Whenever a series ends, I ask myself: What did I get from this series? This is a question I ask regardless of a series’ literary or artistic value. It’s a personal question and one that I find to be the most difficult and important question of all. After dedicating an estimated eight hours on the tumultuous Mawaru Penguindrum, the answer was (unexpectedly) clear.
Shouma, Himari and Kanba were children who chose to care for each other and love one another as family. This makeshift family is cursed, haunted by the sins of their parents and their own personal ghosts. The ending leads to Kanba and Shouma’s self sacrifice, allowing their loved ones (Himari and Ringo) to exist in new lives whether neither of the brothers existed.
Living in itself is a punishment, however only the truly brave venture to make the best of it. As the Scorpion burst into flames, he gave the night eternal light. As such, we as people must continue living, making the most of that sacrifice.
To speak as if I were a survivor might strike you as me being pretentious. I have not ‘survived’ anything, in fact, my dull existence is possibly an insult to all those who struggled and fought for their lives.
But everyday– people die, and we stay in order to make sense of what it is they’ve left. Eerily, Bettenou’s words are apt : “Live.Fall.” Let’s live, be punished and maybe someday we too can burst into flames and eternally light the dark night.
As an anime viewer, I had plenty of issues regarding Mawaru Penguindrum’s execution and I never grew too fond of any of the characters or their emotional turmoil. However, these faults are debatable for any viewer or blogger.
That’s why I decided to approach Mawaru Penguindrum personally. It’s the only way I feel I can give it any justice, which in one way or another– it deserves. I’m certain this show gives out a different message for people who have seen it, and while it’s never been perfect, I think that’s great.
In closing, if you’re feeling Mawaru Penguindrum withdrawal I highly recommend Haruki Murakami’s works. It’d be amazing if Ikuhara adapted one of his novels.