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Eccentric Family episode 7 – So much manservice

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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.

vlcsnap-2013-08-20-17h57m06s246I 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.

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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.

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14 Comments

  1. Posted August 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    “That is why Psycho Pass will always be the superior show. Because Kougami had ripe pink nipples.”
    ^This.

    Lol, after kinda enjoying last week it was this one that didn’t thrill me–a lot of the lead up to (and most of) the bath scene specifically felt like wheelspinning and/or exploring things we’d already touched on…damn, this show dwells a LOT in the past, when you think about it. Once secrets started getting revealed things got a lot more interesting, but that was pretty late in the episode. LOVED the facial expressions at the well though.

    I’ve been wondering what Uchuten Kazoku would have been like as a movie rather than episodic series, you’d learn a lot less but the flow might be more dynamic all the way through?

    • Scamp
      Posted August 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

      The show’s biggest problem is a lack of direction. While a movie would cut out a lot of time, I’m not sure it could force a direction on the story. If anything a TV series works better because it allows their lives to be told in bite-size chunks

      • Raiphin
        Posted August 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

        Good point. I still feel like something scale-wise could have been done to help tighten up the proceedings, but I’m not sure how to make ‘tight plotting’ and ‘slow slice of life’ work in tandem, y’know? But I want them to. >_>
        I’ll have more thoughts probably on it when it’s over and we actually know how big and/or what kind of plot we’re working with. Or if atmosphere IS the plot, more or less.

  2. Posted August 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    A) Being killed and eaten is acceptable, it’s simply a part of life.
    B) Being killed and eaten is not acceptable, and should be prevented when possible.
    These are directly contradictory messages. I refuse to give Eccentric Family a free pass just because they say “yea we fucked up on those last two episodes lets get back to the main plot now and we’ll throw in some manservice as compensation”

    • Pusswookie
      Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:59 am | Permalink

      Well, A is a pretty common part of an animal’s lifestyle, especially for prey like a Tanuki [racoon form], whereas B is the most common belief among humans, because the “Sanctity of Life”, which applies to us and only us humans. Given that Tanuki are a bit of both, I can see how there would be some contradictions.
      Like Starburst.

    • danilo07
      Posted August 22, 2013 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      They aren’t contradictory messages because they dont actually exist.You A is incomplete and should include “but only when you are trapped in cage and have already raised your kid” ,he would have tried to avoid getting boiled by humans but if they caught him he would have accepted it ,besides this is only a philosophy of certain character not a message of show.Why is it that everything charcaters think is taken as a message of this show,its apparently not allowed to have chacracters with differnt opinion.

    • Kirin
      Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      It’s more like being killed and eaten is an outcome that should be avoided, but should it come to pass despite all efforts to prevent it, no hard feelings. That’s just how life is. The whole thing only gets complicated when human vanity enters the picture.

      • Posted August 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

        To me, at least, the important bit is how to resolve this problem with human vanity being in the picture. I mean no one chooses to be eaten, but in 99% of cases, predators aren’t choosing to eat either. No one can fault the lion for eating the gazelle. Its questions of sapience the give the story its moral edge, so to speak. The story wouldn’t be nearly as compelling if both sides weren’t sapient, or even if one side wasn’t sapient (then it would be silver spoon).

        Yasaburo’s conflict is really interesting because he very clearly is sapient, yet he has to come to terms with the notion of humans being strictly superior to him on the food chain. It’s this shared sapience that allows Benten to one day choose to love him as an equal and the next day choose to consume him as an animal. That’s pretty interesting to think about.

        Except this episode had 0 segue from the themes that were building in previous episodes, so it appears (to me at least) that Yasaburo holds two entirely opposing ideas about Sapient-Sapient interactions without showing any signs of cognitive dissonance. I don’t know how he can NOT BLAME the professor for actually eating his dad yet BLAME yajiro for doing the quite frankly neutral action of simply not helping him when he was drunk. That’s where the hypocrisy becomes blatantly obvious to me.

      • danilo07
        Posted August 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

        Where exactly did you see did you you see Yasaburo blaming Yajiro for his fathers death?When the twist about Yajiro was revealed,Yasaburo looked pretty indifferent.

      • Posted August 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

        I thought his facial expressions, the whole flashback montage and the violins (along with what he said about goodbyes) sort of implied that the whole affair was a preventable tragedy. But you’re right in that, at this point, it’s somewhat ambiguous exactly how he feels (he hasn’t come out and directly said anything).

  3. gedata
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    This series lost me a couple weeks ago. But I’m on board again. Heck I even liked the bath house stuff, it was nothing, but a kinda funny nothing. I always thought Pops was an interesting fellow. Looking forward to seeing what kinda dad he was.

  4. Pusswookie
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I found that scene that Crescendos into The Reveal to be impactful as expected, but also kind of comical; the great leader of Tanuki society can’t be left to drink on his own?
    Really?

    I mean, as far as I’m concerned, the guy didn’t really DO anything wrong in leaving him. He was also drunk and made it home just fine right?

    • Scamp
      Posted August 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      Leaving a Tanuki drunk is apparently like giving him a stick of dynamite and lighting the fuse

      • Raiphin
        Posted August 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

        Leaving your dad to drink by himself(?) when you both live in the same house/temple is pretty cold. Just get him home, there will certainly be more booze there.

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