Hawaiian shirt dude is already wasted and the celebration just started
Well now that I’m done writing about 2am raves at anime conventions, it’s time for some Uchouten Kazoku. Unfortunately, things are a little less upbeat.
Since becoming disenchanted with how this series loves to throw in ultimately disappointing cliffhangers, I kept my expectations low for how the face-off between Nidaime and Benten would go. In fact, I even suspected Benten would simply float off into space instead of engaging in a fight. That’s…exactly what happened. Why set up a cliffhanger if you’re not going to follow through and then continue to mess with my heart every single week? That shit ain’t right! Anyways, the fallout from this key moment does happen, it’s just later in the episode.
If Nidaime says there’s no problem, then there’s no problem. Everyone go home now!
There’s a lot to consider when looking at this whole mess Yasaburo has gotten himself into. First of all, there’s the motive. I thought he was genuinely doing this as a sensible solution to the problem at hand. Akadama wouldn’t do it, and Benten was a horrible volunteer, so the only other tengu in power who might agree was Nidaime. It was risky plan, but Nidaime was (and is) the best willing tengu to fill the role. However, Gyokuran questions whether Yasaburo was doing this to help his brother at all. He loves causing trouble, and this may have been him finding a way to continue his reckless streak as the rest of his family is all srs bsns. He did make this decision soon after holing up in the forest for days on end, so he wasn’t exactly in the best state of mind. He runs away immediately after too, which goes to show just how much he thinks he can escape from his responsibilities no matter how far he goes.
Another possibility is that he wanted to purposely provoke Benten. It’s no secret that he likes her, but she’s been completely fixated on Nidaime. He seems perceptive enough to notice something underlying the hatred between the two – something special that happened in London. Maybe he wants to figure that out. But the sad thing about this is that after Yasaburo snubs her, she drops a hint that she did kind of like him. She’s basically saying Yasaburo is dense for thinking her kindness towards him was without reason. Whether it’s love or a deep friendship remains totally ambiguous, but it shows he at least had a shot with the woman he adores.
Now, she has to eat him.
Literally a cold-hearted women. Is this why she’s so comfortable commuting to Hell?
That icy scene was apparently a dream, but Yasaburo and Kaisei seriously get captured by the end of the episode…likely for a tanuki hot pot. Why two whole tanuki? I’m not sure, but if Benten requested it, I’d see why she would want to make Yasaburo suffer more by also eating someone he cares for. It was a shocking end to the episode, even if it is kind of the same thing that happened at the end of season 1. Tanuki hot pots are always the main villain here, huh?
Well, this should be an interesting way to get Yasaburo to start liking Kaisei more than a woman who is now actually acting out on her threats to eat him. Hopefully. I’m sure we’ll get some very…special…conversations when Yasaburo wakes up and sees his captors. These sorts of unique back-and-forth talks are done so well in this series. The writing is honestly top notch. I loved seeing the flashback of Yaichiro talking to his dad as well as that new tanuki girl proclaiming her love for holes and frogs as Yajirou tried to keep up with the conversation. There are so many delightful conversations and such great chemistry, even between characters who are meeting for the first time. Plus, where else do you get to see a frog go on a soul-searching quest and then follow a hole-obsessed girl into an ever-shifting underground society? Uchouten Kazoku makes the extraordinary seem normal, in the best way.
Now, at the end of this labyrinthine underground society of tanuki is a clan Yajirou set out to meet. They have some ominous things to say about Kureichiro, which is doubly confirmed by Kaisei’s suspicions later on in the episode. At first I thought maybe Kureichiro was another, more malicious tanuki in disguise. Then I figured it’s more likely that it really is him, and he’s plotting something evil on his own. Murdering Yaichiro would sound about right, since he’d be literally following in Soun’s footsteps. The two families seemed to reconcile a little too quickly and conveniently, so this makes sense. This may explain why Kinkaku and Ginkaku were so obedient. They knew they only had to play nice for a short while before the ultimate revenge would be exacted. However, I don’t think these two are malicious enough to wish for the death of the Shimogano family, so perhaps Kureichiro isn’t telling them the whole story. There are so many what ifs at this point, it’s probably better I just wait to see what happens next. There’s a lot of excitement to come.
Don’t even try to tell this guy that fur is murder