Pan de Peace! – Preview
Pan de Peace:
Original Air Dates: April 3rd, 2016 – ???
Synopsis: bread-loving Minami is just starting high school. She’s absolutely obsessed with anything that has to do with bread. Once at school she meets two new friends, Yuu and Fuyumi, whom she immediately bonds with over bread. It’s nice to meet people who share your tastes and now she’s got people to talk about bread with!
1st Episode Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Everybody loves bread, or at least enjoys some form of it. Just maybe nowhere as much as Minami. This is a silly and simple tale and the soft and pastel colours of the show try to showcase the innocence and playfulness of its characters and its plot. Considering the steady emergence of food based anime, this show might just offer lots of bread p0rn shots along its run, given its premise. The premiere episode even has a girl with tiny replicas of bread hanging from her bag.
Tom: Girls obsessed with bread. What shall Japan animate next? It’s silly and clearly meant to appeal to the food obsessed or moe crowds. Much more so the latter as the girls make sure to squeeze in some quick dialogue about being lesbians, ensuring that they’re as moe and adorable as possible. That said there’s nothing overtly sexual here, so people afraid of moe culture currently don’t have to worry about this diving into trouble territories. It’s just trying to be cute and I think it succeeds in that.
Linny: The yuri angle is definitely underplayed and clearly never meant to be sleazy. It’s all a clear attempt to make the characters as quirky, and thus as moe as possible. Because, other than that, they’re not really memorable besides their bread obsession and yuri flirtations.
Tom: Beyond the bread and yuri we know they’re outgoing, I guess, since they bond over bread so quickly, but other than that, not much else is conveyed in the three minute run time (and I’d probably be asking for too much if I expected any more than we got.) The first episode is entirely set up, and we don’t really know what these three girls will do week to week, besides fangasm about bread. Then again, that might be all they have time for with the three minute run time.
Linny: It’s clearly all about these girls and their love affair with bread. The CHASTE kind of love, ya pervs! I figure it’s going to feature the girls making, tasting or discussing all kinds of bread while executing bread based puns and moe moments. If you enjoy watching cute moe shows about non sexualized high school girls, this is most likely a good pick from this season for you.
Tom: Pan de Peace is based off a four-koma (panel) manga. It’s likely that, going forward, we’ll see episodes adapting a handful of gags each episode. I’m hoping the comedy improves significantly. While this is very slice of life, it’s just not living up to its tag as a comedy at all. Or maybe I don’t see the humor in bread.
Linny: It’s moe girls doing moe s*** and they love bread. If that sentence was enough to win you over, you’re probably sold on the show already. If you aren’t then, I’m not sure what else to say about it.
Pan de Peace is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.com