The Lost Backlog of Summer 2014 #11: Mawaru Penguindrum

mpd03aSeeing as I had no confidence in the summer season, I decided to invent a backlog of shows to watch from one of three different areas. The eleventh anime on this list was Mawaru Penguindrum, which aired in the summer of 2011. I had previously watched the only the last episode back in a strange period for this blog. I watched the show over a period of a few days, and these are my thoughts on it.

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Endings Without Context 4: Mawaru Penguindrum

The episode opens with a lot of suffering, and it hardly lets up.

This fourth take on watching only the last episode of a series brings me back to another show I had not watched during my summer off last year. AJtheFourth at Altair & Vega remembered that I had not seen any of Mawaru Penguindrum, though that may be due to the fact that I did an entire post devoted to being 24 episodes behind on it. That said, there are many fans of this series while there is also the fact that the director of this series also created Utena.

Before I drag this introduction into why I chose this too long, they key thing she said about my watching it is that it may ruin any enjoyment I get from watching it the future. I didn’t really think something so acclaimed by people I trust could be ruined by just the final episode. Then again, maybe I would need a larger social circle to recommend shows to begin with? So how did I see it?

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12 Days “I’m X Weeks Behind on Penguindrum”

The process for picking this was GISing "Seizon Senryaku" and hoping for the best

This is part of a series of shorter posts recapping some of more whimsical aspects of 2011, and not necessarily having to do with any of the main topics covered by this blog.

In the spring I went about watching everything I could possibly get my hands on that continued to run. That included everything from the time-shifting love story Steins;Gate to the weekly failures of Deadman Wonderland. Mainly I wanted to see if that would cause my viewing patterns to change. That answer would ultimately be “no” when normal activity returned in the fall.

“What of the summer?” you are probably not asking. I took it as an opportunity to take some time off from the grind of watching tons of anime at once. I would go back and look at anything that was recommended to me on Twitter after the fact. This resulted in my rushing to complete 5 of the 6 recommendations since those were finished.

  • Usagi Drop
  • Dantalian no Shoka
  • Mayo Chiki!
  • Sacred Seven
  • Twin Angel
Not as terrible as I it answered a trivia question

I was well aware that those last 2 or 3 were ironically suggested, but I’m never above watching something terrible because it is obvious trolling. That 6th recommendation was Mawaru Penguindrum.

It’s the source of endless frustration that I’ve been waiting for it to finish before I can watch it. Nothing kills a conversation on that series than my being the one to say “oh I’m 8 weeks behind on Penguindrum” or “I still plan on watching it, so I’m 21 episodes behind.” With this level of buildup, I wonder if when I do get to watching it, will it not be able to live up to expectations? I’ve probably been spoiled in someway by various tweets, but fortunately without context I have no real idea what has actually been spoiled.

On the other hand, not as good as I expected.

Which leads to one final question, considering the popularity with it’s fanbase, why wasn’t I recommended Idolm@ster?