Pan de Peace – Review
Pan de Peace:
Original Air Dates: April 3rd, 2016 – June 26th, 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!
Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Pan de Peace’s animation says everything you’ll need to know about this series: It’s lackluster. The art is often boring, competent, but uninspiring, low-key and simplistic. Visually Pan de Peace fails to impress, offering up character designs that never linger in your mind’s eye after viewing. Like their designs, the characters personalities are just as forgettable.
Linny: It’s simply put yet another short moe series that’s going to appeal to the hardcore moe fans with all its characters looking, acting and sounding adorable but otherwise being very one dimensional. It’s what anyone would expect from a series with episodes that run for a few minutes and features a bunch of cute school girls as its main and only cast.
Tom: A big issue here is how subdued everyone is. Everyone feels so laid back that it makes it difficult for me to differentiate between the characters outside of their hair and eye color. The only major component that stuck with me was how two of the girls dislike one another because they both come from families running competing bakeries. That spurs into a rivalry for the affection of the little pink haired girl as both these two take a liking to her. Outside of that, which is perhaps the most memorable part of this series, I’d be hard pressed to reconstruct anything else because it’s so unmemorable and uninteresting. Unlike, for example, Non Non Biyori or Flying Witch, Pan de Peace is lacking the quirky characters that gush with adorable flare that keeps me wanting more.
Linny: I am still amazed that they managed to make a show about bread but I guess this isn’t the first time anime or other similar industries have used attractive, or in this specific case, moe girls to sell a product. Was this a bid to popularize bread or a bid to make money through merchandising images? Either way, let me summarize this show in a sentence that may sound familiar to you: Bread is the cause and solution to all the problems in these girls’ lives. Either they’re using bread to make friends, bribe them into confessing stuff, or they’re having to fight to get a piece of their favourite bread product, start a rigorous diet and exercise regime because of their over consumption of bread products, so on and so forth.
Tom: Bread is the glue that keeps everything together, but only just. Episodes begin, at times, entirely unrelated to bread and the food is instead used as a band aid to pull the story back to the premise of the series. Bread becomes included in a superficial manner, like a snack during another task, or to cheer a character up. At times, the series does focus on more bread-centric activities, like baking, but the trouble is bread is only so interesting. Unlike say, Shokugeki, which manages to create a wide range of interesting foods, and goes deep into the cooking, Pan de Peace is content to merely show us a sandwich or roll or two and call it a day. We rarely delve into what makes bread so wonderful, so appealing and we never once came away feeling hungry after watching Pan de Peace, which isn’t a good sign for a series so heavily focused on food. It makes everything feel all so lazy and forgettable. There’s only a handful of incidents through the series that stick with me, like the baking episode, a maid cafe, and the rivalry between the two girls and their bakeries, everything else falls away like crumbs.
Linny: I’d suggest you pick this up only if you are extremely into moe, have gone through every other moe show and enjoy seeing moe girls simply being moe and not really doing much else. There’s nothing especially noteworthy to be said about this show as even for a show about bread, they do so little to make the bread interesting. It’s not ugly or offensive, it’s just too bland and plain to qualify as something I’d recommend to others.
Tom: Pan de Peace is based off a 4-koma manga, but I can’t see the source material being any more engaging. The biggest issue is that pan de peace emulates bread too well. Bread is often light, fluffy, and devoid of substance. It only tastes good when you utilize it with other things, like jam toppings or make a sandwich out of it. But Pan de Peace offers little of value beyond its bread based premise, making Pan de Peace something only more moe inclined viewers will enjoy. Those who have a strong affinity for such shows may still find something entertaining within Pan de Peace, but if you aren’t a die hard fan of that sub-genre Pan de Peace is a waste of your time, no matter which way you slice it.
Pan de Peace is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.com