Space Bros 47 ~ a few always leave

March 3, 2013

NASA chief, Jason Butler, gets serious.

NASA chief, Jason Butler, gets serious.

Even though this was a low key episode, I think episode 47 of Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyodai) did a pretty good job of setting up the conflict for the next arc. First we have an ominous reminder that even when the two year astronaut training program is over, some people quit, because they realize they don’t have “the right stuff”. Even those who become astronauts, such as Murasaki, never get a chance to head out into space.

Here comes trouble: Vincent Bold.

Here comes trouble: Vincent Bold.

Unfortunately for Mutta Namba, his trainer has already decided that he is a lost cause. There were a lot of shots of him looking disapprovingly at Mutta, and even a fortune-telling scene in which it was suggested that something very bad lurks in Mutta’s future. Clearly the next major challenge for Mutta will be the training program, and dealing with his instructor in particular. Mutta has a tendency to doubt himself anyway, so having an instructor who thinks his job is to wash out the refuse will be a tough situation. Actually you can tell the trainer, Vincent Bold is spells trouble for Mutta just by his casting. He is voiced by Kenjiro Tsuda, who played, for example, the Red King, Mikoto Suoh, in last season’s K, and he was Chikage Kazama, the leader of the oni in Hakuouki (Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan).