Penguin Highway Blu-ray/DVD

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SKU: 826663198911

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About Penguin Highway Blu-ray/DVD

Penguin Highway is an anime movie directed by Hiroyasu Ishida.

Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he discovers that the arrival of the penguins is related to a mysterious young woman from his dentist's office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure!

Details

  • Publisher: SHOUT FACTORY
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 118
  • Year Created: 2018
  • Release Date: 8/6/2019
  • Dimensional Weight: 0.5
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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An Absolute Joy

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Penguin Highway is an absolute joy and is Hiroyasu Ishida's directorial film debut. The cover for the film itself evokes plenty of curiosity, while the bulk of the story supplies a wealth of mystery and charm that wraps up in a satisfying conclusion worth every minute of your time.

If you fancy works by Mamoru Hosoda and are looking for a promising new director to follow, then I would encourage you to add Penguin Highway to your library!

How Bizarre

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Normally, I'm into the bizarre, like Yuasa and Tim Burton, but in a way that's deep and meaningful, or at least competent, and this just...isn't it. The "big reveal" (or "eureka moment", in this case) is miles-away predictable; there's very little, if any, plot to speak of; and the ending is less fulfilling than having done a household chore, not to mention 0% impactful. The animation is pretty enough, but a little confusing and hard to follow at some points. The story feels like it just didn't know what it wanted to be: A schoolkids drama or a trippy sci-fi (for which you are better off watching, respectively, A Silent Voice or Children who Chase Lost Voices, which is very similar in feel and I honestly liked more than this). Maybe you'll have a better time of it if you don't have any expectations. But if you absolutely have to watch it...rent it first, it's on digital.