Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations” gives us a political thriller and economics thriller all in a single episode. We even get some isekai hijinks in the bargain. All in all, this is a perfect episode in terms of story, and certainly not one you would expect from a comedy isekai anime.

Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations”: Details

Sasaki and Peeps NA key visual.
Interestingly, not as light-hearted as the key art makes to be.

Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations” is the ninth episode (you can read reviews for Ep. 1Ep. 2Ep. 3Ep. 4Ep. 5Ep. 6Ep. 7, and Ep. 8 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 BuncololiSILVER LINK. (Brave WitchesBofuriMy Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!) is the animation studio behind this anime.

Unfortunately, the exact people behind Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations” is as unknown for all the previous episodes aside from the very first. However, we do still know that Mirai Minato is the director of Sasaki and Peeps overall. Kousuke AraiShun OoruiAkihiro NaritaShuka NishimaeYukari KuwayamaKenichi TokumuraHayato 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.

Voice Cast

Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations” featurs the voices of Tomokazu Sugita as Sasaki (Tyson Rinehart in English dub), Aoi Yūki (Erin Nicole Lundquist in English dub) as Peeps / Pii-chan, Hiroki Yasumoto (Ray Hurd in English dub) as Viscount Mueller, Mitsuo Iwata (Eli Farmer in English dub) as Marc, and Miyu Tomita (Lisette Monique Diaz in English dub) as Elsa Mueller. Other notable voices in this episode are Daisuke Namikawa (Davon Oliver in English dub) as French, Naomi Ōzora (Robin Clayton in English dub) as Shizuka Futari, and Akari Kitō (Taylor Murphy in English dub) as Otonari-san.

When and Where to Watch

Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations” made its airing and streaming debut on March 1, 2024. You can watch this episode only on Crunchyroll. In fact, you can watch this entire anime only on Crunchyroll for now, due to the show being a Crunchyroll exclusive.

Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations”: Synopsis

How did we get from man gets borb to political machinations?

Alas, Sasaki and Peeps is an ongoing anime, as you might’ve noticed if you’ve been reading my previous reviews. In fact, Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations” only just premiered today as of this writing. Thus, you will get the official synopsis from Crunchyroll instead of a spoiler-filled plot summary. You can check that out below:

Marc has been thrown into prison for a farce of an offense, and it’s up to Sasaki to cook up an otherwordly scheme to get him out… and maybe make a tidy profit in the process.

Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations”: The Good

Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 "Executions and Negotiations" screenshot showing an outraged Viscount Mueller.
Bad for our heroes, but great drama for us as the audience.

As I keep raving about in previous episodes, the story of Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations” is definitely the highlight of the anime. Remember: this anime started out as just a story about a man buying a cute bird as a pet. Now it’s suddenly a political and economic thriller anime on par with Game of Thrones or Spice and Wolf. All with some of the most creative use of the isekai genre that I’ve seen in any anime. Really, it reminds me of Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement in many ways. Heck, both protagonists even have more or less the same motive: using their world-hopping ability to make loads of moolah. What? Don’t give them looks. Any smart and mercantile person would do the same.

In particular, the political machinations of Count Dietrich and counter-machinations by Sasaki and Co. are incredibly riveting to watch. All while a cute bird sage does cute bird things in the background and foreground, to boot. If any of those sound interesting to you, then this is definitely the episode for you. If not, then the animation quality may fail you.

Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations”: The Bad

Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 "Executions and Negotiations" screenshot showing Count Dietrich reading some forms.
Someone with a goatee like that has to be evil, right?

Alas, I do have a complaint about Sasaki and Peeps Ep. 9 “Executions and Negotiations”. As you might guess from my previous reviews, it’s the same complaint I’ve been having for a lot of the episodes: the animation quality. The animation quality seems decent overall, but you definitely get moments of “Whoops” for the animators. Case in point: there are moments when Peeps’ toes are of varying width. Unfortunately, this seems to be the norm for this anime. I’m only giving this anime such a high score for the story. It works hard to carry that inconsistent animation.