Penguindrum 14, Boku wa Tomodachi 2, and more

Mawaru Penguindrum is getting a little disturbing. Its world of fate and victims grows more insular. Is there any character in this show that isn't connected to that wheel of fate of theirs? In episode 14 we learn a lot about Yuri, we see her dump her lover from her theatre company and speed off … Continue reading Penguindrum 14, Boku wa Tomodachi 2, and more

Penguindrum 13, iDOLM@STER 14, SKET Dance 27

After a few days of watching new shows go through their paces (and usually falling down), it's a relief to get back to some shows good, or at least decent enough that I haven't dropped them already. Mawaru Penguindrum 13 has a few moments of plot but mainly has the characters sitting around thinking and … Continue reading Penguindrum 13, iDOLM@STER 14, SKET Dance 27

Penguindrum 10, Hanasaku 25, Natsume San 12

I suppose you could say we've started a new episode arc in Mawaru Penguindrum 10. Though attention is paid to Ringo and her diary, focus shifts to Kanba and slingshot girl. But it doesn't feel like a new arc, it feels like a variation on a theme: stalkers. But before we get to Slingshot Girl … Continue reading Penguindrum 10, Hanasaku 25, Natsume San 12

Penguindrum 8, Usagi Drop 9, Dantalian 8

For a while I've been hoping that they would wrap up the Ringo story. Her quest, Project M or whatever, was growing more hopeless by the episode, and the farther Ringo takes it, the worse it would turn out. Besides, there's slingshot girl waiting in the wings. However Mawaru Penguindrum has shown no interest in … Continue reading Penguindrum 8, Usagi Drop 9, Dantalian 8

Penguindrum 7, Natsume 8, Hanasaku 21

Through another rough work week and a head cold, I watch on ... Mawaru Penguindrum 7 continues with the sad and desperate Ringo story arc, which only gets worse, and buries us with another truckload of visual quirks that either have profound meaning or are the workings of my cold-addled head, I can't tell anymore. … Continue reading Penguindrum 7, Natsume 8, Hanasaku 21

Penguindrum 6, Sacred Seven 7, Baka to Test Ni 5-6

Very little actual plot happens in Mawaru Penguindrum 6. We do get some answers but we also get more questions. And a lot more colorful weirdness. We learn what the diary is. It belonged to Momoka, Ringo's sister, who died long ago. And it puts a twist on Ringo's obsession with Keiju. Before, I had … Continue reading Penguindrum 6, Sacred Seven 7, Baka to Test Ni 5-6

Back from being a tourist, I catch up with Penguindrum

First, I'll say that the Forbidden City and the Great Wall are just as amazing as people say. But if you expect to see images like in all the brochures you might be a tad disappointed. Damn tourists. Oh, wait ... After four days without watching any shows (except for One Piece on the hotel … Continue reading Back from being a tourist, I catch up with Penguindrum