What’s this? Is this something actually happening in Eccentric Family? Was that a significant reveal combined with plot development? Is this a delivery on some 9 previous episodes of setting the scene and the character motivations so we understand events for a thrilling finale? Is this post being led by a string of rhetorical questions?
I believe my latest posts made it fairly clear that my interest in Eccentric Family was dropping at an alarming rate to the point that I thought I had completely lost interest. That’s part of the reason why there was a delay on this post. I wasn’t looking forward to coming up with another post in which I had to talk around the subject of how I’m rather bored and was considering just palming it off to one of the other writers (well that and I fell down a dark Sims 3 hole recently that I prefer not to talk about). But hey, turns out if you have significant plot progression then I will start to care about events again. So let’s talk about them, shall we?
The main question coming out of this is who is controlling who. I’ve been under the impression throughout this show that the rival family are a bit of a bunch of dunderhead who couldn’t scheme their way out of a brown paper bag, so having them pull this elaborate operation seems a bit far fetched. Meanwhile the show has also made it fairly clear that Benten is in control of everything no matter what the situation. The fireworks festival episode was the best sign of that. A series of explosions and battles all orchestrated very cleverly by Benten, floating out of the way once she had got her hands on the free booze and out of harms way.
But to what end? In that regards Benten is still an enigma. Apparently she was spirited away by the smelly old tengu when she was younger, but that scene was awfully vague in what it actually entailed. Was she genuinely just lifted off a beach because some old demon fellow wanted to act like a lonely Japanese businessman and get some schoolgirl action? If so, why has the show not made a bigger deal of that point, particularly if that has become the driving motivations behind her actions? It seems like she’s trying to gain control of the tanuki world by manipulating the voting process, but why does she crave this control anyway? Beyond the fact that she just happens to like manipulating people so much, which I suppose is a pretty fine reason in of itself.
Incidentally, I’d say idiot blood must run through every single tanuki family if they swallow this double family assassination. Gosh it sure does seem like everytime somebody goes up against this one fellow in the general election they get captured by the Friday Fellows. I wonder if we should check that out….nah let’s just transform into schoolgirls and see if we can get ourselves captured by pervy tengu to stave off our pathetic loneliness and fear in this world as we realise our entire lives can be ended by a bunch of middle aged men and a small pot of water. Maybe leaving Benten to run this society would work better since currently they are relying on a small rock to choose their election candidates.