Forum SettingsEpisode Information
Forums
Poll: Mawaru Penguindrum Episode 1 Discussion


Jul 10, 2011 2:40 AM

Offline
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 219
The ED song is beautiful. Listening to the dark tone tune with ennui, I have a hunch this anime will be a post-"Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica".
 
Jul 10, 2011 4:19 AM

Offline
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 238
I have no idea what's going on at all O__o..

Me likes I'll keep watching it ^O^..

 
Jul 10, 2011 5:20 AM

Offline
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 219
I'm not sure but the lyrics of the ED sounds like this;

Japanese
subete ga moshi tsumugarete tara
bokura ha doushite mogaku no darou

sore wa kimi ja nai
kimi no sei ja nai
kanashimi ha mou takusan nanda

dakara, sou ja nai
ima no mama ja nai
umaku tsutaekirenai kedo

dear my future
dear your future

English
If all things have been woven,
why do we have to struggle?

It's not you.
It's not your fault.
I don't want any sorrow anymore.

As I said, it's not like that.
We can change the fate.
How can I put this!?

Dear my future.
Dear your future.

---
P.S.
The TV spot #004 looks like Bakemonogatari or Evangelion.
http://penguindrum.jp/special/
 
Jul 10, 2011 6:18 AM
Offline
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 134
INCEST LOL
 
Jul 10, 2011 10:07 AM

Offline
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 7013
OK, time to post my thoughts properly.

Firstly, those who say that Ikuhara is trolling are right. Sort of. He is trolling, but it isn't the audience he is trolling, or at least, it isn't exclusively the audience. He is trolling Ishihara and the censors.

Remember that Anime and Manga regulation bill everybody was talking about? Well, it's supposed to be in full effect now, after being applied on July 1st. As you all should hopefully know, it aims to censor glorified depictions of illegal sex acts (incest, anyone?), or rather, the glorification of sex acts where the couple can't legally marry (so this includes BL and yuri on top of incest, lolicon and shotacon), meaning that they couldn't be aired on TV and make them available only in "adult" sections of shops alongside pornography and all that.

Yup, I believe one of the reasons Ikuhara came back was to irritate the censors with his famous style of throwing all kinds of relationships that would be censored by this bill. I see this as one of the reasons that Kanba's lips didn't actually touch Himari's during "that" scene, instead being replaced with a bang and the words "I hate fate", meaning that Ishihaara wants to change the fate of the bill.

As for what this anime is about, I have heard rumours that is somehow involved in the plot, as is why the number 95 and the subway seemingly play an important role in the plot, as well as backing up Zarmyn's statement that it's likely going to become more serious later on. I have also heard that the apples are supposed to symbolize the world, as Kenji Miyazawa (Night on The Galactic Railroad) believes they do. The fairytale thing may also be true, but we will see. Things will only become clear by the end, and even then, there is probably going to be some things left for us to interpret as we wish.

As for the characters, no, they don't seem to be as interesting as Utena's so far, but I'm happy that Ikuhara appears to be making new characters as opposed to using Utena expies (with the possible exceptions of Akio and Juri, who have look-alikes in the OP) for this series. Plus, we still have 23 more episodes for them to develop, along with the remaining cast that has yet to be introduced.

Overall, I enjoyed this quite a bit and will probably watch all the way through. Awesome OP and ED too.

@Yumekichi11:

I think that the pink-haired beauty is a guy. One along the lines of Akio from Utena (I won't say he's an expy just yet, but his design seems similar). If I'm correct, then he's doing his job of being extremely sexy to both genders rather well.
Modified by Rosa_FOEtida, Jul 10, 2011 10:20 AM
Current FAL Ranking + Previous best::
[
 
Jul 10, 2011 10:16 AM

Offline
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 2429
At first, I was like , Drama + Slice of Life = Ok!!

Then suddenly..



WTF??

But I find this interesting though =)
 
Jul 10, 2011 10:34 AM

Offline
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 13
FOE-tan said:
As for the characters, no, they don't seem to be as interesting as Utena's so far, but I'm happy that Ikuhara appears to be making new characters as opposed to using Utena expies (with the possible exceptions of Akio and Juri, who have look-alikes in the OP) for this series. Plus, we still have 23 more episodes for them to develop, along with the remaining cast that has yet to be introduced.

Overall, I enjoyed this quite a bit and will probably watch all the way through. Awesome OP and ED too.


I liked reading your opinion. But I'm not sure what to hope. The characters seem kinda plain. Where Utena was strong and interesting, that penguin queen just looks bratty and arrogant. The brothers reaction are too over dramatic.

