Sakura Nankyoku. Daughter of Nankyoku Mega-Corp. Otaku fangirl. Student Council President. Total nutcase.
This is the world of Penguin Musume♥Heart. Adapted from the Penguin Musume manga running in Champion Red, it's one of the few anime to air completely online. No episode exceeds 14 minutes (counting the OP and ED), and new episodes went at 12:00 Japan Time on Saturday at http://pen-musu.jp (sometimes earlier for users of Nico Nico Douga, a Japanese YouTube analogue) Each episode follows Sakura (alias "Penguin"), her True Companions and whatever comedy can fit into that short span of time. The web series ran for 22 episodes, all of them available at the previous link.
By the way, IOSYS of Touhou Project fame (specifically ARM) composed one of the ending songs.
This anime contains examples of:
- Animal Motifs - Sakura: penguin, Kujira: whale, Marie: polar bear, Sha Chi: orca.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy - Whenever a character is naked or has very little clothing. However, when clothed nipples are visible through clothing, as well as a little camel toe.
- Broke Episode - Marie loses all of her fortune and is reduced to living in a shack in the aftermath of the giant naked catfight incident. On her birthday, no less.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl - Sakura. She loves dressing up in costume and once got her Heroic Resolve back when she found out she could play dress up with Kujira if she won the match she was in.
- Often involving Exposed to the Elements.
- Evolving Credits - The first seven episodes slowly change before stabilizing into something that's more of a Bait-and-Switch Credits.
- Dancing Theme - One version of the OP, and a portion of the ED.
- Fanservice - Quite a bit of it. Most of the girls are remarkably well-endowed for high school students.
- Flung Clothing - Sakura attempts it and ends up nude in the classroom. A second attempt makes it end up right.
- Gag Dub - An official one, too. Including recasting the show as a wrestling show and a Sentai team, all while messing around with the first 11 episode's scenes in a style reminiscent of a Fan Vid.
- Genius Ditz - Sakura is an expert on all things anime. Completely brain-dead in all else.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming:
- Most episode names are references to other shows.
- Even the drama CD can't escape from this, as its title is Iruka Chuuihou
- Last Episode, New Character - Sakura apparently has a sister, also called Sakura, who looks just like her.
- Luke, I Am Your Father - The Black Rose is in fact Sakura's mother.
- The Power of Love - Sakura turns several feet tall and naked with the support from everyone in her duel against Marie. But not before she gets hit with a tranquilizer first. Marie tries this too, but since her own supporters are initially.... less then exuberant, she only grows a few feet or so initially but manages to do better a few moments later.
- Psycho Lesbian - The Black Rose... you can't get any more psycho than the Black Rose. It doesn't help that she uses a whip that resembles a vine full of thorns called the Black Rose Rabu Rabu Whip of Love and uses it to deal Clothing Damage on Sakura. It gets weirder and squickier once she turns out to be Sakura's mother.
- Shout-Out - Kamen Rider and Rozen Maiden among others. Several episode titles are puns on other anime, and by episode eight, the OP is animated as a joke at the expense of Revolutionary Girl Utena.
- Sibling Yin-Yang - Sakura is a Genki Girl, her little sister Kaede is a Little Miss Snarker.
- To the Pain - The level of abuse The Black Rose inflicts on Sakura reaches torturous levels, up to the point where things become rather questionable.
- Unsettling Gender-Reveal:
- Thanks to being raised as a boy, Kujira was dropped on herself at some point before the series started. She's still pretty danged tomboyish, despite her best efforts to the contrary.
- Also her fiance the Chinese Girl, Sha Chi, either has apparently still not realized Kujira's gender or she just doesn't care, although given that she sees the engagement as a way to have cool martial arts battles it might be the latter.
- Whip of Dominance - The Black Rose is a domineering Psycho Lesbian who wields a whip that she uses on her beloved Sakura to "discipline" her. The whip even causes Clothing Damage when it makes contact.