Anime 1st episodes 2020: P-Q
Including: Pakkororin, Pet, Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time, Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle, Pianoman, Plunderer, Poccolies, Pochitto Hatsumei: Pikachin-Kit, Pokemon Journeys, Pokemon: Twilight Wings, Princess Connect! Re:Dive season 1, Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector, Puparia
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2020
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2020 >>
Keywords: Psycho-Pass, Pokemon, anime, SF, fantasy, gangster, boobs
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 13 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2020
Review date: 26 September 2023
I couldn't find it: Pittanko!! Nekozakana (2020)
I couldn't find it: Puzzle & Dragon
It's a movie: Pokemon Movie 23: Secrets of the Jungle
It's a movie: Pretty Cure Miracle Leap: A Wonderful Day with Everyone, which is friendly and good-natured, but also dead and one of the worst PreCure team-up movies
It's Korean: Pororo Donghwanala
It's Chinese: Qing Chi Hong Xiaodou Ba! Seasons 3 & 4 (aka. Beanie's Daily III), Qin Shi Ming Yue: Canghai Hengliu, Qin Xia, Quanzhi Fashi IV (aka. Full-Time Magister), Quanzhi Gaoshou 2 (The King's Avatar 2)
Pakko rorin
Children's anime
Started running in 2011
Keep watching: no
It's about three children who I think might be insects, since in the random episode I watched they grow wings and fly into the sky to drink from flowers. Then again, it might just be surreal. There's a rectangular-headed boy, a round-headed boy and a triangular-headed girl. Possibly conical.
It's the kind of thing that you might get addicted to if you discovered it at university while stoned. They also have a rolled-newspaper sword fight.
p et
Pet (anime)
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: psychic gangsters
It starts with an autistic-looking child who always watches the same anime and is liable to headbutt things until he sprays blood. His father refuses to lift a finger to help and is sleeping with other women while his dreary, miserable wife considers suicide.
After that, we meet some people who take jobs involving fake money and victims at the bottom of the sea. They don't ask any questions. This ends horribly.
The episode's ideas are fine. Its characters are uninteresting.
Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan
Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time
Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 12 minutes
Keep watching: ep.1: yes. ep.2: no, I'm dropping this.
One-line summary: sex comedy with actual (offscreen) sex
Peter Grill is the strongest man in the world. It's official. He won a worldwide gladiatorial contest, with his final opponent being a minotaur. Hopefully, this will mean that his fiancee's father might at last stop hating his prospective son-in-law! Unfortunately, this father has kept his daughter (Luvelia) so innocent that she doesn't know how babies are made. "When two people who love each other pray to the heavens, the stork carries their child to a cabbage patch."
Peter's gloomy about his prospects for bedtime action even after marriage, but I think he's being overly pessimistic.
Anyway, two hot female ogres want to bear Peter's children. Ogres like strength, you see. Peter thinks this is outrageous and keeps running away, booting the girls out of the room, etc. Unfortunately, it looks as if the sight of naked boobs overloads his brain. The episode ends on the morning after, with the fiancee knocking on his bedroom door while he's in bed between two ogres. Looks like an educational opportunity to me, although it probably wouldn't end well.
There are nipples on the Blu-rays, but only briefly, and no sex scenes. I'd been expecting softcore hentai. Well, it's short and amusing, so I'll keep watching.
Peter really does love Luvelia, but he keeps finding himself in incriminating situations and scrabbling for a convincing lie. We're supposed to find this funny. I hated this and him.
Phantasy Star Online 2
Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle
Season 1
Episode 13 of 25
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: SF soldier adventure
Looking again at something I dropped in 2019...
Again, the show seems fine. There's nothing much wrong with it, but it didn't tempt me to keep watching. The episode's first ten minutes are just our hero, Ash, bumping into various random people in turn and having conversations with them. After that, he goes somewhere in a spaceship and gets threatened by a baddie who kills minions because, uh, because he's a baddie.
Everyone in the world gets hypnotised and tries to try to kill Ash.
I don't mind the episode, except for Funimation's subtitles still calling the monsters "Falspawn" while the Japanese voice actors are saying "Darkers". That's jarring. I get the impression that if I watched this series, I'd probably think it was okay, but then remember nothing about it six months later.
piano man
5 minutes
One-line summary: arty and weird
It's a one-off OVA. A bloke in the woods hears a piano and finds a door. It's a fragment rather than a complete story, but that's fine at this length. There are demons. It's aiming for atmosphere and achieves that quite well.
The ruined building in the middle of a void reminds me of Warriors' Gate. It's also similarly arty.
I like the demon who's making music, while the ending's amusing.
plun derer
Season 1
Episodes: 24 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: probably, but with reservations
One-line summary: slightly questionable fantasy series
I've since finished it and... it's a good deal more interesting than I'd expected, but uneven.
There are things to dislike here. The biggest is Licht, because he's a sexually harassing pervert. The anime thinks he's funny. He's not. He gets beaten up a lot by women, but that doesn't mean he's not still unpleasant.
The episode's also a bit fanservicey. Nana Bassler has big boobs and never buttons up her shirt. (Its purpose is to frame her bosom.) Also, at the start of the episode, the camera's very interested in Hina's legs.
That said, though, the show's concept is unusual. Everyone in this world has a magic number on their body that will go up and down, going by some arbitrary criterion that only applies to you. Hina's number is a count of how many kilometres she's walked. (Would it fall if she rode a horse or travelled in a cart?) Nana's tracks how often she's been complimented. If your number drops to zero, you'll get pulled into the earth and never again be seen by the living. Furthermore, you can't disobey an order from someone with a higher number than you.
