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Mawaru Penguindrum – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「ノルニル」 (Nornir) by やくしまるえつこメトロオーケストラ (Yakushimaru Etsuko Metro Orchestra)
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「運命のベルが鳴る」 (Unmei no Beru ga Naru)
“The Bell of Fate Sounds”

The premiere of Revolutionary Girl Utena/Sailor Moon director/writer Ikuhara Kunihiko’s original new series makes its way to television airwaves and leaves a very mysterious and promising first impression. All the mention of bearing sins and fighting fate in the commercials comes front and center almost immediately, yet raises just as many questions as I had originally. What we do know is that the story begins much like I outlined in the Summer 2011 Preview, at least in terms of the character descriptions of the main characters — the three siblings of the Takakura family, oldest son/pretty boy Kanba (Kimura Subaru), his prince-like twin brother Shouma (Kimura Ryouhei), and their younger sister Himari (Arakawa Miho), whom they love dearly. Himari doesn’t have long to live due to an incurable health problem that isn’t explained in detail. Kanba and Shouma are willing to do anything for Himari, even give up their own lives to save hers, thus leading to the close-knit sibling relationship that binds the premise together.

This is where it gets interesting though. In the very first episode, we see a rapid chain of developments that starts off with Kanba and Shouma taking Himari to the aquarium as part of a special “Himari Day” to forget about her ailing condition, leading to both her death and subsequent revival. It turns out the black penguin cap that Shouma bought Himari has a lot more significance than the promo image suggested, curing her of her sickness and possessing her whenever she puts it on. Further adding to the mystery are the ominous messages of the possessed Himari that includes mention of coming from where their fates “reside” and seeking compensation for prolonging Himari’s life. Weird stuff indeed, but extremely intriguing at the same time since I don’t know what to make of it all yet.

Judging from the opening sequence, the two kids’ dialogue near the beginning, and Himari’s quick death, I originally figured the story would revolve around the afterlife in some way and this other Himari is some sort of post-mortem version that exists in another world. However, the arrival of a frozen box with penguin helpers who only Kanba, Shouma, and Himari can see suggests that all the bizarre things are happening in the living world. At the same time, some strange alternate dimension does seem to exist and is depicted in magical girl-like fashion with not only the possessed Himari in a lavish get-up, but also quickly shedding it all off in layers until there was nothing left. It was quite the spectacle to say the least, just like the rest of Brain’s Base’s work here that features lovely character designs by Otome Youkai Zakuro creator Hoshino Lily, and raised the biggest question of all in this premiere episode: what’s this “Survival Strategy” that the possessed Himari is referring to and this “Penguindrum” that she’s after?

Your guess is as good as mine at the moment, but with Kanba clearly crossing the fine sibling line by kissing Himari on the lips, there are enough unknown factors to Ikuhara’s original anime that I fully intend to sit through all 24 episodes to see what he has in store. The unique combination of cute and mysterious already sets the series apart, whereas the original story that I can’t make heads or tails of yet has me completely hooked so far. Throw in the distinct stylistic touches (e.g. the transition scenes) to the eerily refreshing premise and we might just have the sleeper of the season. It looks like all the hype due to the staff involved wasn’t for naught.

Update: I incorrectly deduced that the possessed Himari is Oginome Ringo (Miyake Marie) based on the episode credits and how she’s been described as heroine who’s just as important as Himari. In reality, Ringo is actually the schoolgirl who walked by Shouma. My apologies for any confusion this may have caused.

 

ED Sequence

ED: 「DEAR FUTURE」 by coaltar of the deepers
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Preview & End Card

July 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm
129 comments »
  • July 7, 2011 at 8:28 pmMaichain

    Thanks for your post ! :)
    I’m looking forward to this show.
    It looks promising. :)

  • July 7, 2011 at 8:39 pmAiras

    It looks great! The animation budget must be very high!
    Dying to watch it!

  • July 7, 2011 at 8:47 pmShadiic

    This is quite interesting and I feel like this is a gem waiting to be uncovered. Following this one definately.

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:10 pmDurifto

    Even if this turns out to be absolute shite, it’ll be interesting shite because of Ikuhara.

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:10 pmHotaruzuki

    Ikuhara Kunihiko!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Can’t wait to see it! Great review! I’m loving the color palate!

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:27 pmsealouse

    oh here’s another one that I might have missed.

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:40 pmewok40k

    screen #34 gave me serious Madoka vibes…
    Op #08 apple might refer to the biblical original sin?
    damn, another series to add to the watchlist!

    • July 8, 2011 at 4:34 pmOnion Prince

      That scene you’re thinking of in Madoka was actually a tribute to Utena in the first place. =)

  • July 7, 2011 at 10:03 pmJustin

    Survival Strategy must be referring to incest. O_O

    • July 8, 2011 at 10:20 pmSoiyeruda

      Clearly, Ringo’s “Survival Strategy” refers to using Himari to have sex with her brothers and mass-produce offspring so that Ringo’s clan/herself can live on forever.

      Let’s hope she doesn’t mind freak babies.

  • July 7, 2011 at 10:05 pmzazza

    Certain scenes seems to mock similar ones from Utena…

    • July 7, 2011 at 10:57 pmviral

      Same director.

