All In Good Storytime

category: Literature

Page Seven--Tanuki, Tengu, Human


In the seventh episode of All in Good Storytime, we begin watching "The Eccentric Family" an anime based on a 2007 Japanese comedy-drama novel written by Tomihiko Morimi. We are introduced to a group of tanuki and tengu in Kyoto. Tanuki are mischevious shape-shifters and Tengu are bird-like creatures.
The protagonist is a Tanuki named Yasaburo, of the Shimogamo family. He was once taught by a Tengu, Professor Akadama, along with a mysterious human woman with Tengu powers named Benten. We explore the love connections that Benten has formed, discuss the hot pot induced death of the father of the Shimogamo family, make predictions regarding an arranged marriage, plan our vacation to Kyoto, gush over how cute Tanuki are, and complain about the rude Professor.


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