elaborate character designs.

Yeah, these Space Bros posts are going to be short. I don’t want to run out of things to say this early on. There’s plenty of time to make these points later on in this show.

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  1. RogerMoore
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    This episode was really underwhelming compared to the first. I had very high hopes for this show, and I thought the first episode set the series up very well. This felt like a total letdown, though. It was slow, uninteresting to watch and the dialogue felt quite clunky at times (although admittedly I’m judging by a translation). I really hope this isn’t what we should expect from the rest of the series, which I’m delighted to hear isn’t going to be as short as I’d last heard.

  2. diz1776
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 12:48 am | Permalink


    • fathomlessblue
      Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:10 am | Permalink

      I voted for it. It’s been a while since Scamp’s blogged something that’s slowly eroded his sanity. I think the last one was Oreimo.

      • Alex Voda
        Posted April 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

        I voted for Lupin because it might me an interesting match for Scamp.
        This season has quite a few of these “remind you of the old animes” animes. And out of all of them Lupin might have the most interesting approach. Also Scamp might relate to his experience in Italy. As he mentioned, Lupin merchandise wasn’t hard to find there.

        Though I agree, AKB00048 might be the best fit for his blogging stile.
        I definitely had a lot more fun reading about Oreimo than say Mirai Nikki.

        What is for sure, Scamp, I’d rather you blog any other show than this one. Since you don’t usually blog many shows per season, being stuck with one show for 50+ episodes would be both draining on blogging creativity and a waste since other more interesting to blog shows might appear.

  3. Erif
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Doesn’t seem too short to me.

    So, there’s a possibility that you’ll blog more than one show? Because I’d really love to see you cover Apollon.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 12, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Maybe not, what with my final year in university and everything

  4. Gunslinger
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Interesting thing i noticed is how many series this season have actualu animated noses … its remarkable

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Shh Scamp, Shh

    At least you didn’t blog Sakamichi. I really just want it to slip under the radar and not be this seasons Guilty Crown….

    Anyway, I felt as though the dialog was clunky because they were mostly rushing and trying to get a lot of material in, as though trying to skip all of the fluffy stuff and get to BROS IN SPACE

  6. Someone Else
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    No ZIDANE! In this episode…I am disappoint. Well goodluck on 50+ episode…lol

  7. tjwon
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    GL on this review man! I didn’t know you did a review on Hetalia. [Runs off to read] Just finished reading all your Hetalia episode reviews. Refreshing to see it from a guys perspective. 8)

  8. EquestrianLT
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    I honestly rather liked this episode. It may have lacked some of the impact of the first but it’s still just cemented in me that i like the characters. I actually connect an awful lot with Mutta so seeing him remember his feeling for the telescope really hit close to home for me. Maybe i’m just a big ol’ sentimental bear but there was this feeling of kinship when i he was at the bridge playing his damn heart out. Very few shows have made me feel that so i’m very much looking forward to the rest of the series.

  9. Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Disappointed that you’re not going to be blogging AKB0048. Ah what could’ve been…

    I guess this episode was okay though… I guess… I mean that screw tightening scene was pretty damn neat and the aunt’s little veiled pep talk practically had me puking up rainbows but… dammit, it’s not AKB0048.

  10. Posted April 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Everyone is talking about AKB0048 like we have any idea what it will actually be like. For all we know, it could be anything from harmless moe show (like Sengoku Collection), to trainwreck action show (like GC, Symphogear), to camp fun (like EVOL, Moretsu pirates), to actually interesting action (Macross, Madoka) to boring melodrama (BRS, Natsuiro).

    Sure, more of these options are bad than good, I don’t have great hopes either, but it’s still strange, it’s like everyone picked one very specific concept of what it will exactly be like, and took that for granted.

    • Embok
      Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      Macross and Madoka being grouped together like that is probably the most offensive thing I’ve seen in my life.

      • Scamp
        Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

        Yeah man, don’t lump quality like Madoka with meh stuff like Macross :P

  11. Moomba
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Since the original source for the length (ytv) has been removed, now that the rumour of 13 episodes has been disproven is there a current source for 50+ episodes?

    As to ‘the victors,’ having not read the manga I’m still undecided on which way things are going. They could be singling people out so we can watch them suffer and fail miserably. That way they can build them up so we actually feel some sort of empathy for them when (if) they do fail.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 12, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      It was posted up on another site somewhere before being taken down, and there has been no comment from the creators saying that it wasn’t true

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