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Shirokuma Café – 22

「営業ペンギン/ペンギンさんのピクニック」 (Eigyō Pengin/Pengin-san no Pikunikku)
“Sales Penguin/Mr. Penguin’s Picnic”

Penguin fans who watched this week’s episode had a field day! Along with being unique in making fun of the similarities between different penguin types, the episode (at least for the first part) continued to be lightly informative on the species of penguins. It’s hard not to be sympathetic to the other penguins (and especially Penguin-san himself) when people lack the ability to tell between their own kind. It’s kind of like when people can’t tell the difference between people of a certain region, even though it’s an easy task for most(?) natives themselves.

That wasn’t the only subtle social commentary that was in this episode though. The show made a quick jab at how selling ‘voting’ cards along with merchandise doesn’t actually make sense, perhaps as a response to the various idol groups and their managers who pull off these sorts of stunts. Also, although this may be a bit of a stretch, but the show may have also poked fun at how Valentine’s Day came to be popular in Japan: effective marketing of a chocolate company that chocolate = Valentine’s Day. However, when applied to a different context, it seems that even Sasako-san isn’t nice enough to take them up on a pack of Penguin cards.

But the most interesting part of this episode was Penguin-san going on a seven (or is it eight?) person date. If this setting was placed in a fanservice-type anime where the characters were human and moe, this wouldn’t seem (as much) as a ridiculous gimmick. Thanks to the animal setting, it’s easier to see how ridiculous an actual harem would be. It may be seven (or eight, too lazy) people who look exactly alike, but the fact that all of them are willing to date Penguin-san at once is…ridiculous and also hilarious. The fact that they put up with him still is amazing, but it adds a comedic element that you just can’t easily replicate outside of this anime!

Like I’ve said before: I enjoy this anime the most when Panda-san isn’t at the center of attention, as well as when it takes advantage of its unique humor it has to offer. There may be only 4 episodes to go, so let’s see what this continually improving anime has to offer us next!



August 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm
  • August 30, 2012 at 5:42 pmNitro

    i thought i was warming up to panda in the recent episodes, up until the previous one and this one. panda’s out in full force being kind of a huge insensitive dick. doesn’t help that every character that i can sympathise with just exists to be picked on (penguin and handa, mainly). sigh!

  • August 31, 2012 at 12:10 ampaiser

    4 episode more left? really? this anime is supposedly a hit in japan with kids…
    pretty sure it’s going to extend with another season

    • August 31, 2012 at 3:57 amNitro

      wan’t this anime supposed to be oriented towards kids in the first place?

      • August 31, 2012 at 11:11 pmpaiser

        well… Im pointing out its a success in Japan. With Kids in Japan. Is this clear enough for you???????

      • September 1, 2012 at 4:10 amMelina

        The manga is actually serialized in Flowers which is Josei magazine.

        I wonder why the anime seems to have been degraded into a kids show?

  • August 31, 2012 at 6:38 amyin13147

    Hehehe, poor Penguin-san. Why can’t the seven Penkos get the fact that it’s so difficult to tell them apart? Yes, I know it’s rude when someone thinks you’re someone else repeatedly, but in Penguin-san’s case, it’s understandable. Well, it makes it even funnier. And yes, Panda’s still being an irritable jerk. I agree.

  • August 31, 2012 at 7:50 pmKentaiyoshimi

    The Bachelor: Penguin Edition.
    It makes you wonder how all the Penkos can tell each other apart.

  • September 2, 2012 at 8:49 amShalaKairos

    I’m going to miss this show!!

  • September 2, 2012 at 5:04 pmrandom viewer

    Penguin decoration!! LOL
    At times I think Penguin-san is lucky, but at other times I just think his harem is toom much for him to handle. Ouch!