Yuuki lost his memory and with his guardian unable to watch over him, she sends him down to the planet where she has arranged for another to keep him safe until his memories return… or some hungry wolves eat him…
Princess Connect! Re: Dive (Episode 1) – The Adventure Begins ~Sautéed Mushrooms at Sunset~
Kokkoro was sent to become Yuuki’s guardian and help him recover his memories, but when she arrived at the location of his return, she found two hungry wolves fighting over his body! After fighting them off, Yuuki awakens and appears to have lost all of his memories, even down to understanding what things are and how they work. Kokkoro takes him to a nearby town and tries to help him remember things. His first lesson is the importance of money and it’s something that seems to affect him. They join a guild together and go on a quest to gather mushrooms. There they run into a princess, but their introductions are cut short and Kokkoro decides to just call her Pecorine. Impressed with her new nickname, they fight against a horde of giant mushrooms!
What did you think?
My first thought was that this anime is stunning and that stayed with me for the entire episode. This is easily the best animation from the shows I’ve watched so far this season. It is just beautiful to watch. Another thing that I noticed was how simple and clueless Yuuki appeared. I was wondering if it was going to bother me, but then he tried to eat a coin and it became apparent just how little of his memories he had retained. Then, seeing his reaction when Kokkoro gave him some money was incredible. It did an amazing job of winning me over to his side. On top of that, Pecorine is awesome. Not only is she an incredible fighter and a bit of a ditz, but she reminds me of Inspector Gadget with her trusting nature and inability to spot the villains.
What have you learnt?
I was really impressed with this episode and considering that it’s another series that was made from a game, it’s amazing to see the differences. This series is already lightyears ahead of Shachibato! and I don’t expect the gap to close. Judging by the segment towards the end, I imagine we’re going to see lots of different characters as Yuuki continues his journey to recover his memories and piece by piece it will come together. It’s going to be interesting to see just who and what Yuuki really is. I love a good fantasy series with adventures and quests and even more so when it looks this good. It was also surprisingly funny. I’m already loving the dynamic between Kokkoro and Pecorine.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – The Adventure Begins ~Sautéed Mushrooms at Sunset~
- Episode 2 – A Moody Cat’s Mischief ~Warm, Golden Rice Balls~
- Episode 3 – The Epicurean Frontier ~Heavenly Fruit Is the Secret Ingredient~
- Episode 4 – Welcome to the Gourmet Guild ~Beef Stew at Nightfall~
- Episode 5 – Porridge Made With Love ~Topped with a Twilight Fate~
- Episode 6 – Melody of Departure ~Aromatic Spices under the Starry Sky~
- Episode 7 – A Light to Pierce the Darkness ~Like Two Sisters in a Pod~
- Episode 8 – A Little, Lyrical Kids’ Meal ~Country-Style Fried Eggs~
- Episode 9 – A Gourmet Getaway ~Fragrant Tentacles on the Beach~
- Episode 10 – Flowers in Eternal Darkness ~Cursed Pudding~
- Episode 11 – Evening Home ~A Crispy Quest Hot Dog~
- Episode 12 – The Whimsical Patissier’s Specialty ~A Memory of Labyrinths and Crepes~
- Episode 13 – Lost Princess ~Garnished with Smiles~
- Season Two
- Episode 14 – A Walk on the Gourmet Side ~Curiosity Is the Best Bouquet Garni~
- Episode 15 – A Moody Cat’s Hesitation ~Antipasto in the Moonlight~
- Episode 16 – Tea Party in the Mysterious Forest ~Afternoon Carries the Scent of Danger~
- Episode 17 – The Budding Detective ~Mirror Glaze on the Mind~
- Episode 18 – Light and Darkness as One ~Churrasco of Indecision and Resolve~
- Episode 19 – Code Name: Monika ~Bouillabaisse Is Best Enjoyed Hot~
- Episode 20 – The Prankster Pixie ~Cuore in the Mist~
- Episode 21 – A Letter to Join Feelings ~Arancini on the Green Hill~
- Episode 22 – Converging Hearts, Passing Souls ~Crepes the Flavor of a Promise~
- Episode 23 – Landosol at Sundown
- Episode 24 – Those Who Fight Back
- Episode 25 – Connecting the Pieces with You Once More
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