Normally these two brothers are hard to take seriously as villains. Even when they’re locking little boys in garages to starve to death and capturing animals to be brutally slaughtered and devoured, I still can’t take them seriously. But turn one of them into the Sandman villain from Spiderman with the creepiest giant morphing head coming out of a wall and suddenly they are more terrifying than 50 Bentens. I couldn’t even work out what animation method they were using. I’m assuming it was CG animated because it swayed constantly, but the sandy filter over his head meant I couldn’t see the usual botox-look that anime CG often has. It ended up operating in this creepy uncanny valley place that creeped the fuck out of me right throughout the scene.
It appears I was totally right as usual about Benten being the one who is really in charge during this whole scene. Well perhaps not in charge so to speak, but simply using the villain as she sees fit and does not give a hoot about his plans. They were about to capture Yasaburo only for Benten to hover over and take him away. Not like she was rescuing him or anything, she just saw him and wanted to say hi. That’s how far below her recognition the Ebisugawa family are.
I’m trying to guess how Benten will figure into the rest of this story, but I can’t work out how her story goes. In the case of the other brothers, their arcs seem obvious. Their story is about coming out from under the shadow their dad’s death left over them and becoming their own people capable to standing up to their father’s legacy. Little brother stops being a wimp and saves someone, older brother takes greater responsibility by theoretically winning the election, and frog brother stops living in shame and climbs out of that well.
I don’t quite know how Yasaburo is supposed to finish his arc. Maybe get their revenge on the Ebisugawa family somehow. Goes slightly against the family theme the show has been pushing, but I’m not sure the Ebisugawas count as family anymore. I mean, the two brothers were either in love or engaged to their cousin in that family, which I know is seen as cool in Japan but kinda crosses the boundary between what’s considered family and not.
The other alternative to Yasaburo’s arc is to have him do something with Benten, but I can’t imagine what that something would be. It could be anything from kicking her in the face, getting eaten by her, or having sex with her. Or possibly all three, in any order, or at the same time. I’m sure having sex with someone while you’re eating them as they are kicking you in the face would be an uncomfortable experience, although someone out there definitely has that fetish.