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. Continue reading Mawaru Penguindrum Review — A
I could have easily done twelve posts all on Mawaru Penguindrum. But I controlled myself, and picked a single moment: when Ringo attempted to spawn frog eggs on Shouma’s back in order to make a love potion for Tabuki. This is probably the moment when Ringo’s insanity peaked.
This scene somehow manages to simultaneously be both utterly disgusting and utterly adorable; completely innocent and completely twisted. Just look at this shot, which I think captures the feeling perfectly:
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What a beautiful final episode! Everything is wrapped up nicely and there are no big loose threads, but it hasn’t spelled out too much directly either.
The ending they went with was very satisfying— it wasn’t a cop out; people died, but it was a happy ending all the same.
Recall how in the previous episode, Sanetoshi claimed that the world should be destroyed because people are trapped in their own boxes. At the beginning of this episode, Shouma and Kanba are trapped in their own boxes (quite literally). When Kanba finds an apple in his box, he shares it with Shouma, so they both can live. Continue reading Mawaru Penguindrum 24 — Sharing the Fruit of Fate
Clearly the Japanese education system’s teachings on fire safety are lacking. Continue reading Mawaru Penguindrum 23 — Stop, Drop, and Roll
To be honest, I thought this episode was one of the weakest yet. It wasn’t bad, but just wasn’t the level I’ve come to expect. It was too straightforward, especially compared to the usual.
This episode was all about love. And everyone’s love is different.
- Himari. Himari loves Kanba. For Kanba, she leaves Shouma, her soulmate, behind. She is willing to die to prevent Kanba from falling into darkness. Is her love selfless or selfish? Initially, it seemed obviously selfless. But the more I thought about it, it’s actually selfish in a way. All Kanba wants is for Himari to live. And that it is the one thing she is unwilling to give him. Continue reading Mawaru Penguindrum 22 — Love, Love, Love