As my regular readers already know, I adored this show. Now that it’s over and done with, I still think it was the best show of the year. I won’t try to give a summary, as anything I could say would not do it justice and be filled with spoilers.
What I love so much about Mawaru Penguindrum is how it’s chock-full of symbolism. Indeed, it’s magical. The show lets you think. It doesn’t force you to: it’s a great show on multiple levels. But I like to think, and Mawaru Penguindrum lets you. The show explores some interesting ideas, particularly regarding free will and fate, but much of the interpretation is left to the viewer.
Plot-wise, Penguindrum is full of twists, turns and surprises. You’ll rarely be able to predict what will happen next. The characters are engrossing: my favorite is Ringo Oginome, who is thoroughly endearing yet thoroughly insane.
The animation is filled with an eye for detail: just check out all the objects and symbolism in the background. One creative touch that I especially loved was how they made background characters into cardboard cutouts of people. It sounds like they were just being cheap, but it was actually a thoughtful choice.
In conclusion, go watch Penguindrum, it’s awesome.
- Plot / Script – A – Clever, chock full of symbolism, twists and turns.
- Characters – A – A large, fascinating and lovable cast.
- Production – A – Great eye for detail, and excellent soundtrack.
- Overall – A
Recommendations – Revolutionary Girl Utena, Star Driver, Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei