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Eccentric Family episode 2 – Fabulous Max

vlcsnap-2013-07-16-13h11m27s232I’m a little disappointed Eccentric Family didn’t come up with some completely ridiculous theme music for when the mother enters the store. Something like Machine Heeeaaaaaaad or Gatchamaaaaaaaaaaaaaan or basically anything that called out the character’s name while elongating one of the vowels in a triumphant cry. Her entrance had everything otherwise. I particularly loved the touch where she twisted her foot after coming down so she would appear more dramatic. The director is bringing out his A-game on this, Mister or Missus Sound Design Person. You should be bringing your A-game too.

vlcsnap-2013-07-16-13h18m29s95I’ve seen some people compare Eccentric Family’s writing to the Monogatari series without the flirting and tits, and I can sort of see where they’re coming from, even if that comparison is a little strained. Both have this way of having the characters say a lot without covering the main topic that’s on their minds at the time. Nisioisin’s style is far more meandering while Eccentric Family is more general conversational, but the end result is similar. It’s your task to work out what the characters are thinking through what they leave out rather than having them state it outright. It’s not the easiest form of writing to do, but it’s a style I really love. It’s very easy to have a character say “I sad *frowny face*”. It’s rather less easy to have them say “I happy” but imply they’re sad.

….all right, actually maybe that example isn’t the greatest. It’s more like having a character say “I like pool” while actually saying “I come from a broken family with a crazy but loving mother and all the characters I’m supposed to be looking up to in my life are in need of my help although none of them will admit it so I’m being made forcibly mature while still wanting to maintain some youthful freedom even though the society in which I’m part of is becoming obsolete in today’s world and the one person who was supposed to help out has gone rogue”. That’s an awful lot to imply without actually saying.

vlcsnap-2013-07-16-13h13m31s196I do love how the story is very basically about the ties of family and their dysfunctions. It’s like those family reunions where they talk about how their sister Sally has gotten into table dancing in the city and the brother Pete is involved as a courier for what is quite possibly a criminal organisation and so on. Only in Erratic Family one of the brothers is now a frog stuck down the bottom of a well. That’s why the end of the episode managed to get to me. Even if it was a raccoon comforting other raccoons by telling them they won’t be boiled in a hot pot, it came back to these bonds of family. The first episode managed to get to me to with its story of an old man who is struggling to come to terms with his age restricting him from being able to do what he did in his youth. This show in general is getting under my skin in really subtle ways.

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21 Comments

  1. Raiphin
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I kinda love this show, now we just have to figure out how to make it popular enough that they’ll make more like it.

    Also I may kind of have a crush on Yasaburo, and I really thought I’d have stopped that by now.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 7:22 am | Permalink

      This show isn’t popular at all, is it? It gets about a quarter of the hits my other episodic posts do

      • Raiphin
        Posted July 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

        Which is tragic! Especially since it’s also airing on Crunchyroll, which should make it more well known. I wonder what their hits for it look like.
        I do feel like legitimately solid shows are harder to read about however, at least for a casual follower. Did Shin Sekai Yori go the same way? I liked it for a lot of the same reasons (worldbuilding and mythology will get me every time) but it had a lot more Dramtatic! Twists! to get people involved and riled up. Although I now hear nothing about it (did it even get licensed?) so I’m not sure if that worked either.

      • Posted July 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

        From the New World was licensed by Sentai Filmworks, and in theory will release this year.
        (Wouldn’t say it’s that similar to this series though…)

        As for Eccentric Family, getting nine or so different commentators for a blog post is really good in general I’d say??? They’re all intelligible comments too, which earns a 3X bonus multiplier. And it was top-ranked show in APR, so it’s not *that* overlooked.

  2. TienesMilanesas
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Yes, I was thinking the same about Uchouten Kazoku being somewhat similar in some levels to the monogatari series. The main difference is that in this show the dialog is realistic meanwhile Nisioisin sacrifices that realism in order to make the thing more dynamic and entretaining.

    About this show in particular, I am having a similar problem as with Tatami Galaxy. I can clearly see how it is good and how it does everything very well, but I cannot bring myself to care about it. I think you said somewhere about something that “you appreciate it more than you enjoy it”.<–thats my opinion on this.

  3. DarkEnergy
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    I like how you keep making, using, and referencing these ridiculous tags. Does anyone actually look at the posts sorted by tags?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 7:36 am | Permalink

      Apparently some people do? Someone on twitter I talked to said he looked through the Senjogahara Fascination tab to see all my Senjogahara pics

  4. tomato
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    I’m a sucker for subtle anime and it’s just really sad that stuff like this doesn’t get very popular. Hopefully it will later on. And personally, I really like the music, especially at the climax. The general bgm gives off very traditional feel and some modern jpop which fits with this series so thats a thumbs up from me.

    Anyway I hope you’ll continue blogging this though since you pointed out some parts of this episode that I like and reading your review really made me smile :)

  5. JD
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    The last part of the episode really got to me, especially since the first time the idea of Benten eating raccoons in a hotpot was mentioned it sounded like a throwaway joke.

    They really know how to make that woman scary as hell, don’t they ?

  6. Sataniel
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    I really like this series so far but I couldn’t help but wonder why tanukis even get eaten. They seem stronger than normal humans and with they shape shifting they could easily eliminate Friday Fellows (I don’t count Benten here) avoiding punishment (excluding potential heavenly punishment, who knows with gods). This seem to be tradition, but why they stick to it? I hope this’ll get more explanation along the way (for now it seems to head into this direction so…).

    • Stef
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      Don’t take it at face value, this is all metaphorical.

      Plus tanuki stew sounds delicious to me.

  7. Stef
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I’m a little disappointed Eccentric Family didn’t come up with some completely ridiculous theme music for when the mother enters the store.

    It’s just not the style of the show.

    I’ve seen some people compare Eccentric Family’s writing to the Monogatari series without the flirting and tits, and I can sort of see where they’re coming from, even if that comparison is a little strained.

    A lot strained. The goals a completely different here. While Monogatari mainly plays with anime tropes and trolls its audience, the dialog here accomplishes the same function as in the Tatami Galaxy: to suggest things about the characters and make you know them little by little. Though of course this was one of the themes of TTG whereas here it is still too early to say the same.

  8. Johnny Joestar
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Show of the year in my opinion.

  9. Posted July 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know what we did to deserve this show. It’s beautiful and deftly written and almost guaranteed to tank commercially. Shinsekai Yori all over again.

    • Stef
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

      Shinsekai Yori wasn’t that well written. But still a huge cut above the rest.

      And yeah, sometimes it’s worth it to be an anime fan. Not often enough though.

      • TienesMilanesas
        Posted July 18, 2013 at 1:04 am | Permalink

        Shinsekai yori had a much better setting and the story was titanic. It had a buttload of twists and moral dilemas mixed with inconsistent directing and some plotholes.

        Eccentric family does a much better job on the micro aspect, with actually interesting characters and a huge attention to detail and moderate excecution.

      • Stef
        Posted July 18, 2013 at 8:25 am | Permalink

        That’s what I mean. Shinsekai Yori tackled challenging themes but the script itself wasn’t very good most notably in terms of characterization. That with a sometimes ambitious and, as you said, inconsistent direction. (I couldn’t care less about plot holes though.)

        NB: I love SY nonetheless and will definitely buy the DVD if I see it.

  10. Joel
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    This show has made me watch anime again

  11. Ramiel
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad you are covering this show. you have helped me understand it a lot more than I did when I first watched it.

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