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Mawaru Penguindrum Manga, Volume 1 (輪るピングドラム)

November 3rd, 2017

A few weeks ago, I posted a rather long, detailed retrospective of Revolutionary Girl Utena, which is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year, helped along by a new deluxe manga release from Viz and and Blu-Ray anime box set from Nozomi/RightStuf. It got me thinking about his other works, and their visual and thematic commonalities. […]

Penguindrum Anime Collection 2, Disk 3 (English)

April 10th, 2013

As Mawaru Penguindrum, draws to a close, the nagging sensation that every person in the story is somehow living in a completely different timeline is confirmed. Like a retinal afterimage, each of them appear to exist in the others’ realties – and at least two exist in most of them. Himari and Momoka do not appear to […]

Penguindrum Anime Collection 2, Disk 2 (English)

March 31st, 2013

Realities converge, merge and resplit on the second disk of the second Penguindrum collection. Now that we know (symbolically, at least) what Yuri and Tabuki had in common and what their goal was, the arc climaxes in an actual climax and we think…what else is there? Well…. We’ve assumed one single truth from the beginning of […]

Penguindrum Anime Collection 2, Disk 1 (English)

March 26th, 2013

In the first half of Penguindrum, we learned that each of the characters appeared to be existing in a wholly different reality from the characters around them. On the first disk of the second half of Penguindrum, we learn why. Himari’s health takes a turn for the worse, but that is set on the back […]

Penguindrum Anime Collection 1, Disk 3 (English)

March 3rd, 2013

The first volume of Penguindrum comes to a close in Disk 3, by introducing two major plot complications, several new visual symbols and a twist of fate. Or should I say…destiny? We learn in a most roundabout way possible why Natsume Masako is after the diary. We see that Himari has a separate history of her own, […]