Zanafor here. If you haven’t heard from me yet, I am the newest co-author for TRT. Actually, this will be my first real post here! I hope to write short anime reviews whenever possible, but don’t blame me if my posting is irregular. You can check out my first review at Kitsune Korner in the blogroll. Now, enough whoring my personal blog, I am here to post on The Randomness Thing! Onto the review!
Mawaru Penguindrum (輪るピングドラム Mawaru Pingudoramu) is a series produced by Brain’s Base. It first aired in July 2011, and twenty-four episodes have been announced. Eight episodes have aired so far.
As much as I wanted to avoid saying this, it was inevitable; Mawaru Penguindrum is a strange anime. What else are you to expect from a series full of miracles and penguins? Now don’t get me wrong – I have really enjoyed this anime so far. Right off the bat, the plot started strong. The first episode gave off vibes of a show brimming with drama, displaying a bittersweet tone that made me feel melancholic at best. However, you should never judge a book by its cover.
As you may have guessed, the series isn’t simply a drama. It is actually an interesting blend of drama and comedy. Many of the serious moments in the series are masked with comedic relief, especially when the penguins are involved. More on that in a moment.
The art is crisp, fluid, and all around smooth. A lot of color is used – with one exception. I continue to be slightly bothered by how the passer-by characters are drawn. They are grayed-out, featureless and motionless figures that I can only describe as looking like the signs on public restroom doors. They do, however, add to the show’s unique style. As I stated earlier, the trio of little penguins that follow the characters are the main contributors to the comic relief, but in a way that almost makes them seem out of place. Characters will be having a discussion, and one of the penguins will be in the foreground, spraying an insect with bug-kill. Again, this does contribute to the show’s style.
Now, I won’t leak out any spoilers, but I have to mention the transformation scene. The icing on the cake, this scene – repeated in nearly every episode – really polishes the feel of the show with its vivid colors and fascinating art.
Lastly, I need to mention the voice acting and dialogue. Miho Arakawa, the voice of Himari, is absolutely amazing. I have completely fallen in love with her voice! It is a shame that Himari has gotten fewer lines in the more recent episodes. The script is just as clever as you would expect, matching the pace of the story perfectly.
For my final words, I recommend Mawaru Penguindrum to anyone who is looking to watch something different. At least check it out to listen to Himari’s voice!