      The anime looks awesome btw. The most promising new series imho.

    • July 8, 2011 at 2:10 amSaionji

      Which scenes? I didn’t notice Utena similarities. Despite both anime being directed by Ikuhara.

    • July 8, 2011 at 3:21 amJunk

    • July 8, 2011 at 3:31 amJunk

      In the OP, there’s a Juri look-alike and it ends with a close Utena-twin. The use of the subway signs as transition graphics is a development of the signage seen in the Utena productions. The character designer might be different but there is something here which recalls Hasegawa’s Utena designs (eyelashes, lushness of the hair, slender and pointed figures and faces). Overall fairy-tale feeling related to life and death.

      This is definitely not an Utena-rehash and Ikuhara has so few production credits it’s hard to compare only 2 major works for continuity of style. First series premiere I’ve watched the entirely from 1st frame through final card without multitasking in a long time.

    • July 8, 2011 at 8:09 pmKarmafan

      It also gives off a Bakemonogatari vibe to it as well. From the use of naration to the use of charactarless extras (uniform shaped people with no features) It made me think of that series.

  • July 7, 2011 at 10:35 pmEspada

    deconstruction of the penguin genre

    • July 8, 2011 at 2:39 amJelly

      Me too

  • July 7, 2011 at 10:44 pmIzaak

    I’m watching this only because it has penguins in it.

  • July 7, 2011 at 11:03 pmdbm

    Does anybody else get a hint of “Alien 9″? The weird hat in particular reminds me a little of the living “Borg” headgear the girls wear.

  • July 7, 2011 at 11:05 pmSeishun Otoko

    Not quite sure what I just watched but I’m definitely tuning in for next week
    Not a fan of its character designs but the background settings look great

  • July 7, 2011 at 11:36 pmShirt

    This looks fantastic! But what is it was apples and death? Or is that just something that Death Note started? D:

  • July 7, 2011 at 11:39 pmP0NCH

    Looks interesting! Penguins are always more than enough reasons for me to watch a show :P

    Gracias for the post, as always Divine.

  • July 7, 2011 at 11:45 pmAK-47

    Well the art is fine but the man look to feminime and the girls have strange shaped noses like a spear head but the story is interesting enough for me to watch the series.

  • July 8, 2011 at 1:12 amNekore44

    I didn’t know what to make of this show in the first half. After the second half, It seemed like I was on a bad trip. My mind was thrown for a loop so, all in all, I am very interested to see what happens next.

    =^.^=

  • July 8, 2011 at 1:32 amMM

    This series looks spectacular so far. I do adore the director of Utena so this is def a must watch for me sometime today :). Hope to see what happens later on and hope it becomes another top anime this year

  • July 8, 2011 at 2:08 amJuri

    Survival strategy is following DNA and instincts. The playboy brother will test the value of the survival strategy with his love for his sister.

  • July 8, 2011 at 3:06 amstarblacks

    their house reminds me of howl’s moving castle in it’s intricacies and beautiful detail *drools a little* DAMNIT THERE ISN’T A SCREEN CAP OF THEIR KITCHEN

  • July 8, 2011 at 3:12 amlndi

    wait a sec- 24 episodes?! with so many things happening in the first episode?!?!?! wow, now i’m really excited for this :D

  • July 8, 2011 at 3:12 amOslo

    http://randomc.net/image/Mawaru%20Penguindrum/Mawaru%20Penguindrum%20-%20ED%20-%20Large%2002.jpg

    I guess the girl with blue hair and the girl with red hair are supposed to be the brothers turned into girls. Could have plot relevance later.

    • July 8, 2011 at 3:44 amJunk

      Hadn’t thought of a gender-bender but that door is open with Ikuhara.

      I had thought they might be referring to some variation of the classical three Fates.

      • July 9, 2011 at 1:54 amSpoilerMaker

        Hadn’t thought of a gender-bender but that door is open with Ikuhara.
        Did you mean a show by mentally retarded for mentally retarded ?

    • July 8, 2011 at 6:45 pmObsidianTK

      I’m not 100% sure on that — those two girls were also the mascot characters on the train: http://randomc.net/image/Mawaru%20Penguindrum/Mawaru%20Penguindrum%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2010.jpg

    • July 9, 2011 at 11:10 amAlhazred23

      Both the twins and the mascot girls are probably references to the extremely common Red Oni, Blue Oni trope, and thus it might just be a coincidence or an intended allusion with no plot significance.

  • July 8, 2011 at 3:13 amsatsuki

    I think you meant Hoshino Lily not Hishino. Well overall confusing but intersting show.

  • July 8, 2011 at 3:19 amKiiragi

    Dark comedy is pretty rare to see in anime, and this one was ridiculously entertaining. The penguins were awesome, and the splash of darkness by adding incest to the picture was, although controversial (I’m curious to see how far they take this), probably needed for 24 episodes of conflict. I’m usually not a fan of two bishies (with one being emotional, the other being realistic) fighting over a girl, and now they’re stuck into a twin brother vs sister relationship? I like it because it’s new to me, but I’m hoping they don’t focus too much on that.
    Ikuhara definitely knows his storytelling though.

