No time for foolish preamble! It’s time for Yashirou to save the day!
Incidentally, I just posted a review of the Uchouten writer’s other work, The Tatami Galaxy, so when you’re done slavering over how good this week’s episode is undoubtedly going to be, you can always head over there for more writer-adoration. Anyway!
0:03 – Starting off right. Love the night shots
0:12 – Love the lighting as he stops. Stranded between two distant beacons, crossing his bridge alone
0:57 – Barren trees grasping at the sky. Man, every shot
2:32 – YESSS. I know that asshole next-episode-preview spoiled it for basically everyone, but still
2:33 – It’s clear even just in the narrative that this writer truly loves Kyoto. He must be very happy with this adaptation
2:56 – Love this. The forgotten brothers have just enough strength between them to save everyone
7:07 – Interesting declaration. And he links it to the idiot blood. Living in the moment, I suppose – like Tatami Galaxy, enjoying the pleasures life is always offering. Can’t say that foretells good things for the Yasaburou/Benten relationship, though – she couldn’t be more of a representation of the unreachable dream
7:18 – And of course
7:22 – I love how they’re continuously getting slammed into the windshield. Also the dude who’s so surprised his hat jumps off
8:56 – Solid 3D integration here
9:50 – Of course!
10:34 – Quite a shot
11:06 – Ladies and gentleman, AotY.
Gah. It’s these moments. Like cocktails on the roof, like the teahouse floating across the Kyoto skyline. The whole show is smartly written and full of human characters and gorgeous, but stuff like this… The closest comparison I can think of is FLCL – it’s peppered with these moments where every variable just sings with how beautiful this medium truly is. Goddamn, Uchouten Kazoku
11:14 – One more time!
11:33 – Oh man, surprised me with that one. Though it really shouldn’t have – like Yashirou’s electricity trick or the railcar itself, great writers don’t just introduce clever ideas, they introduce an endless set of threads, and the ultimate weaving together of those threads is part of what makes the best stories feel so satisfying and “right”
11:59 – Yasaburou is going to crash Benten’s party in a flying railcar. Oh my god this show. I am just sitting here giggling to myself. Goddamn
13:18 – Love the lighting in this shot. You can even see the second reflection of the lights on the water in the glass
13:22 – Dat smile. Benten stahp
13:34 – Best gag yet
14:49 – Casting all of his values as false? I doubt it’s that simple. I wonder if they’ll go further with contrasting community responsibility with familial responsibility
16:13 – Finally. As suspected, Yasaburou’s first meeting with the Fellows might not have gone so smoothly with their leader there
16:48 – Benten stahp
16:59 – Charged words
18:45 – Yeah, I bet you did. This guy seems super trustworthy
19:32 – Nice color scheme
22:02 – Of course. Well, it is a very nice restaurant
23:00 – Yep. Directly contrasting the life-well-lived against duty to family and society. One episode to go aaaggghhh
Well, that episode was like fifty kinds of perfect. Dear lord. Even that railcar-against-the-moon shot alone would have made for a worthwhile episode, but it was funny and fast-paced and full of great little character moments and beautiful and pulled in lots of old threads and has basically drawn every single element of the story into two adjacent rooms in an upscale restaurant of downtown Kyoto. Give me the next episode. I am dying