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Anime Haime Review: Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time

Original Run: July 11, 2020 - September 26, 2020
Number of Episodes: 12
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Harem
Based on the Series Created By: Daisuke Hiyama

***Warning, the following may contain spoilers for Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time. Reader discretion is advised.***

Series Synopsis

After many years of trials, the hero Peter Grill (voiced by Hiro Shimono) has finally been crowned the world’s strongest warrior. He feels he has sufficiently proven himself to be the man worthy enough to take his beloved’s hand in marriage.

However, such prestige brings with it certain – thoroughly unexpected – consequences.

Now seen as the ideal male specimen, Peter becomes the target for women of various species wishing to use his seed to father the next generation of great fighters. Although no one can touch Peter in battle, he often succumbs to temptation, especially if a girl has a huge rack.

Series Overview

2020 has seen quite the collection of low-quality ecchi anime. From the summer season alone, there was Monster Girl Doctor and SUPER HXEROS, both of which were forgettable and bland. However, I wouldn’t say those shows were outright atrocious; they did play to their intended audiences well enough. Additionally, there were positives aspects to mention, and they weren’t total trainwrecks.

I can’t say the same about Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time (Peter Grill). In fact, this series was so not okay that I can’t justify splitting its review into separate Positives and Negatives sections. This show was one giant miss.

For starters, I don’t have the slightest clue what in the hell “Philosopher’s Time” is referring to. Peter Grill had nothing to do with either philosophers or time; I don’t believe either word was even mentioned throughout the show’s entire run. This series was just an excuse to have attractive, often naked, fantasy girls – ogres, orcs, elves, etc. – hungrily beg for sex.

Peter Grill had neither a story nor characters that were worth a damn. This was a fanservice anime through and through. Thus, if that is what you’re looking for, that would mean there is nothing I could point to that might dissuade you from giving this series a look.

Of course, this is assuming you don’t have issues with this show’s visuals and art style. Personally, I thought Peter Grill looked like complete garbage, and the character designs were just the ugliest. Therefore, if this is the type of anime you want, I highly suggest skipping this one and sticking with Interspecies Reviewers; at least that series was well-animated.

With Peter Grill’s only selling point failing to grab even an ounce of my attention, what was left? Not a damn thing aside from one of the worst main characters I have seen from 2020. The titular Peter Grill was insufferable.

First off, the name “Peter Grill” sounds awfully similar to “Peter Quill,” a.k.a., Starlord from Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy. I have no proof concerning whether the latter inspired the former; so, this might be coincidental. But given how dull and low-brow this series was, it wouldn’t surprise me if this was a deliberate reference. A reference that would have been in name only since the two characters are nothing alike.

Regardless, Peter GRILL was – to use a technical phrase – a piece of s@$%. Despite claiming to be in love with his fiancée, Peter couldn’t stop himself from sleeping around. Yeah, the girls he had sex with refused to take “no” for an answer, but Peter was also, supposedly, the strongest fighter in the world. Therefore, a little effort on his part shouldn’t have been too much to ask.

Peter even admitted that the guilt he felt for betraying his fiancée’s feelings was eating him up inside. Thus he knew he was a scumbag. But then, Peter got upset whenever his fiancée’s father tries to prove his disloyalty. Although this show tried with all its might to frame the father as the jerk, it was a pointless effort since, ultimately, he was right. Peter consistently demonstrated that he could not be trusted to be a loyal partner.

Accordingly, I can only assume Peter Grill’s central joke was infidelity – watch as our main character tries to lie his way out of yet another awkward situation caused by him cheating on his future wife. Thank god this series was only twelve-minutes an episode because I don’t think I could have made it through a full run.

Final Thoughts

I hate doing reviews like this, but sometimes they feel necessary. Especially when a show simply doesn’t work.

This series was a fanservice-focused anime, which is fine if that is what you’re looking for. Or, at least, that would be fine if the fanservice was worth anything. This show had terrible artwork, a nonexistent story, forgettable character, and an atrocious protagonist.

Although this was a trainwreck of the highest proportions, it was mercifully short.

Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time should be avoided.

But these were just my thoughts. What are yours? Have you seen this series? How would you advise Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time? Leave a comment down below because I would love to hear what you have to say.

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For Anime Hajime, I’m LofZOdyssey, and I’ll see you next time.

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