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Space Brothers: Imperfection

Space Brothers 05

Unlike last episode, I have a few thoughts on the presence of Hibito and how he and Mutta are mutually revealing in many ways. Hibito is and isn’t what I expected, mostly because of how well Mutta understands his younger sibling. While the overall message of episode 5 may have been that everyone is “missing something” or incomplete, I felt more compelled by the brothers’ interaction with one another.

Presumably, Mutta and Hibito have not met in some time, though there is no issue of it as Mutta knows Hibito almost as well as he knows himself. Mutta points out the hints of trivial disarray in Hibito’s approach to life. What was obviously amusing for myself was the sibling awareness. My younger brother and I are similar to the point that we see each other’s “chaos” when we visit and observe our places.

Though beyond the identification, I feel Hibito’s lack of perfection, his chaos, is relatively perfect. Whereas I think Mutta’s meticulous and seemingly exhaustive approach is exactly why he fails; a failed perfectionist. Mutta sees each piece of the machine and attempts to reconcile a method to the mayhem which may limit his perspective of the big picture. The presence of bicycles this episode struck me because “riding a bike” is a great point of comparison between the characters.

For those who ride bikes regularly [without falling into a river] the process is too simple for conscious decomposition into smaller movements. We feel the action as one or two units: pedal, steer. And here is where enumerating each involuntary sub-action works against the meticulous. If we think about every necessary motion, we will tire or fail. Hibito makes his success look easy in taking initiative towards larger steps, grouping minuscule details into intuitive motion. Satori, perhaps.

But Mutta can reach Hibito with his small-step approach. And we return to “one small step for man (Mutta), one giant leap (Hibito)…” I could go on, but… I enjoyed the episode. That is all.

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  1. While the overall message of episode 5 may have been that everyone is “missing something” or incomplete, I felt more compelled by the brothers’ interaction

    Indeed. I feel that there’s still a significant amount we’ve yet to find out about Hibito, but his steadfast faith in and knowledge of his big bro is revealing, and I like that we got a glimpse of how he came to beat Mutta in the race to become an astronaut first. The bulk of the epi may have been about Mutta’s more childlike insecurity, but it also brought us closer to the big reveal regarding the rut that Mutta has been in for a while and still seems to be in, in terms of his lack of complete commitment to a career and belief in himself. Hopefully we’ll get deeper into this soon, so that Mutta can truly move forward.

    Hibito’s lack of perfection, his chaos, is relatively perfect. Whereas I think Mutta’s meticulous and seemingly exhaustive approach is exactly why he fails; a failed perfectionist

    You know, I also see this with my students all the time. This time of year, final coursework deadlines are imminent, and yet I’m still waiting for first (which’ll have to be their only) drafts from some students who are otherwise quite studious and attend lessons, but would rather risk handing in something dangerously late, than have anyone see a very imperfect first draft. I guess Mutta gets too bogged down in the details too; while attention to detail can be great, it’s not the be all and end all, and thus your riding-a-bike metaphor is a nice one to use. Speaking of which,

    For those who ride bikes regularly [without falling into a river] the process is too simple

    Perhaps. Though, there’s always a plus side to falling into rivers; you may get fished out by cute youth workers. ;-)

    • Mutta seems to have been all over the place with his career, so it does seem on-track now that he’s being guided along.

      Haha, I hope the cute youth workers also know how to dry someone off with a towel. :)