You might think that I’m doing first impressions of all the good shows to ensure Shinmaru and Inushinde don’t get to cover them because I’m spiteful over the fact they got to have fun at Anime Expo while I didn’t. However you would be wrong! I totally left them with awesome new anime. Yellow Mosaic, Love Lab, the anime that’s about oppressing black people, all sorts of great anime about a group of teenage girls doing nothing!
Meanwhile all I get to cover is this boring anime based off a novel by the Tatami Galaxy author with fantastic directing, attention to detail, and clever dialogue. Oh woe is me~
In case you didn’t get that from my oh so witty intro, I really liked Eccentric Family. It’s got a very off-beat feel that gives it the same vibe indie movies have. That trick where the real important parts of the story are left completely unsaid, but heavily implied throughout the way the characters act and how they look away during certain things they say, or how they openly lie at different parts. The story is about this old man Tengu who has lost the ability to fly, and my reading of it is it’s allegory for people who were crazy active people in their youths struggling with their lack of mobility in old age and their depression brought about from that.
The story is told from the perspective of a student of his, a tanuki dude who likes to transform into a high school girl. He says it’s for the old man’s viewing pleasure, but I’m guessing there’s more to it than that? Possibly just for shits and giggles. I know that if I could transform into a sexy highschool girl then I’d do it to mess with the heads of old men too. But anyway, his perspective on things reminded me a lot of teenagers and young adults who are close to their grandparents and are trying to live out their newfound freedom, but in turn realising that they want to be responsible and help their grandparent but aren’t sure how to do it. I really like how their dialogue plays out.
It’s also interesting how different a tone it has from Tatami Galaxy. That had Maasaki Yuasa, so obviously it was completely bonkers and had a totally madcap presentation style. Meanwhile the guys working on this are fairly new to this whole directing business. They have worked under Kenji Kamiyama for Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East and Moribito, and it’s definitely closer to his style. A lot of fantastic attention to detail in very little things, such as how the main character holds his body as a girl being not very lady-like. It’s very understated directing, which usually isn’t my style. I’m more one for the in-your-face style of Shinbo-era Shaft or Gainax before everyone good left Gainax. But I’m digging the style of Eccentric Family a lot. Possibly my favourite first episode of the season. All it needed was Senjogahara in her underwear and it would have beaten everything else.