Not a show that was originally on my radar but a select few of my closest allies, especially a lovely lady, motivated me to give it a go. Let us quickly go over what to potentially expect from Princess Connect Re:Dive
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life
Number of Episodes: 13
The show is another one based on a mobile game featuring characters who are part of the cast but do not get much development outside of the main Guild led by Pecorine. This is one of those shows where viewers do not need to have played the mobile game to get what is going on but it references events of the prequel game. I have not played the mobile games myself thus I know nothing about the series but managed to enjoy the show just fine. Each side-character did their thing and were enjoyable to watch. Most of the ladies got enough screen time (an episode) to make a fun impression while others were relegated to last minute cameos. Fortunately we got more of the former than the latter. Just do not expect deep looks into every girl.
Let us quickly address the elephant in the room as seen in the title poster. Mr Yuuki is a classic amnesiac JRPG protagonist. Over time the truth about his identity is revealed., or enough to make the interested check out the mobile game to learn more. His amnesia is an interesting one. He only manages to remember his name (or something close enough), Yuuki, and partial words. He is like a newborn but in reality this is not his first rodeo. With the help of Kokkoro the adorable elf, Pecorine the badass genki Princess Knight and Karyl the cat mage he slowly remembers his memories, skills and stuff. I dedicated a paragraph to Yuuki to reassure readers he is not a het harem protagonist. In fact he does not feel like the star of the show at all. He serves a role similar to Komari’s older brother from Non Non Biyori except Yuuki does sometimes speak. The precious Kokkoro admires him but it never delves into romantic territory. In fact, the only girl who “wants his strudel” is…special. See Episode 5 (My favorite.) to learn more.
Like every comedy in existence whether the viewer finds the show funny depends on their sense of humor.
The show has its cool battles, tense moments and plot progression but for the most part is about Pecorine and friends going on fun and wacky adventures with some JRPG humor here and there. It has a somewhat slow premiere episode but the fun gets cooking soon after.
I did not go in great detail about Kokkoro because her appeal is straightforward. She is super adorable, kind and quite amusing. A straightforward cutie who brightened my day every time she did anything wonderful, which was quite often. The main reason everyone is here is to discuss the loveliness that is Pecorine X Karyl. Without giving too much away Karyl does not become friends with our heroes right away. She is a tsundere troublemaker after Pecorine. Of course Pecorine’s genki charm and badassery turned her on, a feeling that continued to grow the more time she spent with the team. Speaking of Pecorine’s genki charms she is a benevolent warrior with Herculean strength, stamina and can take down many great foes single-handedly. Fortunately she usually has help winning battles so she is not like a token isekai protagonist. Her weakness is her bottomless stomach constantly craving more food than a whale. There is an explanation given for this.
As far as personalities go Karyl is a token tsundere with a good heart but has her reasons for causing trouble while Pecorine is kind to the point of being naive at times. Fortunately she is not stupid, just has a strong desire to help people and want to see everyone smile. This is the crux of their developing relationship. While not the central focus when they get a chance to openly convey or struggle with their feelings for the other they do so. Guess which of the two openly expresses her love while the other has great difficulty accepting her growing feelings.
There is a side-couple as well. Do not let the “onee-chan” fool you.
Princess Connect Re:Dive is a fun show that gets an 8/10 (for PecoRyl) and a 7/10 overall. It has a game bait conclusion which I do not mind very much.