English: Space Brothers
Synonyms: Uchu Kyodai
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 2012 to ?
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisMutta's life has hit rock bottom. He's been fired, blackballed from his profession and now he's had to move back in with his parents. Meanwhile, his kid brother Hibito has been literally riding a rocket and training to be an astronaut. The same career Mutta once dreamed of. So, is it ever too late to go after your dreams? Through a little coercing and a bit of covert activity, Mutta's family and friends can get his resume on the right desk, but from that point on it will be up to Mutta himself. Does he have what it takes to turn his life around and put his footprint on the moon? The first step on the highway to the stars is always the hardest, and in a job where crash and burn isn't just a euphemism, it will be the biggest risk Mutta's ever taken. But with the best support team ever, maybe he'll find what he needs to rekindle the spark inside him and light the biggest candle of them all!
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Uchuu Kyoudai
Side story: Uchuu Kyoudai: Apo's Dream, Planetarium Uchuu Kyoudai: Itten no Hikari
Prequel: Uchuu Kyoudai Number Zero
Characters & Voice Actors
I normally make a point of refraining from "re"-viewing currently airing anime, but given the length of this show and the relatively little amount of attention it receives, I'm feeling tempted to make an exception here.
Ever dreamt of being a rock star or a famous ballerina as a kid? Or perhaps an astronaut? Although the mind-boggling vastness of space is probably one of the few things that doesn't fail to inspire awe even in full-blown adults who've already lost their original sense of wonder, it's a sad fact in life many people come to believe they'll never amount to anything upon being forced to bury certain aspirations.
Telling the story of two brothers who once promised each other that they would grow up to be astronauts, Uchū Kyōdai is, at its core, an extremely cliché-ridden series. While the younger brother – Hibito – is on the right track towards fulfilling his part of the agreement and preparing for an extended stay on the moon, the older brother, Mutta, serves as a painful reminder most of us stand helplessly as our childhood dreams shatter when we approach adulthood. When his supervisor makes a disrespectful remark about his younger sibling, Mutta loses it. Rather than just getting himself fired, he ends up being blacklisted from employment in the field he has been working for years, forcing him to move in with his amazingly embarrassing parents again at the age of thirty-two. There, having hit rock bottom, a state he blames on being born during the so-called "Agony of Doha" – a football (soccer) game in which Japan just barely missed its first real chance to enter the World Cup –, he rediscovers a sense of idealism for himself after being remembered that he used to consider it his duty as an older brother to always be one step ahead of Hibito. Seemingly out of nowhere, Mutta receives a letter from JAXA informing him his application for the upcoming astronaut screening has been accepted.
A male protagonist who's just a little simple-minded and on a continuing quest for a certain goal being put through a series of challenges to his physical and mental abilities, ever-surrounded and supported by his family and friends when in doubt, is easily the most clichéd story anime has to tell, thanks to being the underlying concept of pretty much every major title representing the shōnen demographic ever. The strength of Uchū Kyōdai lies in telling that all too hackneyed story in a way that feels oddly refreshing and relevant. On the way from our first exposure to anime to being regular watchers of varying degrees, it's only natural to grow somewhat tired of seeing the same tropes or stock characters being implemented over and over again, and consequently develop a certain tendency to mistake anything that appears to be novel and original for inherently superior. Uchū Kyōdai, however, is proof that originality and quality are not necessarily linked to each other.
A while back, I saw someone in the forums calling a female character design from another anime "ugly" for no reason other than that she was drawn with the hint of an actual chin rather than the usual chin-less pointy face, so I'm sure the character designs for this series will be enough to put a sizeable number of people off. Being used to not just oversized eyes but at the utmost only implied olfactory organs, it may take a while to get used to characters with very prominent hook noses and such. But the characters are part of what lifts the series above the ordinary, and their designs merely reflect what they are supposed to come off as: realistic. Reversing the fact that most characters in anime are by far teenagers, Uchū Kyōdai gives us a huge variety of characters in their late twenties and up, continues to develop them at a nice and steady pace, and thereby succeeds in making them believable.
Exemplary for their plausible interactions are the many contradictions in the relationship between Mutta and Hibito. In the very first episode, Hibito sends his older brother an e-mail after being informed of his brother's job loss in which he advises him to listen to a cassette tape they recorded when they were young. On the tape, Hibito expresses the wish to travel to the moon after witnessing something that appeared to be a UFO headed there, but Mutta decides to take it one step further and aim to set foot on Mars. From this scene alone, it becomes apparent there is both a great mutual sense of affection as well as a perhaps even greater sense of competitiveness between the brothers. By the time the plot takes place, Mutta is torn between being proud of Hibito who will soon be the first Japanese person on the moon and a shameful sense of failed competence over being the one who finds himself falling more and more behind despite being the older brother.