    • July 9, 2011 at 7:30 pmLuxorcist

      Yay you’re still going to hang around?

      • July 9, 2011 at 7:33 pmKiiragi

        Somewhat.

  • July 8, 2011 at 3:52 amCroos

    I think this first episode is a bit confusing to be honest. And because this anime is confusing I’m going to put it on my watch list this season

  • July 8, 2011 at 4:13 amSpoilerMaker

    Probably they used the same trick as in previous shows of same kind – they tried to attract attention of the audience from the first episode, meaning that the rest of the show may appear to be a total failure (zero art value, everything is put into scandalous efforts to attract the audience and earn money by that). Such trick is popular in industry, when everything is put into advertising some useless product just to form a market for it (the advertisement will be followed by a decline of the popularity of the product, but no one cases about anything but the money). It is a valid and possible explanation why it looks “confusing”. The next few episodes are going to show if my guess is right.

  • July 8, 2011 at 5:37 amYaltin

    I thought the word “bliss” for shiawase wasn’t really fitting. They had the bare minimum, their family was together.

    • July 8, 2011 at 5:50 pmHrmmm

      You don’t necessarily have to have anything more than the bare minimum to achieve bliss.

      • July 8, 2011 at 10:36 pmYaltin

        It’s defined as “serene happiness” or “ecstasy” in the dictionary.

      • July 8, 2011 at 10:37 pmYaltin

        Whoops, I mean “extreme happiness.” But that’s my point, this isn’t extreme. :(

    • July 13, 2011 at 8:57 amHotaruzuki

      Its not “extreme”, but she sees even ordinary things as extraordinary. That’s why they have that comment later in the episode, “She was the sort of girl who thinks eating breakfast with her family is bliss!”

      The word choice is an indicator of her character.

  • July 8, 2011 at 5:58 amKurofaise

    This episode had me utterly hooked. The colours, characters, bizarre story, art style, transitions and the randomness. Best of the season so far based on the first episode.

    I actually never noticed the kiss at the end and it’s a little bit off putting imo but I shall look past that since it’s not his sister in her body when they kissed.

  • July 8, 2011 at 7:14 amWoodstone

    Maybe I’m just a fan of surreal anime and am biased, but everything was done right with this first episode. A few folks have said that this anime is confusing, but I thought the plot was fairly straightforward aside from the abstract and bombastic visuals here and there. Anyway, I am in high anticipation for the next episode. This is going to be great.

  • July 8, 2011 at 8:14 amricz

    I hate the last scene
    I vote shouma for her

    • July 9, 2011 at 5:53 pmbriex

      Lol. We already have a shipper here.

      • July 9, 2011 at 6:50 pmricz

        I don’t really know what’s that means(I’m not good at English afterall) :p
        The decider will be the episode 2(If I’m gonna drop it or not)
        But 80% of it ..I’ll follow this series

      • July 9, 2011 at 7:00 pmricz

        Okay now I know what’s that means :p
        Well almost all(of course not all)
        Always has love story on it.. so I’m making my list now(My match making list):p
        Oh well…Overall I like this anime

      • July 9, 2011 at 7:05 pmbriex

        I mean we just got into the first episode and we already have someone(you) pairing up “this” character with “that” character. As for the meaning of shipping/shipper, well…just read this.

      • July 10, 2011 at 5:19 amricz

        I mean… I love shouma more to be with himari rather than her chickboy looking brother :p
        and if it WILL end on an bro X sis “love story”.. I really prefer kyouma to himari

  • July 8, 2011 at 12:10 pmchiyoko

    the apple kids (the ones in the beginning) were mentioning campanella as well, which got me thinking that this would be something of a journey to the weird beyonds near afterlife and then a Night on the Galactic Railroad type ending.

  • July 8, 2011 at 4:04 pmValerie

    The art/design seems to be decent, which I like. Adding in penguins just made me most likely to watch this anime, but it is a slice of life anime and I tend to find slice of life animes to be pretty boring. I guess I’ll just have to see what else this anime has to offer.

  • July 8, 2011 at 4:09 pmSekai

    Weird first episode, but its definitely got me hooked…if only for the epic penguins!

    Though with the bgm playing during Himari’s transformation sequence I nearly thought the episode had already ended!

  • July 8, 2011 at 4:57 pmVii

    All I can say is:
    This looks awesome.

  • July 8, 2011 at 7:24 pmMM

    I like the references from other shows the director made. I cant believe this series is going to be 24 episodes long and so far a lot of drama is happening. Either way, i think im a bit more interested on what the other roles the other characters have and the whole brother sister thing.

    Side note: <3 the penguins.

  • July 8, 2011 at 7:45 pmMrMartini

    I can’t get what I should be feeling yet. Is this like Madoka where the story is darker because everything is so cute, or is it so cute to counteract against the dark elements? Either way, I’m very interested.

  • July 8, 2011 at 8:14 pmXin

    That was absolutely amazing!

    Despite the uppity visual spectacle of the second half its looking like it will be a deeper/darker plot involved as well. Looking forward to where it all leads!

