The Eccentric Family

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The Eccentric Family
The Eccentric Family Gentosha.jpg
The cover page of the first novel
有頂天家族
(Uchōten Kazoku)
Genre Drama, comedy
Novel
Written by Tomihiko Morimi
Published by Gentosha
Published 2010
Manga
Written by Tomohiko Morimi
Illustrated by Yu Okada
Published by Gentosha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comic Birz
Original run April 30, 2013May 29, 2015
Volumes 4
Anime television series
Directed by Masayuki Yoshihara
Produced by Jun Takei
Kenji Horikawa
Kousaku Sakamoto
Masuhiro Kinoshita
Shigeru Saitō
Shuichi Kitada
Tsuyoshi Oda
Written by Shōtarō Suga, Ryo Higaki
Music by Yoshiaki Fujisawa
Studio P.A.Works
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, KBS, SUN, BS11, Kids Station, KNB
Original run July 7, 2013 – present
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Novel
Uchōten Kazoku Nidaime No Kicho
Written by Tomihiko Morimi
Published by Gentosha
Published 2015
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The Eccentric Family (Japanese: 有頂天家族 Hepburn: Uchōten Kazoku?) is a Japanese comedy-drama novel written by Tomihiko Morimi, originally published by Gentosha in 2010. A television anime adaptation aired from July 7, 2013 to September 29, 2013 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[1][2][3] A sequel to the novel titled Uchōten Kazoku Nidaime No Kicho was published in 2015 and a second season of the anime based on it is in production and will premiere in April 2017.[4][5]

Plot[edit]

In modern-day Kyoto, humans live in the city while tanuki roam the earth and tengu roam the sky. The story surrounds a family of tanuki, the Shimogamo family. They have the ability to transform into anything they wish. They can change into normal members of human society or any animate/inanimate object. The third son, Yasaburō, enjoys a bustling daily life. He often visits Professor Akadama, a tengu and his teacher. Through Akadama, Yasaburō is acquainted with Benten, a human woman whom Akadama taught to fly like a tengu. As the story unfolds, the members of the Shimogamo family are still dealing with the foggy past that surrounds their father's untimely death prior to the series's start. To complicate matters, Benten is a member of a social group called the Friday Fellows, people who enjoy a meal of tanuki hot pot at the end of the year. The Shimogamo family must balance between living carelessly, maintaining relationships among other tanuki families, and not getting put into a hot pot by the Friday Fellows.

Characters[edit]

Shimogamo Family[edit]

Yasaburō Shimogamo (下鴨 矢三郎 Shimogamo Yasaburō?)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[1]
The main character and the third Shimogamo son. He is the most carefree among his siblings with a talent of putting himself in trouble.
Yaichirō Shimogamo (下鴨 矢一郎 Shimogamo Yaichirō?)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[1]
The first Shimogamo son. He aims to be the leader of the tanuki society like his father once was.
Yajirō Shimogamo (下鴨 矢二郎 Shimogamo Yajirō?)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino[1]
The second Shimogamo son. He transformed himself into a frog for too long that he forgot how to turn back. He now lives in a pond inside a well where he provides advice to others.
Yashirō Shimogamo (下鴨 矢四郎 Shimogamo Yashirō?)
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara[1]
The fourth Shimogamo son. He is shy in nature and his tail or ears often pop out when he is frightened. He works at the Electric Wine Factory with Kinkaku and Ginkaku.
Mother Shimogamo (下鴨母 Shimogamo Haha?)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue[1]
The matriarch of the Shimogamo family. She is very protective of her children and does her best to cover for the absence of their father, to the point of usually dressing as a male when not working. Whenever there is a lighting storm, she must be protected by her family due to severe astrapophobia.
Sōichirō Shimogamo (下鴨 総一郎 Shimogamo Sōichirō?)
Voiced by: Bon Ishihara[6]
The late father of the Shimogamo brothers and the former leader of all of tanuki in Kyoto called the Nise-emon. He was eaten by the Friday Fellows years before the story's beginning after falling into a trap set by Benten.

