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Eccentric Family episode 8 – Restaurant at the End of the Universe

vlcsnap-2013-08-26-23h26m39s27This is my face when trying to write Eccentric Family reviews. Brain complete mush, just would like to lie on a small bridge over a stream with my head dangling over the edge. I know the character here is all melancholy because he believes he has just caused the death of his father in a very Lion King-esque way except replace wilderbeests with a bunch of old men who like eating sentient endangered animals. But I am not exaggerating. The feeling of not being able to come up with content for a post is very similar to the feeling after you have just caused the death of your own father.

vlcsnap-2013-08-26-22h17m09s48There was a moment when Frog aniki was explaining why he was feeling so down that I thought things had taken a bit of a…well, the way the camera focused on Yasaburo just as Frog aniki was talking about feeling lovestruck, I thought we had reached incest territory. It would be a pretty good reason to feel conflicted. I’ve fallen in love with my younger brother who is already engaged. Not sure I’d go talk about that with my dad mind you. We still don’t know what the fiancé to be even looks like. So far we’ve seen her drawers and her pipes, which sounds erotic in a Victorian Era sort of way. I like her quite a bit whenever we’ve got an opportunity to meet her, but it’s always fleeting because it’s usually while Yasaburo is running away from something. Usually Benten.

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New thing we’ve learned about tanuki and tengu is apparently they can dine at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. This must be a usual dining facility for the dad and the old guy because it took him halfway through the conversation before he realised the dad was dead. Unless long halls leading to a bright light are just a regular feature in the dining facilities of supernatural oddities. Do they all have gateways to heaven in the backroom? It’s a service they all provide. Given how often people die, it’s not bad business to build a swanky bar on the gateway to the afterlife. Not that those who die come with their wallets. Even when people were buried with money for the guardian of the River Styx, that was only a penny because the rower was apparently running a budget service. They certainly wouldn’t have enough for a nice expensive bottle of wine.

…yeah I got nothing. I liked the episode. Perhaps a little overly maudlin, but they were all thinking about the last moments they saw their dad so I can forgive it for that. I just got nothing else to say beyond contemplating how incestuous brothers would change the story and whether the dead would be able to afford fancy alcoholic drinks. Blogging is hard guys.

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21 Comments

  1. gedata
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Well, at least you’re trying. There wasn’t really a lot to say about this episode since much of the dialogue was repeating stuff we already knew.

    • Raphin
      Posted August 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      Eyup. I recognise part of the show’s point is ‘dwelling on the past’ but…..it’s got what, 3? 4? episodes left? Can something please happen and/or get resolved?

      I want to love you, show. LET ME.

      At least next episode looks like it’s about Kaisei. In a funny and possibly relevent linguistic note Kaisei (well, unless they’re using weird kanji when who knows) means “Ocean Planet” apparently but sounds a lot like ‘kaese’ a common way of saying ‘gimme,’ or ‘gimme back.’

  2. Dilys
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Apparently the actual tengu that the Japanese have in their culture is one that is very in touch with the ‘other side’ of sorts. I guess that’s why akadama could have his final moments with papa tanuki.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 29, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      I figured that was the case. I knew tengu had to have more to them than just being the final boss in Dead or Alive

  3. TienesMilanesas
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Obviously this all happened because they didn’t bring their towels with them.

  4. Shikamaru
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Best episode of this anime season. Damn. I actually got teary-eyed at the end. This is the 4th time I remember getting teary-eyed while watching anime. First was Clannad After Story, second was Angel Beats and third was Anohana. So yeah, I loved this episode. When the eldest brother started weeping I was there too. It’s always nice and refreshing feeling.

    Also the fact that their father basically ended his life so that his sons would stay together was a nice touch.

    • Ramiel
      Posted August 28, 2013 at 5:08 am | Permalink

      That really doesn’t make any sense though, since he was really what held the family together

    • Scamp
      Posted August 29, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      Angel Beats, Ano Hana and After Story made you cry? I don’t understand people like you

      • Shikamaru
        Posted August 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

        I know that you don’t understand me, that’s why I mentioned them. :D

        I get that you don’t like Anohana, you have very good reasons too. I just found that final goodbye scene very touching, but I love Anohana in general.

        In Angel Beats I’m talking about Hinata-Yui confession scene. It’s still the best confession scene in anime IMO. The dialogue, directing, music and voice acting was awesome.

