Genre: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Fantasy
Original Name: Uchoten Kazoku
In modern-day Kyoto, humans live in the city while tanuki roam the earth and tengu roam the sky. The story surrounds a family of tanuki, the Shimogamo family. They have the ability to transform into anything they wish. They can change into normal members of human society or any animate/inanimate object. The third son, Yasaburō, enjoys a bustling daily life. He often visits Professor Akadama, a tengu and his teacher. Through Akadama, Yasaburō is acquainted with Benten, a human woman whom Akadama taught to fly like a tengu. As the story unfolds, the members of the Shimogamo family are still dealing with the foggy past that surrounds their father’s untimely death prior to the series’s start. To complicate matters, Benten is a member of a social group called the Friday Fellows, people who enjoy a meal of tanuki hot pot at the end of the year. The Shimogamo family must balance between living carelessly, maintaining relationships among other tanuki families, and not getting put into a hot pot by the Friday Fellows.
The third son of Souichirou Shimogamo, Yasaburo is a tanuki living in modern Kyoto who is obsessed with the daily life of humans, tanuki and tengu. After his father’s death, he and his three brothers became known as the four tanuki losers of Kyoto and were labeled as disgraces to the tanuki name. Despite this, Yasaburo lives a carefree life shapeshifting into humans and observing the interaction of humans and tanuki while taking care of an old tengu and avoiding a magical woman.
The first and oldest Shimogamo son. Out of the four brothers, he is the most responsible and the heir to the family, he aims to be the leader of the tanuki society like his father once was.
The second Shimogamo son. He is stuck transformed as a frog, after forgetting how to transform back into a tanuki. He lives in a well and hears out the problems and wishes of people who come by (not that he can do anything about it).
The fourth and youngest Shimogamo son. He is shy in nature and his tail or ears often pop out when he’s frightened. He works at the electric wine factory with Kinkaku and Ginkaku.