Well, this show sucker-punched me pretty soundly. In a good way, of course. A good way.
Certainly, this might be a case of apples and oranges, but whenever I do my random samplings of pilots, I always end finding plenty of points and counterpoints to compare and contrast the shows with. SPACE BROTHERS isn’t that similar to KIDS ON THE SLOPE, certainly, but I’d contend that they can be grouped together for how their plots aren’t about fights, techno-speak and boobies in the way that the lion’s share of anime I cover on this site is. And, with that accounted for, I’ll say that the multiple hooks in this pilot were a lot sharper than those in KIDS ON THE SLOPE.
Let’s be honest, “SPACE BROTHERS” isn’t exactly the most intriguing title, so I wasn’t expecting anything that’d really grab me when I pulled this up on Crunchyroll. So I’m still pretty surprised that I ended up getting such good vibes from it - - hell, I’m actually feeling pretty good just typing about it, now. Maybe it’s mainly because it reminds me so much of crowd-pleasing flicks of the 80’s that could have fairly large scopes without necessarily having “high concept” premises. I was half-expecting a Kenny Loggins song to play on the outro.
The notion of the space program even existing into the 2020’s is maybe a little provocative at this point, in of itself, and I’m sure I’ll be getting all sorts of education on the field from the clear amounts of research that went into this. However, it’s the titular brothers that make all the technobabble interesting, and these two are some fully-realized human beings with the sort of careful nuance you rarely see outside of a Mike Judge cartoon.
The hell with it... even if this is just a crafty public relations campaign by NASA, I'm still going to go ahead and watch the rest of this. Stay tuned.
Watch this episode, "Little Brother Hibito and Big Brother Mutta" here and decide for yourself.