The 30 Day Anime Challenge Day 2 – My Favorite Anime (so Far)!

Penguindrum!

30-day-anime-challengeHere’s a quick reminder of the schedule. For day two I’m going to be talking about my favorite anime:  Marawu Penguindrum.

Surprisingly, I’ve never actually reviewed this show or anything so I’m pretty excited to talk about it! Just what makes Penguindrum my favorite show? Let’s dive in and find out!

First and foremost, if you haven’t watched this show, you absolutely should. I was first lured into this show with the promise of a great comedy. While the show is fairly humorous in the first few episodes especially, Penguindrum is actually a pretty serious story at heart. From famed (or maybe infamous depending on who you ask) director Kunihiko Ikuhara, you get his signature weird with a whole heaping of symbolism, combine that with some adorable penguins, a dash of tragedy, and strap in for one wild ride!

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What really makes this standout for me is the visual story telling on display here. Ikuhara loves his symbolism and visual metaphor so this was right at home for me. Unlike a lot of Ikuhara’s work, however, Penguindrum is actually pretty straightforward by time you reach the end.

I haven’t even mentioned the great music. It is seriously fantastic! I loved just about every song used for the OP’s, ED’s, and background. Personally, the first OP, “Nornir” and one of the ED’s, “Grey Wednesday” are my favorites here.

The last cool thing to mention is that this anime also has a huge plot point grounded in real life events which I always find great. I don’t want to spoil anything so that’s I’ll say about this particular point for now.

I really want to do a review of Penguindrum sometime because I could talk about this show a lot more. However, I want to keep these on the shorter side so for now I hope that I convinced you to at least give the show a bit of a look. If you’d like to support me please consider checking out my Ko-fi. As always, thanks for reading and I hope to see you back here tomorrow where I’ll be talking about my favorite male character.

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