Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 5 “A Magical Man and a Third World” starts off with a relatively straightforward plotline. That plotline quickly devolves into what I can only describe as a Standoff of magical proportions. Wow, Sasaki’s job just keeps getting harder and harder.
Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 5 “A Magical Man and a Third World”: Details
Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 5 “A Magical Man and a Third World” is the fifth episode (you can read reviews for Ep. 1, Ep. 2, Ep. 3, and Ep. 4 here) of this first season of this isekai comedy fantasy anime. Said anime is the anime adaptation of the novel series of the same name by Buncololi. SILVER LINK. (Brave Witches, Bofuri, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!) is the animation studio behind this anime.
Mirai Minato is the director of Sasaki and Peeps overall. Kousuke Arai, Shun Oorui, Akihiro Narita, Shuka Nishimae, Yukari Kuwayama, Kenichi Tokumura, Hayato Kaneko, and Shunichi Uemura all co-produced this anime. Deko Akao is also the overall writer for this anime. Nippon Columbia collectively composed the music of this anime.
Speaking of music: the opening theme song for Sasaki and Peeps as a whole is “Fly” by Madkid. Meanwhile, “Aimai Girl” (曖昧ガール, “Ambiguous Girl”) by Aguri Ōnishi is the ending theme song.
Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 5 “A Magical Man and a Third World” stars the voices of Tomokazu Sugita as Sasaki, Aoi Yūki as Peeps / Pii-chan, Akari Kitō as Otonari-san, Rie Takahashi as Hoshizaki-san, Naomi Ōzora as Shizuka Futari, and Inori Minase as Magical Pink.
When and Where to Watch
Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 5 “A Magical Man and a Third World” made its streaming premiere on February 2, 2024. You can watch this episode only on Crunchyroll. In fact, you can watch this entire anime only on Crunchyroll for now.
Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 5 “A Magical Man and a Third World”: Synopsis
Alas, Sasaki and Peeps is a pretty new anime. In fact, Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 5 “A Magical Man and a Third World” literally only premiered today as of this writing. Thus, you will all be getting the official synopsis from Crunchyroll instead of the spoiler-filled plot summary I like to go with. You can check that out below:
Sasaki returns to the modern world to find out there’s been an interesting development while he was away, and little does he know yet another strange turn awaits him on his next job.
Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 5 “A Magical Man and a Third World”: The Good
The story of Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 5 “A Magical Man and a Third World” is definitely the best part of it. The drama in this episode’s plot is so thick that you can cut it with a knife, take a slice out, put it on a plate, and eat it with a fork. What else do you call it when you get a multi-faction standoff between people belonging to 3 separate worlds/factions. It’s like a Mexican standoff, but as a multi-world isekai fight. Who knew an anime about a salaryman getting a pet borb would turn out to have such a complex plotline? Which again, is why I love this show.
And for once, the animation actually matches the quality of the story, unlike in the previous episode. The fight scenes of this episode aren’t particularly complex, so that might’ve helped in the animation department. At the very least, we aren’t seeing any blobs fighting each other. Or rather, no noticeable blobs.
Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 5 “A Magical Man and a Third World”: The Bad
Admittedly, I’m having mixed feelings about Hoshizaki in Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 5 “A Magical Man and a Third World”. On one hand, I do like her as a character given that she’s this fiery go-getter who’s aggressively trying to get a raise even as a high school student. On the other hand, I feel like she gets put into damsel situations way too much for my liking, especially with how the story characterized her as an experienced field agent when they introduced her. I feel like she’s just turning into this reckless Leeroy Jenkins-type character. The only thing preventing her from going full Leeroy Jenkins is the fact that she has the potential to grow in this anime, unlike the meme. Let’s hope that happens sooner rather than later.
My other complaint is that we don’t get to see much of Peeps/Pii-chan in this episode. This anime is called Sasaki and Peeps, after all. I do like seeing the little magic borb do his thing, both serious and not. This is only a minor issue for me though, because we’ll hopefully see more borb action in the next episode.