If I consider the shows, anime, movies, and YouTube videos/series, I’ve meandered through in 2020, most were decent enough, but nothing was really as good as finding the livestreaming pockets of fragmented communities I found in late-2020. To an extent, I’m not much of a fan of formal communities. When there is a hierarchy, there can be ostracization, but if everyone is a broadcaster and participant, everyone can be fans of each other’s content or presence.
There are elements of the anime series PET that I enjoy. Three specific qualities are its psychological analysis of characters, its new approach to storytelling, and the depth at which it goes, however, there is one quality that weighs it down for me. This review will meander through those thoughts for a while since while I don’t like some aspects of this show, I would rather see more shows like this than generic isekai shows.
Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
Spoilers for general events
The point where I learned not to overeat was only recently, when I’d asked my dietitian if I was overeating because maybe my diet wasn’t diverse enough. We casually agreed that maybe it was something like that. So, too, with media, if we only watch anime or play videogames, without balancing our escapist entertainment, we might be fine if we’re only interested in, say, anime. If not, however, my life binging can get too wild.
While I’ve found that the only times I get writer’s block is when I’m fatigued, where the best cure is rest, there are times when it’s better to get out in the world. For times like that, I like to drive and get lost to find myself. I like to explore new areas, find other routes, or even just have a pleasant meandry through a new environment, whether for location scouting or just mental decompression.
Between Pet and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, I think Pet might be my favorite show of the 2020 Winter season. Eizouken might be the better show overall from factors like animation quality, imagination, and excitement. I’ve always been more of a fan of media that makes you better for having experienced it. When you know what’s important to you, you tend to gravitate toward similar media. For me, I’m always hooked in by open-ended thoughts.
Even before the opening song in episode 1 of Pet, we already explore an uncommon psychological depth. Why do we like macabre media? What horrors do we internalize because we are too sensitive to the outside world? What if we locked away these peaks [emotional highs] and valleys [emotional lows]? Could we navigate the grime and glitter of this world with more ease? These are some questions Pet meanders through, so let’s meander through them, too.