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Old 2013-07-15, 18:14   Link #81
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Last week I thought the Tanuki could transform but not change their voice. Clearly I was wrong.

But I digress, I liked last week's ep & this one even more. Eccentric family is right but there is something very loveable about them.
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Old 2013-07-15, 19:50   Link #82
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I came into the series a week late, but I at least got to see the first two episodes back to back and truly enjoyed what I saw. It definitely has me wanting to visit Kyoto a second time and stay there more than a mere two days.
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Old 2013-07-15, 22:51   Link #83
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Yep, episode 2 definitely was the pilot episode I was looking for. Now I know exactly who are the members of The Eccentric Family, why they are called that, what each member's unique traits are, and what their past history is. While I had high hopes for this series, the first episode wasn't good enough to live up to it. Now it has potential to be my anime of the season, if they keep this up.

But holy crap, Benten made hot pot out of the dad? Yeah, totally killed BentenXYasaborou for me, to the point that I feel more for KaiseiXYasaborou despite me not even seeing Kaisei properly yet.
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Old 2013-07-16, 07:47   Link #84
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Despite the odd middle comedy section with the Ginkaku/Kinkaku, this episode came home really really strong in the end. If the first episode didn't make it clear, this is something magical in the making here.
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Old 2013-07-16, 08:25   Link #85
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Another great episode. I like the Tanuki-family dynamics. Each member are lovable. Tanuki-mother is my favorite. She’s so cute with her cuddly appearance but with motherly voice (an excellent combination to me ). And yeah, I feel so sad and sorry for Tanuki-dad and the Tanuki-family he left. Now I know why other Tanuki was so afraid of Benten during that bar scene. That said, beside teasing him, was Benten kissing Yasaburo also to “taste” him for a potential hot-pot ingredient?
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Old 2013-07-19, 12:08   Link #86
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Tanuki-mother is my favorite. She’s so cute with her cuddly appearance but with motherly voice (an excellent combination to me ).
That's Inoue Kikuko, whose long career includes Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess, Miria in Claymore, and now, as she approaches fifty, maternal roles in this show and in the recent Koutoura-san, where she played a distinctly less lovable mother.

I thought her "ouji" voice and inflections were pretty hilarious.
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Old 2013-07-19, 12:16   Link #87
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She's still 17 though.
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Old 2013-07-20, 08:18   Link #88
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She's still 17 though.
Which "she" are you referring to? Tanuki-mother? I suppose that makes sense if she gives birth as a raccoon, but on their time scale she'd be approaching death at seventeen. She looks pretty spry to me.

One other thing I wondered about from the first episode is whether Yasaburo can change his gender when shape-shifting, or whether he remains male and was cross-dressing as a school girl. The show suggests the latter, though whether cross-gender shape-shifting can happen isn't really discussed from what I can tell.
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Old 2013-07-20, 09:01   Link #89
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Which "she" are you referring to? Tanuki-mother? I suppose that makes sense if she gives birth as a raccoon, but on their time scale she'd be approaching death at seventeen. She looks pretty spry to me.
He was referring to Inoue Kikuko. There was an error in your post. As far as anybody knows, she's 17. 17, you hear?!
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Old 2013-07-20, 15:14   Link #90
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^ before this goes any farther the 17 year old thing is a seiyuu in-joke by Inoue Kikuko, a very lovely and awesome lady. I had the pleasure to see her at Otakon in 2009 and yes she told us she was 17.
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Old 2013-07-20, 15:30   Link #91
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Oh, that joke. Yes, I know about her "being seventeen." It just didn't register at the time.

FWIW, she's still younger than yours truly.
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Old 2013-07-20, 15:45   Link #92
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FWIW, she's still younger than yours truly.
So are you saying you are 18 right?
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Old 2013-07-21, 13:18   Link #93
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I think the scene where Yasaburou and his younger brother go to visit Benten at the clock tower was just an absolutely beautiful and otherworldly scene.
I think the show's getting better and deeper with each passing episode.
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Old 2013-07-21, 14:07   Link #94
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This has become my most anticipated series this summer (for summer titles at least). Awesome cast and what looks like a great mash-up of personalities. It's got that mysterious vibe too.

