Null & Peta – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Girl genius “Null” has just lost her beloved big sister “Peta” in an accident. But don’t you worry! She’ll just use her naturally gifted intelligence to bring her big sister back as a robot! But is her newly-revived big sister just a little different than before? It’s time for the wacky comedy hijinks of little sister “Null” and big sister robot “Peta”! “Big Sis! Your plug fell out of the wall!” (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
You can’t go an anime season without a few Cross-Media Projects popping up. Null and Peta is the latest cross-media anime to grace our screens but perhaps the first where Western audiences can look forward to actually engaging in other aspects of this new franchise rather than just the anime itself. Null and Peta’s anime acts as a teaser, or prep, for the upcoming game that launches this December. For a Cross-Promo, short-form anime, Null and Peta isn’t actually too bad, although it’s nothing special either.
The premise is pretty simple, as seen above, Null lost her sister due to an accident, something that happens off-screen and the trauma of it is underplayed, so we can get right to the cuteness and comedy. We begin the show by watching as Null inserts all manner of ingredients to craft herself a new sister, or more specifically return her sister to the world of the living via robot form. How she manages this is under explained, the series is far more interested in getting to the comedic shenanigans than hanging around for details. That’s probably for the best seeing as each episode isn’t much longer than five minutes at a go, so we’re crunched for time if the series is also supposed to give us a taste of what to expect every week.
What follows is essentially the same basic gag, Null discovering that maybe throwing a few extra, random, ingredients into her sister’s ‘revival’ wasn’t the best decision, as now she’s got all manner of weapons and abilities that she, very probably, never had before. What’s offered is decent enough for a 5 minute, short-form anime and should scratch the itch of slice of life, moe comedy lovers who just need a quick five-minute fix week to week. That said, Null and Peta isn’t exactly top-tier short-form anime either, leaving it as a decent, yet hardly essential watch for the Fall.
Null & Peta is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.