Kud’s internal struggle.
Little Busters! 21 Review: “50 Nautical Mile Sky”
“50 Nōtikaru Mairu no Sora”
Little Busters! Episode 21 Impressions
As we dive into Kud’s past, we learn where she gets her interest in space and what her mother’s dream is. While Kud may hold hopes for her mother’s success, sometimes dreams don’t turn out the way one wants to.
Kudryavka and her Mother
The Little Busters! playful demeanor aside, Kud does take up some traditions from her past which is a clear indication of how much she values it. Her mother, Noumi Mikonulsky named her Kudryavka because of her longing for space and Kud carries on that feeling with her all the way up until now. The desire is so strong that she left her daughter to her father and left on her journey to realize her dreams. Some may argue that’s not how a parent should behave and that she should take care of Kud. To some extent, I agree, but I’m sure that Kud understands the importance of the dream and will endure the loneliness for her mother’s sake.
Kud’s relationship with her mother is a bit strange to say the least. They are far apart from each other, but they accept the fact peacefully and move forwards. To that extent, Kud has a strong character. I can imagine that if it were another character that he or she would be angry for being left behind only to realize by the end of the arc of his or her parent’s feelings. She has already passed that point and is cheering her mother who is about to launch into space. Even so, accepting that fact is not easy for anyone and the tinge of sadness in her voice is indicative of her perhaps suppressed feelings.
While Kud’s past with her mother is a hopeful one, when I heard about the launch, I knew something would go wrong. As sad as it may be, if there weren’t something tragic going on, I doubt people would be as interested. Still, when the explosion happened, I’m sure a little bit died in all of us. After all that’s happened, after putting up with the isolation, she is finally seeing her mother completing her dream- only for it to disappear in the time of a few seconds. All those years of not seeing her mother might have been justified in Kud’s mind had the launch be successful. The shock is too much for her to handle and the symbolic falling of her hat only represents her mother’s fallen dream.
If anything, I feel that the overall execution of this episode is solid. I can’t say that I am surprised by the ending, but I don’t have to be for it to be an enjoyable watch. Kud’s character is certainly one of the more interesting ones as her past with her mother is a bit of a unique one. I hope that somehow, Riki will be able to help her recompense for what she’s lost even if it is irreplaceable. Her very soul is broken as part of her dream is also stripped away. Just what other sad story will Little Busters! bring next time?