ReviewsPeter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time

December 22, 202029/10035013 min
Alt. Name
Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan
Release Date
Summer 2020
No. of Episodes
12
Studio(s)
Wolfsbane
Source
Manga
Rating
R+
Overall Score
Rating Overview
Story
25%
Art Style
35%
Animation Production
40%
Characters
25%
Entertainment
20%
Rating Summary
With so many series coming out within each anime season, some tend to slip through the cracks. Peter Grill is one of those series that slipped through every crack within the industry; quality control, writing, animating, and most importantly, the self-dignity of production behind this terrible hentai-bordering series.

Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time is a 2020 Ecchi Harem-Comedy anime series from a brand new Japanese animation studio, Wolfsbane. While the studio was founded in 2017, they’ve yet to create anything ere this series. Though this series may have nothing before it, that doesn’t mean that it is an automatic disaster. This is one reason when this series was announced, It immediately peaked something within certain groups of people, whether it be the genre, the promotional poster, or whatever reason in between. Sometimes a studio needs to be given a chance, and an opportunity is what everyone deserves.

After gaining the title of the strongest warrior in the world, Peter Grill has finally proven his worth and is ready to take the hand of his beloved senior. She’s the most beautiful and innocent Luvelia Sanctos, one who has fancied him for quite some time. Peter expects to have a healthy relationship with her, despite some objections from her overbearing father. He hopes that they’ll have the happily ever after that they both deserve. But sometimes things don’t work out the way we plan them.

Unfortunately, this dream quickly breaks apart as news of his grand victory spreads among the womenfolk of other races, including ogres, orcs, elves, and many others. Some of them are even vying for his seed to produce offspring blessed with his might. To avoid betraying the trust of his cherished Luvelia and causing a scandal, Peter strives to prevent the other women’s salacious advances. However, accomplishing such a feat with so many alluring women on his trail is easier said than done.

Upon releasing Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time, the single line within the entire synopsis that’ll provide every potential viewer what type of anime series this show truly is: “Some even vying for his seed…”. There were few positives inside the story within a series of this caliber, but the series must be awarded full credit because it stayed true to what it is. It started as a heavy ecchi fanservice anime series, and it didn’t let up, which is quite interesting since some similar series tries to change midway through the series run. Another positive within this series is that each episode was only twelve minutes. Right off the bat, the viewer knows that if they don’t like the series solely based on the narrative, there isn’t anything lost other than twelve minutes.

However, this series did have its fair share of negatives within the story and outside of the typical negatives: terrible writing, lack of plot – no plot whatsoever, and so many others. But some of the negative aspects must be mentioned and can’t be overlooked. When it comes to fan service, there are some series that are terrible yet give excellent fan service; this is not one of them. The level of fan service is almost downright awful, almost hentai level. Which if it would be, that would explain the terrible storyline, but alas, it’s not. On that same note, many of the worst hentai films still have classier fan service than whatever this poorly sexual series somehow missed whatever value it was trying to achieve.

Another appalling aspect of the narrative was that much like Monster Munsume, this series’s central comedic joke is about unconsented sex. While this may work for a few potential viewers, a majority of viewers may have bad taste in their mouths after when the character continuously says they don’t want to. How is this funny? Some of the other comedic elements within this series do work and surprisingly work well. Nevertheless, when a series continuously uses rape as a comedic element, it degrades the entire series.

When it comes to any ecchi anime series, one must not expect much when it comes to the artistic style, and Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time is no different. The art isn’t necessarily bad, nor is it great; it’s just elementary. This art style is run-of-the-mill generic, meaning it’s colorful and cheery when it needs to be and dark and gloomy when it doesn’t. If one is looking for a cookie-cutter styled art style, this is within that category, don’t expect much outside of generic. Though the one positive portion within this art style is that some of the character designs are very interesting, perhaps if this series wasn’t ecchi and twelve minutes long episodes, they may have had something worth building off.

The animation production within this series was better than what one may expect, but that’s not saying much. The opening theme song may work for some viewers, but the terrible opening animation ruins it for most of the song. The opening sequence won’t drain any enjoyment for any potential viewers, but the music rivals the series; it just doesn’t fit the animation’s energy within the opening. The ending theme song was way more enjoyable and was unfortunately used in a terrible anime. While the ending animation wasn’t the best, compared to the opening, it’s a masterpiece. Outside of those elements, the production value within this series is below what anyone can expect, and that’s just slightly better than hentai level production.

As with many harem anime series, Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time has an abundant amount of characters, yet still only a few. The titular role Peter Grill is perhaps one of the worst characters to come out within the 2020 anime releases. He’s a warrior who is crowned the strongest man in the world. With this title, he finally feels allowed to marry his longtime inamorata Luvelia Sanctus. Outside of these small known details, there’s nothing the viewers learn.

Within the harem are the series’s real stars, but not much is given compared to their male lead. Luvelia Sanctus is the Guildmaster Sanctus’ daughter, who has been dating Peter for two years. Though her beauty is unparalleled to anyone, her intelligence is the polar opposite. The next two are the main harem ladies, Mimi and Lisa Alpacas. Who are both ogres who also want to sleep with Peter, the best way to describe them as the harem’s most aroused. Vegan Eldoriel, an elf who has magical powers. Piglette Pancetta is just like Mimi and Lisa are, an orc, but she is considered ugly by Orcish standards, unlike them. Even though her character is barely in the series, she is the most well rounded of the bunch – though that is a shallow bar she passes.

There are two types of anime series: the viewer is unaware of what the series they’re going to be watching will be about, then there are those peeping into the evident rabbit hole. This series is what one would expect and would potentially want from an ecchi anime series. Still, for a vast majority of anime watchers, this won’t be an enjoyable experience. Though the fan service may be significantly appreciated, this entire series is unfathomable to understand at some points. Upon further research, it is utterly apparent that the person who directed this terrible series has directed hentai. Tatsumi should never be watched by someone who doesn’t want to have an awkward time.

Overall, Peter Grill of the Philosopher’s Time is borderline hentai, and if one is watching this series for that and that only, begs the question: Why? If one wants to watch something that is borderline pornographic, why not watch the actual animated video made for that purpose? This short series could have been done as an Original Video Animation or as anything else. The story is nonexistent; the characters are easily forgettable; it’s just downright terrible. Viewers won’t enjoy this series and if anyone is within earshot of the device one chooses to watch this on, may the Lord have mercy on their gaze towards thou.

Cody Senpai

Cody Senpai is the creator of BakaNow, an anime review website that specializes in spoiler-free reviews for everyone. He is an avid anime watcher who has traveled to Japan numerous times to not only experience the culture and history but also to build friendships with people through a common interest. He is an avid animation fanatic from birth and even went on to major in communication to help share the importance of the stories we love to watch and listen to. Cody lives in Denver, Colorado and loves to do anything adventurous.

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