I've been meaning to post for a week or two now after finishing up penguindrum. What an interesting series.
I can't really think of too many, if any, others I can really compare it too. Very artfully done, the comedic series is constantly taking sharp turns into thought provoking psychological sequences that keep reminding you that there is truly something to pay attention to here.
The storytelling and the way the plot unfolds is a little disjointed and confusing but comes together well enough as things progress. The content is riskay enough at points to curl your toes and would almost be enough for me to call it in poor taste if it weren't pulled off concurrently with story development and some real artistic integrity (by way of actually being pertinent to the plot). Sorry if that is a bit vague and confusing but I am trying to keep my impression void of spoiler-ific details.
And while most of the characters are nothing to write home about, the character of Dr. Sanetoshi really appealed to me.
All in all I'm not saying Penguidrum is great but if your in the mood for something of a very different flavor than what you may be used to, it is worth checking out.
The blend of humor and mind-f*** that is executed here is of high and rare caliber indeed.
I actually think now, upon completing and understanding things a wee bit better, I could really appreciate a rewatch of the series. That is something you will rarely here me say, even of some of my favorite series.
Since it's summer and I was thinking about the guilty pleasure anime thread, I re-watched Sorcerer Hunters. I don't know why I love the series so much, but I do! The manga's solid too, and I'm now re-reading those.
Since I so love your taste in games, I had to check this out when I read your post... A 1995 fantasy anime series I have never seen... you have officially made my day and totally sealed the deal as to what I NEED to watch next good sir! Thank you :)