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Eccentric Family episode 4 – Tsundere Oji-san

vlcsnap-2013-07-30-09h48m41s159The old dude is basically following the tsundere handbook. I-i-i-it’s not like I wanted to hang out with you. I just happened to be in the area. Oh you’re having a party? I suppose I could go, I’m n-n-n0t doing this for you or anything. Then even better he gets jealous when the other girl at the party has bigger boobs than he does so he gets really angry at takes it out on her because she’s jealous. And by ‘other girl’ I mean ‘flying tea-house’ and by ‘bigger boobs’ I mean ‘the ability to fly’.

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I wasn’t so keen on the whole backstory with the dad because it retold the same story we already knew with very little additional detail. I suppose it was important to learn about how the old man tengu was involved and how the two cared about each other, but there was definitely a better way of portraying that. It went against the usual storytelling style of the show to upright plonk all those scenes in front of you, doubly so when it’s already been told. I have a better idea. You know that last scene where the old man tengu went to the dad’s sleepy hole and thanked him for his help? If it was just that scene, we would have gotten the implication that the tanuki dad did that big stunt to held the old tengu man. It would have been a much cleverer way of displaying that information in a much shorter time frame.

Admittedly we wouldn’t have gotten to see Men in Black tengu, but that’s an acceptable sacrifice for better storytelling.

(also I have got to start learning these character’s names)

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I did really like the big air battle though. The characters are well-defined and have fun enough personalities that by simply throwing them into a perilous situation, the comedy flows naturally through the characters interactions. Plus through their interactions, the main story of this family bonding comes out in force. Staying close, sticking together when times are tough and other family members are under fire, both verbally and physically. It works in delivering the main theme while being rather nonsensical about events too.

But what I loved most of all about the air battle is you get the feeling the entire event was completely orchestrated by Benten because she wanted to see destruction. Gives the family the dinky little tea-house and plants the fan in their as a weapon. Goes on board the rival family’s ship because she knows that will annoy and frighten the tea-house and damage their pride. Then sit with the head of the rival family and spend your time boosting his already inflated ego. This makes him want to wave his metaphorical dick around, so he starts to shoot the family he knows Benten is a little cosy with. Benten then invites Yasaburou to use the fan as a weapon, all while making sure she’s out of the way so she can enjoy the spectacle in peace. With a nice little glass of brandy on the rocks.

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8 Comments

  1. Eisenberg
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    4 episodes so far,and we don´t really know almost nothing about Benten,though we can fell her presence everywere,and the influence she has in the history.Is the kind of character that can become the heart of a series with a minimum background exposition,and besides the fact that we can discovery something next week,that´s not going to change the mistery surrounding her i guess. 9/10

    • Scamp
      Posted August 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      I like that concept. Those are always my favourite kinds of characters. The ones who warp the world around them, and even when they’re not around you can always feel their presence on events.

  2. Posted August 1, 2013 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    You know, I’m not really sure if this anime even has a real story (the summary on MAL doesn’t count). Four episodes in and the whole thing just seems to be “here’s this weird family. Let’s follow their lives”. I’m not inherently against that concept or anything, but this family isn’t exactly doing anything I can sink my teeth into.

  3. ANON
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    after you said that the story should start soon, I guess they’re saying that this is the story.

    the aerial battle was loads of fun though.

  4. TienesMilanesas
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    That BGM in the air clash was really fucking good, it reminded me of ‘the drink is called rajika’ in some way.

    I guess the main arc is the one that started at the end of the episode. My only doubt is whether our main dude character has anything to learn or any clear development path. He seems a-ok in every way and that would make the ending kinda difficult to work out. Either way, 4 episodes in, this is much more entretaining than Tatami Galaxy(even though they are completely different, but whatever).

    By the way, will you rejoin the bakacast this season?

    • Scamp
      Posted August 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      The entire show being the main dude running away from Benten? Because he broke her fan? Doesn’t seem quite dramatic enough…

      I’m not sure I will rejoin Bakacast this season. I like taking the time off. Might be back next season, we’ll see.

      • baśbaś
        Posted August 6, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

        Rather about him running away, maybe the story will fast-forward, the MC will come back to town to find out there’s less fun that it used to be.

  5. Erif
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    They should have only referred to the “Incident” in the previous episode instead of telling us what happened. That way they could have kept the viewers interested on what exactly the “Incident” was while still fleshing it out in finer detail later on.

    Enjoying this immensely so far. To me it feels like old Japanese folklore told in a modern time with modern conventions.

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