Anime Recommendation: Uchouten Kazoku (The Eccentric Family)

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Welcome to the other most criminally under-watched show of 2013. For a while, I couldn’t decide whether this show or Kyousougiga would be my AOTY 2013. I chose Kyousougiga because I enjoyed the mythical tone but it’s a matter of preference. That being said, Uchoten Kazoku is another visually stunning masterpiece by PA Works and also happens to be a family drama as well.

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In this fantasy version of Kyoto, there exists a balance between three races. The Tanuki whom possesses the ability to shapshift, the Tengu who control the wind and the skies, and the humans that go about their lives blissfully unaware of the nature of either race. Uchoten Kazoku centers on a family of Tanuki who have recently lost their father and are adapting to the changes and grief it has brought them.

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Uchouten Kazoku understands organic conflict on a level you will rarely find in other works of entertainment. In reality, people don’t achieve self-actualization, reach the apex of their character, and continue living their lives while breezing through issues with the lessons they’ve learned. Life is a constant struggle with oneself and the world. This reality is appropriately captured as the four tanuki brothers flounder through their days. Trying to understand what their father’s legacy means for them.

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The setting of Kyoto is just as much of a character as the rest of the cast. Every episode tours the city’s many scenic vistas and synergizes with the driving emotion of the characters’ interactions. Ultimately, connecting the themes of outer-perception and inner-perception that the brothers explore while trying to learn about the different views and impacts the other two races have on their way of life. 

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Uchoten Kazoku is a marvelous one-of-a-kind anime that delivers on an artistic, thematic, and entertaining level. Its deep commentary on life, love, and family is thoughtfully written and will leave you in equally deep thought. The art alone is the envy of even the most successful shows. And unquestionably, a crowning achievement of modern anime.

http://myanimelist.net/anime/17909/Uchouten_Kazoku

For my other recommendations, click here.

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himemiya anthy: i finally found him, utena. you were my true prince.
himemiya anthy: you're now the prince of the academy. any miracle and all eternity are yours-
tenjou utena: turn me into a car
himemiya anthy:
tenjou utena: can you turn me into a car
tenjou utena: i need this

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HONOUR by dCTb

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scloutier:

Song introduces their sister, the night sky, to River/Revuer, a growing god of dreams and stories.  Night Sky, and Song and Night Sky’s parents Dawn and Dusk, are Deaf, and River is mute.  Song thought it’d be a good idea to introduce their friend to people who knew sign language.I’ve got a little story about Song going off across the world to find a gift for their little big sister, since she can’t hear the sounds they create.  They meet various gods and spirits, and ask their advice and help, and try to think of a grand project.  In the end, Song just makes fireflies, as a visual representation of music and an echo of Night’s stars.  River, however, comes from my friend Laughingcrowman’s head and has her own story.

scloutier:

Song introduces their sister, the night sky, to River/Revuer, a growing god of dreams and stories.  Night Sky, and Song and Night Sky’s parents Dawn and Dusk, are Deaf, and River is mute.  Song thought it’d be a good idea to introduce their friend to people who knew sign language.

I’ve got a little story about Song going off across the world to find a gift for their little big sister, since she can’t hear the sounds they create.  They meet various gods and spirits, and ask their advice and help, and try to think of a grand project.  In the end, Song just makes fireflies, as a visual representation of music and an echo of Night’s stars.  

River, however, comes from my friend Laughingcrowman’s head and has her own story.

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favorite paragon moments

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jameschouphotography:

Circle of Life- This past January and February, we had a rare opportunity to observe the birth cycle of an Anna’s hummingbird up close.
By chance, we spotted a hummingbird nest on a bamboo groove about 15 feet away from our courtyard balcony.  For the next several weeks, we had front row seats to witness the incredible process of eggs transformed into fledglings.
We were ecstatic and sad the day the two fledglings left the nest. But our hummingbird story didn’t end there.
The very next day, during my daily jog around Arroyo Seco trail, I found this dead hummer on the ground near the Farm. It must have flew into a window and broke it’s neck. Wanting to give it a proper burial, I placed it on this leaf and carried it back to the Farm before resuming my jog.  When I finally got home half an hour later, the setting sun cast a sharp light streak across the studio floor so I hastily setup my camera to memorialized this hummer.  Natural light is beautiful.

jameschouphotography:

Circle of Life- This past January and February, we had a rare opportunity to observe the birth cycle of an Anna’s hummingbird up close.

By chance, we spotted a hummingbird nest on a bamboo groove about 15 feet away from our courtyard balcony.  For the next several weeks, we had front row seats to witness the incredible process of eggs transformed into fledglings.

We were ecstatic and sad the day the two fledglings left the nest. But our hummingbird story didn’t end there.

The very next day, during my daily jog around Arroyo Seco trail, I found this dead hummer on the ground near the Farm. It must have flew into a window and broke it’s neck. Wanting to give it a proper burial, I placed it on this leaf and carried it back to the Farm before resuming my jog.  When I finally got home half an hour later, the setting sun cast a sharp light streak across the studio floor so I hastily setup my camera to memorialized this hummer.  Natural light is beautiful.

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Me: *explaining the concept of trans and trans rights to mum after she saw a picture of Laverne Cox*
Mum: things are so hard and confusing now.
Me: these concepts have always existed. It's just that people weren't allowed to talk about it, or they didn't even know there were other ways of living.
Mum: we could have had it all sorted out by now. People could have been happy all this time.

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archiemcphee:

Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze (previously featured here) recently completed a fascinating new series of his exquisite taxidermy Fairies. These delicate sculptures are primarily composed of parts from many different insect species, but if you look closely you’ll notice bones, seeds and even a few scorpion parts as well.

Visit Cedric Laquieze’s blog for many additional images and to check out some of his other enchanting creations.

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Wow all of these…

But *especially* the last one damn

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