Eccentric Family 2 Review

[This is the continuation of Eccentric Family]

Yoshiro is a tanuki and his fool’s story continues amidst a mysterious new tengu’s arrival and a new plot against his family. If he doesn’t take more care, he just might end up in a hot pot!

Overall, this show doesn’t have much violence, however, there are quite a few fights that result in scratches and such and one case of being shot. Blood isn’t avoided, but it’s quite rare. If you are sensitive to violence, I don’t think this show will scare you too badly. It’s rather tame.

Another light section. Sh-t tends to be the only curse used and even then it isn’t used often.

Bath scenes are the most common occurrence for nudity and while one scene shows a woman getting into the men’s bath, it doesn’t show details and it is a short clip.

Tanuki, tengu, and oni (demons) are real in this show. Also, hell plays a big role and different variations of them are discussed (one is even seen). Even Buddha is mentioned here and there. Religion isn’t explained, but rather simply exists. If anything along those lines bother you, however, I’d steer clear. This isn’t a sector that one can ignore in this series…

Personal impression:
This show is not only a direct sequel to it’s predecessor in terms of story, but also in terms of tone. Just like the first season, Eccentric Family has an extremely laid back feeling throughout. This is due to the lead’s personal attitude about life: come what may. While the amount of drama and action seems to be greater in this season, the light mood keeps it from being too much.
That said, the plot isn’t lazy at all (unlike our lead). There were quite a few twists and turns in the story I didn’t expect and that made this sequel very amusing indeed.
As was the case before, the art and music is fine, though a bit dated by today’s standards, but they do reflect the mood of the anime perfectly.
All in all, this was probably one of the best shows of this past streaming season. Even if dramas aren’t usually your thing, I’d recommend giving this series a shot. Due to the laid back nature of the lead, the drama never feels too heavy to bare, despite the fact that some topics are indeed quite dark. It’s a solid show with well written dialog, characters and a genuinely interesting plot. Just be sure you start with the first season or you might get a bit lost.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Fantasy, drama
Production: P. A. Works
Company: NIS America
Official streaming: Crunchyroll


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  1. I think I enjoyed season one a bit more than this sequel, since the former had a much more cohesive storyline while maintaining that odd, charming, laid-back atmosphere that the latter still has. Both are pretty great though. I could really do with more shows like these.

    1. Agreed. That said, I really did enjoy Benten being taken down a few pegs. She needed it. I really can’t stand her character. I mean, it makes sense why she’s like that. And because she is the way she is it adds great tension to a show that might not have had enough otherwise. Still. I quite enjoyed the fact that they gave her a rival, even if that element of this season was rushed a bit in the end…

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