Oct 2, 2013

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Uchouten Kazoku episode 13

Good stuff! Even the ending I could not predict. I’m just happy that Uchouten Kazoku has risen above an eight in ratings on most anime community websites. It was definitely the underdog of 2013’s summer.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 13 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.07_[2013.10.01_22.39.51]Anyway, I’m glad that the Shimogamo family is doing well again. They cut it really close and almost lost a family member or two, but it’s seems alright now. The only thing that I regret seeing is romance. I really wouldn’t have minded a few more romantic scenes with Yasaburou and Satomi. Maybe even Yajirou and Kaisei.

Speaking about Kaisei; I’m kind of surprised that her word against her father’s meant nothing. He just He just told everyone that the word of a confused little girl cannot be trusted, not even if it’s his own daughter that’s testifying against him. He probably would’ve gotten away with it if he didn’t mess it up when Yaichirou went nuts and saw that their mother was about to get eaten.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 13 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.45_[2013.10.01_22.40.24]Let’s back up for a bit though. Their mother, Souun’s sister in-law, was about to be boiled in a hotpot. What was that? I know Souun envied his brother to death, literally, but does that imply that he also had a thing for his wife? Was Souun actually interested in that strange woman? He sure didn’t like it when she was in danger.

These last thirteen weeks have been delightful. I can only hope that they decide to make another season, preferably one with a bit more romance. Don’t get me wrong, I loved almost every scene of every episode, but I think a bit more romance would make this show so much better than it already is. Thank you for this, Japan!

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Sep 25, 2013

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Uchouten Kazoku episode 12

Great episode! It’s nice to see that at least one of my theories was somewhat accurate. You know, it almost feels as though we’ve just met a whole new character. But yeah, I’m overall very satisfied by how this played out.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.29_[2013.09.22_20.31.43]I already had a theory about Yashirou asking for Yajirou’s help. I never would’ve imagined that a simple bottle of scotch would fix that problem (temporarily). It was quite amusing to see Yaijirou haul so much ass in his tram mode, which led me to believe that he might be the strongest one of the Shimogamo brothers.

Yajirou has always caught my attention. I even labelled the guy as their father’s favourite. They always went out drinking, shared secrets and did all sorts of crazy stuff together. One cannot help but think that the old man saw him as his favourite, maybe even as his successor. It’s too bad that his death had such a negative impact on his son’s life.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.46_[2013.09.22_20.32.32]Anyway, Souun is seeing his plan shatter to the ground. His sons have been captured and his daughter is probably going to testify against him. The Shimogamo family can say whatever they want to the rest of those Tanuki, but it’s their word against his. It’s a difficult situation for everyone, and all they’ve got going for themselves is a messed up story about how Souun almost killed Yaichirou and successfully killed his brother and their father, Souichirou. The professor can’t do anything to help them, Satomi probably won’t do anything to help them, and they themselves probably won’t break the ice. Kaisei-chan has the ability to confirm their story and end the madness once and for all.

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Sep 18, 2013

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Uchouten Kazoku episode 11

It’s nice to see that Uchouten Kazoku is still slowly moving up to a solid eight on almost all anime communities. I don’t really care much for user ratings, mainly because I will give any show a try and form my own opinion afterwards, but I think people judged this masterpiece way too quickly.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_01.49_[2013.09.17_13.41.28]If I had to divide this show into parts (based on the seven sins), I would have to label the first few episodes as Sloth, Pride comes after that, followed up by Envy and now we have arrived at Greed. I have always been a huge fan of stories based on the Seven Deadly Sins, but to think that Uchouten Kazoku would remind me a bit of that…

We all know that old man Souun is behind all of this for the most childish of reasons. He has been standing in his brother’s shadow for years, watching him as he does whatever he wants to do as the Tanuki top-dog, plotting and hoping to take his place one day. He even handed over his brother as a meal to humans, much like he’s doing right now with his Nephew, Yaichirou.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.19_[2013.09.17_13.43.36]The problem is that I relied too much on Yasaburou. He has been standing in the spotlight for a long time now and I, the viewer, have come to like that character a bit too much, thinking that he’ll pull off another stunt in order to save the day somehow. Never would I have guessed that we’d have to rely on Yashirou, the youngest one of the Shimogamo family, to provide us with a happy ending.