  • July 9, 2011 at 12:30 amprejsu

    It’s somehow sick and somehow twisted but I have a feeling that I’m so gonna enjoy this. Can’t wait till next week

  • July 9, 2011 at 12:52 amMoo

    Oh dear God, Hoshino Lily? No wonder I kept thinking of her…
    I must take a look.

  • July 9, 2011 at 1:04 amsoulassassin547

    This show is the BOMB. :D

  • July 9, 2011 at 3:00 amSpoilerMaker

    This show has a great potential for becoming my #1 target for bashing (it and its fans) this season, because there is something sick in it from the very beginning, and sick things attract sick and miserable people (this category of people, their misery and why i like to do it was already mentioned).

    • July 9, 2011 at 4:19 amDivine

      Keep in mind that if you plan to do that here, I’m just going to mark all your comments as spam.

      • July 9, 2011 at 5:03 amSpoilerMaker

        That would just mean other, more subtle ways to do it – like I mentioned earlier, I know about the ways “the food is made” – and like that Ikuhara uses subtle ways to drag incest, homosexualism, pervetness, sick ideas to go past censorship, I may employ the very same or even better tactics to do whatever I like, be it one account or another, be it this place or another. The place doesn’t matter. About the possibility that the comments are going to be deleted, it is very likely, but it will (with high probability) result also in some noticeable amount of THE PERSONAL HOPE lost from your side, in long term perspective. If you like, you may just go ahead and test it, and it would benefit me with some statistical data about how frequently it is possible to do such a trick, and the general odds of the “success”, based on the other places as well.
        Honestly I don’t understand people who don’t understand the that some food you consume is poisoned, that some things you like to watch destroy your soul – that’s the reason for bashing the consumers of such dirt. And no matter how many times they get their attention drawn at such fact, they keep doing it.

      • July 9, 2011 at 5:54 amSpoilerMaker

        As an alternate solution, you may just blog (read “promote”, because due to its popularity your “blog” by this time can be compared to normal means of mass media) another show which doesn’t contains elements of massive, but subtle incest, homosexuality, degradation of family values, pervertness and so on. If it went past formal censorship, and moreover it is targeted at large masses of the growing generation, it doesn’t mean that I don’t see what it actually contains.

      • July 9, 2011 at 5:54 amSpoilerMaker

        May just blob another show, i meant.

      • July 9, 2011 at 11:55 amKurisu Vi Britannia

        I feel as if the above person needs to get a life and i’m not talking about Divine.

        Theres loads of other animes that employ the same things in their stories in a much larger scale.

        Obvious troll is obvious.

      • July 9, 2011 at 12:07 pmSpoilerMaker

        In a few months I will sure get a life, bot not yet. For now, just imagine, how the happiness will be wonderfully synchronized when I finally get a life and you will be happy that I left ;-)

      • July 9, 2011 at 12:25 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

        Are you sure you can burden that hatred?! Damocles and Lelouch weren’t sufficient.

        The circle of hate continues…

      • July 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm名前なし

        @Divine

        I apologize for my brash comment earlier.
        It pains me to see such negative and narrow minded people undermine the work that you, Takaii, Prooof, Kiiragi, and Guardian Enzo have put into this site. I am grateful for the time you all put in, and also to all of my fellow readers, who have come together in a place where we can discuss and comment on the things we are passionate about.

      • July 9, 2011 at 12:44 pmSpoilerMaker

        You might need to read some of my previous comments in other topics. The reasons for hate may vary, the people may get angry and even attack uncontrollably if you touch their internal insecurities and the hatred accumulated because they lie to themselves and calm themselves with other lies. Deep in their souls there is a great hatred, dirt which can be easily revealed. And it is the vicious circle, they already have that hatred which I like to expose for fun – everything is about a certain category of people who I mentioned, who also happen to be the consumers of any mass-produced junk – their souls are burned to the depth, they have hardly any sense of the beautiful, they have lost their ability to think or rationalize, they follow any stupid flashy advertisement they see, they uselessly burn their lives out leaving only the dirt inside. How come I may be the actual reason for their hatred ? I only reveal it for those who are still able to see, the actual circle of hatred within the flock of sheep. In earlier comments I also mentioned MLM gatherings – it is a good example to see them “in the wild”, not some abstract people over Internet – and to see everything what I’m talking about for real.

      • July 9, 2011 at 1:10 pmP0NCH

        @SpoilerMaker

        “You might need to read some of my previous comments in other topics. The reasons for hate may vary, the people may get angry and even attack uncontrollably if you touch their internal insecurities and the hatred accumulated because they lie to themselves and calm themselves with other lies. Deep in their souls there is a great hatred, dirt which can be easily revealed. And it is the vicious circle, they already have that hatred which I like to expose for fun – everything is about a certain category of people who I mentioned, who also happen to be the consumers of any mass-produced junk – their souls are burned to the depth, they have hardly any sense of the beautiful, they have lost their ability to think or rationalize, they follow any stupid flashy advertisement they see, they uselessly burn their lives out leaving only the dirt inside. How come I may be the actual reason for their hatred ? I only reveal it for those who are still able to see, the actual circle of hatred within the flock of sheep. In earlier comments I also mentioned MLM gatherings – it is a good example to see them “in the wild”, not some abstract people over Internet – and to see everything what I’m talking about for real.”

