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Unhealthy Obsessions in Mawaru Penguindrum

Mawaru Penguindrum is filled to the brim with colorful characters and their wacky and/or dramatic interactions with each other. There are many flavors of struggles and challenges these…

Mono's Anime Rants

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Ranking 12 Times Dvorak’s New World Symphony was Used in Anime

New World Symphony is a hype piece. Many people know it for the slow and pastoral Second Movement, “Goin’ Home,” but when I think of it, I think…

The Moyatorium

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Penguindrum – Messy Characters Who Try To Hold Onto Something

I’ve only ever written about Utena a while back and a little bit about Sarazanmai when it was airing a while back, but I haven’t discussed all of…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

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Tomohiro Furukawa, Revue Starlight The Movie, And The Legacy Of Experience-Centric Anime

Tomohiro Furukawa draws from the philosophy and methods of living legends like Mamoru Oshii, Hideaki Anno, and his mentor Kunihiko Ikuhara. He reconstructs their teaching and his influences…

Sakuga Blog

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22 Mindfuck Anime Series Designed to Leave You Ponderous

Mindfuckery – You're supposed to avoid swearing in articles you are writing. It's not professional. However, there is no better way describe some anime

Recommend Me Anime

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Character Analysis: Ringo Oginome

You may or may not like Penguindrum – it’s certainly weird, that’s for sure – but as I watched it I was struck by how many characters with…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Weekly Round-Up, 26 January – 1 February 2022: Pokemon Legends, Tokyopop Anniversary, and Penguindrum

AniFem Round-Up Anime Feminist Recommendations of Fall 2021 It’s short but this season also had one of the best anime of the year. Anime Feminist’s Top Picks for…

Anime Feminist

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What Penguindrum Can Teach Us About Extremism

When the series was originally released in 2011, it was hard to separate this message from the packaging: one of the most bizarre and traumatic events in modern…

Anime News Network - Views

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The Power of Three: Penguindrum

Penguindrum is one of those thing, like Wonder Egg Priority, that people have been recommending to me, like, forever. Really. Seriously. For ever. A Certain Retailer had two…

Confessions of an Overage otaku

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Natsu no Sora: Tokyo in the Summer

If you’ve watched anime before, you’ve probably seen Tokyo on screen. It’s the neon cityscapes of Akira, the mechanized skyline of Tokyo 3 and the underground train system…

Isn't It Electrifying?

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Penguindrum (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

After a few messy 1080i Blu-rays and a DVD only release from KAZE UK, Penguindrum is back with a 1080p transfer and collector’s packaging from Anime Limited.

The Normanic Vault

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Penguindrum (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

After a few messy 1080i Blu-rays and a DVD only release from KAZE UK, Penguindrum is back with a 1080p transfer and collector’s packaging from Anime Limited.

The Normanic Vault

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Ten Year Anniversary: Tribute To 2011’s Greatest Anime Series (Part 2 of 2)

Celebrating 2011 anime-- part 2. Penguindrum, Future Diary, Nichijou, Steins;gate, Yuru Yuri

Anime Rants

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Anime Series Like Sonny Boy

One normal day during summer vacation, the school and the 36 students inside began to drift into another dimension. Once there, many of the students begin to develop…

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“The Box Scene”– Penguindrum Anime Rant

An analysis of the scene in penguindrum where the boys are in boxes-- plus some other concepts.

Anime Rants

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Weird Anime: 20 Ridiculous and Bizarre Anime Series Ever Made

If you watch enough anime, as I have been doing over two decades at this point, your are bound to run into some weird ones. Admittedly, anime has…

Recommend Me Anime

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Mawaru Penguindrum MBTI

It's time to explore the MBTI personality types of Penguindrum characters!

Anime Rants

Penguindrum

By Andrew Osmond. In Penguindrum, a dorky penguin hat – that’s a hat that looks like a penguin, not one made out of penguins – brings a beautiful…

All the Anime

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[Tagless Tag] My Pirate Crew is 2 Years Late but Still Very Powerful

As the title says and as you should learn to expect by now, this tag has been in my backlog forever before I randomly decided to engage with…

The Moyatorium

Manga the Week of 5/5/21

SEAN: May Comes In Like a Tiger! What manga do we have next week? Airship has an early digital release of Hello World, a one-shot SF novel about…

Manga Bookshelf

Manga the Week of 4/21/21

SEAN: The end of April, and the daffodils are blooming. What manga do we have? Airship gives us a print version of the 10th Mushoku Tensei novel and…

Manga Bookshelf

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Why Mawaru Penguindrum makes sense – when it shouldn’t

In many ways Mawaru Penguindrum defies attempts to make sense of its plot details, but it doesn’t care. It wants you to cry alongside its cast.

Alo's Watchlist

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Mawaru Penguindrum – Nothing but love itself is as it seems

The twists and turns in Mawaru Penguindrum will take you to places you’d never believe in this incredibly imaginative anime.

