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Space Brothers: Collection 2 (2012/Sentai Blu-ray Set)

Picture: C+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Episodes: C+

Mutta has been dreaming of going into space since he was young boy. Now, he and the other astronaut candidates compete and train at the astronaut academy, but with limited positions, the will be tested not only physically but mentally as well. They are thrown into sealed facilities and tested on how they will react under various conditions and stresses, and for 10 days they will be tested how they work alone and as team.

Space Brothers: Collection 2 (2012) continues the tale as Mutta dreams of following his younger brother into space; he and others the other astronaut candidates are tested as team in space simulation in how they would survive and live in close quarters as a team. But even as teammates they are still rivals ...and that means sabotage is inevitable. Mutta realizes it is not the teammates, but the administrators themselves causing the problem, but the purpose of the administrators is to test them more than just knowledge and ability; how people work together in space.

I would hesitate to call this series a sci-fi because it focuses more on the relationships between the characters than actually science and space. It reminded me more of Space Camp with afros with a bunch of monkeys being tested in space. It certainly made administrators and leaders seem like they are sadists and they love to torture ...ehem, play pranks on those beneath them. In truth, they are testing teamwork under stress, because in space, astronauts are a representative of the rest of humanity, you can have geniuses and the smartest people in the world, but if they go to war with each other, they can destroy themselves or even endanger the mission.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is authentic, yet softer and more down-styled than even I usually like, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless track far exceeds the image with a very warm, clean, clear presentation that also has healthy Pro Logic-like surrounds. Extras include clean opening and closing animations and trailers.

Episodes this time include...

Broken Glasses and the Sole of the Foot - Fukuda glasses get accidentally broken by Fuyura who is too proud to say sorry.

Let's Talk About Space - The group is being tested with various tasks, but a series of sabotages begins.

Alarm But No Clock - After the clock was destroyed, someone is ringing the alarm every night.

The Culprit is in the Room - Mutta figures out JAXA is behind all the sabotages.

Ka-pe! Kenji! - Kenji is reminded by his daughter how not to give up, no matter how much others might bully him.

The Day Before Goodbye - Mutta and his team thinks back to how they all first wanted to become astronauts.

The Worst Possible Punishment - The team must choose two who will go on to the next stage of testing, but how can they decide who is best?

A Long-Awaited Glimpse of the Sky - The winners are finally announced, but does than mean the end for the rest who didn't make the cut?

Working on the Dream - Fuyura learns that even those who didn't make the cut doesn't mean the end, but they can still help the future generations enter the space program.

Father, Son, and Mutta Claus - Even after passing all the tests so far, it's Christmas and Mutta works as a part time Santa.

The Worst Possible Interviewer! - Mutta finds out he is to be interviewed by his little brother's nemesis/rival.

Sonic Little Brother Training Big Brother - Mutta's little brother begins his countdown to his blastoff.

Painful Interview - Mutta gets interviewed by real astronauts.

- Ricky Chiang


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