I’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.
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. 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.
I 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.