Uchuu Kyoudai 7 ~ blindfold goggles
May 15, 2012
Episode 7 keeps the drama going. Back at JAXA, Mutta’s chance for getting into the space program seem particularly weak. Hibito notices that Mutta seems upset about something, but Mutta can’t quite come clean about the whole situation. Finally Mutta gets caught up in an American crime spree.
For the first time, we get a taste of things from Hibito’s perspective. Previously Hibito’s perspective was provided when someone else related a memory of something Hibito had once told them. Here we get an actual recollection by Hibito, which indicates that he is worried about his brother. Hibito has long known of Mutta’s habit of overwhelming his senses when he is trying to get over something bad. As a result, he is aware that something is wrong, despite Mutta’s stoic refusal to share his concerns about how the JAXA selection is proceeding.
By the way, I have seen some speculation that Hibito failed the blindfold test because he was worrying about his brother. I honestly don’t think that is it. I think Hibito isn’t particularly strong on detail-oriented work (that is Mutta’s strength). Hibito is a bit of a jock, and there is a big difference between lifting weights and memorizing all the locations in the airlock. This issue was emphasized again during this episode, as Mutta had an obsessive need to remove the label from the pot that Hibito had left for who knows how long.
I’m looking forward to seeing exactly how they work this out, but it is pretty clear that Mutta needs a win right about now. Further, he demonstrated his knowledge of his surroundings without having the ability to see right before the fire extinguisher attack began. I fully expect Mutta to not only pull through, but come out the hero. You can do it, big brother!