Whenever they didn’t specifically show either character’s face during the bathhouse scene, I genuinely couldn’t tell the two of them apart. You’d think considering they’re different genders there should be some difference, but male anime characters are generally so ladylike in their proportions and features that it’s basically impossible to tell. There’s not a scrap of hair on his body nor any male anime character’s body. Even big manly characters have gleaming smooth chests. At least Lupin III has those hairy palms of his. Is that little trail of hair running down from the bellybutton really that difficult to draw, or is this just an Asian thing? Please do tell me Asian men? Or any anime male characters if you happen to be reading too I suppose.
We need you to engage in vital diplomatic relations to ensure your brother can become ruler of the supernatural realm, lord over the afterlife and controller of mortality.
Can’t. Too busy warming my arse.
My principle problem with Eccentric Family is rather simple really. Nothing has happened. We are learning nothing new about the characters nor the scenario. In a way, the excellent directing of the earlier episodes have come back to bite the series in the now very warm and toasty arse. Those episodes were packed full of little snippets of how each character thought and how they interacted with each other, with great directorial cues to present this information. It was a great start, setting up these relationships that the show has since done nothing with.
I learned nothing from this episode. I suppose I learned that Kaisei is no longer engaged to whatshisface, although I feel we might have been given that information before. We learned what Kaisei looked like, which was pretty anticlimactic and only notable in how her body looked exactly the bloody same as the main character’s. But we didn’t really learn anything new about what Kaisei is like as a person that wasn’t already heavily implied. I had been pretty stoked about finally getting to see her properly, but the reveal left me underwhelmed.
Eccentric Family is not an unpleasant experience to watch, but if it wasn’t already going to end in another 3 episodes, I probably would have stopped watching by now. I feel I’ve gotten as much enjoyment as this show is willing to give me and it doesn’t have anything new up its sleeves. It upended its toybox onto the floor and said “isn’t that great”! Yes it is great Eccentric Family, you’ve got loads of great toys. What are you going to do with them? Apparently nothing, they’re still just sitting there on the floor and now all that’s happening is I’m stepping on them occasionally and hurting my feet and by now I should probably just put the toys away….errr, that was an extended metaphor for how my opinion of the show drops with every new episode I watch. Not sure if that got through.