After uncovering the truth behind their father's untimely death, life for the four Shimogamo brothers returns to relative peace with each trying to live up to their father's greatness in their own way. For the eldest, Yaichirou, who aims to become the next Trick Magister and leader of the tanuki society, it starts with reinstating the popular shogi tournament. For Yajirou, it is restoring his former shapeshifting abilities, whilst little Yashirou is content with continuing his work at the family’s factory. But for the third son, Yasaburou, it simply means embracing the "fool's blood" he inherited from his father and living a carefree but interesting life. This, of course, includes hunting for the mysterious and elusive snake-like creature known as a tsuchinoko, and causing ripples of trouble at every turn.
However, these ripples threaten to turn into waves with the return of Nidaime, the estranged son of the brothers' tengu teacher, Professor Akadama. Nidaime bears a grudge against not only his father, but his father's apprentice Benten as well. His loyalties suddenly brought into question, Yasaburou must use his tanuki wit to appease all sides without getting caught in the crossfire, before the delicate balance between human, tengu, and tanuki is overthrown and all hell breaks loose.
There really isn't a more sincere and authentic anime out there today. The eccentric family 2 is a much-needed continuation of the universe masterfully crafted in The eccentric family season 1.
The eccentric family is one of those extremely rare anime where the story doesn't make any effort to spoonfeed it's audience explanations or justifications for what's happening. Watching the story unfold in this anime is like watching a river flow, you might not know the in-depth details of every little intricacy of the universe, but the flow of the story is that much better for it. The stories told in this anime are fun,
light-hearted, relatable and incredibly genuine.
The art style, like the rest of the elements in this anime, is calming yet also incredibly deep. I would almost use the term therapeutic as it provides great continuity across many different settings where other styles come up short. Overall a great style for mid-air fight depictions or simply to watch the characters sit in a room and have an inspired dialogue.
I usually don't notice the sound of an anime, or it gets drowned out by the other elements if they are good, but for The Eccentric family, the sound completely introduces another beautiful working element to the whole of the project. It's not the type of sound one might imagine an anime like this to have, being gritty and calming all at the same time, and it squarely ties everything together for a wonderful sensory experience.
Where The Eccentric Family really shines is its characters. The development of each individual character in the show, even going as far as characters that only have a couple lines the entire show, is second to none. I find that this is due to the element that I mentioned above where characters don't spoon feed you the motives for what they do, so you're left as an audience to determine if Yasaburo is constantly thinking of everything or constantly thinking nothing at all being led by his fools blood.
I couldn't recommend an anime higher than The Eccentric Family Series, and that's really all I have to say about that.
When watching Eccentric family there was only one prominent feeling i had throughout the shows course, and that is the feeling of deja vu. It felt like i was watching the same show all over again only with several tweaks placed here and there to make the show a tad bit different. New characters are introduced, new conflicts are created, some subplots are added even a romantic one, and maybe tying up a loose end or two. However the story still follows many similar beats to the first season that it starts to feel repetitive, because it seems that the only time there’s any worth
given to the story is near the exact same time as last season. There’s still the trick magister election, there’s still the firework festival predicament, there's still the friday fellows tanuki hot pot situation. Yet despite following the same beats, the show is more loosely written than the first season which makes sense due to how many subplots the show had to go through. It’s because of this that the story lacks a central focus until near the end when it needed to force everything to come together, and in the end was uninteresting.
As for the characters there’s not much to say. Several new characters are introduced into the show, but the show just scratches the surface on them. There’s not much character development since some of the characters went through their character arc last season, and all that’s left is to see it come to fruition which in the end was unrewarding. Everyone else mostly stayed the same, and by this point it had gotten harder to give a damn about these characters.
I’m not really going to delve into the art and sound since not much has really changed since last season, however I did find the show to be lacking in the sound department this time.
Overall the show just felt very monotonous as it took the least interesting bits of the first season, and did them all over again. For a show called eccentric family, eccentric would be the last thing i would call it.
Eccentric Family has become one of my personal favorites lately, with its unique art style, storytelling, and lively characters. When I first saw a second season was coming, honestly, I didn't know where the story could advance any further. For me, it was kind of closed off in a nice manner, although there were some threads left undone.