Lastly, and I know I have been ranting on about this for weeks now, I would like to focus just a tiny bit more on Satomi. She’s a mystery. Is she with Souun? Isn’t she? I don’t know. It’s like she’s on a side of her own, doing whatever she thinks is best. None of it explains why she frequently visits Yajirou’s well to cry her heart out. This just keeps getting better and better…

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Sep 11, 2013

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Uchouten Kazoku episode 10

Here we go! The ending is finally in sight and the true enemies have shown themselves. I once again understand why enemies like to hide themselves in plain sight. This betrayal is unforgivable and I can only hope that Yasaburou will finally decide to fight seriously.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.26_[2013.09.10_01.30.03]The episode started like any other. Everyone was going about their business and Yaichirou was preparing himself for the election. Time was running out and it was do or die. Souun, too, noticed this and decided to set his own plans in motion. I also knew that snake was up to something and that he had something to do with the death of his brother.

I had no idea that he was responsible for getting his own brother drunk, capturing him and giving him to the “Friday Fellows”. Now he’s trying to do the same thing to his nephews by holding them captive until the election is over. That’s how badly he wants to become the big chief. How utterly pathetic, don’t you think?

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.27_[2013.09.10_01.32.38]The biggest shock was that Satomi knew about it all along and that she was actually part of it. Maybe that’s the reason why she was crying? Maybe she regrets taking part in old man Souun’s plans. Either way; no mercy. Yasaburou should just transform and wipe them all out. This betrayal cannot go on any longer, not now that Yasaburou knows what really happened.

It aggravating episode. I hate characters like that. It certainly also explains why Satomi spent so much time with the Ebisugawa’s. This episode explains so much… That is why I have amazingly high hopes for next week. The only thing wrong with this show so far is that it’s been overlooked by so many people. How shameful!

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Sep 4, 2013

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Uchouten Kazoku episode 09

Yet another lovely episode, well done! I’m starting to get a little nervous though. What’s going on with Satomi-chan? We haven’t been seeing her lately. Why hasn’t Yasaburou tried to contact her yet after he saw her crying like that? I’m very disappointed in him right now.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.49_[2013.09.03_14.04.22]

Either way, we finally got to meet Kaisei-chan for the very first time. She’s been hiding in the shadows until now, see it’s nice to see her face for once. I must say that I can see why Yajirou was so infatuated with her. She looks absolutely adorable, which makes it even harder to believe that she’s related to Souun, Kinkaku and Ginkaku.

She told Yasaburou that his older brother, Yaichirou, has a very, very small chance of being elected as the tanuki top-dog (so to speak). She thinks that Yaichirou doesn’t have the necessary quality to lead and unite, and that there are plenty of others that know that, thus decreasing his chances of winning dramatically.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_18.29_[2013.09.03_14.05.12]

I’m not really that interesting in whomever gets elected. I’m more interesting in Kaisei-chan, Yasaburou’s relationship with Satomi and the professor. Kaisei-chan looks like a sweet girl with quite a big brain. She must’ve known about the feelings Yaichirou had for her, so I’m kind of hoping that she will go to him and help him to get out of that well of his.

Also, I’m kind of hoping that Yasaburou goes to look for Satomi in order to have a few of his questions answered. He cannot deny that he is not interesting in her (and vice versa). I believe that alone would prove to be quite the interesting scene.

