Piacevole – Mid Season Review
Original Air Dates: January 11th, 2017 – ???
Synopsis: Morina Nanase is looking for a job and finds one at Trattoria Festa, an Italian restaurant filled with a plethora of quirky characters. Through her work there, and the unique cuisine, Morina will mature as a person.
Mid Season (6 Episodes) Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Piacevole’s cast remains fairly basic and standard. Nanase reveals herself to be little more than your predictably hard working, yet inept main who gradually grows to love Italian food and now dreams of becoming a Chef. The rest of the restaurant staff is, of course, oddly quirky, although exude little more character than that, often characterized by their singular quirk.
Linny: Everyone seems more or less limited to their quirks but Piacevole plays it up so that might win you over if you enjoy their quirks in and of itself. However, because of the limited personalities, there’s slim chance of anyone being completely enamored by the cast because they ultimately come off as very simple, one note caricatures.
Tom: Piacevole’s plot progression remains very much as you’d expect. Outside of the comedy, which feels mediocre at best, Nanase gradually becomes more and more familiar with the work required in a restaurant to the point where it becomes her life goal to cook Italian cuisine. While touching when we finally hit that big emotional beat, the show’s format doesn’t really lend itself to that kind of drama. With just six minutes an episode it’s difficult to really feel invested in any of these characters and where as normally the comedy would make up for that (laughter is always memorable and endearing), Piacevole’s inability to come up with truly amusing humor hinders the audiences ability to connect with the characters and thus any emotional impact.
Linny: The show basically plays out like a 4-koma and thus has a fair number of jokes but they’re all on the predictable side. It seems to be about quantity, not quality and its unlikely to amuse anyone but the newbies or the comedy starved. And like Tom mentioned, it does have a rather sweet mid season episode which helps to lend the show some depth but given how silly it is otherwise, this depth may be gone and forgotten by the next.
Tom: The show is further devalued by a failure on Crunchyroll’s part to, again, translate opening and ending credits. While normally not a huge issue, Piacevole prides itself as a food show, and offers bite sized recipes at the end of each episode. Without a proper translation this, potentially fun and informative, aspect of the series is entirely lost on a Western, not Japanese speaking, audience.
Linny: Piacevole is a flurry of cliche jokes that might earn a smile or two but is more likely to leave you bored or unimpressed. Most anime fans will have seen these jokes and character quirks in other anime and most likely done a whole lot better. Without the ending credit sequences being translated, even the cooking factor of Piacevole fails to be a highlight. It’s not a complete disaster of a show though and if you’re in the mood to watch a restaurant oriented short comedy, Piacevole might just win you over.
Tom: Overall Piacevole isn’t awful. It’s comedy is mediocre, and it’s difficult to find yourself all that engaged with its slice of life aspects, but these aren’t deal breakers. If you want something food centric, and aren’t too picky about quality, it’s probably a decent binge watch, or an acceptable six minute break every week. But without an interest in food, what’s here pales in comparison to other, better shorts, available on Crunchyroll and elsewhere.
Piacevole is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.com