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Penguindrum Collection 1 (輪るピングドラム) [第1話‐12話] [Blu-ray] [Import]
Once you make a decision, does the universe conspire to make it happen? Is destiny a matter of chance, a matter of choice or the complex outcome of thousands of warring strands of fate? All twins Kanba and Shouma know is that when their terminally ill sister Himari collapses at the aquarium, her death is somehow temporarily reversed by the penguin hat that she had asked for. It's a provisional resurrection, however, and it comes at a price: to keep Himari alive they need to find the mysterious Penguin Drum. In order to do that, they must first find the links to a complex interlocking chain of riddles that has wrapped around their entire existence, and unravel the knots that tie them to mystifying diary and a baffling string of strangers and semi-acquaintances who all have their own secrets, agendas and "survival strategies." And in order for Himari to live, someone else's chosen destiny will have to change. From the creator of REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA comes a story of love, fate, life, death . and Penguins: PENGUIN DRUM - THE FIRST COLLECTION.
The anime starts out with a loving family of brothers, Shōma Takakura (blue hair) and Kanba Takakura (red hair) and a cute little sister, Himari Takakura. They go to the aquarium, but then Himari collapses and is pronounced dead. She immediately comes back to life due to the strange penguin hat she was wearing. She claims that the two brothers must find something called the Penguindrum so she will remain alive. The three of them are assisted by three cute little penguins that only they can see. On their mission, the brothers meet a girl named Ringo Oginome, who exhibits some strange behavior like stalking their homeroom teacher and wanting her sister's desires to come to fruition by any means necessary.
The first half of the series is somewhat lighthearted and comical in appearance, but the second half is a lot darker and starts answering the viewer's many questions throughout the series. Trying to explain any more of the series is just ludicrous because of the many plot devices and strange occurrences in the show. To summarize, the show is about penguins and apples at its core. It is also the latest anime from Kunihiko Ikuhara, the director of Revolutionary Girl Utena, which is also a very good anime; maybe even better than this show. Both shows have similar psychological and philosophical themes, and both feature pink haired characters.
This series is licensed by Sentai Filmworks and comes in a 3 disc set. There are no real special features, just like most Sentai anime. Notably, the English dub is fine for the main characters, but a lot of the minor characters sound like they did not even try to cast them properly. The teacher character sounds extraordinarily plain and dull for the first half of the series, but in the second half, he is voiced by someone else, and has a much deeper voice, which is appropriate for the second half's content. The animation for this anime is very nice and the music is really good. The second half has at least seven different closing theme songs, which is incredible for only 12 episodes.
Granted it's not something for everybody, but I think that's because people don't look through what's happening on screen.
That's because this series is very philosophical but you don't need to understand every concept and get every point to love it, at its heart Penguin Drum is a story of love, family, bonds and DESTINY!! (when you watch the show you'll get why I capitalized it).
It's in Japanese with English subtitles AND there is an English dub!
2 discs, first half of the series.
If you're thinking about it, don't bother. JUST BUY IT.
Penguin Drum, like Utena, is a roller-coaster of emotion and drama. You can see from the very first episode that much thought and care was given not only to the look, but the feel of the anime. I won't spoil, but this is something worth watching if you're looking for an experience that makes you think twice as you watch.
Now the reason for only 3 stars - I really wish another company besides Sentai had gotten this series. One that would have done a better job. I was watching the subs and they really weren't good. At first I thought maybe it's just because I watched the fansubbed version so many times that I was used to their wording, but no. It seems like Sentai was really careless with the subs. At one point Kanba says "we gotta got hold of Uncle." Gotta got? Didn't anyone check these things? There are more instances where I found myself wondering "how careless were the people who subbed this thing?"
Aside from the errors, there were some changes to the script. The most notable change was changing the series' catch phrase from "survival strategy" to "survival tactic" in the subs. Another example I can think of off the top of my head is when Kanba (in episode 1) said his speech at the end; instead of saying "Dear God, is he really human? Just wondering," he says "could God...really be human? Yeah right." Uh, what? I won't post the whole speech, but I will say that doesn't even make sense in the context of what he's talking about. The first line does - he's talking about if someone loved another person in spite of their DNA or fate, could that person cast those things aside and still be considered human? The second line has him asking a philosophical question about the nature of God out of left field.
It's just sloppy work all the way around. I'm torn now - on the one hand I really want to buy the DVDs and support a series that gave me so much joy. On the other hand, I don't want to support Sentai's shoddy work.