That’d be funny if this ended up adopting some formula for every episode where Mutta has a new quirk that seems damagingly-neurotic at first and then winds up being shockingly advantageous to his goals. Sort of like how Columbo would act like a bumbling imbecile to lure the bad guys into a false sense of security, then drop a “Just one more thing…” and totally flip the switch on them.
In this case, it’s the dude’s seemingly-weird desire to hug a display case so it’s easier for him to imagine himself standing inside its space suit. Even while I doubt that anybody would really deem that a line-crosser for a guy who’s trying to come out on top of a highly-competitive space program, it was still rather cute to find out how the act winds up reminding his crush of her father. What luck! Her old man was a twitcher, too!
Less cute, and more bizarre, is the part where Mutta’s other unlikely quirk - - his superlative lung capacity - - factors into the episode’s highest moment of tension. Once again, I’ve got to say that no amount of human drama in anime diminishes the strangeness of this show building suspense over a dude blowing into a tube so a ping-pong ball stays aloft. It works, it works, I swear it does… it work so well that I feel like there must be some terrible, unseen cost for it working.
Hell, this episode even finds a way to put a friendly spin on professional mediocrity! Have you ever fretted about how you’ve never exceled at one thing? Well, this episode will make you feel good about performing at average levels across the board instead of any of having any gross imbalances to your skill-set. It's just turning frowns upside-down, left and right.