♪ On the 2nd day of anime, Ulquiorra gave to me . . . 2 space bros
. . . and a cute fluffy bunny just for me! ♫
Animated by A-1 Pictures, the same studio responsible for Tsuritama and the currently airing anime series Shinsekai Yori, Space Brothers became one of the most ambitious anime of Spring 2012 and one of the most highly acclaimed series of the year. But it is also one of the most underrated, on-going, anime among foreigners.
Adapted from a seinen manga(aimed at men), Mutta, our main protagonist, and his younger brother, Hibito, aim to fulfill their dreams of becoming astronauts one day. However, at the peak of adulthood, Hibito becomes all the more closer to realizing his dream, leaving older brother Mutta with his bad luck and discharge.
What I enjoy about A-1 Pictures is that they generally like to work with a variety of different genres. Not only does the studio provide a unique flare to the animation, it emphasizes the atmosphere of its story really well and does a great job at making the slice-of-life aspect, they usually work with, pop and stand out.
Background plays a big role in the series and in many of the characters throughout the anime. Establishing a good, solid background for our main protagonist, Mutta, is what makes him such a lovable and genuine character. I’ve never seen this many flashbacks since Mawaru Penguindrum. This series strongly relies on them in order to flesh out its characters and maintain the drive of the series. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed flashbacks this much.
Moreover, Space Bros is pleasingly humorous and never overly dramatic. The story takes a more inspirational approach that ideally focuses on the concept of achieving your dreams and the bond between two brothers, which has turned out to be a much more rewarding feeling than that of blatant rivalry. Plus, the story itself is pretty universal and completely family and kid friendly.
Space Brothers has, undoubtedly, become one of my favorite currently airing anime series this year. All I know is that every episode, every week, always leaves me smiling and that’s gotta say something, right? I just hope it continues this way because the anime is a solid “9/10” for me right now. I’m just waiting to see how it concludes. But with ambitious series like these, who knows when that day will come.