Mawaru Penguindrum 01

Oh wow, that was probably one of the best pieces of animation I’ve watched all year. Holy shit, this scene really blew me away when I first watched it and it still does. I never knew walking down a staircase could possibly be that epic.

So for a show with zero information and expectations from me… this is how first episodes should be more like. To be frank, it wasn’t even the animation that sold the show to me at first, I already started liking the show with the exposition about the three siblings and how little sister has a deadly disease that would kill her any moment. Contrasting the blissful peace with the morbidity of her fate was executed really well, especially after she DID die on her, supposedly last trip to the aquarium holding fond memories of her.

And while some might probably hold very opposing opinions, I quite like the colorful-ness of the show that pervaded throughout the show’s settings and backgrounds. I’m not sure what different here, since there’s probably even more colorful anime around, but the colors worked in the show really well here and made it a very visually appealing show for me was well.

Story-wise, thematically it seems very nihilist as some pointed out, but the simplicity of the structure might just make it fun enough to watch. At least they aren’t trying to create elaborate crazy setups yet so far but since this is coming from the director of Utena, it may perhaps get more “stylish” later on.

Frankly, I’m quite excited to see what’s coming next week, but this might be a winner if it doesn’t lose steam by the middle of August. Ah, I shouldn’t be saying that so soon, I end up eating my words way too often after doing this.


  1. tomphile Said,

    July 9, 2011 @ 12:12 am

    A problem with shows with interesting premises is that they run out of steam too soon by trying too hard in the beginning. So yeah, it might not turn out that great unfortunately.

  2. Noidnil Said,

    July 9, 2011 @ 1:15 am

    For the first half I thought it was just some kind of melodramatic anime again and thought about quitting, but seeing the carefree sister and the caring brothers was something unusual in anime and I decided to watch on a bit.

    And then that. This shows second half is just FABULOUS!

    But for real, this was nearly too much for me, I ended on the floor for real first time I watched it. (Laughing still hurts as well T_T)

  3. wendeego Said,

    July 9, 2011 @ 2:05 am

    @tomphile: That’s true. On the other hand, this is Ikuhara we’re talking about–the director of Revolutionary Girl Utena–and it’s pretty evident from the first episode that he still knows what the hell he’s doing.

    I’d recommend watching the first episode again, actually. There are so many little details (the penguin on the sister’s head in the family photo, the train mascots who share hair colors with the girls in the ED and the brothers, the turtles sitting on each other’s backs, stars everywhere, SURVIVAL STRATEGY relating to incest) that I missed the first time around, but which stuck out the second time. This is one of the densest shows I’ve seen in a while!

  4. e360 Said,

    July 9, 2011 @ 4:08 am

    Brilliant as always from Ikuhara.

    He not Yamakan will save the anime industry.

  5. Organics Said,

    July 9, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    I have no idea what in God’s name I just watched, but I demand MORE. A week is too long!

  6. Djisas Said,

    July 9, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    Hmm colorful like this or even more are summer wars or welcome to space show…

  7. Al Said,

    July 9, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    The thing that’s different about the colorfulness is that there’s a rainbow in practically EVERY scene.

  8. Dude Said,

    July 9, 2011 @ 2:40 pm



  9. Skribulous Said,

    July 9, 2011 @ 11:02 pm


    And yet Ikuhara had to literally fight tooth and nail just for the chance and budgets to helm amazing projects like these, while animators like Yamakan don’t even have to do anything to have wheelbarrows of cash and offers from studios flowing their way, no matter how many stale turds they churn out every single time.

    The world is a cold and cruel place.

    Here’s hoping that Penguindrum will continue to be amazing all the way.

  10. bear Said,

    July 10, 2011 @ 1:41 am

    Stylistically, it seemed all over the map. Saturated colors, but street scenes with abstract grey pedestrians, realism then over the top fantasy, realistic penguins then anthropomorphic plush toy penguins. He doesn’t hold back does he? Probably scares the hell out of the studio suits.

  11. zomglazerpewpewpew Said,

    July 10, 2011 @ 5:34 pm


    The ED sequence… don’t tell me they all transform into magical girls….

  12. soulassassin547 Said,

    July 11, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    First episode and I was damn hooked. Totally eclectic, really funny, and carries a subject matter long considered taboo by most societies.

    Phrase of the moment: SURVIVAL STRATEGY!

    I’m gonna follow this one. Possibly the next biggest bong hit of the year since Madoka Magica.

  13. Yuun Said,

    July 11, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    Havent watch this anime but watched the video… please allow me to say this:

  14. spik Said,

    July 12, 2011 @ 12:46 am

    Ikuhara shows taste best dissected and analyzed to every second of the frame. Here’s some food for thought!

  15. Oreoo Said,

    July 14, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    What is this I don’t even . .

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