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.