Sakura Nankyoku is a total otaku. Due to a fluke, she gets elected as her class' Student Council President. Everything takes off from there into a series of crazy misadventures revolving around Sakura, her family, and her classmates.
#1: "Yurete Hajikete Afurechau☆Miwaku no Penguin Musume (揺れてはじけてあふれちゃう☆魅惑のペンギン娘)" by PNGN 4: Azusa Katoka, Mariya Ise, Yoshino Nanjou, Rina Hidaka #2: "Yurayura + Yuriyura + Nananana~ (ゆらゆら＋ゆりゆら＋ななななー)" by PNGN3: Azusa Kataoka, Mariya Ise, Yoshino Nanjou
Penguin Musuim Hearts is a "ONA" series, (which means it was made soly to watch on the internet) about an all female cast that does little to anything new, but remains a solid watch!
There really is little to no overall story in this title. This series is split into two parts, both halves do contain primary villains that show themselves towards the end of each story ark, but other than that its all about random humor and episode by episode plots. Now that being said, the humor in this title is quite well written and entertaining. Its all about over the top action (kinda similar to what you would find in Ranma 1/2 with its mix of comedy and martial arts, though not quite as memorable. Basically it opens with the main character "Sakura" arriving as a transfer student at school, there she meets new friends and old rivals. My favorite character is Cha-Chi, she actually knew "Kujira" (the second main character) back from their childhood, and made a promise to marry her.... but never realized she was actually a girl! (heck, Kujira didn't even know herself, since her father always convinced her she was a boy at a young age in order for him to have a successor to his dojo) And its little touches like that I found amusing. Once the main villains arrive its once again done in over the top wackiness! Especially when Sakura and her rival (Whitebear) must battle for supremacy by way of turning into giants, and fighting naked over Tokyo............ sumo style!! That being said, even though this title is defiantly echhi, some viewers may be disappointed that it doesn’t contain anything too extreme. In fact, most of the echhi-ness that comes from this title, is nothing more than pantie shots. The first half of the series is hilarious! While the second one starts to feel watered down in the comedy department, but never becomes bland or boring. Being that this series only runs from 8-13 an episode, the antics of the characters do well in the entertainment department!
The music to this is descent, while the background sounds are little to memorable. It makes up for it with its wacky and amusing opening and closing themes. Which can contain a cool Japanese flip book with the characters doing random fighting moves, and the fact that it is sung by the cast themselves makes it nice. Overall its a hit and miss with it, some of it is good and others are not.
Truly this is where the title shines, the character design and environments are richly detailed and sharply animated. You’ll feel as though you are watching a crisp colorful painting the whole way through. And unlike many other titles out there, the character design is defiantly one that will stand out for you once you watch the first episode, which I really have to give credit to the animators for going that extra mile on it!
Characters are good for the most part, and despite its short episode length, we get some good back stories behind the main ones. There is even one episode where time travel plays a role in, and we get to see how some of them met each other, while other back stories come in the way of a flashback! Even though they are all distinct and likable, some don’t get any spotlight episodes at all, and seem to just get tossed in there without us knowing who they are to the characters. Still, can’t complain too much, especially when there is one character that refuses to talk to anyone other than text messaging them......even if she is standing right in front of that person! Again, gotta give credit to the writers for thinking of nice catches like that. Overall the characters are good, none ever become annoying and all succeed in making you laugh! One thing I found odd in the character department is, you just never get the feeling that Sakura is actually the main character, as more often than not she is over shadowed by others who seem to hog the spotlight. There were even times I forgot she was the main character entirely, as such ones like "Kujira, " get way more camera time and back story than her. And it just gives you an over all sense that you are watching nothing more than a bunch of hyper active girls do crazy things, than actually working on character development for them. So yeah, back stories aside, there is little to no character development in this, other than what is mentioned regarding the past.
Bottom Line: 8/10
While Penguin Musume Heart won’t appeal to all fans of this genera, (some may find the ecchi-ness too tame, while others may wish the overall storyline was actually going somewhere) its comedy bits are enough to keep you into the series, and I am so grateful that the writers didn’t bank the entire anime on its "echhi-ness factor, " and just made it fun to watch with clever comedy antics and mini plots! While the first half is definitely better than the second, there is no denying that this title does a good job on what it set out to do.....making you laugh and keeping you entertained! And at only 8-13 minutes an episode, it makes for a great title to watch when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, and are looking for a quick laugh!read more
This anime is somewhere between Lucky Star and Ranma 1/2. There's martial arts that shows up from time to times. The characters are so cute and same thing for the sondtrack.
Story: At first there isn't much action action and the story is kind of simple. But then, other character like Cha-chi, Kaede and Mary appear and the show gets more interesting. The story is were touching, cute and funny.
Art: The art is great. Although personally, I didn't like the messed up character design they used in the opening of the first episodes but the new opening's is way better. The art for the show is GREAT!
Animation: Well there isn't much to say the episode are approximately 10 minutes long, after all xP
Sound: The sound/soundtrack is great and I like the voice actor they used. Nuff said...
Enjoyment: If you like comedy, Penguin Musume Heart is A MUST! It's not boring and there is too much gag repetion like in some other anime that I won't name. The ecchi is not overly present too.
Overall: It's a great anime for those like me who are otakus. (so...yeah, 10/10)
For those who liked Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, you HAVE to watch this, it's the same thing except funnier! I'm really enjoying it, and it's short so it's convenient, I think. read more
Glad to know I'm not the only person who's heard of this! I found this series while roaming Viki.com. It seemed to be very unpopular, with the only comment being a person asking if the show was for kids or adults. Lucky for me, it was English subbed...not a masterpiece, but glad I found it
STORY: 6/10: It may not be something totally unique (parody anime are everywhere nowadays), but it's still a fun poke to the stomach at crazy otakus.
ART: 4/10: One of the problems in the series is the fact that what could be a kids show is weighed down by unnecessary, detailed nudity. The art itself is decent, but really, why fan service and nudity on a cast that seems wacky but innocent?
SOUND: 8/10: There is some fairly good music sprinkled throughout the series.
CHARACTER: 7/10: Our main girl here is a crazy otaku who spends all of her time watching anime and cosplaying, which is certainly a lot of fun to see. The supporting characters are also fun.
ENJOYMENT: 7/10: I enjoyed watching this series and was considering subtitling it for other languages to enjoy before I remember the only things I'm fluent in are English and some basic Japanese.
OVERALL: 6/10: Would've given 8/10 if it weren't for the unnecessary nudity.read more