Not really, it's three years old now haha. It's very weird and confusing and offbeat; that might be why you haven't heard of it. But it has gorgeous art and animation and some thought-provoking themes and moving sequences; it's definitely worth a watch if you're not put off by the...... trippiness.
Haha I'm actually really glad to hear you're not sure which you like better because I was worried one turned out too different from the other, I'm glad they're about on the same level. But since they're both part of the same sequence, maybe they should be considered a unit.
I love almost everything about this show, but this sequence (along with the finale) really had the strongest impact on me; I love it too. The animation and music and dialogue all just combine perfectly for such a powerful effect during this scene... And, rewatching Penguindrum is always a good thing in my book haha.
It might be nice to have them as two halves of the same print. I really love them both.
I cannot describe my love for this show it is so great. I am SO unhappy I cannot buy the blurays since the subtitling was so badly done. I want to own it and I feel the need to own very few series but this is one I want to own and show to everyone. Well, everyone who will appreciate it. I know it might be a little much for most people. I think the scene, right before Himari finds the bear at the end, when she is on the phone, had the largest impact me. The fact that it goes shot for shot the same as the very beginning but this time showing you the lack of Shouma and Kanba. OMG, I was so crying before she found the teddy bear. It was just too much. Like this scene, the boxes, the final train, it was all amazing but the sequences showing them lacking was just so well done. They lined them up perfectly, even with the two boys. I just loved the parallel and it really, really showed you how much their absence meant. I want to rewatch it but well, I am crazy busy and once I start I will not stop
(Sorry about this late reply) That's a good idea; I feel they do need to be kept together... I'll keep it in mind if the opportunity ever comes up, although I'm not sure how many people know about the show or would be interested.
It's such a fantastic feeling when you love a show so much you can't describe it, but it's also incredibly frustrating haha... I feel similarly about it. There are so many layers of abstract depth and emotional meaning in it, I can't begin to analyze it. That is a huge shame about the blurays, I had no idea about the subtitles being so bad :/ I feel the need to own very few series as well (I pretty much only have a box set of Princess Tutu, which despite its name is seriously one of my favorite anime for how well it integrates classical music and gets into fairytale meta-analysis; it is mahou shoujo but by the end it really isn't typical for the genre), but I would love to have high-quality copies of Penguindrum as well, for the animation if nothing else.
Heh yeah, I struggle a lot with wanting to show anime to people but thinking they probably won't appreciate it/it'll be too "weird" for them. I know a lot of people who are uncomfortable with suggestive content, which... well, I pretty much never let them see anything that's not Ghibli I kind of gave up on trying to review things after I figured out that in some ways my tastes trend away from mainstream; I figure people can look up more information themselves if they're curious about stuff I like.
Yes, the ending was terribly poignant, and I also really liked how it echoed the opening monologue when Himari says that she loves the word fate. One of my favorite parts of the series was the theme of fate running through it and the parallel viewpoints on it presented by different characters. In contrast to the cynical message at the start of the series, there was a sense of hope in the bittersweet ending, an idea that even if people are thrown into circumstances beyond their control, how they choose to act under those circumstances still gives their lives agency and meaning and can make things better for those around them. I love all the parallels and repeated themes and motifs throughout the series, the whole thing's just so well done despite its abstractness.
...I think my only complaints about it were the frog eggs scene and some of the stuff with Ringo and Tabuki that seemed uncomfortable and unnecessary, but I may find the scenes have more significance if I see them again and think more carefully. Those scenes make me hesitate to recommend the show to some people though.
I only own my absolute favorites. Princess Tutu is one of them. That series is just great. I ended up download the bluray fansubs for Penguindrum. I am just going to have to hope in several years it will get re-released with proper subs here but I expect by the time that happens disk copies will be pretty dead in general.
Exactly! Even the people I know that like anime I am just like...eeeh Penguindrum is awesome but I don't think you will like it. Not to mention when people ask what it is about there is just no good was to describe it well. That and my few friends that actively still watch anime seem to watch the well, stupid stuff that is more about fan service than plot line.
It is one of the few series I have seen where I feel it was well though out before they started. Many seem to just have a vague idea of where they are going and what characters purposes will be. Penguindrum on the other hand I felt (by the end) that all the characters had a plan and a point in the series. No one was shoved in, no one was really unnecessary, and everyone was important.
Much of Ringo was odd to put it mildly. I remember being rather annoyed with her in the beginning and wishing there was a way to write her out. By the end I liked her though. I feel her antics were just a way to balance the extremeness of Kanba. Kanba goes and becomes a terrorist while Ringo is putting frog eggs on Shoma. Both, in many their own ways are extreme and distasteful but Ringo never acted in such a way that she knew would hurt others. Though, I agree she is another reason that the show is hard to recommend to people.