So I’ve been racking up requests for a while, so I figured I should get them going! I’ll start with my friend MadShadow’s! His seems to be a pretty good................. WHY AM I CRYING ALL THE TIME NOW?!?!?!
Penguindrum is an original 24 episode... genre mix (Comedy, Drama, Romance, Psychological) from Brain’s Base Studios and writer/director Kunihiko Ikuhara of Revolutionary Girl Utena fame. As of this review, the 2011 series Penguindrum is licensed by Sentai Filmworks (US), Kaze UK (UK), and Siren Visual (AUS). The series is also available for legal streaming on Hulu.
Himari Takakura passes away after going out on a trip with her brothers, twins Kanba and Shōma. She was, however, miraculously saved by a spirit in a penguin-shaped hat. In return for her extended life, the twins must search for an item known as the Penguin Drum with the aid of three penguins, which are visible only to the siblings.
You may think I was joking when I asked earlier why I was crying, but I’m not. Pengunindrum’s story is written so well and executed wonderfully that I was completely drawn in and would cry constantly during many moments. Granted, it does take a while before you even understand what’s going (I felt like this until the second half of the series), but it’s not because they want the viewer to become irritated. You’re unraveling the mystery behind everything that’s going on, and if we knew too much in the beginning then what’s left? Probably a very bad story. Again, we get just enough at the right time but not too much that we end up spoiled. Also, I have to say that Penguindrum has one of the most satisfying endings I’ve seen in anime. Period. End of story.
|Ringo is a little nutty at first...|
|These penguins are really silly and adorable!|
By the end of the train ride, what Pengunindrum manages to bring is a stunning series about fate and love. Everything about the show is amazing (though my opinion may change once I actually watch the dub) and it’s become a favorite anime of mine! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but no matter what happens you will feel differently once you’ve seen this show. It’s a must watch and I think this is the first series I’ve given a 10/10 to since giving out scores! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go blow my nose.
Next time, we spend time with another family, until then otaku on my friends.
Final Rating: 10/10 - Fate and Love intertwined into this beautiful story makes an amazing series.
Special thanks to MadShadow of Ink Black Analysis for the request!