Alo's Watchlist

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Fanart Friday: Mawaru Penguindrum 10th Anniversary Film

One of our favorite anime series here on Beneath the Tangles is Mawaru Penguindrum, Kunihiko Ikuhara’s colorful, sometimes dark, sometimes whimsical series involving terrorists, magical girl …

Beneath the Tangles

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The Episode 1 anime dice roll (rolls 4 – 7)

Today I keep on rolling rolling rolling through my lists of anime that I haven’t watched yet to find something promising. This time I ended up with a…

Everything is bad for you

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Anime Series Like Wonder Egg Priority

After the death of her best and only friend, Ai Ohto became a shut in. One night while on a walk, she is convinced by a mysterious entity…

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The Kunihiko Ikuhara school for teachers (why Wonder Egg Priority’s Sawaki is bad actually)

Is Shuuichirou Sawaki all that bad? I’ve seen this question asked fairly frequently as Wonder Egg Priority has continued to air. Sawaki, who is protagonist Ai Ohto’s teacher…

atelier emily

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Ai Ohto’s room and safety in Wonder Egg Priority

Private rooms and home decor can be used in pointed ways to tell us more about the characters they belong to and Wonder Egg Priority once again seems…

atelier emily

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A (relatively) short Ikuhara primer, Naoko Yamada, and the “egg” in Wonder Egg Priority

This season’s latest critical darling, Shin Wakabayashi’s Wonder Egg Priority, has been described as, if Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum) and Naoko Yamada…

atelier emily

Favourite Anime I watched in 2020– They may have come out years ago

Once again it’s time for a favourite anime of the year post. I have a bit of a tradition with these posts! It’s a pretty straight up tradition,…

I drink and watch anime

Anime Series Like Arakawa Under the Bridge

Kou Ichinomiya, as the son of a wealthy businessman, has vowed never to become indebted to anyone. However,when he falls in the river under Arakawa Bridge, someone dives…

Recommend Me Anime

Penguindrum – One by One The Penguins Steal My Sanity

Genre: Beautifully undefinable Episodes: 24 Studio: Brain’s Base I don’t know what a Penguindrum is. Not exactly. We’re never told in clear terms. That’s the type of story…

I drink and watch anime

15 Shocking First Episodes of Anime Series

Crunchyroll recently reported results of a Japanese survey where respondents were asked which anime had the most shocking first episode. The answers themselves were kind of shocking. While…

Beneath the Tangles

Top 6 Anime that Made Me Cry

I couldn’t cut it down to 5. That’s How much of a crybaby I am! I guess I should preface this by letting you all know that I…

I drink and watch anime

Anime Series Like Blast of Tempest

Hakaze Kusaribe is a sorceress tasked with protecting the Tree of Origins. However, when a rival member of her family seeking to revive the Tree of World’s End…

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What Penguindrum Means to Me

I really, really care about Mawaru Penguindrum.

Floating into Bliss

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Kuro’s Favorite Anime: #5 Mawaru Penguindrum

We now finally enter into posts about my top 5 anime series! So Penguindrum…. how does one explain…. Penguindrum? Out of all the Ikuhara works I’ve seen it…

Kuroonuma

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The Decade in Review: The Japanese Industry

I said I wouldn’t be updating this blog for a while, but I remembered that I was working on a two-post "decade in review" which I had star...

The Melancholic Middle Aged Anime Fan

5 Reasons To Watch: Penguindrum

Every anime should include penguins.

Reasons to anime

10 Year Retrospective, Month #2: Throwback to February 2011

As we celebrate our tenth anniversary on Beneath the Tangles, we want to take some time each month to look into the past, not only to commemorate our…

Beneath the Tangles

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Top 10 Anime of the 2010s

The 2010s were a major decade for myself personally and solidified my anime fandom as a permanent fixture in my life going into adulthood. Early in the decade…

Otaku In Review

#1 — Mawaru Penguindrum (2011)

Seizon senryaku, bitches. (I don’t usually spoiler tag things because I expect people to realize that this is a very spoilery blog, but just in case, MAJOR CONTENT…

atelier emily

#4 — Yuri Kuma Arashi (2015)

I didn’t enjoy Yuri Kuma Arashi all that much on first watch. I enjoyed dissecting it and writing about it, but it didn’t fill me with the same…

atelier emily

Anime Feminist’s Bonus Picks of the Decade

We proudly present Part Two of our Decade Selections, affectionately titled: "I can't believe my teammates have such bad taste!" The post Anime Feminist’s Bonus Picks of the Decade…

Anime Feminist

#9 — Sarazanmai (2019)

I was on board with Sarazanmai as soon as I heard it existed. If Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon S, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum, Yuri Kuma Arashi) is…

atelier emily

[Eleven] I want to discuss, but I don’t want to be an authority — Sarazanmai

My first foray into anime blogging was a Cardcaptor Sakura Angelfire fan site. I had recently discovered the internet — thanks, in part, to Sailor Moon — and…

atelier emily

Interview – Terumi Nishii

The post Interview – Terumi Nishii appeared first on Full Frontal.

Full Frontal

Thank you for choosing me — Sarazanmai Episode 6

“I have faith that he’s going to smile again. I’m not the only one who wants to see Kazu-chan’s smile. Kazu-chan, you’re in the middle of a big…

atelier emily