Ebisugawa Family[edit]

Sōun Ebisugawa (夷川早雲 Ebisugawa Sōun?)
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita[7]
Sōichirō's younger brother and uncle of the Shimogamo brothers. He broke up relations with the Shimogamo family following Sōichirō's death and aims to replace him as the Nise-emon. Later it is revealed that Sōun was always envious of his brother, as he fell in love with Yasaburō's mother before she married Sōichirō and lost the election for Nise-emon to him. These events led to him betraying Sōichirō by helping Benten capture Sōichirō, leading to Sōichirō's death.
Kinkaku (夷川金閣 Ebisugawa Kinkaku?) and Ginkaku Ebisugawa (夷川銀閣 Ebisugawa Ginkaku?)
Voiced by: Shūya Nishiji (Kinkaku), Kosuke Hatakeyama (Ginkaku)[7]
Sōun's twin sons and cousins of the Shimogamo brothers. They like to bully Yashirō and look down on the Shimogamo family.
Kaisei Ebisugawa (夷川海星 Ebisugawa Kaisei?)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[6]
Sōun's daughter. She is Yasaburō's cousin who was initially promised to marry him by their fathers, but their marriage agreement was called off by Sōun after Sōichirō's death. Later it is revealed that Yajirō also had feelings for her. Kaisei has a hatred towards Benten for being involved in her father's plan to dispose of her uncle.

Other characters[edit]

Benten (Satomi Suzuki) (弁天(鈴木聡美) Suzuki Satomi?)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto[2]
A young, beautiful, capricious human woman aligned with the dangerous group of humans, the Friday Fellows. She was kidnapped as a child and kept as a ward by Professor Akadama and occupies a unique role in the story as a link between the three worlds of human, tanuki and tengu. Akadama raised her as tengu and taught her tengu magic, giving her powerful magical artifacts that she uses for her own motives. After reaching adulthood, she seemingly spurns Akadama and returns to the human world. Her behavior is driven solely by her own mysterious motivations, and she is used as a pawn as much as she manipulates others. She maintains a relationship with the rebellious younger Yasaburō, who both respects and fears her. Despite seeming to be heartless, she has a lonely and sad side that only a few are privy to, such as Yasaburō and his brother Yajirō.
Professor Akadama (Yakushibō Nyoigatake) (赤玉先生 (如意ヶ嶽薬師坊) Akadama-sensei (Nyoigatake Yakushibou)?)
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu[6]
An old tengu and the teacher of the Shimogamo brothers. The brothers check up on him from time to time and take care of him, cleaning up his messy apartment and bringing him supplies and liquor. He injured his back in an accident, rendering walking difficult and flying impossible. He spends his days alone at his apartment in seclusion, rarely leaving. He kidnapped the Benten when she was younger and raised her, teaching her tengu magic and giving her his most valued treasures. After she grew to womanhood, she chose to leave Akadama's side to follow her own goals. Akadama seems to care for her in a romantic sense, although it's not clear what way Benten feels in return.
Junior (二代目 Nidaime?)
Voiced by: Junji Majima[8][9]
Gyokuran (南褝寺 玉瀾?)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[8][9]
Kureichiro (夷川呉 一郎?)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura[8][9]
Tenmanya (天瀾屋?)
Voiced by: Bin Shimada[8][9]

Media[edit]

Novel and manga[edit]

The first novel is written by Tomihiko Morimi and was published in 2010 by Gentosha. A sequel to the first novel titled Uchōten Kazoku Nidaime No Kicho was published in 2015.[4] A manga adapation of the anime written by Tomihiko Morimi and illustrated by Yu Okada began serialization in the June 2013 issue of Comic Birz on April 30, 2013. The manga ended serialization on May 29, 2015 with a total of 25 chapters and four volumes published by Gentosha.[10]

Anime[edit]

The first 13 episode season aired in Japan from July 7, 2013 to September 23, 2013 on Tokyo MX, KBS, SUN, BS11, Kids Station, and KNB.[11][12] The director is Masayuki Yoshihara, the scriptwriter is Shōtarō Suga, the music is scored by Yoshiaki Fujisawa, and the animation is done by P.A. Works.[13] The opening theme is titled "Ecstatic Life" (Uchōten Jinsei (有頂天人生?)) by milktub. The ending theme is titled "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" (Keserasera (ケセラセラ?)) by fhána.[6] The anime was released in Japan across seven volumes from August 25, 2013 to March 26, 2017.[14] In the United States, Crunchyroll streamed the series and NIS America published the series as a premium set including two Blu-ray disc sets on January 5, 2015.[3][15]

