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Eccentric Family episode 10 – Something happens

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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?

vlcsnap-2013-09-13-15h55m40s70I 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.

vlcsnap-2013-09-13-15h50m17s178But 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.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted September 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    As things began to happen in this episode, I thought of your complaints that nothing was happening in the show. (I mostly agree that nothing was happening, but I found it not happening in the most interesting way.)

    Regarding “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 think this is the first election since the death of Our Hero’s father. I assume the post has been vacant in the meanwhile.

    The stone, I assume, is just an old tanuki, choosing a less isolated spot than the bottom of a well.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted September 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      You know when someone’s telling a joke/comedic retelling of an event, and, instead of laughing, some other asshole is like, “well, actually” or, “I doubt that would really happen.” ?

      Don’t be that guy.

  2. Nagisa33
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    You gave me the motivation to pick up this series again since I put it on hold at episode 7. I’ll finish this all the way through rather than drop it. Thanks.

    • Scamp
      Posted September 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

      It might lead to nothing though, so you might as well wait until the end

  3. Ramiel
    Posted September 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    “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.”

    FUCKING THIS. One of my biggest complaints was that this show does a pretty bad job of showing the motivations of the characters. Like, what is even the benefit of becoming Nise-Emon. What sort of power does controlling a bunch of lazy tanuki get you?

    At least we got to see a bit of the Uncle’s motivation for betraying his brother in this episode. I agree with your feelings a lot, Scamp. I was rather uninterested in this show until this episode gave us some plot to work with.

  4. Nagisa33
    Posted September 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    One thing that irks me is that the tanukis are so passive about getting eating.

  5. DarkEnergy
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    I want Benten and Yasaburou to shag it out and create an army of mischievous tanuki/human/tengu children that wreck havoc everywhere they go. It could be a sequel/spin-off: The More Eccentric Family.

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