If I hadn’t watched so many crappy anime for this series, I’d think that Pita Ten was a lot worse than it was. Instead of being “awful”, it only ends up being “really bad” (to say nothing of say, “transcendentally terrible”). It’s almost entirely filler, but it’s not the worst filler I’ve ever seen. I can barely differentiate the characters, but there have been totally unnecessary ones. And the voices are grating, but at least my ears didn’t bleed.
Filler: Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Sailor Moon SuperS were the worst. SMS was almost insultingly dumb in its filler plotlines. KKJ didn’t know how to make filler that wouldn’t completely interfere with the main storyline. In Pita Ten, the filler was literally 24 of the 26 episodes, but it at least was completely inconsequential and meaningless. The fluff level of the filler also made those last two episodes really weird when they tried to actually be serious and it just did not fit. at. all.
Characters: E’s Otherwise was the worst. You could literally remove most of the characters from that show and it wouldn’t actually change a single event in the show. Pita Ten is pretty bad here, but most of this has to do with the 24 episodes of filler. It’s like they couldn’t even get to the second chapter in the manga or whatever where they would actually differentiate between the characters. For example, I’m sure Misha does things that are angel-like in the manga, but if you removed the first episode from the show where she says that she’s an angel (sigh, whatever happened to show, don’t tell?) you would have never guessed. On a related note, I’m not sure why I’m supposed to actually particularly care about anyone, mainly because again they’re so nondescript.
Finally, voices: Nothing, NOTHING will ever top Tenshi ni Narumon here. Misha was very annoying, but Yukari Tamura (who I like) managed to keep it about one octave underneath the ear-bleeding level. Tomoko Kawakami, on the other hand, was more like one too high. Also, Misha had the advantage of being generally cheery rather than bratty, so while there were plenty of KOUTAROU-KUUUUUUUUUUUNs like how Tenshi ni Pokemon had its YUUUUUUUUUUUSUKE-SANs, it did not have any IRANAI IRANAI IRANAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIs.
And, in an gift from the heavens, I somehow did not want to stab myself in the face every time I heard Rie Kugimiya. I think I will now change my position of “Ugh, don’t want to watch anything that she is in” to the more accurate “Ugh, don’t want to watch anything where she’s a playing a tsundere role.” It’s probably just that streak from around 2005-2007 that did it, as I’ve realized that I never had a problem with any of her roles before then (this, Rizelmine, Gals, Nanoha, and of course, Full Metal Alchemist.)
Would I watch it even if I weren’t forced? DO NOT WANT