I should have known. I wanted certain things in the finale of Mawaru Penguindrum and I knew there were things I wouldn't get. I wanted craziness, wild action, I wanted a rock 'n roll fight, something on the level of Kanba's chase for the hat in that early episode. I got very little of that. … Continue reading Mawaru Penguindrum Finale, where I nearly throw up my hands.
I'm not sure why, but Mawarau Penguindrum 23 seemed to have absolutely no sound to it. Okay, voices talking (Sanetoshi's low voice especially), the alarm noise used to introduce flashbacks, and clocks ticking, and a song during the closing credits, but everything else around them felt completely silent, like unimportant things had been stripped away. … Continue reading Penguindrum 23, Working’!! 11, Horizon 11
Late in many series we have the episode where all the bad stuff happens at once. Mawaru Penguindrum 22 is that episode. But on the other hand, I'm not sure we can start counting corpses. This show likes to tease too much. And too many people are unaccounted for. Like Shouma, the one who's done … Continue reading Penguindrum 22
Mawaru Penguindrum 21 is comparatively light on new metaphors, but they make up for it with plot developments which are just as weird. By the end, the Takakura "sibling's" "family" is shown to be as flimsy as the gaily-colored house they live in. There's a reporter snooping around who's discovered that Kanba is getting Himari's … Continue reading Penguindrum 21, UN-GO 7, two iDOLM@STERS and Horizon … oh, who cares?
Mawaru Penguindrum 20 was more low-key than others, but the confusion factor is raised yet again. The show loves to work with phrases and images, such as "survival strategy" or, this episode "low-lifes who will never amount to anything." But this time they are both said by the father Takakura at one of his secret … Continue reading Penguindrum 20, Chiayafuru 8, C3 9 and Bakuman 9
Mawaru Pengundrum 19 ... I am about to give up trying to figure out this show. After the crazy events of last week the show settles down to gather what what we've gone through--and twist it around again, just to annoy us, I think. Kanba being in touch with their father was expected after his … Continue reading Penguindrum 19, Last Exile Fam 6, Ben-to 6, Kimi to Boku 7
Another dazzling episode of Mawaru Penguindrum this week. It's one of the most suspenseful, yet doesn't sacrifice any of the eccentric imagery and humor that defines the series. It starts with an impressionist painting in Keiju's flashback, and continues to tell Keiju's story in a beautifully executed series of images and sounds, up until his … Continue reading Penguindrum 18, Chihayafuru 6, Ben-To 5, Bakuman II 6
Mawaru Penguindrum 17 was, compared to some of the other episodes, fairly normal. But there are the usual portents such as the fact that Himari is feeling better much too early in the episode, Sanetoshi having a cryptic solo conversation about the nature of truth while grooming his bunny (not a eumphimism), and a later … Continue reading Penguindrum 17, Chihayafuru 5, goodbye Mashiro-Iro Symphony (finally)
How can anyone expect me to catch up if my laptop dies one me? ... Oh, that's right. No one does. Luckily, I never save anything too important on it, and I had a backup of Mawaru Penguin 16 on the desktop. But all my screenshots are gone. The gods of computers, at least the … Continue reading I try to catch up, I fail, I break a laptop. Episode dump.
Mawaru Penguindrum 15 explains something we've all been wondering in the context of Yuri's sad life and current passions. Apart from her bandages Yuri's physical abuse is never shown. This being Penguindrum, it's suggested in symbolic fashion using a ridiculous, huge David tower, sculptor's chisels, and especially the chink-chink-chink sound they make (which the show … Continue reading Penguindrum 15, UN-GO 2, Working’!! 3