Uchouten Kazoku – 10
「夷川早雲の暗躍」 (Ebisugawa Sōun no An’yaku)
“Behind the Scenes of Ebisugawa Sōun”
Yajirou is going to repent himself by saving the day, specifically by gathering everyone and transforming into a train to get everyone where they need to be on time. Calling it right now.
With that aside: NOOOO! How could you do this, stupid Ebisugawas. To betray your own kind for the sake of politics, to lock up your own daughter for the sake of a title that no one really cares about anymore? This is true idiocy at its peak, but boy is it getting me excited for the next few episodes to roll around!
The real meat of discussion this episode lands squarely with the apprehension of Souichirou by his own brother assisted by Benten. Okay, so I was wrong that Benten was unaware that she was turning in Yasaburou’s father, which then makes this moral dilemma all the more complicated. While Soun may be hiding a fact that’s making him easier to sympathize with (because stealing a girl away from you is not justification for killing off your brother), so far I’m more perplexed as to why Benten chose to ally herself with Soun to purposefully affect Yasaburou. She could have chosen Soun to be cooked if she so wished to, or even any other tanuki for that matter. Thus, the answer is…why. I hope that we can find an empathetic reason as to why she’s acted like this, because right now the show is painting her as a monster who’s destroying a family twice for the benefit of a morally challenged tanuki. Is it for revenge? Is it because she feels so guilty about the past that she can no longer act in goodwill? I want answers now, and I can’t wait for next week’s train to run over everyone who deserves it!
This climax to the plot does excite me though, as it hints at the final masks of this show finally ready to fall off. It was a pleasure to finally put a face to Kaisei, but now it’s purely exciting to see the true background of Benten as well as the eventual triumph over the bad side of the Ebisugawa family. Uchouten Kazoku hasn’t had many climatic events, instead opting for a casual development of the story at hand, but I welcome the end-of-season conflict that gets my human blood boiling. The show has done a wonderful job slowly unfolding each character and making sense of their place in the plot, but now it is time to accumulate all those developments into the answers we have been searching for all season. Come on P.A., I believe you can push out a great story to the very end!