But the distinguishable quirk of this series that is truly responsible for its noteworthiness in spite of being fueled by clichés is its pace. Most of the characterization happens in the form of flashbacks, to the extent where about half of an average episode consists of nothing but flashbacks. While this may not exactly sound appealing in theory, and will admittedly cause some viewers to be frustrated with the consequent slowness of the show, it makes Uchū Kyōdai a real treasure trove for those who can appreciate character-driven series. Sometimes these flashbacks are a little too conveniently and obviously linked to what is happening at the time the story takes place, causing the show to teeter into dangerously corny territory. And then, when you least expect it, there will always be a surprising element or an all-around awesome episode that will drag it right out of there.
Uchū Kyōdai is a heartwarming tale about pursuing dreams on both a small and a large scale. It follows Mutta's struggle to catch up to his younger brother and become an astronaut after all, while also broaching themes such as humanity's general obsession with always aiming a little higher since time immemorial. And yet the show does not completely shy away from showing the ugly truth that it takes a lot more than determination – namely loads of luck – to fulfill a dream. It shows us people who cannot join the space program and restart their lives as astronauts, but have chosen to utilize their interests and abilities in a way that enables others to do so.
Seemingly little things like these help the show achieve a level of authenticity rarely found in anime. read more
"An older brother must step ahead against his younger brother" - Nanba Mutta.
Lately, i haven't found any good anime to watch.. then i meet Uchuu Kyoudai/Space Brother, at the first i was like oh just an average anime which have sci-fi and bla bla bla. since i didnt have any anime to watch, i thought i could try it for just one episode. and then seems like i had learned my lesson.
"Dont ever judge anime by its cover, genre, or anything else before you watched it" - Me, after watching this.
The story was simple, its about Nanba Mutta as the older brother who had promised with his younger brother, Nanba Hibito. to become an Astronaut together. But, then the life changes them. Now, Nanba Hibito is on training for becoming an astronaut and as for the older brother, he is just being fired from his company. And until then Mutta as the older brother have a motto that older brother must take a step ahead against his younger brother, luckily, there was an audition for becoming an astronaut. and so Mutta without hestitate sign for the audition.
Simple? yeah... its kinda remembering me about Bakuman. and so, whats make this so special?
first of all, is the story itself. like bakuman does, the story was father kinda in slow paced. we're not just gonna see the Nanba Mutta struggle for being an astronaut, but we're gonna see too the flashback about him and her younger brother, boring? I dont think so, since all that flashback was really touching. You cant help to shed your tears (that was what i feel). Well, its not all about melancholic situation, Uchuu Kyodai have great jokes too. Usually when Nanba Mutta mumbling or speak with himself, he always comments on what he feel or what he see. It just feels so natural, you cant help to not to laugh when he does that.
and not just that, the detail of the way they tells us about space, NASA, and the outer things was really perfect. when i watching this anime, i cant help myself to google some of the fact in this anime, like "did you know that Moon's sand was so sharp as a shard of glass?" and not just that, the details about space and NASA is really increasing our knowledge about it.
Second, the character. what makes appeal me a lot was all of the character in space brother. i am not exaggerating. because in this anime, there isnt any bad guys with a weird reason to do something bad. they're just people like us, who do something for some reason, behind every act they made, they have a reason. I think thats the good point, since as far as i have seen, rarely any anime made this thing (act) so naturally. They're just doing by what they're believe.
And what surprise me a lot was the each character have a scene to develop. either by flashback or by their experience. and its kinda lame to said that the story was so slow (because of the flashback), YES its slow but the slow itself because they want to the viewer knows "what kind of character it is?" and surely, to make us, being attracted by the character.
Third, the art. i am not gonna said to much on this section. but, if you see it carefully, you will see why this anime was so appealing, like how many anime that have a male lead which have an afro hair? then, the draws for the character was well made, yet is so slice of life anime. Not excessive on the background coloring neither the character does. When usually some anime use so many gradient or shading in coloring to make more appealing but not in space brother, they make it simple but yet its charming. Its really the style of Sentai Filmworks
The Last, Sound. honestly, when i heard the opening songs (especially the first OP, "Feel so Moon") i am really attached to it, not just attached it, i realize that the OP was really fit with the anime, its about outer space. not just the first OP, the other OP was really - really well made. Even i had to replay the OP, just for hear the song. The background song or BGM is also perfectly fit with every scenes that appears. Like when there was something amazing happen, "Sora e No Michi" songs plays and its really hyping up the atmosphere and makes the scenes twice more epic!
