“We’re All Crazy Together” – Kyouran Kazoku Nikki (anime) – 7/10 Candy Canes


A family is a little world created by love. – Unknown

Genre: Comedy/ Sci-fi

Review Status: Complete (26 Episodes/ 26 Episodes)

Art/Animation: The colors are bright and the animation nice. Nothing spectacular, but more than enough for the crazy things that go on! The fight scenes are consistently good. The characters are a fairly standard design, though they all look nice regardless.

Summary: Midarezaki Ouka is used to having strange things happen, after all he is the 1st counter department squad captain of the Great Japanese Empire Paranormal Phenomena Bureau of Measures. But when he catches a small, cat girl in the shopping district stealing apples, his whole like rearranges to fit a new operation…OPERATION COZY FAMILY. Thousands of years ago the God of Destruction, Enka, was killed. However, with a dying breath it claimed that its child would appear and destroy humanity. Now in Futuristic Japan, all of the potential Children of Enka have been found and placed into a haphazard family.

Teika the lion, Gekka the jellyfish, Yuuka the Oni, Ginka the cross-dressing mafia son, Hyouka the bioweapon, with their parents Ouka and Kyouka (the lord of a demon underworld, also calls herself a god) , all live under one roof in a Family Frenzy.

Review: A man. An agent. Someone who’s out to protect the world. Who’s told to go to a house and make a family out of the assorted variety of people and creatures that could potentially destroy the world. How can he do this?
By being the best dad/husband he can be!

While seeing the personalities that invade this house in the first place is fairly amusing, the majority of comedy comes from seeing them act and interact with each other and helping with each other’s problems. They come up with the most interesting schemes, from making Yuuka’s classmates think she’s a magical girl with powers, to drinking all the water in the house to get rid of an alien that wants Ouka for herself. Many of these problems are hilarious with great comedic solutions, but the problems tend to stem from the dark histories that many of them have.
While it doesn’t overshadow the humor, it does serve to remind the viewer that their dark histories are what led to them being placed together- because if they hadn’t been taken out of those situations, and if they aren’t kept feeling happy and protected, the world could end.

Near the end of the series the story takes a turn for the more serious side of things, with Gekka (a minor side character throughout all of this) becoming a player of great importance. While the humor doesn’t disappear, it does take a seat to the gravity of the situation- the possibility of the world ending.

My biggest qualm is that, while the ending was okay, it didn’t really feel like an ending. You could tell that there was more to the story. It was enough that, even though I hadn’t loved the series, I definitely wanted to continue it and see what was going to happen next!

Some of the humor I found odd or didn’t quite understand- I suspect it was because I had watched this soon after I had started getting into anime. Looking back and rewatching some episodes, I found it a lot funnier. It does have a few random funny bits that were a bit much (in the way of Excel Saga and Pani Poni Dash), but if you’re used to anime humor, it should provide quite a few laughs.

Overall, this is a wacky comedy that is a bit hit-or-miss.

Recommended: 14+. There’s some innuendo going around and some language. Some potty humor (literally- in one episode some family members get the runs from some food and you get shots of them on the toilet). Minor swears, but often enough that it might not be appropriate for younger viewers.

Other titles you might enjoy: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (anime)
Gintama (anime)
Katekyo Hitman Reborn! (manga)
Yotsuba&! (manga)
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (anime)
Minami-ke (anime)
Flat (manga)

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