Posted by psgels on 29 September 2013 with categories: Uchoten Kazoku

The final third of Uchoten Kazoku to me… is probably its worst part. Allow me to elaborate why:

Basically it boils down to that the conclusion was too cliched for its own sake. And I don’t really say that for the sake of it being cliched, but rather the implications that this had on the rest of the series. Two implications really stood out:
– The frog, the second son. I really liked how he actually felt responsible for the death of his father. That was some really good drama, and I loved the episode earlier that was dedicated to his feelings about it. But no, the father was just caught by his brother who turns out to be this stereotypically evil bad guy who just justs after some woman. True, without being drunk there was a chance that the father would have seen through the trick, but nevertheless he doesn’t feel guilty anymore about his actions.
– Wat made Uchoten Kazoku great? Its dialogue and its focus on cultural values, customs and legends. The whole succession story just took too much time away from that, and unlike the first two thirds of the series it brought relatively few new things to the table. You can also see this in the character-development, which while there, could have been much more if the plot was a bit more catered to it. Benten for example: we never really got to see what goes on inside her head.

Does that make these four episodes bad? Nah, just not as good as what they could have been. These episodes still were fun to watch, and at least it did try to stay somewhat true to itself by never forgetting that the simple minds of the characters who on one point can be entirely serious, and then can be goofing off or really stupid again. The chaos in the final episode was a neat anti-climax, and the whole frying tram rocked. Uchoten Kazoku was definitely unique and really refreshing as an anime.

Yojou-han, Uchoten Kazoku. This writer needs to have more of his stories adapted to anime!
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

7 Responses

  1. wicked says:

    Benten is actually the reason why their father is dead, which was partially the reason why she distanced herself from Akadama, that and the previous incident where her and Yasaburou’s prank caused Akadama to injure his back and loss of ability to fly.

    She’s as developed as she can without losing her mystery, she’s selfish and shallow like a human, because she’s half human, but she’s also egotistical and powerful like a Tengu because she’s half Tengu, However, she is terribly lonely at the top because she cannot genuinely fit in with anyone, which is why she took special interest in Yasburou, because she envy him, his ability to be so carefree and loved.

    I think you’re wrong on the assumption that he doesn’t feel guilty anymore. If that were true, he’d not have remained a frog. The guilt was lifted because he wasn’t the reason that his father is dead, but that’s not his only or greatest sin, as you can tell with his tearful first words to his mother. He abandoned his family to hide in a hole and lost sight of what his father left him, that’s his sin.

  2. mulligan says:

    I cracked up so much seeing all the (old but very cute) tanuki losing the plot and scrambling around.

    Benten is still the only character story that makes the least sense to me. Love to see more series like this.

  3. feafea says:

    worst review ever!!!!

  4. Mikey says:

    ^ Troll up above…

    While I agree Soun’s reasons were pretty petty, they way he went about it was anything but cliche. He didn’t twirl his metaphorical mustache around, he definitely thought out his plans, right up to the eventuality that Yaichirou would escape and try to tell everyone and he didn’t present himself like a bumbling fool, unlike his two sons.

  5. Avalon says:

    This time I am disagreeing with you. I think these last few episodes were the most enjoyable. I love all of them of course, but in these last few eps, we got fun character development and interactions in a story that wasn’t just random antics of said characters. A greater purpose was added and the characters still shined.

  6. chuu says:

    You say cliché, I say classic. I didn’t mind the final plot at all since it was so well packaged, with an ending that was balanced and consistent to the rest of the serie. And such a darling cast! Even the more elusive characters got a proper conclusion, so all in all, it was one of my favorite endings. Way better than Gatchaman’s.

  7. kero says:

    whereas I loved the ending of Uchouten! The build up was great, and the last episode in particular saw me getting caught up with the excitement and with a smile on my face.

    I would place this as number one anime of the past season, out of all the ones I watched.

    I wish I’d gotten to understand Benten, but I think it’s also good that she remains a whimsical mysterious lady.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 04:10 AM)
    Now that things have slow down a bit and stil some time left till Witcher 3, I came up with the grand idea of getting around to finishing F/SN UBW route before the series ends so I can jump on the wagon as it rolls thru the last few episodes. I think that’d be kinda cool.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:39 AM)
    Madhouse is still a very descent animation studio, and some of those older talents still remain with the company, but the market demands that they pander to the supposed “core” anime demographic. Although Masao Murayama did take a lot from Madhouse when he left to form studio MAPPA tho.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:35 AM)
    Nagai was definitely imaginative and creative enough to come up with ideas and works that broke convention all in the name of entertainment, an tags why he was such a trend-setter in the manga/anime scene.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:28 AM)
    It says something interesting though about me when I was younger though, as much as the rape put me off when I was a kid I was always switch back to get something out of the gore…how interesting that we seem so much more comfortable with violent content =P
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:25 AM)
    @Bam: Violence Jack however I felt about it and however I feel about it now that I’m older, it was like a baptism for crazy for me.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:20 AM)
    But theres stuff I so sorely miss, I mean come on anime you had a nazi doctor surfing on missiles in the sky, I can’t see that any more.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:19 AM)
    It really doesn’t say much for some comedy anime though when stuff like Kenya boy and Garzeys wing end up being funnier.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Bam: Its so sad to see Madhouse, who made Shigurui-death frenzy make mahouka.
    Ha I recently skimmed apocalypse zero (which coincidentially shares shigurui’s author), Mars of destruction level awesomeness there.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:12 AM)
    @Bam: I respect the man for going out of his way to genuinely fuck with peoples heads with the content of his material.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 28. 2015 03:10 AM)
    @Bam: Nagai’s lighter stuff is hella’ fun too though, shin mazinger is my favourite mech show =P And Dororon-enma showed that even crude humour in his hands could work. I don’t think I was ready for violence jack when I was younger but I know I was still half-drawn to it because I kept switching back to the channel it was on.

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