Benten's still my fav.
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Old 2013-07-21, 14:30   Link #95
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The setting and art direction of this show are really fantastic. It's a bit weird but the good kind of weird.
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Old 2013-07-21, 15:21   Link #96
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Inoue didn't deliver
But still his cut was pretty nice, and it's hard to fault the show for its animation when it's doing such a lovely job with the layouts and art direction.

Frankly some of the dialogue in this episode just went over my head. It seems to be something the writer likes to do if I remember correctly from Tatami Galaxy, but sometimes it seems like characters go in circles about one single subject, and a lot of the time it's hard to make it interesting on a script level.
I got the flow of this episode fairly well without trying to pay attention to anything that was being said, which in turn speaks volumes of the production. While it's not out of this world, that it can be enjoyed on a purely visual/aural level is something I appreciate, and it really helps compensating for moments where the script might not be as strong.
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Old 2013-07-21, 17:30   Link #97
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I'm liking this show more and more, especially for its overall "vibe." While we know there are dark things in the background like tanuki hot pot, the show generally projects a very soothing and upbeat feeling. The performances are all top-notch, and some of the scenes are truly lovely. Two of my favorites this episode were Benten's swim with the whale and the flight of the tea house.

Benten must have some magical hair, though, since it stayed piled on her head even after going underwater a number of times. And what was up with that thunder display? Do humans have magical powers, too, that we have yet to hear about?

I love how the tanukis' pants shape-shift to create a hole for their tails to pop out.

On the subject of cross-gender shape-shifting, I'll just observe that our boy had a well-developed bust when he was in his Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm mode watching his mom play pool.



Does anyone else think that when the mother is not in her ouji form she looks a bit like Benten?

From the conversation with his brother in the well, I take it that the father arranged a marriage between Yasaburou and the sparkle tanuki we saw under the bridge in the last episode.
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Old 2013-07-21, 17:53   Link #98
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And what was up with that thunder display? Do humans have magical powers, too, that we have yet to hear about?
You're asking this now, after seeing her fly in the first episode? Although in this case I thought it was pretty clearly the Fuujin-Raijin fan that she got from the old tengu, mentioned earlier in the episode. So essentially she owns a powerful tengu artifact that can control the weather.

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On the subject of cross-gender shape-shifting, I'll just observe that our boy had a well-developed bust when he was in his Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm mode watching his mom play pool.
We also saw him explicitly shrink one of his breasts in order to fire the arrow in episode 1.
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Old 2013-07-21, 17:53   Link #99
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I think the scene where Yasaburou and his younger brother go to visit Benten at the clock tower was just an absolutely beautiful and otherworldly scene. I think the show's getting better and deeper with each passing episode.
I think so, too. It's not the plot that grabs me (yet), but the general vibe (as Seiji Sensei wrote), as well as the great look of the backgrounds (variable as that look may be).

Yes, the scene with Benten was wonderful, otherworldly -- and Noto Mamiko helped make it so. Great laugh.

I noticed that the episode director is 許琮 (which looks to me like a Korean name, and is transliterated on ANN as "Heo Jong"), who has directed multiple episodes of various PA Works shows: true tears, Canaan, Hanasaku Iroha, Tari Tari, etc. I've liked his episodes before, and I liked this one. The music by Kikuchi Hajime (Futakoi Alternative, true tears) also worked very well for me, helping strengthen the gentle, otherworldy feeling.
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Old 2013-07-21, 18:40   Link #100
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You're asking this now, after seeing her fly in the first episode?
I wrote that off as something special she got from the professor. Apparently there's more to humans than meets the eye.
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