On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love for anime gave me…
4 unusual penguins
3 bright stars
2 adorable flowers
And a charming idol.
It should come to no surprise that the anime series that garnered so much attention and rave with regards to its allusions and symbolism, Mawaru Penguindrum, has gained a special place within my Twelve Days of X’mas. After all, this series is directed by my favorite director, Ikuhara Kunihiko, who also directed Sailor Moon and Revolutionary Girl Utena. Throughout the many plot twists and subtle layers of allusions and symbols, Mawaru Penguindrum has become a tantalizing series that never fails to take the viewers for a wild ride and attempting to grasp at the mystery that is the Penguindrum.
Of course, there are also some very surprising twists, and one of them took me by huge surprise. If you know about my interest and love for yuri, you’ll know that I, of course, refer to the 14th and 15th episodes where we find out that Yuri actually lives up to her name. I never would have thought it at all, and I could not believe that it could have been that obvious! But anyway, I did enjoy watching these episodes especially the juicy parts and about Yuri’s own background.
Before watching the 14th and 15th episodes, Tokikage Yuri was my top favorite Mawaru Penguindrum character for her mysterious and adult flair, and after these episodes, she has now easily become one of the most memorable characters of the year for me. But I’m quite disappointed that we don’t really get to see more of Yuri recently since it would appear that her role is now over with one final episode left for the series.
In addition to Yuri’s moments, there were some great, powerful special moments as well, such as Shouma’s Mary Had a Little Lamb story in episode 12, Masako’s bold last stand in episode 22, and the beautiful scenes of Shoma and Himari in the midst of a starry world with a wide expanse of water around them in episode 23. There are far too many moments that I’ve truly appreciated, and I do not have the time to list them all. Just maybe, I will come up with another post after the finale of Mawaru Penguindrum next week, and I do believe that Mawaru Penguindrum is also on track to become one of the most memorable anime series of the year for me as well.
I will truly feel melancholic once the train ride that is the Mawaru Penguindrum end, and I really cannot bear to see it end. But all good things must come to an end, and I hope Mawaru Penguindrum delivers one great finale for us all to remember.