        Really now? Not only are your arguments complete hogwash, they are logically invalid and unsound. I count at least 5 in there.
        How you seek enjoyment from being a vindictive, self righteous prick, I find extremely difficult to understand.
        Clearly you have some insecurities yourself, although you probably don’t need anyone to tell you that. It’s pretty obvious based on all your previous comments.

      • July 9, 2011 at 1:33 pmSpoilerMaker

        I’m honest to myself, and I do know about my own insecurities, but it doesn’t prevent me from having fun in such a way. If you find some mistakes let me know, because there is a chance I’m not paying enough attention because of splitting between this and my work – if there indeed had been some mistakes, next time I would take that into account.

      • July 9, 2011 at 3:14 pmDivine

        @SpoilerMaker:

        I hope you realize that you basically just admitted you purposely try to troll people on the Internet. That’s more than enough reason for me to mark all your comments as spam from now on, or just ban you from the site altogether.

      • July 12, 2011 at 10:42 pmZaku Fan

        The problem with this guy (spoilermaker) is obvious from his lack of knowledge when posting in C. He wants to think himself as intelligent and/or knowledgable but fails when actually forced to give numbers and facts.

        This is a failure to differentiate between the ability to conduct introspection and actual intelligence. Both are important. Lack of one results in people like spoilermaker.

    • July 9, 2011 at 10:46 amjames

      Jeeze, what a whiner. Yeah, incest is wierd, but it’s a story. Get over it. Are you sheltered, or do you just love to preach when it clearly isn’t needed / wanted?

      • July 10, 2011 at 12:59 amVoodon’t

        He’s sheltered. I mean, he compared homosexuality to incest. The irony is that he’s probably an inbred Southerner who lives out of a basement. He’s male, probably not white, just so used to the white trash redneck culture around him that he thinks of himself as white. He was born in America, and he’s probably lived in the same nook of the same state for his entire life. He would wear a Confederate flag on his volkeswagen (he doesn’t own a truck) if he wasn’t afraid of what people from out of state would think.

    • July 9, 2011 at 10:58 amjames

      Also, why are you wasting time here if you don’t like the anime? Do you really have nothing else to do? Go outside and get some sun dude. You’re coming off as such a loser right now

      • July 9, 2011 at 11:07 amSpoilerMaker

        I just don’t like certain shows and certain people, and I have to work most of the time for the next few months for now, which means that I have not enough time to go out and get some sun for a long time and I just relax by mocking the misery of people during the short breaks.

      • July 9, 2011 at 1:13 pmjames

        That’s funny, because you seem to be the only one that’s taking what one chooses to watch so seriously. People may not like how you act to a certain extent, but truthfully none of us actually care if you like it or not. We will do as we please.

        What’s most likely going to happen is you’re going to repeat what you’re doing now, but eventually people will just get bored of you, and that’ll be that. Is it really worth being a dick just for a little bit of internet attention? I may be being serious with you now, but the moment I post this, I’m going to be thinking about more important things. Why not focus your attention on more important things as well?

        If you want animation with nothing preverse, you might as well watch PBS. Anime can be as wacky and goofy as it wants to be. I know misery likes company, but when it comes down to it, you’re not going to bring anyone down with you ;)

      • July 9, 2011 at 1:28 pmSpoilerMaker

        My misery is in having to seek the stress relief in such a way, and I do admit it, but bringing anyone down with me at the present moment is not my purpose, as my “misery” is different from the misery of the aforementioned people and presently they most likely will not follow such a way, however some time later it may happen, if someone reads everything carefully and tries to use the same way to ease his or her own stress, but it not going to happen any time soon.

      • July 10, 2011 at 2:26 amjames

        By the way, your arguments up above about all this complaining about advertisement and mass production (of an anime? I don’t get it…haha) just seem like a bunch of baloney to me.

        What exactly do you not like about this particular anime, or actually, just this episode. Your comments are really vague, and sound really contrived; as if you aren’t analyzing anything at all. If you have a problem with risque concepts in an anime, I guess I understand. But that’s just you being intolerant to things you aren’t exposed to very often, I’m guessing. It’s not like we all have experienced incest (lulz), it’s that we’re being open minded about it. Maybe that’s just it. You’re close minded. You’re close minded and you’re also confident in yourself. So confident in yourself that you can’t even grasp the simple concept of having differences in opinion. I can like something, while you dislike it. It’s an anime…I don’t need to have some moral standpoint about it. I either like it or I don’t. There are different places for that “right / wrong” stuff, and animated TV series…isn’t really one of them.

        I get it, it makes you feel good to place yourself above others by talking down to them. Okay, okay, you watch waaay better shows than us, and we’re all mindless sheep (not a cliche phrase at all), I admit it okay? You’re such an intellectual, so go do something with that intellect rather than wasting your time on us “sheep”

    • July 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm名前なし

      At the risk of feeding the troll, I wanted to leave a simple comment.