As for the OP and ED, I like the use of electronica, but the voices are kinda annoying. The soundtrack so far didn't impress me much.

I know that it's just the first episode, but with the same director and similar concepts and style, it's hard not to compare with Utena... And Utena got me amazed right from the first episode, right from that little fairytale with faceless characters.

Still, I'm really hopeful on this anime. I'm waiting for the development on the next episodes.
Also, I liked the way the had done flashback scenes and the title of the episode appearing only on the end.
 
Jul 10, 2011 10:34 AM

Offline
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 306
That was an emotional roller coaster and I loved the ride. If the rest of the series is as good or better than the first episode I'm in love.
 
Jul 10, 2011 11:11 AM

Offline
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 1610
Eddo said:
Okok. This anime seems quite interesting, but.. How the hell is this a slice of life? XD
I like to believe that this is actually how Ikuhara lives his life. There is no off position on the genius switch.
 
Jul 10, 2011 11:30 AM

Offline
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 139
jDranzer said:
Mawaru Penguindrum = Utena with penguins

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!

^ Ahaha <3

This was definitely fabulous.

Also for that Utena argument, Utena was strong, but she was Naive as well. That was one of her faults ;). But this series isn't Utena, so I'm not going to expect what I'd expect from Utena.
Modified by RoyalStranger, Jul 10, 2011 11:36 AM
 
Jul 10, 2011 12:17 PM

Offline
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 198
Loved it! I'm really curious about what will happen next since they left the episode off with so many questions. I definitely see the Utena-esque style though, especially with the characters. And the penguins were so funny, I can't wait to see more.
 
Jul 10, 2011 1:53 PM

Offline
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 2488

°‿‿°

Fixes to make the Profile more bearable after "the Modern★Profile★Update★★Rip★Profile★"
 
Jul 10, 2011 2:33 PM

Offline
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 450
zeando34 said:

°‿‿°


this!
 
Jul 10, 2011 3:09 PM
Offline
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 29
From what i have seen the one most likely to (maybe) have some feeling for Himari would it be Shouma.
Kanba looked like he genuily loved Himari as sister until her possessed version "atacked"him ang suposely got his heart.
Maybe the next one is Shouma but it would way to easy for him to fall for her. It wouldn't be necessary to get his heart ( literally). Or not. Don't know why but i feel he is gonna get the girl. But sure Shouma and Kanba will fight over her. Must also be related with the survivl thing.
 
Jul 10, 2011 3:22 PM

Offline
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 8
Zoddguts said:

Star Driver was directed by someone else. If it was done by Ikuhara it wouldn't have been a disappointment.


This x1000.

I was kind of hesitant to actually watch the first episode of Penguindrum because I was thinking it would be like Star Driver.

Thankfully now I can rejoice.
Oh yes.
 
Jul 10, 2011 4:00 PM

Offline
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 59
Swiftstylez said:
Usagi Drop and Uta No Prince Sama etc are much better this season.


muahahaha :)

that comment really made my day :))))

P.P. Actually Usagi Drop was ok , but much better? :) Naaahh :)
 
Jul 10, 2011 5:27 PM

Offline
Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 468
Oh lord, I think I'm going to go re-watch Adolescence of Utena for the millionth time after this first episode XD

I can see Ikuhara all over this. I'm very excited to see how the series will progress. Considering the themes and relationships found in his previous work, I am not at all surprised to see them portrayed here. Actually, I'd be somewhat shocked if they weren't.
 
Jul 10, 2011 6:20 PM

Offline
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 3179
McRib said:
Holy Jesus that transformation scene..if that gets repeated 24 times I will be a happy man.
The OP isn't catchy though...I remember I was hooked on Utena's OP right off the bat since it drew me in with unicorns, iron gates, roses, and a huge dose of fabulous.


This. Transformation sceneee ::Drools:: I was also high in the hopes that this would rival the Utena OP.... but no...

Either way tho, Ikuhara YOU BRING the trippy fabulousness like NO ONE ELSE.

My god this makes me want to watch Utena again for the 3213124 time. Looking forward to 23 more eps! ^_________^

Well done.

 
Jul 10, 2011 8:57 PM

Offline
Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 149
Very, VERY interesting. You can tell this anime has the director's touch to it, especially if you've seen Utena before. Elements of the serious, the silly and the surreal. The animation is also nice.

I like the penguins, they definitely touched on my squee~~ nerve. They are so cute, you just wanna cuddle them. I'll have to get my hands on a plushie or keychain or something...

