Yasaburo loves trouble. This we learned during season 1 of The Eccentric Family. However, in this episode he seems to be inviting it from every direction imaginable. Once again, we get an episode full of encounters that all seem fairly random except that Yasaburo serves as the connection between all of these people but Benten’s return was the true highlight of the episode.
Still, Benten’s arrival alone isn’t enough to make up for the overall driftless nature of the plot so far. As much as I love these characters, season 2 has been taking its time about getting to a point and that is somewhat holding the show back. And yet, Benten arriving and then watching her interact with newcomer character Nidaime… Well, that is interesting. If this show needed something to get things moving, the encounter between those two characters was more or less what the doctor ordered.
I just have to wonder if they’ll end up killing each other or falling completely in love because those two personalities together is going to make for an explosive combination. Of course, the show could back away from this plot point and go in a different direction. It is kind of hard to know.
It’s weird in that this episode felt incredibly slow paced at times and yet when thinking back it covered a lot of content. We had the non-duel between the tengu, where Akadama was only spared falling completely to the ground because Yasaburo caught him. Nidaime’s only conclusion, other than general contempt for Akadama, was that Tanuki’s really are foolish and you can’t really argue with that after watching most of season 1.
Then Yashirou visits Yasaburo carrying Kaisei with him and we get a discussion about the cancelled engagement. This is before Yasaburo is sent to talk to a guy who has apparently set up a ramen shop somewhere he isn’t supposed to. It was nice seeing Yasaburon put on the back foot in this situation but all of these events have occurred in the first part of the episode.
The second part sees Yasaburo encounter the guy again at a dinner with the professor from last season (the one who likes Tanuki) and some artist, and then Yasaburo does some digging around about the new guy’s past. You would think Yasaburo was concerned about a new power in town, but to be honest he’s never that concerned about anything. He’s just ticked because he came off second best at tricking someone and that hurts his pride as a tanuki (he has a weird sense of pride but it is definitely there).
Anyway, I still love The Eccentric Family and this season is doing a great job of setting up a whole bunch of plot threads again and hopefully they can all come together as they did in season 1. My biggest issue with this episode was that it felt like things were moving slowly and yet they threw a lot at us to try and process.
30 year old Souta returns home after the death of his father to clean the family home and Udon shop for sale but finds a strange child in a pot. Turns out the child is actually a tanuki disguised as a human child.
I picked this up randomly one evening and ended up watching six episodes straight through which kind of indicates I was in to it or too lazy to turn it off. I’m going to point out that this is not my usual style of anime and the whole lonely single guy takes in lost child plot is really not one of my favourites. Yet there’s something fairly compelling about Poco’s Udon World even while not a lot has really happened.
The main focus is on Souta and how he is dealing with life and the choices he made. He spends a lot of time wondering if he made the right choice leaving the country to work in the city and whether or not he should return and what any of that would mean. He talk with friends both from the country and the city as they go on various nostalgia trips. But he also spends a lot of time with Poco (the name he gives the Tanuki). Poco works really well in the adorable child role and seldom becomes too irritating and actually manages to balance cute and helpless most of the time.
So yeah, not a lot happens as it is a character driven slice of life for the most part and if I’d watched this week to week for six episodes I’d have dropped it back at episode 3. But because I watched it in a block I kind of enjoyed it and I’m going to watch the rest of the episodes that are out and then finish it week to week, so I’ll add it in to my list at the end of this week. It’s kind of pretty, the characters are interesting enough, and plot wise a few things have happened though that isn’t really the main focus.