Uchouten Kazoku, or known in English as 'The Eccentric Family' tells the story of a group of a tanuki family. In modern day Kyoto, the tanukis and the mythical tengus live together alongside humans. With their ability to shapeshift, they remained unnoticed as the years went past. The family is not without its fair share of trouble, however! A group known as the Friday Fellows are known to conduct an end-of-year hotpot party where the main dish was none other than tanuki meat. This is the story of the descendants of one of the tanuki that they eat and their trials and tribulation to survive the same fate as their father and their hectic daily lives.
Slice of life, a comedy with fantasy elements scattered all over the storyline, it is no wonder that Uchouten Kazoku is a relaxing anime to binge watch if you have the time. Incorporating elements of Japanese mythology, it provides an ethereal setting unlike the conventional slice of life animes out there. The allusion it provides, allows you to escape into a different dimension once you start watching it. The anime does not have an intense plot and can even be said to be quite bizarre. Its strangeness is its charm, however. So, as we await the second season to this bizarre anime, why not take some time off to explore these 6 other anime like Uchouten Kazoku (The Eccentric Family)?
Similar Anime to Uchouten Kazoku
1. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: Apr 23, 2010 to Jul 2, 2010
A lonely college student bumps into a mysterious old man. This mysterious man claims that he is the god of marriage. After spending some time conversing with him, the student then regrets his life for the past 2 years. Recollecting that he spent 2 years of his life trying to break up couples on campus with his friend, he resolved to turn over a new leaf and forge a better future for himself. As he finally found his resolve, he was sent back in time when he has just started college. This was his second chance at life and it is up to him to fulfil his own promise to himself.
Yojouhan is the brainchild of Tomihiko Morimi, the same author behind Uchouten Kazoku. As such, the anime contains the same elements and themes as its sibling. The art style and the general overview of the story will deeply remind you of Uchouten Kazoku. Both animes are reminiscent of the other even if their stories are different. Both contain the same style of surrealism and showcases the misadventures of the protagonist in a bizarre world. If you truly loved Uchouten Kazoku, we know that you will definitely not mind the quirks of Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 13, 2012 to Jun 29, 2012
Yuki Sanada lives with his grandmother. Due to the nature of her job, however, they constantly relocate around. This makes the socially awkward Yuki incapable of forming a long-lasting relationship. Now, as he settles once again in the town of Enoshima, he happens to meet the quirky Haru who introduced himself as an alien. Sometimes, it takes a little bit of insanity to break the ice and Yuki soon finds himself caught up in Haru's antics. What crazy adventure does Haru have in store for the both of them? Tune in to find out!
Both animes may start off confusing at first, but that's the charm of eccentricity in these kinds of anime. Both are bizarre in different ways but utilise the plot device of absurdity to generate interest. The cast of characters in both animes is each unique in their own way allowing for more opportunities for humorous conversations. The plot for both animes is not intense which provides for a relaxing time. All in all, while they may be worlds apart, Tsuritama and Uchouten Kazoku are quite alike in that sense.
- Episodes: 15
- Aired: Jul 3, 2009, to Jun 25, 2010
After surviving a vampire attack after Golden Week, Araragi's fate is changed forever. Encountering oddities at an alarming rate, he is often aided by his benefactor, Meme Oshino. Nevertheless, he tries his best to live a normal life even his newfound vampire powers. One day, while going home, he happened to catch a falling Hitagi Senjougahara. Noticing that she is virtually weightless, he insisted on helping her by bringing her to Oshino. And that is just the beginning of his adventure with people with supernatural maladies...
If you feel that Uchouten Kazoku is lacking a strong story, then Bakemonogatari may perhaps fill in the gap for you. Bakemonogatari has an equally bizarre character cast amidst a surreal environment. If anything, the art style in both animes literally screams surrealism to the point of being almost dreamlike. Bakemonogatari also has a supernatural theme to it, complementing the peculiar setting. Both animes is excellent in character development and enticing the audience into the unorthodox world that is created in front of them, that can only be said to be the pinnacle of surrealism in the anime industry.
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4. Tamako Market
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 10, 2013, to Mar 28, 2013
In the heart of Usagiyama Shopping District lies Tama-ya, a small mochi shop. One day, the daughter of the shop, Tamako chanced upon a peculiar talking bird. Claiming to be royalty from a faraway land, he was known as Dera Mochimazzi. Dera intends to make Tamako his bride and follows her home where he feasted on the mochis made by Tamako's parents. Soon, he becomes overweight and is unable to fly back to his homeland. Now, he is the mascot of the market and is known and loved by all.
Tamako Market is a slice of life anime where there is no story progression at all. It is similar to Uchouten Kazoku in that aspect as both anime features very little to no story progression at all. The characters that are featured are uniquely queer in their own way. While Uchouten Kazoku features weird characters in a normal environment, Tamako Market features normal characters in weird social situations. Equally queer, bizarre and perhaps just downright weird, we'd recommend giving Tamako Market a try if you enjoyed Uchouten Kazoku!
5. Natsume Yuujinchou
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 8, 2008, to Sep 30, 2008
Takashi Natsume has an odd problem. He is constantly chased by yokais. The story of how this happened goes back to his youth days where his grandmother left him a book named Yuujinchou or 'Book of Friends'. Unbeknownst to him, the book contains the names of yokais under her control and now he is tormented by them every day. Today, he only has the companionship of Madara, a self-proclaimed bodyguard. Together, they hope to free the spirits bound to his grandmother.
The theme of yokais is predominant in both anime series. Both series tells the tale of yokais living amidst human beings without their knowledge of their existence save for the main protagonists. Unlike Uchouten however, the protagonist in Natsume Yuujinchou is a human being. With the fantasy genre often paired with the adventure genre, it is nice when it is finally paired with the slice of life genre. This means that both anime offers a light story with moments of humour. The genre pairing in both Natsume Yuujinchou and Uchouten Kazoku ought to appeal to fans that prefer the genre of fantasy but does not require a heavy and intense story.
6. Arakawa Under the Bridge
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 5, 2010 to Jun 28, 2010
Kou Ichinomiya is the son of an elite businessman. His firm principle in life is to never owe a debt to anyone, not even his own parents. One day, while crossing a bridge, he fell prey to some mischievous kids who caused him to topple over the bridge. Fortunately for him, he was saved by a strange girl with a fishing pole. Unfortunately for him, due to his principles, Kou now owes the ultimate debt to this girl - his life. This mysterious girl, known only as Nina requests to fall in love and Kou had no choice but to accept. He moved out of his luxurious home to begin life under the bridge where Nina lived alongside other queer individuals. Soon Kou realised that this could possibly be one of the worst deals he ever made.
Arakawa features its fair share of unique and iconic character. Each character is memorable and is sure to leave an impression on you. It is similar to Uchouten Kazoku in that aspect in which character development is the focal point in both animes. Just like Uchouten Kazoku, there is little story progression and most of the plot is purely developed through the character's interactions with each other. While not really supernatural themed, the characters in Arakawa will leave you wondering about their respective sanity as each function in a manner that can only be deemed as unorthodox by society standards. The light plot, character driven and sure to leave you wanting for more, Arakawa is a go-to anime for a fun time, just like Uchouten Kazoku!
We've come to the end of this 6 animes countdown! Uchouten Kazoku, albeit quirky, has garnered quite a fan base over the years and many are anticipating the second season. What is it about Uchouten Kazoku that made you fall in love with it? Are any of these animes similar to what you are looking for? Do you have another anime that is perhaps similar to Uchouten Kazoku? Leave it in the comment below and we will see you next time!