Mawaru Penguindrum Series

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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 simple day, while the siblings were out on a trip to the aquarium, Himari collapses and suddenly dies. When all hope seems lost, she's miraculously saved by a strange spirit. However, the extended life is limited and in order to fully resurrect their sister, the Takakura brothers must find the Penguindrum with the help of a trio of penguins.

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Daydreamer1's Mawaru Penguindrum Tv Review

Rated: 7


A very unique property of the presentation is that it instantly jumps from a very funny scene to a very serious one, from a certain act to an entirely different one, and astonishingly, without disturbing the tempo. One may think of skipping a scene or two, but is compelled to watch since an instant you are in the current life, the other you might be watching a flash back or a day dream. So if you are getting bored, one cannot guarantee that your boredom would continue the next instant, as there is a high chance for you to experience this maelstrom any time. The frequently changing story and odd events, just adds the probability to these frenzies 

Regardless, I am compelled to say, NO ORDINARY WORK.

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Member Opinions

evilxangel evilxangel
10.00

Such a tense interesting story.Every episode just adds up to the awesomeness and mystery.Very good animation and the penguins are adorable. So complex characters that want to beat fate itself. I love the message of sacrifice for love it gave. For mentally unstable characters, twisted plots, love wars and cute penguins this anime is one of the best original stories out there! May be difficult to grab at first but it only gets better which each episode explaining the events.

Daydreamer1 Daydreamer1
7.00

And awesome story line and plot with fitting songs, presentation and art. Quite complex, for those who like psychological series, ideal one for you :)
Hope you enjoy it as i had enjoyed it, although it depends more on the person's nature then the TV series itself

jns jns
9.50

It's unique and refreshing and I adore all the symbolism and hidden meanings, and the fact that everyone has a different interpretation given the surrealism and metaphors.
A personal favorite. It's a complete mess and each character is more f*cked up than the one before (and I love that), not to mention that Ikuhara keeps pulling the rug from under our feet.
Would give it a higher rating if it weren't for the somewhat disjoint feeling between the 1st and 2nd half of the show

MisaSasekage MisaSasekage
7.25

Randomly decided to pick up this series. It's pretty good so far. I like the twin brothers Kanba and Shouma. Kanba is the more serious and colder of the twins, and he is willing to go to any lengths for Himari. While Shoma is the more sensitive one and tries to adhere to morals mostly, even when it comes to his sister. What happened with Himari was pretty messed up, the whole situation with her "miracle" seems fishy to me, because saving someone from death seems like something you'd have to pay a pretty heavy price for in the end. Ringo is quite the stalker. The penguins are very funny given that fact that no one else can see them. Though the series does do a good job with confusing it's viewers; mostly because of Sanetoshi cryptic was of speaking about things. So where does that outlook take me? Well for one, it makes it seem like the story has moved beyond the idea that Kanba and Shouma are merely being punished because of their parents’ sins. Instead, it’s almost as if they’re reliving the same “curse” in a different fashion, where their only sin is “sharing the fruit of fate” and continuing to live when they should’ve died. The punishment for “cheating death” would then be Himari’s life, which they’re given false hope about saving to make it even more painful when she eventually dies. Where things get a little dicey is what to make of the boxes and the apple itself. Sanetoshi alluded to the idea that the box is oneself, saying he wishes to free everyone from their “boxes”, so it could very well symbolize the “social prison” that unwanted children find themselves in when they’re left on the streets and starve to death. The apple would then signify their new hope — or light — that gave them the strength to live on. After all, there’s been nothing to suggest that Kanba and Shouma were actually locked into physical cages, because even if they did find an apple to suppress their hunger for a bit, that doesn’t mean that they’re instantly free. As such, I’m inclined to believe the boxes are a figurative thing, as well as “sharing the fruit of fate”. Where I’d probably draw the line on this theory is implying that fate works like some form of “equivalent trade”, even though Ringo looked like she was going to give up her life to improve the Takakuras. Based on what Momoka’s done in the past and what Ringo tried to do here, the need for “compensation” only seems to come into play when someone defies their fate and disrupts the “track” that the world is on. Whether intentional or not, Kanba and Shouma did just that by creating/finding their own Penguindrum — another chance in life that was divided between the two of them. Presumably, that “life” alone wasn’t enough for the two of them and Himari to find any true happiness in the world, so they both decided to give it up for Himari, Ringo, and Masako sakes, which effectively put everyone onto a different “world track” (or line if you prefer) where Kanba and Shouma never existed. The message is clear though — even when the world has abandoned them, unloved children can still find happiness. Well that, and sacrificing oneself for those you love. Kanba and Shouma appear to have been reborn as the two boys from episode one, who talked about how the apple is a reward for those who have chosen love above all else and how it doesn’t mark the end but just the beginning, so it’s a somewhat bittersweet ending.

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