I went into this show with mixed expectations. Upon learning that it was directed by Takaomi Kanasaki, who also directed Konosuba, I had high hopes. However, this show is also an adaptation of a mobile game that I haven’t played, which left me worried that I wouldn’t have the necessary background knowledge to enjoy the show.
Princess Connect is an isekai that uses slice of life aspects to break up the well worn paths of the genre. Much of the show is built around character development as you watch the main characters enjoy life with one another, and less about an over arching plot. The protagonist is a soft-spoken, charming, amnesiac who fell out of the sky, and everyone loves him. Throughout the show, he is treated as the little brother that everyone wants to see succeed. Unlike Konosuba, the characters aren’t constantly antagonizing one another, but are genuine and caring instead. They even form a guild together, called the Gourmet Guild, with the goal of finding new, exciting food and ingredients.
Each member of the guild is the embodiment of a different emotion, and watching everyone mesh together brings about incredibly entertaining situations. What happens when you have a tsundere catgirl mixed with an insatiable bundle of energy? How about when the friendly amnesiac goes missing and his timid, caring follower runs around looking for him? Exactly.
Animation and art style have been large talking points recently amongst anime fans, and Princess Connect has that in full. To put it simply, the show is gorgeous. The animation throughout the show is incredible, but what really sets the show apart is the attention to detail given to spells, abilities and attacks. It’s jaw dropping. The bursts of colors and silky smooth movements of Princess Strike are the greatest feats of animation I’ve ever seen. Princess Connect is drawn extremely well; every frame could be a standalone picture, no problem. The attention to detail, the crisp lines, the cute art style… It all compliments the vibe that the show is going for.
Normally, I would have mentioned the storyline by now in a review, but I don’t think it’s important when talking about Princess Connect. The show has an interesting plot, but what I keep coming back for is the character development. It’s the small trials and tribulations of daily life in a fantastical land that we see these characters embark on. With each interaction between characters, we get just a slightly better understanding of them. After awhile, each new episode felt like it was time to hang out with my friends for 23 minutes and 40 seconds.