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Mawaru Penguindrum
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Synopsis



Three siblings, twins Kanba and Shouma, and the in-and-out-of-the-hospital Himari who's in poor health, live together at the Takakura home. One day, when the siblings are out on a trip to the aquarium, Himari collapses. The doctors state that nothing can be done for her anymore, but then, a miracle occurs...




Mawaru Penguindrum - MAL

Animation Production

Brains Base (Baccano!, Durarara!!, Spice & Wolf S2 Etc.)

Genre

Drama/Supernatual

OP/ED

Opening Theme:
#1: "Nornir" by Ruetsuko Yakushima Metropolitan Orchestra
Ending Theme:
"DEAR FUTURE" by coaltar of the deepers

Streaming on?

As of this post - It has yet to be licensed by any streaming site

Impression


It's something quite mysterious, or at-least that's what I could perceive of it. But something I can definitely say is that this show is going to pull your mood up and down without a moment's notice (explaining why would spoil it too much.) That said, this show looks absolutely gorgeous. Amazing details and vibrant colours mesh with the environment which immediately shows comfort but also lets you believe that the story is flamboyant and cheerful.

And by no means normal. - The last few scenes are difficult to describe, other than saying they were surreal and fantastical. The characters are fairly well established too, and more voicework from Ryohei Kimura is welcome as any fairly well-adjusted protagonist.
I would not want to be an episodic reviewer on this show. As an original work it could do anything it damn well pleases to subvert the viewer's perception of events. But as just a viewer, I can only say this.

I'm not ready for what's going to happen, but bring it on anyway. I loved it and want to see more.



So, what did you think?.. As far as impressions go, i'm sure there's a huge range of things to say about... "this"..
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I loved the first episode and will continue to watch it. in the openning it showed one person with a gun so im hoping for battles to happen eventually
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The first episode was great, but the OP song is terrible...
Posted 7/8/11
The art drew me off and I couldn't last through the whole episode so I skimmed around. I liked the dialogue and there appears to be contrast between the one male and female. They seem like opposites. The dialogue, from what I've seem, is very impressive - Especially the monologues. I'll probably give it a chance later on.
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I loved every part of it, the art, the music, the symbolisms everything.
For me it's the best show of the season !
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Survival Strategy!

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22 / M / California, Hawai...
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I like the penguins
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21 / F / Under your skin.
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The penguins are so cute. I don't get the survival strategy thingy though...
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Love the show and the Ending song is awesome.....the first ep was good
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Posted 7/9/11
I watched it

and then I'm sitting there and asking myself

WTF just happened?

I kind of have to watch more.


One thing that struck me as they were on the train. For some reason I felt the two characters in the "pick up your trash" ad that was playing on the screen were connected to the brothers, and then they appeared more realistic looking in the ending, so I'm sure they are important now.

This really feels like it's a show where watching the background for odd little things is going to be important.
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Penguins are adorable = =though I didnt get that part where she ripped the guys heart? o3o or something..

AND CAN I SAY INCEST TROLOLOLOLOL O3O thats hot.
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It was pretty cool, whatever it was.
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Is this going have a incest theme also?....
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I'm dreading the symbolism overload. For a first episode, I thought it was all over the place, hard for anything but morbid curiosity to hook me. It definitely has the potential to become something good, but I felt I was watching Old Spice Commercials - The Anime.
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Posted 7/12/11
I cant even begin to comprehend how the hell this anime relates to any metaphor, style or symbolism from an Old Spice commercial. I clearly watched a different video to you it seems.


I was expecting something a bit more cliché from this anime, like seriously, when did you ever take a penguin seriously? But I must say that I was pretty impressed with the first episode. The terminal illness thing is a little cliché, but tragic nevertheless and when done right, it never fails to make me a little teary. I'm not sure what I think of the penguin hat tbh, but it sure knows how to dress a bit risqué. The penguins were a decent addition and adds a much needed emotional lift to the story. The final part where it is revealed that one of the brothers harbours more than sibling love for his sister was a surprise, and a risky touch as thats pretty much a make or break point with so many viewers, but I think it makes an interesting twist. Id hate for this to just turn into another magical shoujou anime... god knows we dont have enough of those already.

Overall I think its a great start and thankfully a bit more mature than I thought it would be. I think it'll be interesting to see whether or not the feelings will be mutual, and if the other brother will be disgusted or accepting of this. Or heck, maybe he'll also just want a peice of the action too!


And also, whats all this OP song bashing! I think its the first decent OP song in quite some time, its mysterious and I just cant get enough of those vocals! Its a welcome change to the incredibly cheesy pop songs that are in far too many OPs.
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