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SPACE BROTHERS #10 -- Watch & Learn

Team-building exercises of tension!

So… I’ve had a nasty bug for the past few days - - the kind that feels like it’s filled your head with all sorts of sticky crap - - and that’s what this delay of material’s been all about. Sorry about that, lunatics! I’m back on track, though, and setting up to put some cool content together at Anime Expo this weekend. I’ll make it up to all of you!

It felt appropriate that my predicament felt like the sort of challenge Mutta would have to surmount in this show. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some episode coming up that actually centered on the guy having to having to work through a cold or flu whilst making his way through this strenuous program. I mean, the show demonstrates here that isn’t afraid to get into all the minute details of a team-building exercise. It ain’t like they’re going to deem a bout with the sniffles as something too trivial to delve into.

As happens with most shows I follow for this column, I’ve reached a point where my commentary’s going to get a little repetitive as I find myself unavoidably having to repeat observations I keyed in on earlier in the series. It goes to show that the “snap judgment” factor applies just as often to shows you’ll like. In this case, I’m saying again that I think this show’s got fleshed-out and appealing characters, it provides some intriguing procedural insights into the space program… and it also might be better enjoyed in the abbreviated movie version. As much I like the show, the pacing’s gotten a wee too deliberate and a cliffhanger involving a bus simply arriving at a facility would certainly evidence that.

Watch this episode, "Running Bus” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

AURON570on June 26, 2012 at 10:37 a.m.

There is actually a live-action movie of Space Brothers if I remember correctly.

Also, the sniffles is not trivial at all >.> my cousin the sniffles a few weeks ago and.. oh you know what never mind..

Rxanaduon June 26, 2012 at 5:42 p.m.
Man, if you think this show is slow-paced and formulaic, then you should NEVER watch Hyouka.  Long story short, a band of high-school students spend 20-30 minutes doing nothing but trying to solve 'grand' mysteries, such as finding out why one of them talked back to their math teacher.  And, then, you'll find yourself somehow drawn back to the show.  There is something truly hypnotizing about that show, and  I can't figure it out for life of me.
Petiewon June 26, 2012 at 7:12 p.m.
Regular sniffles, or Japanese anime sniffles?
If the latter I'm glad you somehow survived to write the next article, they're pretty serious. 

Show is still pretty slow paced, though I hear its going to be 40-50+ episodes, rather than the one season I orginally thought when it began?

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Nanba and Mutta Hibito are brothers who dream of becoming astronauts. Nanba, the younger brother, has become an astronaut. Space Brothers follows Mutta as he struggles to achieve his dreams of becoming an astronaut, and more importantly being a model big brother.

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