Hey Babe, take a walk on the wild side…
Some highlights this week:
- Panda-kun’s “Rocky” dream sequence, complete with raw eggs
- Darth Vader being what pandas think of as “wild”
- Polar Bear drinking single malt scotch (it fits)
- The Siamese fighting fish in the preview
The first half of the episode, Panda-kun on a diet, was clever and funny but mostly served to set up the second half when Polar Bear suggested Panda’s “Dream Panda” looked like a bad guy. I loved everything about the next skit, starting with the “Grizzly Bar” and it’s proprietor Grizzly-san (Nakamura Yuuichi, another big name cutting loose and having fun). Grizzly-san tells Polar Bear to get a tan, and Panda-kun to make up his mind whether he’s black or white (an indecision that extends to his coffee). Grizzly runs a bar full of large predators, and roams the world on his Harley Davidson – a real wild animal. He even serves Panda-kun Irish Coffee – I guess you can get away with showing minors drinking in anime after all, as long as they’re minor pandas…
I hope we see more of Grizzly-san, who makes a fine addition to the cast – he even gets his own ED.