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Mawaru Penguindrum 17-18 ~ A Grand Sorrowful Spectacle…

Mawaru Penguindrum artWell, the past weekend and week ended up being extremely busy for me and I didn’t manage to come up with a single post. So here, I shall try to catch up on episode 17 & 18 of Mawaru Penguindrum. It was certainly a grand, varied build-up with a sorrowful end that has the Takakura family and Ringo bonding.

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Mawaru Penguindrum 16 ~ Surreal Humor

This pretty much sums up this episode.

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.

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Mawaru Penguindrum 15 ~ The Sin of Ugliness

Yuri in 2nd OP

Tabuki in 2nd OP

Momoka in 2nd OP

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.

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Mawaru Penguindrum 14 ~ Yuri is Into Yuri

Yuri x Ringo

From pixiv artist, sao

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. 😛

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Mawaru Penguindrum 13 ~ Yin & Yang + Wrap-up of Mary Had a Little Lamb


Last we saw, Sanetoshi made his appearance...

Well, never thought that I would be back again writing another post about Mawaru Penguindrum on impulse. I’m losing precious sleep just by writing this post… Oh well, might as well get it all out since I do have some brief thoughts to share. I’d like to point out another interesting concept brought up by Masako in this episode, yin and yang, along with a wrap-up of the Mary Had a Little Lamb nursery rhyme that I talked about in my previous post.

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Mawaru Penguindrum 12 ~ Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary and his little lambs.

Well, I’ve decided on impulse to immediately talk about episode 12 of Mawaru Penguindrum after watching it. The events that has transpired within this episode have been revealing, yet still not getting closer to the mystery that is the Penguindrum. However, I would like to point out one core theme of this episode, or rather, the allusion to a famous nursery rhyme that we all surely are familiar with, Mary Had a Little Lamb, along with several other references. SPOILERS WARNING AHEAD!

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Hanasaku Iroha 08 ~ Things are getting serious now…

First off, you may have noticed that I’ve been revamping my blog with a new layout. I am extremely satisfied with it, and I intend to have this layout become possibly permanent. I’ve also added some new pages, so check them out if you like!

Well, onto episode 8 of Hanasaku Iroha! In this episode, the plot is starting to really ramp up, with large groups of customers coming into Kissuiso. The manager has also succumbed and forced to go to the hospital at this critical moment. On top of that, Ko-chan is coming to see Ohana, who still does not know about his impeding visit. Of course, this episode was not without some minor comedic relief…

Riiiiight. Keep dreaming...

In order to combat against the dire situation, the young master foolishly calls in Takako-san to help them (oh no!). Takako-san, with a glint in her eye, affirms that there must be some magazine reporters who are in disguise amongst the guests. After all, why would there be so many customers at this time when there usually are so few customers? Takako-san sends Jiroumaru-san to scout out the guests…

Are you sure you got the wrong room, hmm? *Raises eyebrow*

After scouting out the prospective guests, Takako-san tells Ren-san to cook his best for the most likely guests, much to his dismay…


And then there’s Ohana, who steps in and takes charge in accordance with her grandmother’s wishes. Ohana believes that all the customers should be treated equally, and she recruits Nako, who had the day off, to help. Next, she races all the way to the city to retrieve Tohru-san, who is attending a wedding in the city. The episode then cuts off with Ohana peeking into a ballroom, searching for Tohru-san. Next episode, we shall see what happens in Kissuiso, but I’m really dying to see Ohana and Ko-chan’s meeting. Ah well, we’ll have to wait, so here’s a nice wallpaper!

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