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12 Days of Anime #10: The Best Father-Son Bonding Activity

eccentric-family-greatest-father-son-bonding-activityIt took me a while to warm up to Eccentric Family. I enjoyed it at a distance — I liked the angle and thought the characters were fun and clever, but somehow I couldn’t jump the hurdle to really care about any of them beyond simple entertainment. That’s not a requirement for me to like anything, of course, but while watching Eccentric Family I couldn’t help but be nagged with the feeling that I should care about them. Maybe it’s because when I see a family I can’t help but want to care a little, even if the family is full of shitheads. Perhaps something else for another time.

Eccentric Family went on for a while. The character I was most curious about was Yajiro, the frog in the well. Aside from perhaps Benten, he clearly had the most going on that he wouldn’t open up about for reasons seldom few knew. (In-show, anyway. I’m sure plenty of people watching at home probably put the pieces together, or at least had an inkling.) Nobody would hide himself in such an obvious metaphor for depression without a fair reason, yeah?

Then, in episode 8, we get most of the story behind the final day Yajiro spent with his father. (“Most,” of course, since even Yajiro does not have all the details.) We know how it ends, and so it is sad, but what has stuck with me is the beautiful light in the middle when Papa Shimogamo, a bit inebriated, decides to go on a joyride with his son. Thus, Yajiro turns into a train — with his pops riding shotgun inside — and they roll around town spooking people. It’s such a blissful, happy memory that it makes the knowledge of what is to come all the crueler, because this moment of father-son bonding is stained.

At the end of Eccentric Family, what made me happiest is that Yajiro got this memory back and could think of it — and his father — fondly.

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  1. Cobrah
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Frog bro was by far the best bro.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      He is a pretty good bro.

  2. Posted December 17, 2013 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    I liked that their father was embracing who he was and being himself to the very end. Through contemplation of their father’s life, I think Yasaboro and his brothers were able to begin the healing process for their family.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      Yep, what happened was still very sad, but at least the knowledge that they and their own (well, their immediate own lol) weren’t culpable in their father’s death helps quite a bit.

      • Posted December 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, and just understanding how their father lived and applying that to their lives. Not that they felt they had to “measure up” to his greatness but just figuring out how he saw the world and then seeing it that way themselves (a bit).

  3. Shikamaru
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    I really liked the train segment but one thing still really bugs me. Yajiro was REALLY drunk when he transformed in to the train so that means that he drove under the influence. And his father was okay with this? That somewhat/almost ruins the scene for me.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      It’s just another manifestation of their idiot blood.

  4. Nagisa33
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Even though I wasn’t fond of Yajirou, this scene was the hilight of the show. It was a jolly train ride full of smiles and laughter.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      I want to ride a train now.

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