I’ve spoken about the state of Ecchi a bit on this blog. It is a very much a genre that waxes and wanes like the moon. Some years, like 2018 are banners ones, with great series like High School DxD Hero, and How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord. Other times you have years like 2019, where nothing really good comes out. 2020 so far has been a bit of both, with Interspecies Reviewers blowing all of our expectations out of the water, and everything else playing catch up.
One of the other ecchi series is what we are discussing today. So after the cut let’s take a dive into Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time.
The best strength of Peter Grill is probably that each episode is only 12 minutes. While we all love full length ecchi romps, there are sometimes when a certain idea or premise doesn’t really fit into a full length episode, much less an entire season. Peter Grill, by having a shorter, to the point, episodes, it manages to keep itself fresh, despite only having one real joke.
The story follow Peter Grill, having just claimed the title of the world’s strongest man. Now while he should be celebrating with his true (but hilariously un-educated) love Luvelia, Peter instead finds himself the target of every other woman in the land. Not for his strength, but for his seed so that they can bare strong children. And they’ll stop at nothing to get it.
We could jokingly called Peter Grill “NTR the anime,” because while Peter is hopelessly devoted to his wife to be, he also quickly falls prey to the seductive graces of the women who cross his path. The show wastes no time, and by the first episode, Peter has already done more than that most Harem anime leads dream of doing. The humor of course comes from Peter’s self hatred, his inability to say no, the thirst of the girls, and the crippling realization of what he’s done that so many men call: Post Nut Clarity.
Now, it would be easy to see Peter Grill going down the path of School Days, a self destructive warning about what happen when people don’t communicate, but it is clear that isn’t the case. The show is a comedy, watching Peter, who only want to marry his sweetheart, have to deal with women throwing themselves at him is where those chuckles come from. It isn’t a show worried about putting in a message or making a comment on the idea of relationships, it is a stupid sex comedy, and the short length allows each episode to never feel too long. The girls themselves, from the lusty ogre twins, the spunky elven princess, or the quiet, but sinisterly planning orc maiden never really step outside their archetypes, but I would also say you aren’t watching this show for the rich character arcs.
In terms of animation though, Peter Grill does fall a little short. Ecchi anime often have shoe-string budgets, and this is no exception. While it isn’t in the level of bad that plagued My Sister, My Writer, the show isn’t that much better either. The girls are sexy, but the attention to detail that often keeps fan coming back (and merchandise rolling), isn’t really present. I’ve seen some hentai that are far better animated, but I have also seen some shows that are done far, far worse.
I doubt that Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time will get a second season, but what we have isn’t anything bad. It’s short, to the point, and every time a new episode showed up, I always knew I’d be in a for a few laughs. Some may raise an eyebrow at the concept of the show, but I do believe everything is done without cruel intent. It may be funny to see everything eventually blow up in Peter’s face, but it is also fun to watch these girls lust after him. Check it out for yourself and embrace the clarity.