Uchouten Kazoku aired in Summer 2013, which was only approximately half a year after I had started watching anime. As such, it ended up being the first airing show that I awarded a full 10, signifying that I thought it was a masterpiece. Its score has survived many re-evaluations, which means that I still consider it a masterpiece, even though I’ve only seen it that one time. And this is why I’m so unbelievably excited for the sequel, Uchouten Kazoku 2, which will begin airing in Spring 2017.
To me, Uchouten Kazoku was outstanding in many ways, but the most immediately obvious one was probably the visuals. First of all, it looks quite different from P.A.Works other shows in terms of art style, and Kouji Kumeta’s distinct character designs are very noticeable. But there was also something magical about a few scenes in particular, such as the rooftop maple garden with its unique light and shadow, as well as the moonlit dinner scene which felt like an homage to Disney films (Lady and the Tramp specifically). The locations in general looked really good, not just due to visual quality but because the city of Kyoto and its surroundings make for gorgeous backdrops. It’s a fantastic looker of a show.
The second thing that stood out to me was that the story felt very well-crafted. The family conflict was obviously the premise for the story, but that didn’t prevent the individual characters from having their own problems, and their own dreams. Benten in particular stuck with me as an incredibly complex character who dominates every scene she is in but still has subtle moments of weakness and doubt. She’s still one of my favourite anime characters of all time and I can’t wait to see more of her.