      @SpoilerMaker

      I don’t presume to know your situation with “work”, (nor do I care to be perfectly honest) but I must say that your inherent need to criticize and berate fellow commenters and topics of this site is insidious and pitiful.
      While you as an individual are entitled allowed to exercise free speech over the internet, to use this in such a vain and egoistic manner is unsightly. The fictional and subtle incestuous undertones of this show may give you the urge to vomit, yet reading comments such as this “I just relax by mocking the misery of people during the short breaks.” is simply revolting and far more disgusting than anything that could possibly be extruded from the darkest recesses of your bowels.
      Now that pleasantries are out of the way, I leave with some final words of advice. I would suggest you take your take your opinions elsewhere; not for your disagreements, but for your discourteous and unpleasant demeanor.
      Quite frankly, you come off as a Show Spoiler ▼

      I will not give you any further satisfaction buy comment or retorting, for everything that has been said should be rather apparent.
      -Good day

      • July 9, 2011 at 1:42 pmSora no Kaze

        No offense, he comes off more like a person attempting to act all high and mighty and actually isn’t since he’s using the internet to do so. A fail troll in other words who seeks attention. And I could say that he’s just as miserable as he claims others to be. Someone who wasn’t popular I could say. Look, I can somewhat agree with the fact that there are people who don’t think about the greater message of shows or just watch things without trying to figure out the message themselves. Heck I have a friend like that, but by no means should you flaunt the fact that you’re may be “better” person then others. Cause there always someone better out there.

        Rather then bashing, shouldn’t you attempt to put an insightful comment instead. Explaining why you don’t like certain parts of the show.

      • July 9, 2011 at 2:08 pmSpoilerMaker

        @Sora no Kaze
        ok, here are some of the moments I dislike:
        characters stolen from other shows – look at show “Nana”, you will notice the similarities. “Nana” was somewhat a popular character, and the makers of this show probably decided to use it. There are some other characters as well. Similarities are apparent.
        homosexuality which is actively advertised – i already mentioned that, it was described in some negative reviews of the previous shows made by Ikuhara.
        incest – same, it was already mentioned, and now he does it in the very same way as in previous shows
        numerous scenes of various perverted behavior with leaving parts of them behind the scene, this way they went past censorship (but such behavior is strongly hinted to)
        usage of the image of “heroes” which are just walking empty shells without their abilities and don’t create anything, just show off – I’m not sure about this from the very first episode, but I see it coming – this stupid trick used to lure the dreams of non-productive audience (they associate themselves with the characters, it was described in my comments about Star Driver)
        and many other moments which still need some more episodes to be fully confirmed.

        And I do not act mightly, everything is just about revealing the misery of the specific category of people. Compared to them many people may appear as “mighty”, but only in such comparison.

      • July 10, 2011 at 2:45 amGUNUDOWN

        SpoilerMaker is a psychopath, not a troll. A troll says things he doesn’t believe. SpoilerMaker believes what he says about homosexuality.

    • July 13, 2011 at 7:49 amOdeus

      So do you plan on watching this series, or is our time being wasted reading your massive text walls?

  • July 9, 2011 at 3:05 amSpoilerMaker

    Hen Zemi TV had a greater potential of being the most sick show of the year, but it wasn’t blogged here and I couldn’t watch more than a few episodes of it without a strong urge to vomit.

    • July 9, 2011 at 5:46 amGhostalker

      I can’t imagine a person vomiting just from watching an anime. In any case you should write this in the RC’s Blogging schedule, I think it’s the more appropriate place.

  • July 9, 2011 at 4:38 amAozora

    Fantasy, mystery AND penguins! :) What great premises for a show. My top 1 choice of the season!

  • July 9, 2011 at 6:29 amI have no nam

    INice allusion to Snow White in the OP sequence………It already gives a connotation of a beautiful girl dying…… and coming back to life.

  • July 9, 2011 at 6:31 amI have no nam

    I wonder who’s gonna be the wicked witch……….time to speculate.

  • July 9, 2011 at 7:30 amGhostalker

    A MAL user recommend this series to me, then sub-groups drop some other show for this one, then Divine seems to be really hooked on this…

    I guess this series is really worth checking out then.

    • July 9, 2011 at 7:45 amSpoilerMaker

      It was given a proper advertisement and was made in a way to appeal to greater audience using the images which are attractive for them. Think of it as a food which tastes good only because of different additives added, and the auditorium is not so picky – they eat whatever comes in advertisement regardless of the actual effects on their health. But in fact, at least in the first episode it is packed with the aforementioned dirt, which reflect the personality defects of the makers of the show. That is what Ikuhara would do. It is sad to see people “eating” any junk they are fed with.

      • July 9, 2011 at 7:53 amGhostalker

        I don’t know why you need to reiterate a basic knowledge about advertising. I’m a nurse you know, if watching this kind of anime makes you vomit then I recommend you see a doctor, vomiting is not a disease per se, but a symptom of an underlying condition.

      • July 9, 2011 at 8:20 amSpoilerMaker

        Not this, just others. And vomiting is just a result of having to work too much, it is not good for my health, but I still have to work a few months like that. And I did consult with the doctor, the only thing I need is some more rest, which I can’t have for now. But the facts I mentioned about similar shows are still valid. I mentioned them earlier in other places and gathered some information about it all – just enough to make conclusions. Also using my knowledge to mess around a bit with the “consumers of the junk food” gives some stress relief and distraction from the work.

