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The Eccentric Family Episode #13 Anime Review

We knew a collision of forces was about to ensue when it was revealed at the end of last week’s episode that the tanuki clans and the Friday Fellows were meeting just a screen partition apart. What I didn’t expect was the lack of grace when the forces do collide.  Accusations fly from Yaichiro towards his uncle, but with no proof they are shrugged off.  Yaichiro looses his cool and reveals that the guests of the next room over are the Friday Fellows.  The next thing you know there are tanuki running everywhere and humans cowering from an enraged tengu.  I was laughing at the complete 180 of the human professor, but when confronted with reality instead of a hypothetical he behaved in a totally believable manner.  The scene is a hilarious romp, something more akin to the antics behind the stage of the  Muppet Show .  The chaos of a raging, drunken Akadama armed with a magic fan is going to be difficult for the residents of Kyoto to explain with normal means. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/09/30/the-eccentric-family-episode-13-anime-review/

The Eccentric Family Episode #12 Anime Review

While the last episode of  The Eccentric Family  skipped the opening theme to jump into the action, this episode drops the ending to set up the finale.  Yup, we’re almost at the end of the series, and it’s an impressive collision of orchestrated events setting the stage for the showdown. We knew from last week’s preview that Yajiro was going to be an important part of the family rescue.  What I didn’t expect was the exuberance of that rescue.  Now I know where some of that animation budget from the previous episodes ended up!  Racing through the streets of Kyoto, Yajiro makes for a loud and obvious ghost trolly.  Drunk and empowered, he somehow manages to blast through Kinkaku and Ginkaku’s tricks and grab Yasaburo. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/09/23/the-eccentric-family-episode-12-anime-review/

The Eccentric Family Episode #11 Anime Review

Thanks so much for the spoilers, Crunchyroll!  After a shaky looking episode last week, the animation steps it back up as  the Eccentric Family  reaches it’s finale few climatic episodes. I don’t know how Benten walks the line she does between adversary and friend.  She remains unrepentant about her role in Soichiro’s death and yet still shows up to help out Yasaburo.  Yasaburo is no doubt grateful for her assist, but he’s no closer to figuring her out than we are.  He’s perhaps even more confused after learning what her role was in his father’s death.  His clever attempts to get her to admit want it is that she wants leads him nowhere.  After a few helping words she departs the scene again, still as mysterious as ever. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/09/17/the-eccentric-family-episode-11-anime-review/

The Eccentric Family Episode #10 Anime Review

I’m of two minds about this pivotal episode of  The Eccentric Family .  For one, it’s nice to have the last missing details about the night of Soichiro’s death.  It clarifies the order of events and just who was involved in the plot.  On the other hand, the guilty party is an obvious target, and for a show with such original qualities the reveal feels too simple. It was clear from the last episode that bad events were going to go down during the election.  I didn’t expect the trap that was set to be so all-encompassing.  The Ebisugawa’s never seemed like such a huge threat.  Sure, the sons were jerks and the father a bitter rival, but for that family to slip into such duplicity and plot murder so casually is a bit shocking.  I would’ve thought they would be sneakier with the election set up.  This just makes them seem desperate. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/09/09/the-eccentric-family-episode-10-anime-review/

The Eccentric Family Episode #09 Anime Review

This was the first episode of  The Eccentric Family  where I didn’t find any stand out bit of scenery or breathtaking animated moment.  Sure, everything still looks nice, just not as impressive.  Perhaps the usual director wasn’t on this episode, either way it makes for a small disappointment.  The one highlight was seeing Kaisei’s human face, which has been built up to be a big reveal.  Amusingly, she is cute but unassuming. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/09/02/the-eccentric-family-episode-09-anime-review/

The Eccentric Family Episode #08 Anime Review

This is the first episode of  The Eccentric Family  which doesn’t have a teaser opening.  At first I thought the episode was broken, but no, after the opening sequence there’s a short flashback to the key reveal from the last episode before moving on. Yajiro’s life as a frog is indeed his penance for the guilt he feels from leaving his drunk father behind that night.  I love the scene where Yajiro takes his father for a wild ride through the streets as a phantom streetcar.  It’s the sort of magical moment that this series does so well. Watching Yajiro mope around and torture himself even as his mother tries to snap him out of it is pretty heart wrenching. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/08/26/the-eccentric-family-episode-08-anime-review/

The Eccentric Family Episode #07 Anime Review

The preview for this episode looked like it would be a break from the more serious previous episode.  For about half the episode it is a more lighthearted romp, as we have a return of Akadama-sensei and his bad behavior. I guess the professor isn’t a fan of bathing.  Three of the brothers act to intervene and drag him out of his cluttered apartment and down to the bathhouse.  I imagine that the neighbors were probably complaining about the smell.  After much persuasion of the posturing  type, Yasaburo manages to convince the professor to head down to the bathhouse with them. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/08/19/the-eccentric-family-episode-07-anime-review/

The Eccentric Family Episode #06 Anime Review

This episode of  The Eccentric Family  starts off with a rather surprising bit of information which makes Benten’s past even more mysterious.  Scooped up from a walk home from school by our curmudgeonly tengu professor, she was abducted into some heavy duty tengu training.  This answers what that red glove on the shore of the lake during the ending means.  This also might explain why she dislikes the old man, he basically kidnapped her.  However, she was always shown enjoying her training.  Surpassing the master, she then took off and became the Benten that we see now.  Yasaburo wonders why she changed so much from the enthusiastic schoolgirl she once was. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/08/12/the-eccentric-family-episode-06-anime-review/

The Eccentric Family Episode #05 Anime Review

When we last left Yasaburo, he was running for his life.  Aided in his fugitive status by Kaisei, who still won’t show herself, Yasaburo has been lying low since the incident during the Obon festival.  He’s terrified, as all the tanuki seem to be, of Benten and her wrath.  Although, aside from her flying and a few magical trinkets she doesn’t appear to have other great powers.  At least none that we’ve seen. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/08/05/the-eccentric-family-episode-05-anime-review/

The Eccentric Family Episode #04 Anime Review

All favors have been called in, and now Yasaburo and family can finally take to the sky to watch the Daimonji bonfires with the rest of the tanuki.  Loaded down with alcohol, and with the curmudgeonly professor as a special guest, they cast off. The small, easygoing group chows down and takes in the scenery while the littlest one and the audience get a history lesson.  We heard a bit about the time the head of the Shimogamo family transformed himself into a mountain, but were not given a reason why.  Now we find out that the transformation was to stop a battle between two groups of tengu, Akadama’s group and a group of rivals.  Yasaburo’s father was a powerful tanuki, strong enough to keep up the pretense of a false mountain for a week in order to drive out the troublemakers.  Past deeds of derring-do don’t make up for being turned into a hot pot, I guess. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/07/29/the-eccentric-family-episode-04-anime-review/