Uchoten Kazoku 05

Uchoten Kazoku

Benten’s mystique really grows by the episode. She’s totally dominating this show, heh.

Slightly surreal episode as the Friday Fellows are introduced. So it’s basically a gentlemen’s club of sorts, only with the tradition of having tanuki hot pots. I’m quite curious how Benten ended up with this bunch though… it doesn’t seem to fit her character very much. And the rest of the club members seem pretty normal humans, so far.

Of course, it still felt super odd hearing Yodogawa’s confession of love towards tanukis…. until he’s loving them so much that he wants to eat them too. And wow, the sheer irony of him rescuing the Shimogamo matriarch, while having ate her husband. Heh, gotta admire Yasaburo’s resilience on dealing with them. I bet any other tanuki would just flip out and go mad hearing that stuff.

11 Comments

  1. Giorno Giovanna Said,

    August 5, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    Actually, I’m surprised that I thought the most intriguing thing I found about this episode was the rooftop bar. Its just a table with two chairs with a picture of Mt. Fuji next to it. How many possible clients could they attract? Does everything just get wordlessly handled with the charge put on a tab?

    Also, Benten is really the definition of femme fatale. It seems that Yasaburo is only quick with his wits when it doesn’t involve her or when his life is at risk. Is he really that swayed by her? And in the opening I just noticed the human form the frog brother takes, I’m just wondering how close is he to Benten, since Yasaburo was also shocked.

    If only the art style didn’t hinder most people from writing this off as an average show, like I did, before I saw your mention about the cast of seiyuu in this show which got me to watch.

  2. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    August 5, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

    Heh, if anyone dismisses this because of the art style, they probably won’t be the type of people that can enjoy this show anyways.

    Their loss, not mine.

  3. Crimson7 Said,

    August 6, 2013 @ 12:32 am

    I find that that shows with “unusual” art style can really be the gem of an anime season. But then there’s Aku no Hana…

  4. Ecael Said,

    August 6, 2013 @ 2:53 am

    iirc that was just a special service for the bar, the guy has an actual store running. Benten also had to actually order in the book, it was just cooler to have everything done without words.

  5. SHIELD_KLAC Said,

    August 6, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    the more i keep watching this more wonder can we spin-off series with ben10 as the lead?

    really she been total show-stealer to watch give hmm wonder why name is benten give same name of certain you know who voice by yuri lowenthal since alien force.

    indeed who or what is this ben10 female?

    & oh we finally meet friday people yet seem hmm fine give wonder how eat dad on the main tanuki family?

  6. Hasorov Said,

    August 6, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

    Gotta say that this show has really been underrated. Glad I kept watching it!

  7. meow Said,

    August 7, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    Been kinda wondering whether to avoid discussing the anime and just let the story play out but here’s what’s running through my head after watching this episode…

    Kurogane Shiroikaze wrote…
    So it’s basically a gentlemen’s club of sorts

    May be more than that. It looks like all the members have some social stature. They may have powers like Benten. Notice how Benten’s flight doesn’t really surprise or rattle the others. And Benten is the newbie. She feels regret at having to eat tanuki too but in that last scene it feels like some kind of necessity. Could eating tanuki be the source of their powers?

    Kurogane Shiroikaze wrote…
    Of course, it still felt super odd hearing Yodogawa’s confession of love towards tanukis
    Duh. Eating a sentient species isn’t too far away from cannibalism. Made worse at how that species tend to take human form and even earn universal respect. This was really creepy. I have a bad feeling about who is going to get eaten this coming year. Coincidentally, there’s that storyline about the piglet in Silver Spoon too.

    Giorno Giovanna wrote…
    Its just a table with two chairs with a picture of Mt. Fuji next to it.

    Quiet. Private. Excellent view. No, this seriously works. I think it’s like a private backroom, with the real bar out front.

  8. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    August 7, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    May be more than that. It looks like all the members have some social stature. They may have powers like Benten. Notice how Benten’s flight doesn’t really surprise or rattle the others. And Benten is the newbie.

    I’m sure of that. Gentlemen’s clubs are usually made up of high-ranking people in the sense of the word. Or unless you thought I was referring to it literally or something…?

  9. meow Said,

    August 7, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    Yeah. A normal high class club with normal humans who just happen to eat tanuki with Benten being the only extraordinary one. Everybody else so far looks really ordinary. Even Benten, with all her powers and having tengu underlings, is apparently human. Much to be revealed still. Of course, she could just be really a tengu or half-tengu who wants to or refers to herself as a human. I don’t see how she could command the respect of other tengu otherwise. Unless…

    Actually, I wonder if tanuki really is eaten in Japan. I mean, I’ve heard of horse meat sushi. I wouldn’t be too surprised, seriously. But as far as we know, in real life, raccoon dogs are non-sentient animals, even if there are folktales about them.

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    August 7, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    Pfft, I live in a country where it’s possible to find tiger, bear and crocodile meat. Japanese people eating racoondogs don’t even register as exotic for me.

  11. narutolost Said,

    August 8, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    I suspect the father was eaten because he was too powerful, to preserve the status quo…I futher suspect the father let himself be eaten to preserve the status quo.

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