      • July 9, 2011 at 8:46 amGhostalker

        I see…

        While it may help alleviate your symptoms, this doesn’t mean you have the right to spoil others fun right? If anything, this could lead you more stress, wanting more may be a part of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

        Anyways you are free to spam if you like doing it, but change the topic. Telling a thing or two about advertising? Then I’ll tell you something interesting about advertising…

        “A business without a sign is a sign of no business”

        At least they are advertising their products, its a sign of activity, a sign of growth, something an ailing economy will ever want.

        Anyways, this post is already off topic with what my original post entails. This is my last post for this thread.

      • July 9, 2011 at 9:07 amSpoilerMaker

        Obsessive-compulsive syndrome as it mentioned assumes some dependency. For now I don’t feel any dependency, and it just works right to relieve the stress (it actually provides a distraction, and lowers it), neither i want more of it, I just make short brakes while thinking what to do next and also provide myself with a little distraction. If I could, I would just go somewhere for a few days to relax and forget about everything Internet-related, like I did when I had the time for it. As about the fun of others, what kind of fun is that eating junk food and watching junk shows ? That is misery, not fun.
        “Something interesting” you wanted to tell is not something true. Advertisement of alcohol, advertisement of tobacco products cost many times more when expressed in harm they inflict, in the form of healthcare and other expenses. Same thing goes to other similar products. The makers of the junk fast food spend 1$ to the components and 10$ on advertisement. The makers of the healthy food spend 10$ on the components and 1$ on the advertisement. But most of the stupid public go and eat that harmful for their health fast food – because it is popular, and the makers of the healthy food suffer, while providing better benefit in quality and in terms of the common good. Same goes for the shows – many dumb consumers tend to watch something harmful to the culture but popular, without any side thoughts about its overall, cultural or art value.

      • July 10, 2011 at 2:44 amjames

        who are you to say what’s junk and what isn’t? I don’t know, but is mawaru penguindrum really that over-advertised for how much work was put into it? I’d say a lot of work was put into it, so that junk food comparison doesn’t really speak to me at all. Once again, bringing up your complaint about risque subjects…why is it that as soon as something is preverse, it isn’t “art” anymore. Last time I checked, art doesn’t have any rules, as long as you are being true to what you want to create. When I watched this, the first thing on my mind wasn’t : “Oh, this looks like something everybody would like!” but rather “this is different from the rest of the animes that are out right now, I’m interested.” I think you’re misinterpreting the anime because you’re just intolerant. If this anime was geared towards the masses, I”m pretty sure the opening and ending sequence songs would have been some run of the mill idol pop song. But it wasn’t…the ending sequence song was actually done by a relatively unknown shoegaze band that I just so happen to know. But I doubt MOST anime viewers would know them, or even enjoy their music for that matter. So how does that support your theory about drawing attention from mindless anime viewers….?

    • July 10, 2011 at 12:25 amMedStudent

      @Ghostalker, people who are obsessive-compulsive don’t get relief from acting out their compulsions. What SpoilerMaker describes is much more like psychopathy than OCD. Getting enjoyment from others’ unhappiness and the unplanned, impulsive behavior is psychopathic.

    • July 10, 2011 at 3:23 amCroos

      Just ignore SpoilerMaker. From the looks of it, he is just taking pleasure from peoples reaction.
      I pity him though.(Poor Guy)

  • July 9, 2011 at 8:06 amInori

    Revolunary? Wha-?

  • July 9, 2011 at 9:36 amargus88

    At the moment, I have little idea of what is going on or how the future episodes will unfold. Still, it is interesting enough that I’ll probably go along for the ride.

  • July 9, 2011 at 10:44 amjames

    Woah! No wonder I thought it was funny that the Ending sequence sounded a little familiar. The fact that they used a japanese shoegaze band for the ED makes this anime a bit more appealing! haha

  • July 9, 2011 at 10:45 amOdeus

    WoW this show was strange. I think I’ll keep watching it. And was that guy kissing his sister eww.

  • July 9, 2011 at 12:05 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

    Just finished watching this, I thought i’d give it a try due to its connections to Sailor Moon which I used to watch alot in my childhood on TV but never got round to fully watching it all past the first 2-3 series.

    It was interesting to say the least. When she first transforms it’s kinda awkward and felt out of place. The part where the brother suddenly says “It’s the hat” was kinda random imo and felt forced.

    Anyhow, i’ll defo be watching this just to see where it goes, i’ll let it get through to the part where the majority of the characters and their powers are introduced to decide whether i’m going to keep watching it though.

  • July 9, 2011 at 4:37 pmKevin

    I’m sold.

  • July 9, 2011 at 6:51 pmbriex

    Wow I’m hooked after watching this. I don’t suspect this show to be this interesting. Also this show has this “dangerous” feel because of that last scene. Let’s just hope Ikuhara knows what he’s doing.
    Anyway, I hope Shouma’s kind of love for Himari is a different one from Kanba since I saw a possible love interest for Shouma.

  • July 9, 2011 at 7:44 pmLuxorcist

    I almost thought the last picture was a reference to Menma in Anohana, but I guess frills and blue ribbons isn’t enough to say for sure.

