More tanukis to meet. More hints of a bigger story. And a fight on a bridge that results in a tiger biting a lion’s balls. What more can you ask for?
The ep starts off from the cliffhanger last ep, where it looks like Benten paid Akadama a late-night visit. Well it turns out it was Yasaburou all along, just giving him the good night he wanted(that sounds so wrong). The next day we see him ONCE AGAIN dressed as a girl(seriously, is he a transvestite?) along with someone called the “Prince in Black”. Well that prince is a women; it’s the mother of the Shimogamo brothers, who’s well known throughout billiards in the area.
From then on, we get some more details on the other Shimogamos. Yajirou transformed into a frog, but never could transform back. He now spends the rest of his days listening to people’s problems in a wishing well. The little brother Yashirou works at the rival Ebusugawa family’s alcohol factory, enduring bullying by the Ebusugawa brothers as a sort of trial. And then there’s Yaichirou, who keeps the family honor while also getting others out of trouble(that tiger in the top is him). Yasaburou mostly wanders around, though he does take responsibility for Benten and Akadama.
Speaking of family though, there’s a really tangible feeling of family bonds in this ep. The mother is afraid of thunder, so when the brothers see a thunder storm on the way, each of them rush to find her even if it means ditching important business. The normally serious Yaichirou gets hyperactive, Yashirou ditches work with the help of his brothers, and Yasaburou keeps everything calm so they can find her easily(he finds her with the help of Ebusugawa’s sister).
We also learn the fate of their father; long ago he unified the tanuki society and was respected throughout, until he was captured one day and eaten as stew(for some reason we see Benten in that pic). It’s a silly concept, but the impact this has on the others is shown in a really tender moment of mother Shimogamo comforting both the 3 brothers and newborn yashirou.
As of now, Uchouten Kazoku doesn’t really have a story to tell. But that’s ok as long as the slice-of-life aspect is consistent. PA works has been known for blundering alot(Angel Beats=Rushed, Tari Tari=Unambitious,etc), so I hope that they’ll finally get off their butt and start making the masterpiece they constantly show potential in. If my guesses are correct, than this might be it.