        I have read your opinions of After Story but I don’t understand people like you who don’t cry at some point during that series. The scene that made me cry was when Ushino said the words: “First thing from Papa.” And Tomoya’s reaction to that. That was such a sweet and touching scene. Everybody should get teary-eyed while watching that.

        But again, one big reason I love to read your blog is the fact that our taste in anime differs so much. It’s really refreshing to read your opinions. At least you’re honest and you have really good reasons why you hate/like something.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted September 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

        I actually agree with this. If you don’t get teary eyed, or something, at the “first thing from papa” line, then you’re cold and dead inside.

  5. shytende
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Well, the way the different brothers react to their father’s death was pretty good. We don’t learn anything really new about them (Well, except for the Frog brother…), but it’s still nice.

    Aldo, apparently, the father thought the best way to stop the conflict with the Frog Bro and Yasaburo was to die ?
    I’m not sure if it worked as well as expected…

    • Scamp
      Posted August 29, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      As the dad walks down the hall, you get a quick cut to his face as he pulls a sly grin and goes “keikakudoori”

  6. danilo07
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    I like how though this is novel adaptation images here have as much as importance to characterization as does the dialogue itself.They carry a lot of emotions and information.I wish that every PA Works director was as good as this Yoshihara fellow.
    In this episode we also got to see how Yasaburo reacts differently when the responsibility of his fathers death falls on tanuki rather than a human.Human in tanuki world is seen in the same way humans see cars,if you get killed by it,its not cars fault but rather its fault of person that let you drive the thing.

  7. DarkEnergy
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    WHY DO PEOPLE EAT TANUKI AND WHY ARE THE TANUKI AMBIVALENT ABOUT THIS?? And why do tengu apparently fall dead onto people’s houses for no reason and the tengu are ok with this. Since this episode was about their dad dying, I thought we were actually going to see the moment and rationale for the dad dying. I can see why the kids blame themselves for the death of their father as this is a common human behavior, but IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT. It’s the fault of the people who murdered and devoured their father.

    Plz Eccentric Family. Shift back to morphing tanuki battles and mountain transformations.

    • Posted August 28, 2013 at 5:20 am | Permalink

      Shhh Shhh Shhh
      This show is really artsy and gives me good feels.
      I like feels.
      “Shut up and enjoy the ride”, to quote others.

      Yea, this show is just as confusing to me as it is to you. I don’t think anyone fully understands it. At this point, I doubt anyone will. Some will maintain its genius, and concoct elaborate explanations to make it all fit. Most will just throw their hands up and say “WTF?” at the inevitable Gainax ending.

      Prove me wrong, Uchouten Kazoku. Please.

      • Nagisa33
        Posted August 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

        Except (the old) Gainax endings are usually great, at the very least- interesting. This show seems like it has solid ideas that could be good but they’re not being executed properly. Where is this show even going after 8 episodes?

  8. Ramiel
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    I felt like with the previous episode and this episode this show was starting to thread together a logical narrative, but then they have this weird “afterlife” café scene. That shit literally made less sense then anything else in this show. I mean, even ignoring the fact that this show is essentially about mystical creatures, the whole afterlife café seems like a total asspull sort of gimmick. Like, why the hell would Old Man Tengu just be randomly hanging out there? The whole coming back from death to deliver a message is usually a dumb trope anyways, but in this case the mechanism made even less sense.

  9. Hecaton
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Yajirou doesn’t fall in love with his brother, but with Kaisei, the fiance of his brother.

  10. ZabiLegacy
    Posted August 30, 2013 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I think it’s safe to say that had they made this the last episode of Eccentric family it would have made a pretty serviceable ending. I don’t know if the main conflict will ever actually be resolved, so I guess they can claim that the revelation of what was truly and deeply wrong serves well as a conclusion.

    Though it won’t and then we finally get to meet the little tanuki lady who everyone is so worked up about. Praise tanuki jesus

  11. R1CK_D0M
    Posted August 30, 2013 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I suppose I can imagine this. I mean, purgatory is just a restaurant with really bad service after all.

    at least according to dr. mcninja

  12. Pusswookie
    Posted September 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I thought this episode was perfectly directed, heartfelt, and just beautiful overall to be honest. I don’t really care if it’s “not moving fast enough;” I like where it is now, and I’m content with where it’s headed and the speed with which it’s getting there.

    Some things are meant to be meandered through.

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