A second season will air beginning on April 9, 2017 on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, and Kitanihon Broadcasting and will be streamed on Docomo Anime Store in Japan. Both milktub and fhána will return to perform the opening and ending themes respectively. The opening theme is "Natsugamama, Sawagumama" and the ending theme is "Moon River." The main staff and cast members will be returning for the second season.[8][9]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
1 "Goddess of the Noryo-Yuka"
"Noryo-Yuka no Megami" (納涼床の女神) 
July 7, 2013
Yasaburō Shimogamo, a young tanuki living in Kyoto, is tasked by Professor Akadama, a tengu and his teacher, to deliver a love letter to his former pupil, a young woman known as Benten. The task that is not easy due to how dangerous Benten can be and the conflicting feelings that Yasaburō has for her. 
2 "Mother and Raijin, God of Thunder"
"Haha to Raijin-sama" (母と雷神様) 
July 14, 2013
Yasaburō spends the day with the other members of his family as he reminisces about the tragic day when his father Sōichirō was killed and served in a hot-pot party for the Friday Fellows, a secret and feared club who has Benten among their members. 
3 "Yakushibo’s Inner Parlor"
"Yakushibo no Oku-Zashiki" (薬師坊の奥座敷) 
July 21, 2013
For an upcoming festival, Yasaburō is tasked by his mother to secure a special artifact for them to hold a family tradition from the days when their father was alive, but upon learning that said item is in Benten's possession, he must ask for her to lend it to him, despite his efforts to avoid her. 
4 "Daimonji Leisure Cruiser Battle"
"Daimonji Nouryousen Gassen" (大文字納涼船合戦) 
July 28, 2013
The festival begins, but the happiness of the Shimogamo family is cut short when the members of their rival family, the Ebisugawa family, start a feud with them. Yasaburō realizes that he is in possession of another of Benten's treasures, which he uses to fight back. 
5 "The Friday Fellows Club"
"Kinyou-Kurabu" (金曜倶楽部) 
August 4, 2013
Following the events at the festival, Yasaburō is on the run in fear of Benten's wrath after losing the treasures she had lent him, until he is finally captured by her. Benten decides to spare him after he agrees to help entertain the Friday Fellows in their next meeting. 
6 "Autumn Leaf Viewing"
"Momijigari" (紅葉狩り) 
August 11, 2013
After the meeting, Benten takes Yasaburō away and spends some quality time with him. Later he meets his brother Yajirō and learns a side of Benten he never knew before. 
7 "Bath House Rules"
"Sentō no Okite" (銭湯の掟) 
August 18, 2013
The election for the next tanuki leader, the Nise-emon is approaching, dividing the tanukis of the city between supporters of Yasaburō's older brother Yaichirō and his uncle, Sōun Ebisugawa. While taking a bath with Professor Akadama, Yasaburō and Yaichirō learn a shocking secret regarding their brother Yajirō and the day their father died. 
8 "The Day That Dad Left"
"Chichi no Tatsu Hi" (父の発つ日) 
August 25, 2013
Yaichirō confronts Yajirō regarding his involvement in Sōichirō's death and learns from him about what happened between them during the last time Yajirō and Sōichirō met. 
9 "Daughter of the Ebisugawas: Kaisei"
"Ebisugawa no Musume ・Kaisei" (夷川の娘・海星) 
September 1, 2013
As the tanuki make preparations for the next Nise-emon election, Yasaburō has a short meeting with Kaisei, his former fianceé and becomes intrigued when she apologizes to him for apparently no reason. 
10 "Behind the Scenes of Sōun Ebisugawa"
"Ebisugawa Sōun no An’yaku" (夷川早雲の暗躍) 
September 8, 2013
The Nise-emon election is at hand, but so is the dreaded day when one tanuki will be hunt down by the Friday Fellows for their traditional hot pot party. Yasaburō finally learns the reason of Kaisei's apology when she reveals that her father is the true cuplrit behind Sōichirō's demise. However, a greater danger arises when he finds out that Sōun now intends to dispose of the rest of the Shimogamo family. 
11 "Try Again Even Harder"
"kendo-cyourai" (捲土重来) 
September 15, 2013
After Yasaburō gets a help from Benten to escape Sōun and his elite guard, the Ebisugawa family manages to nab him anyway through a clever plot by Kinkaku and Ginkaku. Meanwhile, Kaisei helps Yashirō escape the Electric Brandy factory and Yaichirō is handed over to the Friday Fellows as the primary ingredient for their end of the year hot pot. 
12 "The Fake Eizan Electric Car"
"Nise Eizan-densya" (偽叡山電車) 
September 22, 2013
Yashirō comes up with a plan to get Yajirō's involvement, leading to the trouncing of Kinkaku and Ginkaku. Yashirō stalls the Nise-emon decision meeting while Yasaburō saves Yaichirō, but their mother is still in danger of becoming Friday Fellows's hot pot meal. 
13 "The Eccentric Family"
"Ucyoutenn-Kazoku" (有頂天家族) 
September 29, 2013
Tanuki and human worlds collide as both the Nise-emon ceremony and Friday Fellows's bash descend into chaos. The scale of the disturbance increases when Akadama starts brandishing the Fujin Raijin folding fan, but by New Year’s everything settles down and the Shimogamo family is able to calmly consider their hopes for the future. 

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Crunchyroll to Stream More World God Only Knows, Silver Spoon, Makai Ouji". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
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