Uchouten Kazoku… Truly a hidden gem that a lot of people have overlooked. Sigh…

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Aug 28, 2013

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Uchouten Kazoku episode 08

Fantastic episode! It may have been a bit slow-paced compared to some of the other episodes, but I loved every minute of it. It’s the kind of episode that makes me even angrier when I see the user ratings on most websites. Uchouten Kazoku is definitely the most underrated show of this summer.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.06_[2013.08.27_22.08.20]The truth finally revealed itself after all this time. Yajirou’s story has finally been told. I can only hope that he can overcome all of these hardships so that he can someday return to being the same old foolish tanuki with a thirst for alcohol. He is kind of standing in the middle of a coin; on one side he’s definitely partially responsible for his father untimely demise. This could’ve been avoided if he either stayed with him or didn’t allow his father to get completely blotto. On the other side he was the youngest there, so was it really his responsibility? His father was old and wise enough to know what he was doing. Should Yajirou really be held responsible for this?

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.56_[2013.08.27_22.09.05]It’s mindboggling that the old man just let himself get eaten like that though. Think about it; he’s a tanuki, a magical creature that, from what I’ve seen, can transform into a freakin’ mountain. Couldn’t he just have transformed and escaped? It’s almost as though he wanted to end up as food for human beings that day.

Anyway, the emotion in this episode was absolutely absurd. I shed a few tears, dammit! I am not ashamed to admit that this episode really hit me and that it was definitely one of the best episodes thus far. This episode really makes me want to see the rest. How are they going to end this? Is Yasaburou going to confront Satomi? Come on, give us a double episode next time!

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Aug 21, 2013

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Uchouten Kazoku episode 07

Not exactly the sort of episode I had in mind, but the second half proved to be very interesting. The show’s summary already said something about Yasaburou’s desire to find out about what really the day his father was taken from them.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 07 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.13_[2013.08.21_00.03.26]Okay, keep in mind that we all finished watching an episode that ended with a crying Satomi. I was under the impression that this episode would focus a bit more on here and any and all problems that she might have. All of that was crushed when that old geezer stole that spotlight almost right away with his annoying tsundere-like attitude.

I must admit that it was funny at first. Yasaburou and his family had a friend on whom they could rely and vice versa. It was funny because it introduced quite a lot of possibilities. But now, instead of looking at a kind boy that’s helping out an old friend of the family in his time of need, it’s become like a regular chore for the Shimogamo family.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 07 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.42_[2013.08.21_00.03.44]It seemed as though there was more to Yasaburou’s father than original said. It seems that the second eldest male of the family, Yajirou, was with their father on the day of his death. They were out drinking and Yajirou left him on his own when he was drunk and defenseless. That could explain why he chose to live his life as a frog in some wishing well.

This brings me to the following; Satomi. What is her role in this? She was there as well. She was there when the old man was captured and before he was turned into a (delicious) hotpot. Is this the reason why she returns to that well regularly to cry? The ‘interesting-meter’ is rising with every passing episode, just like the ratings for this show!

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Aug 14, 2013

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Uchouten Kazoku episode 06

Yet another week has passed and Uchouten Kazoku has once again risen in ratings, good stuff! I must say that this episode turned out to be a whole lot more complicated than I had expected. I am looking forward to filling in all the blanks.

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 06 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.29_[2013.08.13_22.33.06]I thought this was going to be another one of those episodes where Satomi would work the flesh off of Yasaburou’s bones in order to make up for damaging her stuff. No, this was completely different. This wasn’t a punishment at all, it was as though she was calling out to me, hoping he’d help her with something. She clearly seems troubled.

I thought that it was going to be the two of them, but that old geezer from Satomi’s club followed them around. How stupid, doesn’t he realize that the age gap would make a romantic relationship of any kind practically impossible? Oh well, if celebrities all over the world can do it…

[HorribleSubs] Uchouten Kazoku - 06 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.22_[2013.08.13_22.33.34]I was actually thrown off course by the fact that Yasaburou started to like that old man more and more. I found that strange, seeing as he’s one of the people that killed and ate his father. I also find it strange that the old man hasn’t noticed anything strange about Yasaburou. It has been a very strange ride this week, that’s for sure.

Never mind the fact that they’re currently electing a new Tanuki big shot. Let’s just focus on Satomi again; she’s sad. She can’t stop crying and she never really talks to anyone about it. Could it be that she’s unwilling to eat Tanuki? I really would like to know what it is that got her so upset. Yasaburou, do something you lazy coward!

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