Anime Recommendation: Mawaru Penguindrum

Image
I Love the Word ‘Fate’
-written by irriadin-

It’s not a particularly well-known series, despite being helmed by Revolutionary Girl Utena’s Kunihiko Ikuhara, but Penguindrum is a series that should not be missed. It is a markedly weird journey of a family of siblings: brothers Shoma & Kanba and terminally ill sister, Himari. This show pulls no punches; Himari dies in the first episode. BUT! She is resurrected by a mind-controlling hat that informs the brothers that they have to find the mystical penguindrum, or Himari will die for real. Suffice it to say, the rest of the show continually serves up increasingly stranger and stranger plot twists, right up to the powerful finale.

More than just a thriller, however, Penguindrum delivers in other areas as well. It is a very complex series; if you’re getting sick of superficial shows with little to no depth, you’ll be very pleased with Penguindrum’s vast reservoir of symbolism and theme exploration. While other shows might be designed more or less by a group, Ikuhara’s auteur influence is felt in every frame, every color chosen and every bit of written dialogue. All the attention given to Penguindrum doesn’t quite coalesce into a masterpiece, but it does produce a stand-out work MORE than worthy of being seen by anyone at all interested in anime.

Watch Penguindrum. It is a unique, exotic experience with intriguing characters, fantastic art direction and a compellingly tragic story. While I was initially off-put by the peculiar weirdness of the show’s presentation, by the end I was riveted and completely invested in Shoma, Kanba and Himari’s struggles. You may not love Penguindrum (though I did), but you’ll never forget it.

AMV 101 @ Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013

If you are going to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013, make sure to check out the AMV 101 panel presented by PixelBlended Studios.  The panel will be on Friday, September 27th from 2:30 to 3:30PM.

Website Update

It has been a while since we last updated the website, and this was a major one. The AMV Basics section was updated with the Video Basics and Audio Basics sections finally being added, and you can look forward to the AMV Concept Theory section being added sometime this summer. The tutorials also received a major up date with new information and tweaks to the existing guides.

AMV 101 @ Momocon 2013

If you are going to Momocon 2013, make sure to check out the AMV 101 panel presented by PixelBlended Studios members kireblue and StarTrinity009.  The panel will be on Sunday, March 10th from 11:00AM to 12:00PM.

Happy New Year!

Hey PixelBlended Studios fans, it’s a New Year! We had a great time last year making videos, running AMV panels, as well as interacting with fans and other editors at anime conventions. We’d like to take this opportunity to share our personal favorite AMVs out of all the ones we released in 2012! Each of our videos brings out our hope to spread the drive to watch anime you’ve never seen before. So with this in mind, check out the crème de la crème of the year!

l33tmeatwad – Sorry for Being Hercule, Sincerely Mr. Satan
snapxynith – Spiral Rangers

StarTrinity009 – Eden Me Baby
KireBlue – Dinosaurs and Lollipops
GuntherAMVs – TECHNO LOGIC
irriadin – Put Ya Guns On!
Shin-AMV – Magic Eye

PixelBlended Studios @ Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012

Are you going to Anime Weekend Atlanta?  Would you like to meet members of PixelBlended Studios?  Then don’t miss out on the creator spotlights in the VAT room on Saturday September 29th starting at 11am.  Some of the members of PixelBlended Studios along with several other AMV editors will be presenting their videos and giving you the opportunity to meet them.  PixelBlended Studios scheduled time slots are listed below.

11:30 – 11:45 am           kireblue
11:45 am – 12:00 pm     irriadin
12:00 – 12:15 pm           Shin-AMV
12:15 – 12:30 pm           GuntherAMVs
12:45 – 1:00 pm             l33tmeatwad

We hope to see you there!

Website Update

It has been a while since the content on the website received a full update.  There are new pages for the members that joined PixelBlended Studios this summer and the pages for the other members have been updated as well.  There were also updates to the guides and walkthroughs section as well as an overall update to the organization of that section.  We added a link in the editing tutorials section to the AMVlog’s  YouTube channel which has advanced video tutorials for editors to learn new techniques and we are looking into making video tutorials for AMV beginners.

To Otakon Panel Attendees

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the AMV 101 panel at Otakon 2012 and we hope you all enjoyed it and learned a lot.  Under the “Panel: AMV 101” tab or on the right side of the page you will find links to tutorials that we mentioned in the panel.  There is also a more extensive tutorial that covers audio and video in more detail on animemusicvideos.org under guides, just click here to go directly to their guide.

AMV 101 @ Otakon 2012

We’re back at it again!  If you are going to Otakon 2012, make sure to check out the AMV 101 panel presented by all four members of PixelBlended Studios.  The panel will be on Friday, July 27th from 10:00PM to 11:00PM.

To the Animazement Attendees

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the AMV 101 panel at Animazement 2012 and we hope you all enjoyed it and learned a lot.  Under the “Panel: AMV 101” tab or on the right side of the page you will find links to tutorials that we mentioned in the panel.  Some more advanced video tutorials for editing software are not currently up, but we are working on getting those types of resources available to you.  Also, there is a more extensive tutorial that convers advanced digital video and audio information on animemusicvideos.org under guides, just click here to go directly to their guide.