The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 11

Review:

It is all happening this episode with all of the many little plots coming together fantastically for what looks like a great ending next week (or whenever I get to see it). Despite talking trains, evil imposters, caged tanuki, dreams where sons converse with their dead father, transforming giant tigers, and exploding factories, the strangest point this episode still goes to seeing Benten crying.

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Her relationship with Yasaburo has always been ambiguous and this point doesn’t do much to clarify given she clearly isn’t trying to save him but she will mourn the possibility of him being eaten in a very strange mirror of the nightmare he had in the last episode. Though, it isn’t as though Benten did anything to stop the inevitable rescue effort either.

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With everything starting to come out into the opening and the family ties being stronger than ever, I am really looking forward to how this resolves. This show understood what made season 1 special to those who watched it and has managed to really capture those parts in this sequel without feeling too much like a duplication (though there have definitely been some moments where it feels a bit like an echo).

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Now if I could get a Nidaime/Benten showdown I’d be over the moon but given how the story has unfolded it doesn’t seem like that is on the cards.

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The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 10

Review:

This show continues to charm with its pleasant character interactions and exchanges even while it drops some pretty big bomb shells in this episode. Things have been heating up for a while and a lot of the plot threads have started to come together but now we get the big revelation for this season and it is definitely matching up with the expectations season 1 gave us.

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Not the revelation but a line that was too cute to ignore.

This episode is dealing with the fall out of Yasaburo’s choices in convincing the Nidaime to be the tanuki representative when the Trick Master is chosen rather than Benten. Admittedly, the logic behind that makes sense because even though Yasaburo kind of likes Benten, she does eat Tanuki so it would be kind of hard for them to have her around. Not to mention they all turn into furballs at the sight of her. Still she isn’t exactly someone you want looking for you.

Still, the real revelation comes through the second eldest brother visiting some branch family on his journey. I wasn’t paying enough attention to that particular plot point thinking it was only a minor concern but they just revealed something that is literally going to change everything about how this season wraps up and needless to say it has to do with the whole election of the Trick Master and the feud between the families that they so neatly tucked away a few episodes ago.

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But before the full weight of that reveal sinks in, Kaisei reappears in front of Yasaburo. While part of her presence there just reinforces what we had just learned, the next moments, while not unexpected, certainly escalate the tension of this series. They are clearly going for a very dramatic finish and we’ve not got all the key players in place.

I’m just hoping they don’t actually eat a tanuki.

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The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 9

Review:

This show continues to demonstrate it really understands the bonds between its characters and it is that spiderweb of relationships and the stain that gets put on certain strands that makes this episode great. Admittedly, by itself it isn’t particularly impressive, but having seen all the pieces getting put into place leading up to this episode and then the episode terminating with one of the more dramatic entrances of the series and setting up a face off between Benten and Nidaime which we’ve essentially wanted since meeting Nidaime this season, plus placing the Tanuki right in the middle of it all just kind of makes everything work.

As usual Yasaburo is getting in way over his head and being cautioned by his brother, however he plows on with his plan though I don’t think even he realised just how big a storm he was in the process of stirring up.

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As viewers we’ve known that the Nidaime and Benten had to have had some backstory even though up until now they haven’t admitted to knowing each other previously. We’ve also known that a show down between the two was more or less inevitable and that when it finally happened it would be explosive. This episode leaves us poised for that show down but I can’t help but think they may delay a little longer, possibly fill in the back story or choose to go a different path. This show has never been about direct confrontations and has had a fairly interesting tendency to have situations resolve in unusual ways so I’m actually looking forward to the next choice. Whether I get a fight between these characters or not, I’m sure to be entertained.

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The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 8

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I find it interesting that my first thought after watching this episode was how much better this show was at telegraphing the end of the episode than Granblue Fantasy. I really shouldn’t compare the two shows given they are entirely different but my biggest criticism of Granblue this week was how heavy handed and repetitive their set up was whereas I’m now going to praise The Eccentric Family for how well it delivered us to the episode ending.

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Yasaburo was definitely asking for it this week after delivering the declaration that he doesn’t have a single weakness. The audience automatically knows that somewhere down the line we’re going to find something that undoes his transformation and this show doesn’t make us wait too long as the reveal comes at the end of the episode. Admittedly, if you read the episode title you’ll pretty much trigger right at that point what is going to happen, but that’s another story.

