Space Brothers has the best portrayal of an adult sibling relationship I’ve ever seen in anime. Most of the anime isn’t about that.
Space Brothers has the best portrayal of a realistic space mission I’ve ever seen in anime. Most of the anime isn’t about that.
What’s Space Brothers really about? Trolling. Space Brothers is an anime about the apparent trollfest that is astronaut training. It has some excellent moments, but given the length of the show and its repeated troll-based plot devices, I can’t say it’s great overall.
Space Brothers has a large cast of good characters but few great ones. I’d say there are four great characters: the Nanba brothers, Kenji, and Sharon (she made me care more about ALS than the ice bucket challenge ever could’ve). Everyone else is basically a personality quirk/racial stereotype plus an emotional backstory. Once again, it’s not bad, but it’s too simple and repetitive a formula to keep you excited.
I usually like long anime, but I can’t say the same for slow anime. Despite having many excellent moments, the show takes too long to get to them. If the pace had been a bit faster, or if the construction of the plot and characters had been more varied, the show could’ve been great. Instead, it was just pretty good.