As I said, I wasn't sure where this show could advance any further with its story, but I had to admit: it was as good (or even better), then that of the first season. The flow of the show stayed similar, following the acts of young Yasaburo,
yet somehow still managed to avoid being repetitive. The little side stories added up nicely to the main line, and it all became merry.
It can be felt, how this piece was adapted from a novel, not from an LN or a Manga, the story has a concrete way to flow, with little pieces of foreshadowing making it a lot more interesting.
I might be biased, but I don't think any studio can compete with P.A. works' unique artstyle, when it comes to stunning backgrounds, and this show excels even between other works of the same studio. It's original, and just great to look at, I found myself staring blankly most of the time at the mountains and vegetation, and having to rewind the video, beacuse I didn't pay attention to the story.
As for the character design, it lacks every bit of fanservice, leaving us with a bit solid westernish look, but all the same likeable style. The design of the tanukis is still bloody cute.
It might not be the best to write this part after finishing the series, as the music grabbed my soul, and took a piece out of it with the final fight scene's outstanding music and audio.
It satisfies every need one could have towards this facility, the sound effects are just great, mixing traditional japanese sounds, like that of the bamboo water fountain and such, and some modern sounds that could be found in every other anime.
The music is soft, where it needs to be, funky where it needs to be, and serious where it needs to be.
This might be the strongest point of the show, so I feel inclined, to give it a 11 instead of 10.
It's not that they are overly realistic, or have strong character traits, it's just that they mix so well with together, and the story. Yasaburo is an incredibly interesting personality, who always gets in trouble, but somehow everytime finds the way out of the mess.
His brothers are just fantastic, it feels like a true and real family, when you add the late father and the caring mother to the mix.
I can't deny how much I looked forward to the next episode every week, right after finishing the newest one.
The music, the sounds, the art and the characters just blend so well with the whole story and the magical world that is Kyoto, it will leave anyone speechless after finishing this series.
Add a cachy opening and a beautiful ending theme to it, and you get the 10 star enjoyment.
I can't praise this anime enough, about how good it is in every field other anime fail so miserably.
It's just put so well together, the characters interact in an unrealistic, yet believable way, the comedy is just first rank, and the overall laid back feel of the show can change into a serious tone in just a matter of seconds.
I would definitely recommend watching this season of the show, even if you didn't quite like the first one, just like I did.
With a very peculiar look into the unique relationships that people forge with each other, the Eccentric Family was a very intriguing show featuring a tanuki named Yasaburo as he interacts with various characters, both protagonistic and antagonistic, as he inches closer to the truth about his father's death. Now with a second season, we're brought back into the world of Uchouten where everything has changed, yet nothing of significance has been really altered.
Story: Our story returns us back to the world of Uchouten, where Tengu rule the skies, tanuki mess around like the fools they are, and humans apparently eat tanuki
served via hotpot. It's here where we see Yasaburo's idiot blood get the better of him as he encounters both new and old faces in a strikingly similar plot to the original.
At face value, the story for Uchouten 2 is remarkably similar to the original series, so much so that the series is more or less a shameless rehash of the original. Our main protagonist gets thrown around all over the place screwing about and living his troublesome life, before we the audience are tossed in the series ourselves via a political conspiracy plot thanks to a familiar face. Because of this, the show feels less interesting tension-wise because if you watched the first season, it's not exactly hard to anticipate the end result once everything has been said and done.
That being said, what the show lacks in plotline creativity makes up in heaps and bounds with the characterization with every member of its cast. All faces both new and old are given the limelight in some sense or another, so we're treated to the heart and soul of the series, the characters. A majority of the show's runtime is dedicated seeing what everyone is up to and the kinds of unique alignments that the characters in the show each have. We learn the pasts of the new editions while discovering more about the familiar characters that we didn't know before, thus giving the audience reason to care and be involved into these characters' lives.
Ultimately, the Eccentric Family 2 continues what the series is best at, which is heavy characterization centered around an extremely peculiar cast of different races. Indeed the story itself really isn't all that interesting when you describe it as "A bunch of characters fucking about", but ultimately that's what makes the show interesting in the first place, as these new interactions are what give the audience the reasoning to watch the show. Cause otherwise, it's basically just a rehash of roughly the same plot as the original. (They even did the whole train crash part again. Like seriously?)
