I…am just blown away. Just when I thought this show couldn’t get any better, Uchouten Kazoku tells a special story about family that rivals that of Mamoru Hosoda(Summer Wars) when it comes to raw emotion. That’s right, I cried at the end of ep 8. And if you liked this series so far, you will cry too.
It starts off with Yasaburou returning from his fugitive life of avoiding Benten, only to see Yashirou calling to him for help. Akadama refuse to take a bath and his room is now filled with the smell of air freshener. So they spend the night pushing Akadama to attend a public bath, only for him to stay more than he should by the end. Of course the Ebusigawa brothers Kinkaku and Ginkaku confront Yaichirou at the bath, trying to persuade him into giving up the election for Nise-emon.
Trivial disputes seem to take place until they reveal that they’ve found out who exactly was responsible for getting Souichirou into the stew. After all, how could a tanuki powerful enough to transform in to a mountain possibly end up captured? Through DRINKING of course(he does have idiot blood)! But the one responsible for getting him drunk; that’s where things gets personal, and it’s directly linked to Yajirou’s life as a frog.
Even before becoming a frog, Yajirou was known by the other tanukis for being a lazy bum. He lacked any passion whatsoever, and often drowns his problems with alcohol. It’s not until he falls in love that it seems he has any real issues. And boy is it an issue, since the object of his love is Kaisei. It’s one thing to fall in love with someone much younger, but to fall in love with your sibling’s fiance is a disaster.
With no one else to turn too, he goes to their father Souichirou. Other than breaking off the engagement to prevent further conflict, he spends the night with Yajirou on a drunk Train ride through the streets (Yajirou is the train). But when he woke up, he found out that he left Souichirou drunk by mistake on his way home. With their father’s death being partially his fault, he feels as if he shouldn’t even be considered family anymore.
But while this may be heartwrenching on its own, the real kicker is how this affects everyone else. Their mother apparently knew about Yajirou’s conflict, but still forgives him deep inside. Akadama met him for the last time on his way to heaven, and the usually strict Yaichirou can’t help but cry about the fact his own brother was at fault for this.
And as for Yasaburou? He accounts for exactly what makes them brothers despite everything he’s learned, and how each of them inherit one aspect of their father that can cause both good and bad. It’s not a well-scripted speech, but it’s full of genuine emotions that has been lacking in many tearjerkers for quite some time. I really don’t think this post does justice to it all, so all I can say is WATCH IT NOW!