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Mawaru Penguindrum – 09

「氷の世界」 (Koori no Sekai)
“World of Ice”

I had the feeling that the pink-haired “beauty” in the opening sequence may not be a woman, largely in part to how a trench coat masks one’s figure, but I would’ve been perfectly happy if I were wrong in this case.

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September 9, 2011 at 4:00 am Comments (69)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 08

「君の恋が嘘でも僕は」 (Kimi no Koi ga Uso demo Boku wa)
“Even If Your Love is a Lie, I…”

They say that opposites attract, so I’d like to believe the Shouma x Ringo pairing that’s been played up will see the light of day at some point. Maybe all it takes to get through to a psychopath like Ringo is someone risking their life to save hers.

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September 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm Comments (43)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 07

「タマホマレする女」 (Tamahomare Suru Shoujo)
“The Egg Worshipping Girl”

Holy fabulous max Batman. I don’t recall the last time Noto Mamiko’s been in such a persuasive role. I really don’t know what Ringo can do against Yuri at this point, except maybe raping Kenju in his sleep and having his babies. Wait what? She’s really doing that? Well I’ll be damned.

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August 26, 2011 at 3:35 am Comments (49)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 06

「Mでつながる私とあなた 」 (M de Tsunagaru Watashi to Anata)
“You and I are Bound by M”

So it looks like I wasn’t completely off the mark when I had my doubt’s about Ringo’s diary. I wasn’t banking on the older sister angle, but the name Momoka does put a new perspective on the peach “destiny” stamps seen before. (“Momo” means “peach” in Japanese.)

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August 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm Comments (50)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 05

「だから僕はそれをするのさ」 (Dakara Boku wa Sore wo Suru no sa)
“That’s Why I Do This”

“Seizon Senryaku” is back and everything in the Mawaru Penguindrum world feels right again. Well, about as right as it can be with Ringo getting dragged into this alternate dimension for the very first time and making her mark on it almost immediately.

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August 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm Comments (45)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 04

「舞い落ちる姫君」 (Maiochiru Himegimi)
“Descending Princess”

Ikuhara must not like me or something. Just when I got into the “Survival Strategy” swing of things and was looking forward to another “Himari” appearance, he decides not to have one in the very next episode.

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July 29, 2011 at 2:10 am Comments (71)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 03

「そして華麗に私を食べて・・・」 (Soshite Karei ni Watashi wo Tabete…)
“Then Eat Me Splendidly”

Interestingly enough, seeing a cat run into a penguin and a fish smack a girl on her big forehead doesn’t seem all that weird anymore after two episodes of Mawaru Penguindrum. I had no idea what to make of that commercial before the series started airing and now it seems like a completely ordinary scene, as does the murder-like one involving a huge pot of curry.

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July 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm Comments (38)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 02

「危険な生存戦略」 (Kiken na Seizon Senryaku)
“Dangerous Survival Strategy”

It sure didn’t take long for the penguin hat to find its way on top of Himari’s head again, taking us for another ride with the whole magical girl-like transformation scene.

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July 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm Comments (61)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 01

「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.

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.

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July 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm Comments (129)

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