What is this fanservice crap? An entire episode set in a bathhouse with men running around naked everywhere, slapping each other with towels. Free aint got nothing on this level of manservice. In Free you get to choose between a teenage boy with ripped muscles, another teenage boy with ripped muscles, another teenage boy with ripped muscles, and another teenage boy with ripped muscles wearing glasses. Whoop de doo. Meanwhile Eccentric Family can offer you flustered aniki, shota, regular bishie, naked old men and even sumo wrestlers. The only thing Eccentric Family is lacking is nipples, but Free doesn’t have nipples either. That is why Psycho Pass will always be the superior show. Because Kougami had ripe pink nipples.
I was a little worried Eccentric Family had lost me after not really enjoying the past 2 episodes, but I was right back on board this week. I think it’s just the Friday Fellows storyline and their relationship with the tanuki that irks me. I still love the interplay between the members of the family. We’re finally getting something more on this political battle between the tanuki that’s been bubbling in the background throughout the series so far. I’m not even sure what it is they control as leaders. The tanuki as a society seem pretty sparse and uncontrolled, although that may be as a result of the dad not having control over society anymore. In general it feels like tanuki society is a bit of a mess, with both of the leading families apparently under the cosh of one measly human who can make them fight each other with very little provocation. She even ate their leader in a stew.
I did like finally learning a little behind why the brother spends all his time down a well. In his human form he seems like suave cool bro, what with his hipster hairstyle and drinking lifestyle. Although it seems the entire tanuki society is built around an alcohol culture when even their flying tea-houses use alcohol as fuel. Then again, virtually all of civilisation started on the back of beer so let’s not judge the tanuki. They’re really not much different than us. Except our houses don’t fly on alcohol. We actually drink the stuff rather than use it as fuel. Because we’re smarter than them. That’s why they get boiled in hot pots and we don’t.
One part I didn’t like about the scene was the dramatic bwaaaah of violin crescendo when frog brother admitted that he was out drinking with his dad on the night he died. It was very well directed up until then. The storming out of the bath house to the calm once they reach the well. Showing characters faces at specific times and hiding it when they wanted you to figure out their emotions by yourselves. It was all really subtlety done with great attention to detail while never been ham-fisted, only to then mash you over the head with mournful bwaaahing violins. Almost ruined the most important scene of the episode for me. It didn’t. But it almost did.