We then get some flirting/threatening between Nidaime and Benten (seriously love these two together on screen as they have great chemistry and you never know if they are going to try to kill each other or if they are actually attracted to one another).  In case the theme of love and relationships isn’t being hammered home enough by this one we then get Yaichirou having dinner with Yasaburo and telling him that he should reinstate his engagement with Kaisei that was called off by his uncle. Yasaburo being Yasaburo declines and shoves his foot firmly down his throat and after a further confrontation with Yajirou (who essentially tells him to grow up), Yasaburo heads off to the mountains.

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Where we get the much anticipated confrontation with Kaisei. It’s wonderfully done and brings a lot of points together and also explains Kaisei’s fairly peculiar behaviour in the series to date.

Honestly, I just really enjoy the way this story unfolds and weaves back on itself and continues to reveal more about the characters even while the plot just kind of exists. Normally that lack of forward progress would bother me but it kind of feels like the point of this given Yasaburo is pretty determined not to have a plan and just react to things as they occur.

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The Eccentric Family 2 Episode 6

Review:

I don’t know how the Nidaime fits in yet but I do know that if we wanted to start seeing some of the plot threads of this fairly meandering show come together, episode 6 was a good turning point.

Yasaburo visits the professor who is trying to interfere with the Friday Club and defend Tanuki’s from getting added to a hot pot but the club members have started a nasty rumour about him at the university. All this leads to Yasaburo visiting a hot spring where the Friday Club are meant to be meeting and we have an encounter with Yasaburo’s uncle who hasn’t really been seen since the last season when he tried to hand over Yasaburo’s older brother to be turned into a hot pot.

His uncle hasn’t improved given he’s now trying to join the Friday Club and kicks his nephew into a painting of hell.

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So with a lot of these returning characters and ideas from season 1, as well as Yasaburo’s ongoing complicated relationship with Benten, this episode felt like things were starting to come together and get a bit more serious. Or at least as serious as this show ever takes itself as Yasaburo mostly found his short trip to hell kind of weird rather than particularly gruelling. Very fun episode and I look forward to where we go next.

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The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 5

Review:

Given how the previous year’s festival went I was really surprised that the Tanuki decided to continue with this festival but it ended about as well as expected. Still, that’s jumping ahead because the episode starts where the previous one left off with Gyokuaran having been sucked into the Shogi board.

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While this might have been a minor diversion in the long run it leads to some interesting interactions and conversations and fills in some of the gaps in the family history and their relationship with Akadama that has always been a little vague and yet is a significant cornerstone of a lot of the story.

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Still, it was definitely the festival itself and the showdown between Benten and Nidaime that stole the screen this episode. On a side note, I learned that his name isn’t actually Nidaime but rather that is some kind of title and one that Akadama instructed Yasaburo not to use. Which took us, of course, to the interesting discussion of what Yasaburo should call him, and so I was thinking ‘name reveal’ and yet instead we get an unveiled insult and we move on leaving us without really knowing what to think.

I am loving this continuation as it really is delving deeper into the relationships in this world and the interactions between the groups. While there still isn’t a central narrative all of these fragments are interesting in their own way and they are all tied to the family at the centre so it looks like it will come together nicely as season 1 did.

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The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 3

Review:

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.

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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.

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This is the face of an extremely brave man. Few people would dare speak so calmly having just tipped Benten to the floor even if they did first lay out a table cloth for her to land on.

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.

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The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 2

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Eccentric Family Season 2 Episode 1

Overview:

The Eccentric Family followed Yasaburo in his daily life as a Tanuki trying to live an entertaining life (even while dealing with Tanuki and Tengu politics and trying not to get eaten). Season 2 picks up with Yasaburo still doing much the same though he seems to be finding all new troubles to stick his nose into.

Review:

With this you either watched the first season and loved it so a second season was really appealing or you’ve never heard of it and season 2 is offering you no reason to jump on board. It’s a risky move all things considered that they don’t bother providing any kind of real lead in for new viewers considering that the first season was fairly obscure (despite being great fun to watch).

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Despite that, these characters have all continued on after the events of season 1. The older brother is still determined to become a leader, the second brother is still being a frog in the well (though I guess technically he isn’t stuck that way and is now choosing that lifestyle), Yasaburo still talks himself in and out of trouble as he interacts with everyone and sticks his nose into trouble unnecessarily, and the youngest brother is still a bit of a wimp. Benten seems to be absent for the time, which is a shame given I loved her in season 1, but the introduction of Nidaime could be fun because so far he’s proving to be fairly entertaining to watch interact with Yasaburo.

No central story has really emerged yet, but that isn’t really a surprise. Though season 1 had a basic plot with the Tanuki election upcoming, a lot of what happened really had very little to do with that. Hopefully this season can be as fun as the first.

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