Looks like more tanukis (Japanese racoon dogs) are coming our way; animation studio P.A. Works announced at Kyoto Anime Fair on Sunday that a second season of The Eccentric Family (Uchoten Kazoku) has been green-lit. This is the first time the studio will be producing a sequel series.
The cast and staff of the original will reunite to work on Uchoten Kazoku 2, which adapts Tomihiko Morimi’s novel Uchoten Kazoku Nidaime No Kicho, the second novel in the Uchoten Kazoku series. Masayuki Yoshihara will direct the anime at P.A. Works, and manga artist Yasuji Kumeta (Sayonara, Zetsubo Sensei) is handling character designs. Lantis will be in charge of music production.
The full staff list is as follows:
Original Story Uchoten Kazoku – Nidaime No Kichou (Gentosha): Tomihiko Morimi
Original Character Design: Koji Kumeta
Director: Masayuki Yosihara
Written by: Ryo Higaki
Character Design/Animation Director: Kosuke Kawatsura
Art Director: Yusuke Takeda & Harumi Okamoto
Music Produced by: Lantis
Animation Produced by: P.A. WORKS
Produced by: Uchoten Kazoku 2 Committee
The returning cast is as follows:
Takahiro Sakurai as Yasaburo Shimogamo, the third son of the family
Junichi Suwabe as Yoichiro Shimogamo, the eldest son of the family
Hiroyuki Yoshino as Yajiro Shimogamo, the second son of the family
Mai Nakahara as Yajiro Shimogamo, the youngest son of the family
Mamiko Noto as Benten, the bewitchingly beautiful woman
The studio also revealed the anime’s first teaser image featuring Yasuburo in the center of the picture:
P.A. Works’ producer Kenji Horikawa, director Masayuki Yoshihara, and original author Tomihiko Morimi have also provided some comments on the new anime adaptation:
Tomihiko Morimi (Author of Uchoten Kazoku – Nidaime No Kicho)
“‘Once again, I have written another novel difficult to visualize.’ This was my thought when I finished writing the sequel. As a clumsy writer, I have lost my proper consideration for the production staff and could not withhold my wild fantasies. When I reflect upon the countless obstacles that everyone in the production staff will be facing, I am in endless remorse. Please, forgive this rambunctious author. This is an abbreviated formality, but with this comment, I hereby express my apologies, and offer my prayer for the birth of a masterpiece greater than the first season.”
Masayuki Yoshihara (Director of The Eccentric Family animated series)
“The highlight of Uchoten Kazoku 2 is the attractive new characters. Please watch and read the first season, and then enjoy this new world to the fullest.”
Kenji Horikawa (Producer, P.A. WORKS)
“To visually adapt part 2 of the original novel, I felt the need for greater determination and to become more adventurous, even more than the previous season. We want to make this animation, but if we become careless, we’ll end up in the tanuki pot. In a world surrounded by fluffy furballs, we crave for that taste of happiness we previously had. We may roast in the inferno flames if we fail to grab hold of the spider’s thread. Many thoughts filled my mind, and I realized that what were previously whispers coming from the fool’s blood have now gathered into a resonating song.
“‘Make waves all the time, make it go-go, disturb order all the time, disturb it ho-ho♪’
“By humming this song, even when I’m looking over the edge of the Friday’s Fellows’ tanuki pot, I can dance with a smile.”
The first The Eccentric Family anime (trailer seen above) aired in 2013 and revolved around a family of tanuki who are able to change into humans. Not only do they encounter other magical creatures like tengu, but they also come face-to-face with their greatest threat: humans. Despite this, the curious son Yasaburo is fascinated by Benten, a beautiful and clever woman with some magical powers of her own.
Crunchyroll streamed the series outside of Japan, although it is no longer available to watch there. NIS America released the series on home video in North America.
© Tomihiko Morimi, GENTOSHA/Uchoten-Kazoku 2 Committee