Penguin Highway was directed by Hiroyasu Ishida. Kana Kita Onee-san. Rie Kugimiya Aoki. With Kana Kita, Yû Aoi, Tony Azzolino, Landen Beattie. by Tomihiko Morimi | Aug 13, 2019. The real story here is not him solving a problem, but growing a little, coming to an understanding of himself, and how his emotions, his empathy for others, are at least as much a part of his problem solving skillset as his intellect and his habits. Directed by Hiroyasu Ishida. Art. The Eccentric Family, The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, and The Tatami Galaxy were all brilliantly quirky and among the very best things to come out in their respective years of release. Aoyama (アオヤマ君, Aoyama-kun) Voiced by: Kana Kita (Japanese); Gideon Modisett (English) A precocious boy who keeps a notebook of things he learns. Any sort of situation that revolves around emotional intelligence shows off that he still needs to grow up a bit. Aoyama and Hamamoto are wonderfully self-confident role models, potentially inspiring an interest in the sciences or at least the principles of critical thinking. The character of Dr Hamamoto looks like he’s jumped straight out of the works of Ghibli. Miyuki Kobori Aoyama's Father. Penguin Highway is both about and aimed at a younger audience. Penguin Highway is distantly reminiscent of Pinkwater in that it's about young people who come face-to-face with a universe that's bigger, stranger, goofier, and woolier than they ever dreamed. That said I would argue that Penguin Highway falls into that realm of your stereotypical “anime” either. It is all so “mundane” that most people only get involved when circumstances force their hand. Megumi Han Hamamoto's Father. He has never seen the ocean. But then one of the adults in his life slowly reveals herself to be central to the mystery of the penguins, a sassy woman who dotes on Aoyama and works at the dentist's office where he has his slowly emerging new teeth cleaned. Night (and Tatami Galaxy) revolved around a college-age protagonist, and had a likewise adult sensibility. People are always unnerved by the fantastical occurrences but in the same way, they would react to losing their wallets or find a hundred dollars on the street. For the moment, though, he'll have to live life as a fourth-grader. He just assumes that they are intellectual buddies. Aoyama is this little genius who is clearly extraordinarily smart. Here, what we get is spared from being creepy by Aoyama's sheer innocence as a person: we've seen all this through him, so we know his interest in the woman is not prurient. That is why his novels keep getting adapted as anime. But then she entrusts Aoyama with a massive secret: she's the one who created the penguins. September 2020. It's not the intelligence I resent, but the smugness.Penguin Highway is about a kid who is very smart indeed, and oh so very conscious of how smart he is, and the first remarkable thing about the story is how author Tomihiko Morimi managed to keep me from wanting to slam the book shut on him. Follow. Most everyone in the town takes the spontaneously generating penguins as just a minor bit of news to gossip about. It is not just one of those stereotypical weird “Japanimation cartoons.” Penguin Highway is a visual and narrative treat that stands alongside the other anime based on the work of Tomihiko Morimi. It feels like a movie that takes advantage of being a theatrical release in all the best ways. But none of Morimi's written work was available in English until very recently; Penguin is, as far as I can tell, the only other book we have of his right now aside from Night. My first encounters with Morimi's work were most likely through the same channels as other English speakers who find out about it: by way of the anime adaptations of his novels. Over the course of the summer, Aoyama's investigation of the mystery deepens, and his problem-solving chops expand aggressively to meet it. Join the online community, create your anime and manga list, read reviews, explore the forums, follow news, and so much more! Penguin Highway is one of these works. Aoyama. Characters like that don't come off as inspirational to me. Looking for information on the anime Penguin Highway? 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