Mawaru Penguindrum 01: Ideal
Right off the bat we get hit with big sticky globs of Idealistic Idealism of Ideal Ideas. The notion that Fate sucks because its existence would render Life meaningless. The notion that there is an Afterlife, and that Life only really begins with the Afterlife. The notion that Love rules. The notion that you can accurately imitate an Animal by simply repeating its Name in whichever Language you happen to speak <an example of extreme Idealism if you think about it>.
If Nietzsche came back from the grave and saw this he’d vomit, have a heart attack and die again. Thankfully the rest of us can watch this and enjoy it.
Even the geography seems to be ideal. The family lives near Ogikubo Station, from which the Marunouchi line begins (part of the line was historically named the Ogikubo line). Then the aquarium they visit is in Ikebukuro (which is the 25th and last station on the same line). Shoma goes to school near Shinjuku-Gyoenmae, the 10th station on the same line. The chances that all the places you need to go to in Tokyo are on the same line are practically astronomical. Fate???
And of course, all of what I’m writing here wasn’t the result of hours of research. Quite the contrary, the show slaps you in the face with this geography. I guess we’ll know in the next episode if there’s more to this, but since Shinjuku (or as I call it: Heaven and Hell on Earth) is on the line, they could easily just stay on it for the rest of the show.
Since I’ve always thought of Revolutionary Girl Utena‘s Chu Chu and Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s Pen Pen as equivalents, I find it funny (though not surprising) that Utena‘s Ikuhara is now bringing us penguins that sound like Chu Chus. Overall, I love the fact that Ikuhara is not being all paranoid and trying to banish or exorcise Utena from this project. Sticking your arm inside someone’s chest as they arch back in exquisite pain makes for a cool scene, no matter what show it is.
As for the kiss at the end, well, we’ll see…
P.S. ghostlightning writing in otou-san‘s blog warns us to prepare for disappointments. I refuse to believe that this will bad. But if it turns out to be bad, I will be very disappointed.