Not just the OP and BGM, the seiyuu voice was really deserves an award. They really fits with each character that being voiced. especially when Nanba Mutta talking to himself or when he sighing about his life, its like they (the seiyuu) really put their feelings into it. Of course not just seiyuu for Nanba Mutta, but all the character.
When everyone focus and talk about Shingeki no Kyojin or any anime that airing in that season, They forgot to bring this anime as topic to be discussed. Oh, poor you Space Brother. But well, honestly i am happy that not many people to know this anime. I can be a hipster! lol Anyway, this anime was still airing. until i write this review, the anime had just airing their 63 episodes but it has been on my top 5 anime,Yeah, so why i had to risk on my top anime place for this airing anime? as for me, its too early for judging anime if you havent watched the whole episodes, but who cares? this anime was awesome. and its enough reason for me to put this on my top anime.
if you're looking for a motivational , then you might try this anime... and one message for me, CATCH YOUR DREAM!
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Both of them are about people setting goals and trying to achieve them. They are great and make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. You will find nothing like this on american tv.
Very well crafted stories and the characters are well rounded, both very enjoyable stories about working hard for a dream.
Two stories about the dream of two boys and a path to achieve it. A great humor and the atmosphere. Nice characters.
People trying to archive their dreams, making you feel what they feel and cross your fingers for them.
THIS is the absolute same kind of anime. Except Bakuman has a slightly more shounen feel to it, while Uchuu is a bit more inclined to drama. BUT they both have two very close man male characters who try to achieve their childhood dreams. They both have this empowering nd motivational feel to it and have a lot of funny and hilarious moments that bring you closer to the characters. Both deal with main characters competing with other characters for being the best in what they do.
somehow I found these two anime similar.. though the themes are totally different (manga-space). however, if you like this series then you MUST watch Bakuman (whether if you liked Uchuu Kyoudai or not, I would still highly recommend Bakuman for you) They have similar style of comedy and most importantly they tell stories about people who work really hard in order to achieve their dreams.
First of all, the art is extremely similar however, I know people don't watch anime purely because of art. Not only are both anime extremely original, but both are extremely entertaining, with Slice of Life moments that can be both hilarious and dramatic.
Overall, both Bakuman and Uchuu both tell the tale of normal people who decide to pursue their goals rather than wait for opportunity to come to them.
Both deal with space and astronauts
Space themed with in-depth, believable characters. Interesting stories, and also very informative about space exploration.
Same kinda of story, same art and background story....if you liked uchuu you should check out planetes
Neither of these anime try to do too much in each episode; they do well in fitting meaningful storytelling into each episode without making you watch a 3-episode arc about a single character's motivations.
The settings are diverse; the subject matter is interesting. Uchuu Kyoudai is less fanciful, both in the sense that it's realistic, rather than truly sci-fi, and in the sense that the characters feel more like real, if eccentric people, but for both space geeks and fans of genuine, interesting and slow-burning drama it's a must.
Opening Theme#1: "Feel So Moon" by Unicorn (eps 1-13)
#2: "Eureka (ユリーカ)" by Sukima Switch (eps 14-26)
#3: "Yume Miru Sekai (夢見る世界)" by DOES (eps 27-38)
#4: "Small World" by Fujifabric (eps 39-51)
#5: "Kienai E (消えない絵)" by Magokoro Brothers (eps 52-64)
#6: "Crater (クレーター)" by Merengue (eps 65-75)more
#7: "HALO" by tacica (eps 76-87)
#8: "B.B" by THE Yatou (eps 88-???)
Ending Theme#1: "Subarashiki Sekai (素晴らしき世界)" by Rake (eps 1-13)
#2: "Kokuhaku (告白)" by Angela Aki (eps 14-26)
#3: "Tete (テテ)" by Akihisa Kondou (eps 27-38)
#4: "Goodbye Isaac (グッバイ・アイザック)" by Motohiro Hata (eps 39-51)
#5: "BEYOND" by Miho Fukaraha (eps 52-64)
#6: "Yozora no Taiyou (夜空の太陽)" by Flower Companyz (eps 65-75)more
#7: "New World" by Kasarinchu (ep 76-87)
#8: "Anata a Ireba OK!" by Serena (88-???)
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