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Mawaru Penguindrum Episodes 8 and 9 – Turning Point

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

It should be obvious that I think the Ringo arc has gone far enough, and fortunately episode 8 wraps it up with a bang. Not only that, but episode 9 takes the show into a completely new direction. It might only be for one episode, but I feel like Mawaru Penguindrum is finally going someplace again.
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Mawaru Penguindrum Episodes 6 and 7 – Slow Ride

September 9, 2011 2 comments

I like short anime series. If you go back and look, you’ll notice every show I’ve covered in full has only been a season long (except Durarara!!, of which I only covered the second half).

That’s because I like series that come in, say their piece, and finish up. While I enjoy long form storytelling, it’s a rare show that can maintain its quality indefinitely, and even more scarce in the genre of heavily experimental anime that I tend to prefer. If you’re throwing things at the wall to see what sticks, I’d rather only have to sit through 12 episodes of your best ideas, rather than 24+ of whatever garbage you can come up with.
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Mawaru Penguindrum Episodes 4 and 5 – Ruled by Fate

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

If you’re going to make fate a key element of your show, you’re going to have to take a side eventually. Either the events of the show have been fated to happen, or they’re somehow the result of a character’s choice.

It’s sad that such dualism is forced on us, but television is rarely the right place to properly meditate on the nature of causality, and anime almost never is. So we’re left with two responses to fate: it exists, or it doesn’t.

There’s ways to play with this, of course, to subvert the audience’s expectations, or slightly tweak the nature of things, but ultimately it all comes down to this Manichean split. So which side does Mawaru Penguindrum come down on?
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Mawaru Penguindrum Episodes 2 and 3 – Who Stalks the Stalkers?

August 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Ringo Oginome is a girl obsessed with destiny. She is as in love with the idea of fate as the Takakura brothers are against it.

Of course, this could just be the wishful thinking of your average love struck high school girl, but things are a little different in this case. Because Ringo Oginome has what she thinks is a ringer in the age old battle between destiny and free will.
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Mawaru Penguindrum Episode 1 – Real Good Thing

July 21, 2011 1 comment

Dang it, Kunihiko Ikuhara—it’s because of you that I broke the promise I made to myself not to watch any shows about high schoolers this season. This is Ikuhara’s first anime project in over ten years, since Revolutionary Girl Utena: a critically-acclaimed late 90s anime that I’ve always meant to watch but never quite got around to.

Utena has something of a reputation for taking a hard turn towards Crazy Town. Since I recently applied for citizenship in Crazy Town, I figured it was my civic duty to check out Penguindrum.
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