Here are some treats for you to celebrate Halloween! Unfortunately, I will not be able to go out trick-or-treating tonight for Halloween, as I have a very important presentation to prepare for tomorrow first thing in the morning. 😥 Do check out my special Halloween anime OVA review, Kakurenbo!
Monthly Archives: October 2011
In celebration of Halloween, I’ve decided to review an OVA, Kakurenbo, a fitting psychological thriller for the mood. So, do join me for a game of hide-and-seek, will you?
Among the ruins of the city, there is a game only children can play. It is called “Otokoyo”; a game of hide-and-seek. But whenever children play this game, one by one they would disappear into the blinds of the buildings… The story begins when a boy enters the world of Otokoyo, to find his missing sister.
The past two episodes of Mawaru Penguindrum have become very intriguing, focusing on Yuri’s and Masako’s background. What I noticed is that there seems to be a heavy art theme in these episodes, with Yuri’s background involving sculptures and divine beauty. Masako’s background, however, invokes surrealism for me with all the elements of this art movement present in this episode in one way or another. Here, we shall examine the elements of this episode that led me to believe that this episode is heavily surreal-themed, though one element, non sequitur, is more prominent here and I will explain this element more in-depth than the other elements of surrealism.
After watching a wide variety of anime, I have noticed that there seems to be some scenes that are far more common than others. Some very popular scenes used are some of the most cliché scenes, such as a beach scene and a hot spring scene. We know much about these scenes, so I won’t bother going into much depth into those. Instead, I am entertaining the thought of seeing some more different, rare scenes implemented in anime more often. One of those scenes that I would love to see implemented in anime series more often involves winter, my favorite season.
With the latest episode, we now have a new nice opening. There have been some new changes, with Momoka being in it briefly. Of course, the OP still hides the mysteries of Mawaru Penguindrum, but we can be sure that Momoka and her diary will become even more central and integral to the series from here on. But, here in this post I shall briefly share my thoughts on a different theme: beauty.
Welp. Her name really should have been obvious to me, being a great lover of yuri. But, holy moly, this episode pushed most of my buttons in alluring ways, and this was one great episode! Unfortunately, I do not have much to say about any symbolic moments in this particular episode, nor do I have anything to add to the theories surrounding Mawaru Penguindrum. Do check out the more insightful posts from The Untold Story of Altair & Vega, Draggle’s Anime Blog, and Beneath the Tangles. I’ve been very busy lately with planning two college events, helping my students to review for an upcoming midterm, studying for my own midterms, reading and doing research, and writing papers. That’s why I haven’t been on Twitter lately, and I haven’t the time to come up with a decent editorial the past weekend. So, here’s a short filler post filled with my various reactions to this episode, and it looks like I’ve unintentionally started doing Mawaru Penguindrum episodic posts now. 😛