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The following contains spoilers for Uncle From Another World Episode 2, “Guardian Heroes ‘Shoulda Been Number One!”, now streaming on Netflix.

It’s been seventeen years since Uncle Kousuke Shibasaki (aka Ojisan) had his tragic accident and fell into a coma, but he’s finally woken up, and with new mystical powers to boot! The only family member left by his side is his nephew Takafumi, who fortunately allows the quirky character to live with him.

Despite the significant age gap, the pair bond like long-lost brothers, finding commonality in their shared appreciation for anime and video games, though in Kousuke’s case, only SEGA is acceptable. As Uncle Kousuke tries to adapt to the modern world, Takafumi soon realizes that his uncle is using various fictional scenarios as a frame of reference in order to understand all the drastic changes.

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Uncle Kousuke’s Otaku Factor

Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Uncle Kousuke is sure of one thing: he love SEGA! The middle-aged man used to obsessively play video games before his misfortune and was deeply invested in the console wars, but that concern spills over into his Anime picks as well. Takafumi is surprised to discover that Kousuke was also dedicated to watching every episode of Neon Genesis gospel (which is usually reserved for the more sentimental types.) Nonetheless, according to Ojisan, he learned everything he needs to know about “mature love” from the popular anime franchise, which is still going strong today.


The penny drops, however, when Kousuke states that the only reason he bothered to watch evangelization in the first place because SEGA was one of their official sponsors. Ironically, he is unable to properly identify the tsundere’s love interest in the series and fails to recognize the stark similarities between Asuka and her elven mistress from Granbahamal. Regardless of his misconceptions, Ojisan shows his cutesy side when he manages to captivate Sumika Fujimiya with Kaede Nanase’s heartwarming story, going so far as to bring her to tears (although she is completely unaware that SEGA alien soldier is the real topic of discussion here.)


Kousuke treats himself to a Manga for the New Year, apparently an old tradition he would like to revive. Takafumi announces to his uncle that his favorite manga, Kochi Kame no longer receives serialization, which shocks Kousuke’s socks off. He was so confident that he could just pick up where he left off in Kochi Kame seventeen years ago, that he hadn’t even considered canceling the story. To Kochi Kame’s credit, however, the Manga hadn’t stopped releasing new content until a year before Ojisan’s awakening, indicating that Kochi Kame has been in print for two decades.


Nostalgic references everywhere

It is unlikely that there will be an episode of Uncle from another world which does not mention anything about SEGA, and Episode 2 is no exception. A copy of nights in dreams can be seen in the box SEGA Saturn merchandise that Takafumi buys for his uncle, but nothing excites the old man more than seeing his beloved Guardian Heroes once again. After finally reading the final publication of the Choice of SEGA Saturn players magazine, Kousuke is devastated to learn that his favorite hero game is only ranked 197th on the list. Getting his hands on this magazine was his entire motivation to survive Granbahamal, and it seems all of that was for naught. Public opinion does not prevent Takafumi and his uncle from enjoying the classic SEGA gameplay, which combines a fighting game system with a side buggy (simply revolutionary for its time).


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Another namedrop in Episode 2 includes Alien Storm, a SEGA Genesis Arcade-style game depicting a dystopian society overrun by hostile alien forces. Ironically, Ojisan compares his current community standards to the devastation seen in Alien Storm, or maybe he just feels alienated (pardon the pun!) from this modern world. The guys also realize that they share a love for the popular Japanese TV show, Waratte Iitomo! (although upon closer inspection it appears that they each refer to two entirely separate programs which happen to have Waratte in their names. Never mind!)

Fun fact: The EVE burst error reference (the #1 Readers Choice) holds an easter egg, as Amagi Kojirou is voiced by none other than Takehito Koyasu (Uncle Kousuke)

RPG FTW! (or maybe not)

Even if a SEGA Saturn JRPG game, grandia, ranked second overall, that wouldn’t have been of much use to Kousuke, he just doesn’t grasp the concept of role-playing games. Whether he’s playing on a console or with the “real life” experience of Granbahamal, this uncle obviously doesn’t have the attention span or motivation to complete a quest. Even in his youth, Ojisan would forget his purpose in life whenever he attempted to play an RPG, failing to connect collecting items with completing a task, and inevitably wandering aimlessly.


Kousuke’s complete misunderstanding of RPG gaming is underscored by the way he handles the situation in Granbahamal when a small village needs help defeating a fiery dragon. Ojisan was supposed to melt the mysterious Mabel’s heart and claim her icy sword from the Ice Clan God before facing the dragon, but alas, that notion was beyond poor Kousuke. Instead, he defeated the wyvern with his own weapon and encouraged the troubled girl to stay isolated and embrace her reclusive personality, likening her situation to her own love for SEGA. Again, his “pink glasses” make Ojisan oblivious to his mistakes, as he believed himself truly victorious in this case.

Facing the modern world

Waking up nearly two decades “in the future” is sure to be an overwhelming experience for anyone, and that’s without the added hustle and bustle of surviving an alternate reality where everything seems pretty deadly! Uncle Kousuke has adapted relatively well to the lifestyle of a YouTuberand besides his SEGA and obsessions with online shopping, he doesn’t seem to care about much else (including potential sexual gratification.) The fact that Ojisan relates nearly everything to his childhood passions is indicative of his attempt to grasp the reality of his situation, and all the drastic changes that have accompanied it. Returning to nostalgic memories brings an element of solace to this otherwise uncomfortable period of adjustment, allowing Kousuke to better relate to the world.


His lack of social skills is undeniable, and it’s safe to say that this deficiency likely stems from the fact that he spent his teenage years isolated in his home, presumably permanently plugged into his SEGA console, and making no effort to establish real-world connections. Amazingly, this ideology didn’t change even when (technically) immersed directly in a game, and instead of fully enjoying the experience and playing as the knight in shining armor, Ojisan only focuses on the back to his beloved video. Games. This mindset would surely have made the RPG parts of his isekai adventures much more successful (not to mention the added benefits in the romance department).

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