You know, the trick played on the space program interviewees in this episode is actually pretty brilliant. Send somebody up in a ship, and you’d want them to be stressing out about even the smallest detail being awry… because that means they’re paying attention.
Maybe it’s a little quaint of a plot point, or a “moral,” but I couldn’t help but smile over the twist that makes Mutta’s seemingly-neurotic handicap out to be something of an unexpected strength. I always bring up KING OF THE HILL whenever I come across anime shows that can make such small character moments work so effectively, and with such even keel, because… well… there aren’t too many points of comparison on this side of the pond. That show does a lot with a little.
That said, after this episode, I’m a little curious - - maybe even a little dubious - - as to how effectively this story’s going to work out in a serialized format. The first half where Mutta visits his “aunt” and gets back in touch with the dreams of his youth is effective (albeit a little drawn out) - - but making effective cliffhangers out of things like the results of job interviews is a tough row to hoe. It’s a trickier plot to break up into 22-minute chunks that leave you tantalized enough to come back week after week.
Then again, it’s only the second episode. No reason to jump to conclusions. We’re not on the Moon yet, or anything. At the moment, I still can’t understate how refreshing it is to watch a show like this - - something’s that’s closer to Earth, that doesn’t have world-shattering stakes, but is still larger enough than life for me not to get bored.