The Winter 2021 season is nearing its end. While I probably will later write posts on a few of the seasonal shows I’ve been watching, I’m going to put out this post early.
In a pretty stacked season, what anime ultimately came out on top? For me, I have an answer, and surprisingly, it’s not a widely-discussed show like Attack on Titan Season 4. It’s not Horimiya. It’s (definitely) not Ex-Arm.
Who needs titans, kinky girlfriends, or… whatever Ex-Arm is supposed to be…. when you can watch guinea pigs on wheels?
Pui Pui Molcar is a stop-motion anime that features guinea pigs that double as cars. Each episode is short (around 2 minutes) and episodic in nature. There is no cohesive story, but there are also no limits to what it may show. One episode may be more on the grounded side — for example, it shows them all stuck in a long traffic jam that doesn’t seem to be clearing up anytime soon. Then we have episodes like Episode 8, which had a Mission Impossible story.
I really like stop-motion animation. It has a certain charm to it that I can’t quite pinpoint. Although I’ve mostly seen claymation works, I like what they did instead with Pui Pui Molcar. The felt characters just look very cuddly and cute. It feels almost as if you’re watching a child’s make-believe story with their stuffed animals and toy figurines coming to life.
Honestly, there should be more stop-motion shows in general, not just within anime. I know there are some former stop-motion shows that later switched to CGI and it makes me sad.
I’ll admit that I was joking a bit for my intro, but I do recommend watching Pui Pui Molcar. It’s short, it’s fun, and it’s very cute. If you ever need a quick, feel-good watch, this will help.