When I first starting watching PET: Complete Collection, I didn’t have a clue what was going on thanks to the acid trip-like visuals and effects, and its fragmented storytelling. But it’s one of those shows where if you brave through its rough parts, you’ll be rewarded with a mind blowing conclusion.
Taking place in a world where select individuals have mind twisting and crushing psychic abilities, three guys named Hiroki, Satoru and Tsukasa are being used by a secret organization as “pets” to use their powers to either warp a person’s thoughts to the way they wish, or just go all out and kill them like psychic assassins.
This sounds all well and good at first, but this is the world of anime where eventually weird things come into play, with this series focusing existential subjects that only a psychic anime could do. For example, are these guys doing what they are because they want to, or have they had their minds wiped and altered? Are they and the world they’re in even real, or is it all in someone’s mind? It’s up to them to band together and get some answers while also handling life and their assignments along the way.
That’s essentially what this series is about, though I’m putting it in its simplest terms. There’s a lot more to it, but it’s hard to explain and go into more detail without spoiling anything as it’s just best to experience the show for yourself. And boy is it an experience thanks to the trippy visuals I mentioned earlier.
If you’re familiar with freaky things such as the end of the hit anime film Akira, then you’ll have an idea of some of the wild things that happen in this series. The show takes things a little further with warped and surreal backgrounds, twisted eyes, heads, faces and fish growing out of nowhere while also being underwater are just some of the freaky examples you’ll find here.
While I did enjoy being mesmerized by these visuals, they sadly seem to be there to distract from the main characters coming off a bit bland, and to cover up the dragging pace of the show. I’ll be honest and admit that it took some time for me to finally understand what the guys were about and to actually care about what they’re doing.
The high-definition picture and audio come in handy here as they serve to make the trippy visuals that much more surreal, and the sounds come in nice and crisp. The usual special features are here with clean opening and closing titles, but you’ll be rewatching the episodes trying to make sense of them to even notice.
As long as you’re not bothering by surreal images, fragmented storytelling, and slow pacing, you’ll want to get mind blown by the PET: Complete Collection Blu-ray set. It takes some time and commitment to appreciate the characters and the series itself, but those who do will be sufficiently rewarded.