Don't know what to make of this quite yet, but if Utena is anything to go by, we may be in for an interesting and enjoyable ride. :-)
 
Jul 10, 2011 11:41 PM
Offline
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 346
This shit was so stupid I almost want to drop Utena now.
 
Jul 11, 2011 12:00 AM

Offline
Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 468
dkrdude3 said:
This shit was so stupid I almost want to drop Utena now.


Yes, they share the same director, similar styles, and certain themes. But contemplating dropping a series based on another seems rather counterproductive in my opinion, regardless of how "stupid" you may feel this one to be.
 
Jul 11, 2011 2:44 AM

Offline
Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 636
I've been waiting, Ikuhara-san. Gladly, you have returned with a bang and a bag full of style, magic, and controversial themes. It has taken you so long, and I suppose that you realize it will take a lot of creativity and work living up to all the expectations placed on you after Utena, so I trust that you won't disappoint.

This is the best first episode that I have seen in a while. The direction, artistic style and the overall vibe was quite reminiscent to Utena, which is a good thing. And oh, is that a pink-haired woman/man in the OP? She/he looks an awful lot like Utena; I wonder what role this character will play.

Can't wait for the next episode.
Modified by Hayatempest, Jul 11, 2011 3:59 AM
Kihel:"from Dianna Soreil to Dianna Soreil."
Dianna: "from Kihel Heim to Kihel Heim."
 
Jul 11, 2011 5:46 AM

Offline
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 519
!~!!!*~*~*~~ FABULOUSITY ~~*~*~*!!!~!
 
Jul 11, 2011 8:16 AM

Offline
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 286
OK, the first episode has me curious.
Let's see what the second one brings.
 
Jul 11, 2011 8:24 AM

Offline
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Utena, Utena, Utena... myyyyyy god, same director and every comment is about Utena...
Liked first ep but don't get why he kissed his sister.
 
Jul 11, 2011 12:06 PM

Offline
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 3704
I did not expect the incest at the end lol.

Looking forward to the next episode~
 
Jul 11, 2011 1:21 PM

Online
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 6267
Loved this can't wait for the next episode =D
"What has two arms, two legs, and is alive? Not your favorite character lol! xD"
 
Jul 11, 2011 3:47 PM

Offline
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 218
Really, I don't get why so many people are making such a fuss over that scene at the end.

This is Ikuhara. What did you expect?


 
Jul 11, 2011 3:48 PM

Offline
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 5713
Nobody must've watched utena
 
Jul 11, 2011 5:30 PM

Offline
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 1389
Weird art. Nuff said.
 
Jul 11, 2011 6:47 PM

Offline
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 778
fruitmachine said:

Liked first ep but don't get why he kissed his sister.

Because he holds platonic and familial affections for her >:(
 
Jul 11, 2011 7:34 PM

Offline
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 19824
This looks like it will be my favourite anime of the season and to think I almost ignored it completely. Only the first episode and it already has me wandering if I just took a bunch of crack.
 
Jul 11, 2011 8:19 PM

Offline
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 196
dkrdude3 said:
This shit was so stupid I almost want to drop Utena now.


Give it a chance. Considering your sig, this show's a potentially excellent match to Madoka Magica.
I play, the haters lose.
 
Jul 11, 2011 8:25 PM
Offline
Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 29
fruitmachine said:
Utena, Utena, Utena... myyyyyy god, same director and every comment is about Utena...

It's the director's first series in about 15 years and the last series he directed was... Utena. It's perfectly reasonable.
 
Jul 11, 2011 8:52 PM
Offline
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 170
it is very good show,,,looking foreword for the next ep
 
Jul 12, 2011 12:19 AM

Offline
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 164
WAIT... thats not shaft..... OMG o.O
 
Jul 12, 2011 2:17 AM
Offline
Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 29
TheCbass said:
WAIT... thats not shaft..... OMG o.O

Of course it isn't. Excuse me for quoting myself,
TOILETBOWL said:

If it were actually "SHAFT'y" it would be full of poorly drawn stills, ugly CG backgrounds, stilted direction, horribly off-model animation in every scene, and just general sloppiness, considering these are the only elements of SHAFT's "style" that can exclusively be attributed to SHAFT.

Thankfully, Penguin Drum is absolutely nothing like SHAFT in any way. Great first episode.
 
Jul 12, 2011 5:35 AM

Offline
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 8
Louchan said:
Really, I don't get why so many people are making such a fuss over that scene at the end.