+ Provides more heavily involved character interactions
- Basically has the same plotline as the original (copying yourself still counts as cheating)
Characters: A majority of the cast stays consistent even through this second season. We still follow the story of Yasaburo as he goes around town messing with his family, his master, and other familiar faces while also tempting fate with newer characters like the Nidaime and other slightly less important, but interesting side characters.
As far as large cast changes go, the biggest changes that we're treated to are the ones involving the new character known as 'The Nidaime', and a more involved role in the series with Kaisei. While Nidaime doesn't get as much screentime or attention devoted to him as I wish he did (what with him being a very weighty introduction to the cast), he still plays quite a relatively large role in the series and provides a new perspective to tengus and their prideful existence, something that the first season didn't really touch up on. As such, the inclusion of his character provides us with a slightly bigger look and welcome into the world of the Eccentric Family. Just personally, I wish his backstory was fleshed out a lot more because it felt so haphazardly placed in the end without much buildup. Kaisei on the other gets a lot more screentime and involvement in the series than before, which was something that I really wanted from the series since she had potential, but just wasn't used that much. The fleshing out of her character and in particular her relationship with Yasaburo was a very nice addition to the series that put in a lot more detail to her character, which was both sweet and very nice to see.
Additionally, the series introduces a multitude of other characters in the series like Gyokuran, a tanuki with some affection for a certain member of the Shimogamo family, and Tenmaya, a sly man who escaped Hell. Both of these and more add to the already vibrant cast of the series. While their roles are less important comparatively to the Nidaime and several other members of the family sans the sons of the Shimogamo, everyone provides their own spin to the overall story, thus making sure that every episode is a fun episode.
+ Main cast largely stays the same (and interesting)
+ Large amount of characterization for cast members new and old
+ Everyone is interesting
Art: Produced by P.A. Works, the art for Uchouten is quite different than what the company usually produces. The style replicates that of the original series and has its own sense of boldness with the color palette, and whimsy with the show's stylistic choices. Characters look a lot simpler compared to the normally glossy and shiny look of the company's usual track record, and both the characters and the backgrounds have a sort of painted style that furthers showcases the peculiarity of what the show has to offer.
+ Unique art style that works well for the series
Sound: "Nasugamama, Sawagumama", Uchouten 2's OP, is quite similar to the first season's OP as it's made by the same band and bears a similar rambunctious rock song reflective of our main character's typical nature of fooling around and causing a wake of trouble behind him. Though not as memorable as I'd like, the song is still quite good and worthy of a listen due to how energetic it is. Inversely, we have "Moon River" by fhana for the ED, which is a calmer piece that gives a nice, smoother contrast to the chatter-filled OP. Similarly, it's not that memorable, but it still is a nice listen.
+ Good tracks
- Not as memorable as I'd like
Personal Enjoyment: Uchouten Kazoku was both a very intriguing series to watch and ponder about. Because a greater majority of the characters aren't human, it made sense that they wouldn't follow by what we would consider to be 'normal human conventions'. As such, they mostly did the opposite of what a human would do, thus leading to very peculiar yet fascinating behavior. On top of that, the sheer volume of involvement the series had with its characters' interactions made every scene, no matter what it was, a joy to watch.
Did I like this series?
I really did enjoy this show. It's very hard to accurately explain this show, so I'm just going to say that I outright loved watching this show and anticipated every episode to come my way. In particular, I adore Kaisei as a character. She serves as a nice compliment to Yasaburou's character and the extra involvement that she got in this season was something of a dream come true for me with her being my favorite character.
What didn't I like about this series?
I have to say that I'm not really a big fan of Benten. I know a good majority of people like her, but her aloofness and typically described as 'selfish' nature really gets on my nerves because I feel like even the show doesn't have a good idea on where she should sit. Her actions to me don't really make much sense, and as such, hampered my enjoyment of the show a bit. (Though her comeuppance was quite rewarding.)
Would I recommend this show?
I would recommend it to everyone simply because this show is an experience. Uchouten is very unique in the sense that the unconventional nature of it all lends itself to be truly something that becomes very hard to describe when you really sit down and think about it. Indeed not everyone may like it, but if you ask me, it's the kind of fun 'unknown' that the show has with its bizarre yet amusingly quirky nature that makes it something worth watching. After all, a fun thing is a good thing, and that's a motto worth living by.