Eccentric Family was an anime about an eccentric family. It was a great show about family and stuff.
Eccentric Family (Uchōten Kazoku) was filled with touching, sweet and funny moments. It was a great show and one of my favorites from 2013. Here are a few, memorable moments that I can recall (I am sure there were more that I have simply forgotten about).
Our mother is great too
Eccentric Family started out as one of those relatively smart shows. You know it had symbols, supposedly deep dialogue and various other things. I was scared that this would end up as one of those slightly pretentious shows which are interesting to watch and discuss but don’t leave much of a lasting impression.
In episode 2, their mother made an appearance and shortly after, got in trouble because of the rain. She was saved thanks to Kaisei. The concern the brothers showed for their mother’s well being moved me but I was most moved the conversation at the end of the episode.
At the end of episode 2, we were told about what happened to the dad and more importantly, we were treated to a dialogue between Yasaburou and his mother. Yasaburou claimed that the three of them (plus their frog brother) were useless.
Their mother responded by telling them that wasn’t really the case and she was happy with just having them.
Then we were treated to this:
The entire thing and that final little internal comment moved me. It let me cast aside my initial doubt and concerns about this show’s direction. Just as the title suggested, Eccentric Family was a show about family. That is it. Nothing more and nothing else.
Father on the train
After a serious talk between Souichirou about Yajirou about Yajirou’s feelings for Kaisei, Yajirou transformed into the False Eizen Electric Railway and drove his dad around town. This was a thing the two did quite often.
This was a great scene because not only did it show a great bond between father and son but it demonstrated Tanuki Idiocy at its finest. An old man riding a false train through town and frightening everyone in the process?
it was a great demonstration of living in the moment, of discarding all of life’s troubles and just having fun. Afterall, as the wise Souichirou said
Kaisei x Yasaburou
Kaisei was a great character. She would always help out Yasaburou from the shadows without ever revealing herself to him. Even though her engagement to Yasaburou was an arranged one, I’d like to think that she sort of liked him anyway and he in turn, liked her as well. (I am going to pretend his crush on Benten was just that, a crush.)
It was all always cute when the two talked to one another.
A drink in heaven
Professor Akadama was normally a very withdrawn person. He never really bothered to show affection for someone (other than too much of it for Benten). And yet, when Souichirou came to him for a final goodbye, we got to see a slightly softer side of the Professor and well, we got see a great goodbye.
I understand him; that’s why it hurts.
Seeing Yaichirou cry over his brother’s feelings was well, rather touching.
The characters in Eccentric Family were goofballs. The show was at its best when they did goofy things (alone or otherwise). This was often self-described as the “idiocy” of the Tanuki. Tanuki, for whatever reason, enjoyed simple things like drinking, riding on trains, laughing and pulling pranks .
Watching our characters bite others in the butt, or launch full on war against a rival family (in mid-air no doubt) was incredible. Eccentric Family was proof that life’s greatest pleasures were not to be found in money or power but rather in the dumb things you do in the company of friends.