Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time – 1st Episode Review
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Synopsis: Peter Grill is the world’s strongest fighter, but his ascent to the top came with an unexpected consequence: Women around the world, human and monster alike, want to bear his genetically superior children! Since he’s currently engaged to the love of his life, Peter isn’t too keen on his sudden popularity, and it will take every ounce of self-control for Peter to keep his hands to himself and his relationship with his paramour in one piece. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time is undoubtedly a budget adaptation. From generally flat artwork, to the overall shorter run time, as well as the limited animation, it’s clear that Peter Grill isn’t exactly going to be a looker. But beneath its mediocre production values sits a genuinely funny, raunchy comedy bound to satisfy ecchi fans.
Peter Grill’s plot is much as the synopsis above describes. We waste no time establishing Peter’s story, quickly jumping through the opening credits, before we’re bombarded with the series’ plentiful ecchi comedy. What I really like about this first episode is how there’s no effort to pretend Peter Grill is anything but a pervy comedy.
Also, unlike Super Hxeros, which is another Summer title quite clear about what to expect but didn’t really deliver, Peter Grill is bashing us over the head with its raunchy shenanigans almost from the get go. We’re not in more than five minutes before Peter has two buxom, curvy ogre ladies throwing themselves at him, eager for him to bless them with offspring just as mighty as he is. The comedy comes fast, with jokes highlighting the girl’s unabashedly bold attempts to seduce Grill. The series isn’t quite so one note either, introducing us to Peter’s fiance, Luveria, who’s as innocent about sex as a girl can get. Peter’s struggle to remain chaste for Luveria seems a major source of comedy too, especially as the episode goes out on a surprise cliff-hanger that sets the series as something a bit more adult than your typical ecchi.
Ultimately I think Peter Grill, despite it’s mediocre production values, is a lot of fun for viewers comfortable with something decidedly ecchi. There’s plenty of comedy to keep it from feeling like nothing more than titillation. To be fair, Peter Grill is undoubtedly meant to titillate, especially seeing as the only time the artwork improves in quality is when we’re focusing on the girl’s bodies. But if you’re okay with that, and generally enjoy raunchy humor, I think Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time is worth a shot.