A good episode exploring more of the relationship between the Nanba brothers.
Building on the second half of last week’s episode, episode twenty-eight delves a bit more into the DVD that Mutta hands Hibito to leave on the moon base. Titled the Miracle of Doha, the DVD is footage of a UFO that Mutta and Hibito had seen at the beginning of the series, or at least that is the intention as we learn about the whole creation of the footage. The episode does this by going through flashbacks of the Nanba brothers as kids spending their nights waiting for the UFO to show up and tying it into the present, with both sharing their fondness for that childhood memory. It’s a sweet little story of their childhood and it showed how much the brothers lookout for one another despite how each appears to be the opposite of the other.
What we do learn is that the UFO on the footage filmed by Hibito is nothing but a fake. However, it is a fake created with the most honest of intentions by Hibito as proof for Mutta to show to classmates who were bullying and harassing him about the validity of his claims to have seen a UFO. There’s a couple of humorous scenes in which we get a hint of all the items Hibito had scavenged around their home to create and film the fake UFO. When we do finally get to see the footage, it’s quite apparent that it’s obviously faked, but the intentions behind its creation are truly sweet. It was simply the byproduct of a little brother looking out for his big brother, something that is easily relatable for people with siblings. It was a sweet sentiment that really showed how much this story is about the two of them as brothers.
We do get to see Mutta repay the sentiment later on in the episode and the fact that they both treasure the video to the present day as adults really showed their bond as siblings. Overall, episode twenty-eight does feel more like filler as we lead into Hibito’s departure into space, but it’s a good episode regardless as we do learn more about the two brothers growing up.
GO Rating: 3.5/5
With Mutta soon to follow!