Hina's got a mission. She does something dumb, but I'm in awe of how far she's walked to chase her goal. Tentatively, suspiciously, I'll try another episode or two of this.
Pocco lies
Season 1
Episodes: 50 x 1 minutes
Keep watching: no
Children's anime
A fat pink rabbit plays the drums. There's a grumpy-looking kangaroo. All the characters are roughly spherical. Apparently it's based on a 2018 LINE sticker set called Poccolies. Yes, stickers.
Pochitto Hatsumei Pikachin Kit
Pochitto Hatsumei: Pikachin-Kit
Season 1
Episodes: 115 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: child heroes who make/invent things
The art's screaming "kiddie show". The faces look as if they were designed for five-year-olds to copy. Our three child heroes meet two not-very-baddies and use paper planes to climb a cliff, incapacitate snakes and fight a dragon. That said, though, the episode's lively and watchable, so I'm sure the target audience enjoy it.
There's also a live-action segment afterwards. It's quite a fun Japanese game show challenge thing.
Pokemon Journey
Pokemon Journeys
Season 23
Episodes 1088-1135
Keep watching: didn't even start
One-line summary: Pokemon
I'm well-disposed to Pokemon, but I could only find an episode of this with an English dub. Nope.
Pokemon Twilight Wings
Pokemon: Twilight Wings
Spin-off season of OVAs
Episodes: 8 x 6-ish minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: Pokemon
I liked the worldbuilding. Two people catch a taxi... which means climbing into a car that's then lifted into the air by the talons of a giant monster eagle. Cool. If Pokemon were real, that's the kind of thing you'd see.
There are two small boys who love Pokemon fights. One writes a letter to try to get tickets to see a Pokemon championship match.
It's fine. If I followed Pokemon, I'd watch this series happily.
Princess Connect Re Dive
Princess Connect! Re:Dive season 1
Episodes: 13 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no, no, yes
One-line summary: silly isekai
I've since finished both seasons, actually, and... it's likable and bubbly, but it never quite came together for me.
It's high profile. This show gets a lot of love, even from people who normally avoid isekai. They think it's funny and charming. It was also advertised heavily on Crunchyroll, showcasing its cute anime girls.
I disliked it.
It stars girls, girls, girls and a personality-free male protagonist with awesome hidden powers under his bland facade. (Only two girls so far, but it's still early days.) The male protagonist is currently an amnesiac simpleton, losing fights and not knowing that you shouldn't eat money. I'd have enjoyed that if I'd believed for a moment that the show would stick with it, but no. Awesome Hidden Powers... yeah, there they are.
One of the episode's two girls starts by devoting everything she is to the amnesiac bloke, for all his life. She then asks his name.
The other is too stupid to live. Not realising that thieves are thieves is one thing, but why hadn't she grabbed her sword before running off to help people who were calling for assistance?
It looks like garbage. The inking is horrible, while I hated the wolves' goggle eyes. The show's clearly decided to go for silly monsters (e.g. the mega-mushrooms), but even so those wolves can sod off. I laughed when Big-Eating Idiot ate that evil mushroom at the end, but otherwise... nope. I considered ignoring my reaction here and continuing anyway, because so many people have called this a good show, but this episode I actively disliked.
Euuuuuuuurgh, sod it. I know I'll like this show. Everything I've read about it says so. I'll swallow my reaction to ep.1 and try again.
Well, I still hated those two thieves and the running gag of Pecorine wanting to give one of them his medicine. Pecorine is nice, though. Can't argue there. I also liked the gloomy cat girl who wants to kill her (I think), but keeps getting saved by her.
Its writer/director, Takaomi Kanasaki, also worked on KonoSuba and I can see the similarity. Both have a sort of perky floppy silliness that I think is meant to be a homage to old-fashioned children's anime. This doesn't have the sharpness (and, for some, mean-spiritedness) of KonoSuba, but it's easy to watch. Maybe those thieves will disappear from the show? I can hope...
psycho pass
Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector
Anime film, also released as a three-part TV series (45 minutes per episode)
Sequel to Season 3
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: more Psycho-Pass
It's surprisingly good, although I turned it off after 25 minutes. I'd already ditched Psycho-Pass 3 the year before, so it would have taken a miracle to get me interested in its sequel. I've seen all the 2012-15 Psycho-Pass and that's enough for me.
Some military types who take control of a police station, bring down all the shutters and free all the prisoners. They even arm them and give them advice on attacking the cops and taking hostages. There's also a bloke with no personality and no sense of humour whose wife quite likes the idea of him getting punched, although they seem to get on okay anyway. Action good, violence good, characterisation minimal. I didn't really care about these people, although it managed to be reasonably exciting anyway. It's all very gritty, dark and Psycho-Pass. There's some idiocy that's very Sybil System. (The emergency exits don't work, because they were set up to stop latent criminals from escaping. Might as well have no doors at all, then, right?)
If you like Psycho-Pass, you'll enjoy this.
Pupa ria
One 3-minute episode
One-line description: mood piece
That was rather good. No plot, but a strong musical life and lots of presence and atmosphere. Impossibilities and imagery. The animation's quite striking. It's got giant insects (?), infinite distorted doorways and cool landscapes.
It's the kind of thing you'd watch to get yourself in the mood for something and find weird writing ideas.