This is Ikuhara. What did you expect?


different scene. : ) I haven't watched many Ikuhara anime (only sailor moon) so I don't know what I'm expecting from Mawaru. That's why I'm a little surprised.
 
Jul 12, 2011 9:12 AM

Offline
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 685
Louchan said:
Really, I don't get why so many people are making such a fuss over that scene at the end.

This is Ikuhara. What did you expect?


Indeed.
Incest was present since very first seconds of this episode.
 
Jul 13, 2011 1:44 PM

Offline
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 1723
Good enough to keep me interested and ''random'' enough to suit my tastes. This one is definitely a keeper.
"This Forest isn't going to reveal all its secrets for the likes of you."
 
Jul 13, 2011 5:02 PM

Offline
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 6
fruitmachine said:
Liked first ep but don't get why he kissed his sister.


Could have something to do with the fact that his sister just died and then came back. Circumstances, yo. I think it's only off-putting because he went straight for the lips. Some people are bothered by that, but it honestly didn't bug me. Guess it depends where you come from :v
 
Jul 13, 2011 10:52 PM
Offline
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 240
WOW. Just WOW. My god. I'm in LOVE~!
 
Jul 14, 2011 9:43 AM

Offline
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 789
Why so many fuss over a (not happened yet) kiss?Incest?

It's not like you need to agree with the concept of incest to accept the show. It's the same with you don't need to accept killing to accept some gore show. Dropping an anime with awesome ep 1 just because of that seems to be a waste. Can't have this kind of show every year.
 
Jul 14, 2011 10:00 AM

Offline
Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 636
zeroyuki92 said:
Why so many fuss over a (not happened yet) kiss?Incest?

It's not like you need to agree with the concept of incest to accept the show. It's the same with you don't need to accept killing to accept some gore show. Dropping an anime with awesome ep 1 just because of that seems to be a waste. Can't have this kind of show every year.


Also, the way that Ikuhara explored incest in Utena showed that he wasn't pro-incest. So there's a possibility that Kanba's love won't be requited, unless he and Himari turned out to be unrelated by blood.
Kihel:"from Dianna Soreil to Dianna Soreil."
Dianna: "from Kihel Heim to Kihel Heim."
 
Jul 14, 2011 10:28 AM

Offline
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 237
Well, that episode was marvellously bizarre.
Definitely going to stick with this series to see if it stays good or not.
I'm surprised that there's so much discussion about the attempted kiss, I mean sure, it wigged me out a little, but seeing as their lips never touched maybe he didn't kiss her? We don't know. I never watched Utena so I can't express anything other than my opinion here.
 
Jul 14, 2011 12:10 PM

Offline
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 7013
Uncanny said:
Well, that episode was marvellously bizarre.
Definitely going to stick with this series to see if it stays good or not.
I'm surprised that there's so much discussion about the attempted kiss, I mean sure, it wigged me out a little, but seeing as their lips never touched maybe he didn't kiss her? We don't know. I never watched Utena so I can't express anything other than my opinion here.
Or it could be mind control from the penguin hat. We did see Himari taking out the heart of one of the brothers (probably Kamba) during the scene where everybody was going "what", so she could have tampered with it.

Speaking of the penguin hat, how do you reckon it got onto Himari's head in the first place? In the scene before the transformation stuff, we see it on the globe, and it suddenly appears on Himari's head a couple of minutes later. Did the penguins put on her off-screen? Or did it end up there by itself?
Current FAL Ranking + Previous best::
[
 
Jul 14, 2011 4:30 PM

Offline
Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 877
Pretty awesome, although the thing that took over Himari (the penguin hat?) is kind of overly fabulous in an annoying way and thinks too highly of itself, imo. Also, this incest thing needs to go in a different direction, like Sho and Kan. Yes or yes? They're perfect for each other. (I know not everybody is going to think this, haha.) The penguins are super adorable <3
 
Jul 14, 2011 4:33 PM

Offline
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 1564
This... is interesting.
Don't forget.
Always, somewhere,
someone is fighting for you.
As long as you remember her,
you are not alone.
 
Jul 15, 2011 6:41 AM

Offline
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 782
IceAndCream said:
@%$%&*#^(@*&$)**$U)#$*P$&#^T^($!$#$&$^%#%@

WHAT THE HECK?!??!?!?


QFT
 
Jul 15, 2011 3:28 PM

Offline
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1150
Hah, I knew he was a siscon! :D
 
Top
Pages (7) « First ... « 2 3 [4] 5 6 » ... Last »