Uchouten Kazoku ~ Review
“Heartwarming and funny little series with a deep message!”
We see all different kinds of families in anime, ranging from absolutely normal to over-the-top strange and unique. When we imagine families, we think of the usual: father, mother, the protagonist and his/her siblings (and maybe even pets every now and then). But this family is a little different. In what way, you ask? Well, for starters… they’re all raccoons, or to put it in a more anime-like way, they’re all tanuki’s!
Uchouten Kazoku is set in modern day Kyoto, where three clans of species live. First there the humans who live their everyday life, oblivious to their real surroundings. Then there are the Tengu’s, who fly and rule the skies of Japan. And then, there are the Tanuki’s, who disguise themselves as humans and live together with the humans. For a long time, there has been a quarrel between Tengu’s and Tanuki’s, fighting for power and possession of land. Yasaburou is a Tanuki who doesn’t care about all the quarrel and just wants to live his life in a carefree way with his family. However, civil war within the Tanuki clan causes Yasaburou and his family to get involved in the quarrel. And what a ridiculous quarrel it is.
The show is known for its rather cute artwork and heartwarming-ness
The series contains 13 episodes and aired during the Summer 2013 Anime Season (July 2013 – September 2013). The anime is based off a novel of the same name written by Morimi Tomihiko. The series is animated by P.A. Works, best known for well-acclaimed works such as Angel Beats, Hanasaku Iroha and Another.
The anime contains a number of well known voice actors and actresses including Sakurai Takahiro who voices Yasaburou (and is also known as the voices of Sasori from the Naruto series and Oshino Meme from the Monogatari series), Suwabe Junichi who voices Yaichirou (and is also known as the voices of Vergo from One Piece and Grimmjow from Bleach) and Noto Mamiko who voices Benten (and is also known as the voices of Sattelizer L. Bridgette from Freezing and Nogizaka Haruka from Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu).
Although the anime didn’t get much love from both the public and the online anime community, those that did endure the social norms were treated to something that was better than what they expected. I mean, that’s what I was treated to anyway. Every now and then, there would be times where they went off the main plot a little, but overall, this series was very enjoyable and lighthearted to watch and is definitely recommended for those who are seeking lighthearted drama and comedy anime series.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 8/10