SPACE BROTHERS #1 -- Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on May 15, 2012. Last post by sickVisionz 2 years, 3 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (855 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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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.

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Post by zaldar (1,247 posts) See mini bio Level 15

I doubt NASA is involved given that is a Japanese show and the Japanese have always had a space fascination. Anything that helps keep America interested in Space though is a good thing to my mind, as we need to be out there now rather than later. Whats the Babalyon five quote...if we don't go out into space not only do we die but Shakespeare, Michelangelo, and Albert Einstein also die. Something like that.

Post by metalsnakezero (670 posts) See mini bio Level 16

I think what helps you enjoy this is the characters are adults and the nostalgia feeling. KIDS ON THE SLOPE is very much Jazz, teen character development, which is still well made.

Post by AURON570 (565 posts) See mini bio Level 15

FEEL SO MOOOOOONNN *yeah*

Post by Marshal Victory (2,095 posts) See mini bio Level 13

I like the older brother with the black hair .He seems reasonably almost heroic.Few would punch their boss over their little brother.An theirs your feel good moment.Least for me any way.

Watched this about a month ago or so.Been saving up the episodes to watch 4 at time.So much anime so little time.This would it be safe to put this in the comedy tags?But i do not think one can go slice of life .I mean to few would relate to nasa an space in their daily lives.But science fiction fits.

Post by SergioB (31 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Great series too. When I first heard the title and premise, I didn't think I would like it as much as I do. As I said before, it's neck and neck with Kids on the Slope for best series this season.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,640 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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This has to be the first time you've ever covered something that I actually thought, "What the hell is this?". This wasn't even remotely on my anime radar.

Post by rubberluffy (577 posts) See mini bio Level 16

So is this somewhat comparable to Planetes? That is a pretty great down-to-earth (HAH) space series.

Post by XChile (115 posts) See mini bio Level 4

Good.

Post by SergioB (31 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@rubberluffy: Space Brothers is kind of slice of life light, comedy about becoming an astronaut. There's no commercialized space travel (so far). It's basically what would the next logical steps in space travel be for us if NASA still had a budget to send people to the moon and beyond.
Post by sickVisionz (4,256 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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I'm glad you brought some light to this. Hopefully this won't end up as one of the shows people pretend doesn't exist when they say all anime is pretty much the same or nothing but kung fu, mechs, school girls, and boobies.

Post by Turambar (233 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@zaldar said:

I doubt NASA is involved given that is a Japanese show and the Japanese have always had a space fascination. Anything that helps keep America interested in Space though is a good thing to my mind, as we need to be out there now rather than later. Whats the Babalyon five quote...if we don't go out into space not only do we die but Shakespeare, Michelangelo, and Albert Einstein also die. Something like that.

Given the degree of NASA and JAXA cooperaton, it would not be a surprise actually.  Also it states in the credits specifically that there is NASA cooperation.  Also regarding Japan's space fascination, that is not true, especially not now.  The particularly interesting thing about Space Brothers is that it comes on the heal of Gundam AGE, a show that struggles in ratings specifically because, through a number of polls, it was discovered young kids, the target audience of the show, lacked interest in space.  Space Brother only works because it is a Seinen show, and appeals to various points of nostalgia to audiences 20 and older, whether it be the interest in space, or simply Mutta's social, familial, and professional progress.
Post by Turambar (233 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@rubberluffy said:

So is this somewhat comparable to Planetes? That is a pretty great down-to-earth (HAH) space series.

No, Planetes is about loneliness in space.  This is one's path to becoming an Astronaut.  They appeal to very different emotions.
Post by zaldar (1,247 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@Turambar: but both have a space connection and to me show the Japanese association with space. I mean even EVA does to some extent. Japan really does love their space operas or at least did. We still have that show this season about the female space pirates.

Post by Turambar (233 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@zaldar said:

@Turambar: but both have a space connection and to me show the Japanese association with space. I mean even EVA does to some extent. Japan really does love their space operas or at least did. We still have that show this season about the female space pirates.

DID is the key word there.  Also I'd say Bodacious Space Pirates is banking on something other than Space to appeal to its audience.
Post by zaldar (1,247 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@Turambar: hmm I don't know, setting is important and it actually isn't nearly as sexual as you would expect from the title given the stuff I have read about it here. New shows with space themes have decreased though you are right about that.

Post by sickVisionz (4,256 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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I think the connection between Space Brothers and Planetes is about as strong the connection between Space Brothers and Naruto with the reasoning being that both of them have brothers in them.

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