You know, I gotta to give it to Pet, whatever else it may be, it is a very consistent show. And by that I mean that if you’ve been watching it, you should already know what you’re in for with this series. 23 more words

via PET episode 3 – Fishbowl — 100 Word Anime

I have a feeling people are giving up on Pet so these galleries are going to be the best way to “see” the show. If you want to know what I thought of the episode though, you can always follow the link above.

Ok, so let’s see if the experience of scrolling over 40 or so screencaps for a minute or so is in any way similar to watching a 26 minute episode with an actual story. You might be surprised!

One of the nice things about the fish shop setting is the eerie light and atmosphere created by the illuminated fish tanks. It makes the scenes that take place in the shop just a little eerie. That’s ironic since its effectively the one safe space the show has established but obviously, it’s not that safe. I’m going to say it foreshadows a Hiroki rebellion or treason. It’s pure speculation but why not!

The “mindscapes” were a lot more realistic in this episode which means that if you don’t pay attention, it’s a lot harder to tell what’s real and what’s not. This is something I actually enjoy. It wasn’t really used too well in this episode but it does lay the groundwork for some pretty intense visual puzzles in the future if the writers figure out how to lay out the narrative.

That’s not to say we didn’t get some of those surreal scenes as well. As usual, it was full of water.

I wonder if there’s a significance to choosing a goldfish as a recurring motif in the series, as opposed to any other type of fish. The bright orange colour does stand out beautifully in a sea of blue. Other than that, I’m not sure. Maybe I should look up the symbolism of goldfish.

The golf scene sort of came out of left field for me. I’ll be honest, I didn’t quite recognize the main character of the episode for a few seconds. I mean, it’s nice to be able to transform your characters that much through makeup and hair, but I’m not sure how great it is if you confuse your audience along the way. Then again, maybe it was just me.

Hiroki in his work apron looks particularly childish and helpless to me. It’s a bit of a reversal from how I had first seen these two and assumed Hiroki to be the more aggressive and assertive one.

Now, Tsukasa is looking a bit scarier.

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3 thoughts

  1. The first picture of the third patch is the last I’ve seen before I closed the tab. So the guppy lady came back to tell him they broke up? To be honest, I was worried he’d find her in the news as a murder victim the next day, with the boyfriend being arrested, and a guilt trip for the orange haired guy. Wouldn’t have put it beyond the show. (Don’t frivulously mess with someone’s mind!)

    Goldfish? Maybe they’re all koi and it’s a visual pun? It’s not the first time I’d have seen that.

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