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Mawaru Penguindrum – 24 (END)

「愛してる」 (Aishiteru)
“I Love You”

If you’ve come here looking for answers to Mawaru Penguindrum’s ending, I’m afraid I don’t have them. The best I can offer is my interpretation of it, which is a bunch of fragmented ideas that revolve around the theme of neglected children and fighting fate.

Update: This isn’t official, but this 2chan chart illustrates one interpretation of how the “fruit of fate” was shared between the Takakuras. It suggests that Himari’s portion “rotted” after the Sarin gas attack.

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December 23, 2011 at 1:02 am Comments (178)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 23

「運命の至る場所」 (Unmei no Itaru Basho)
“The Place Where Fate Leads”

Well, it looks like Ikuhara’s intent on keeping me guessing until the very end, as I have even less of an idea on how Mawaru Penguindrum will conclude after watching this episode. And here I thought this precursor to the finale would confirm my suspicions that Momoka’s diary would transfer everyone’s fate to a better one. Instead, it took that idea and completely derailed it.

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December 16, 2011 at 2:52 am Comments (65)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 22

「美しい棺」 (Utsukushii Hitsugi)
“Beautiful Coffin”

When I stop for a moment and look back on how Mawaru Penguindrum started and where it is now, I can’t even confidently say I can succinctly sum up the plot off the top of my head. A lot has happened in terms of characterization and conveying a deeper message, and only now has the series started to address the underlying plot in a way that should make sense to all viewers.

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December 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm Comments (62)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 21

「僕たちが選ぶ運命のドア」 (Bokutachi ga Erabu Unmei no Doa)
“The Door of Fate We Choose”

For once, an episode of Mawaru Penguindrum felt like it answered more questions than it presented.

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December 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm Comments (84)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 20

「選んでくれてありがとう」 (Erande Kurete Arigatou)
“Thank You For Choosing Me”

If this latest episode was any indication, it’s looking more and more like Mawaru Penguindrum intends to keep the Child Broiler as a figurative representation, leaving its significance open to interpretation.

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November 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm Comments (60)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 19

「私の運命の人」 (Watashi no Unmei no Hito)
“My Soulmate”

Well, it’s starting to look like all the stuff about Kanba being the ladies’ man was a bit of a red herring, because it turns out the actual person snagging all the girls is Shouma. Ringo may have been an inadvertent catch, but that doesn’t appear to be the case with Himari.

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November 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm Comments (80)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 18

「だから私のためにいてほしい」 (Dakara Watashi no Tame ni Ite Hoshii)
“That’s Why I Want You There For Me”

The more I watch Mawaru Penguindrum, the more I wonder if the goal of this series is to illustrate the traumatic effects that bad and twisted parenting can have on children. This week, the story delves into Keiju’s past just like I had hoped, where we find out that he too had a terrible childhood because of his mother (Hisakawa Aya).

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November 11, 2011 at 12:50 am Comments (68)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 17

「許されざる者」 (Yurusarezaru Mono)
“Unforgiven Ones”

At first glance, this was the most straightforward and unambiguous episode in recent weeks. However, a closer look at some of the implications reveals that we’re really no closer to understanding what’s going on than we started.

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November 4, 2011 at 12:55 am Comments (86)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 16

「死なない男」 (Shinanai Otoko)
“The Man who Won’t Die”

Rock Over Japan! It feels like ages since I heard that song (nine episodes in fact). It’s just too bad this episode didn’t confirm or deny my interpretation of what happened to Yuri. Instead, it raised some new questions, the biggest of which was, “What the heck did I just watch?”

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October 29, 2011 at 1:00 am Comments (80)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 15

「世界を救う者」 (Sekai wo Sukuu Mono)
“The Savior of the World”

There’s little question that Ikuhara Kunihiko has a unique direction with anime, but I don’t even want to know what goes on in that head of his given the twisted developments in Mawaru Penguindrum as of late.

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October 21, 2011 at 4:58 am Comments (119)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 14

「嘘つき姫」 (Usotsuki Hime)
“False Princess”

Isn’t it about time they rename this series “Momoka Penguindrum”? It seems like just about everyone is hung up about Ringo’s deceased sister and every subsequent person has it progressively worse than the last.

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October 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm Comments (100)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 13

「僕と君の罪と罰」 (Boku to Kimi no Tsumi to Batsu)
“Our Crime and Punishment”

Hmm, it sounds like someone wants to try and fight against the Attractor Field in Mawaru Penguindrum. Evidently, Sanetoshi hasn’t seen the endless hell that Kyouma went through when he unknowingly tried to do the same. Someone should really tell him that the secret lies in fooling the world. *uses a deep badass voice* 「最初のお前を騙せ。世界を騙せ!」 (Saisho no omae wo damase. Sekai wo damase!)

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October 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm Comments (29)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 12

「僕たちを巡る輪」 (Bokutachi wo Meguru Wa)
“The Ring that Spins Us Around”

After sitting on this episode for the better part of a day, I’d like to say I’ve come up with some brilliant theory to explain how the story of Mary and her lambs ties in with the Takakuras, but I’m still lacking enough information to formulate an idea that I’m even convinced about.

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September 30, 2011 at 8:25 pm Comments (40)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 11

「ようやく君は気がついたのさ」 (Youyaku Kimi wa Kigatsuita no sa)
“You Finally Realized It”

It was as if the stars penguin drums aligned this episode, as all my suspicions last episode somehow turned out to be correct. From Masako and her obsession with Kanba to Mario and the need for Ringo’s diary, there were plenty of confirmations to around. Best of all, they’re pushing the Shouma x Ringo pairing like I’ve been hoping.

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September 23, 2011 at 3:22 am Comments (60)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 10

「だって好きだから」 (Datte Suki Dakara)
“Because I Love Him”

Oddly enough, despite all Ringo’s questionable advances toward Tabuki, it only occurred this episode that a girl so obsessed with Kanba might be another stalker in disguise.

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September 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm Comments (27)

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