  • July 9, 2011 at 10:11 pmZaku Fan

    Very interesting first episode. Where it will go is anyone’s guess. So far this looks the most interesting first episode this season.

  • July 10, 2011 at 1:05 amSingerOfW

    Actually, Ringo is not the name of possessed Himari, it’s the name of that girl from the middle of the episode:
    http://penguindrum.jp/character/
    Pretty confusing to read the post because of that.

    • July 10, 2011 at 4:34 amDivine

      Hmm, I originally thought she was the other Himari since I saw her in the episode credits and it was mentioned that Ringo is just as important of a character as Himari herself, but overlooked the school girl who had some lines. Thanks for the correction. Post has been edited. My apologies for any misunderstandings.

    • July 10, 2011 at 5:12 amCroos

      And Here i thought the Apple from the PV was just a deep thought(aka word play). I guess we still need to find out what it really means.

  • July 10, 2011 at 10:39 amewok40k

    amount of the WTF? factor nearing Madoka levels… definitely must-watch for me this season…

  • July 10, 2011 at 10:50 ammac65

    Okay, I have no clue what’s going on – BUT I LOVE IT!

  • July 10, 2011 at 12:26 pmgartarbelt

    I really want that penguin hat D:

  • July 10, 2011 at 2:42 pmAxel

    Not entirely sure what’s with the hat and the Gundam Teddy Bears and the penguins and the hint of incest…

    But holy hell did it look amazing and get me all excited that it’ll be a full 24 episodes. Ikuhara has out done himself I believe and pairing up with Hoshino Lily for character designs was a brilliant move as well. The vibrancy of the colors and the way the crowds of people and that one male student were out of focus or never really shown… Totally reminded me of Revolutionary Girl Utena. It’s that same surreal psychological mind bender feel that kinda confuses you but in a good way. I love these kinds of shows that actually make you think a little bit and pay attention to the small details because each one has some significance, even if you don’t get it right away eventually you’ll think back and be like, holy crud THAT’S what it is was about. Ah jeez… I can see I’ll be rewatching this series a few times even after it’s done.

  • July 10, 2011 at 2:44 pmkamishiro

    Kanba didn’t looked like he had romantic feelings for Himari of course it’s just the 1 episode but i’m guessing that when Himari was posseded , she did something to him in this scene here :

    http://randomc.net/image/Mawaru%20Penguindrum/Mawaru%20Penguindrum%20-%2001%20-%2034.jpg

  • July 10, 2011 at 3:46 pmSanaki

    The animation quality is amazing!!! I hope Brain’s Base keeps this level of quality for the Durarara Second Season (if it ever happens)

  • July 11, 2011 at 3:08 amMercenaryX10A

    Certainly is written Mawaru PenguindoraMU, but Mawaru is “turn around” and if we turn ム to マ we have a Penguin DoraMA, or, in english, Penguin Drama…

    just a little more to think…

    • July 11, 2011 at 3:46 amShirt

      How do you people figure this stuff out? D;

  • July 12, 2011 at 7:33 amDknight

    hey Divine, how about doing it this way, mark all posts spam that reply to spoilermakers troll bating posts and no one will bother to respond to that guy, resulting in people just ignoring him

    I mean really his dumb posts are tl:dr walls of text anyway

    • July 12, 2011 at 4:35 pmDivine

      That would unfairly flag those peoples’ future comments as spam too.

  • July 12, 2011 at 11:28 pmstuff

    The demographic of anime viewers in Japan, are varied. The demographic of foreigners who watch anime, outside of Japan, are overwhelmingly, geeks and nerds. And truthfully, geeks and nerds, are socially awkward, narrow-minded and in general, skewed in their tastes and preferences.

    Most people who watch television regularly, have the attention span of a 10-year old. They don’t care about incest, all they care about is transforming magic girls and penguins. They probably already forgot about the kiss scene after watching this anime, and just thought, “Im going to watch this next week cause it was cool…” If you don’t think the same way, quite frankly, animation studios don’t care, cause they’re out to make money, not to appease some guy on the internet, who has strict moral values, but watches free anime, and doesn’t pay a single penny to the studios.

    The industry doesn’t care, and sadly, on the internet, people don’t realize, they don’t belong. There is nothing sadder, than someone who doesn’t belong to the majority, insist about their individuality. This bubble mentality, is why people become failures in life later on, because they can’t deal with reality, and the majority of the world.

  • July 25, 2011 at 12:45 amDeathfire

    Am I the only one who completely despises this show? Just from what I’ve gotten from this show it’s really boring, self-absorbed, and pointless. The main characters are pretty typical shoujo, and the art is too utena for me. This just seems to me like its trying to be utena remade in certain aspects probably having every male character fall in love with Himari for no apparent reason. The only reason I remotely enjoyed the second episode was because Ringo wasn’t such a bad character compared to the rest presented in this series. Please, explain the appeal, I honestly DO want to enjoy this series but its hard for me to.

  • August 27, 2011 at 6:02 pmRuby

    That kiss in the end is revolting. I hate how animes play with sibling love. Its just plain disgusting and for that I’m not gonna watch this show

  • August 27, 2011 at 7:16 pmroro

    hahaha suit yourself