Right, so Pingu In The City‘s placement on the anime list feels a bit like a joke gone that bit too far. When it first aired at the end of 2017, this show temporarily occupied the top placement as people trolled MyAnimeList by giving it full marks. As of writing this, Pingu In The City has fallen out of the top 100 once, but is now back in the Top 50. I am fully expecting this to have fallen out again once this post goes up but since I’ve seen it, I might as well do a little write-up.
If you know the original Pingu claymation series, then you know what the Japanese computer-animated Pingu In The City is all about. We follow the escapades of lovable young penguin Pingu as his family move to the big city. The episodes are 10-11 minutes apiece and are incredibly cute.
As a young Pingu fan, I was really keen to give this modern reboot a go. The thing is, as much as Pingu In The City has done well to match the original look of the claymation – a lot of charm is still lost by this being computer generated. It’s very competent and it’s cute, but I prefer a small town Pingu having small town adventures with his seal friend.
At some point in the future I will likely have to watch the second season of Pingu In The City. I can’t imagine how much more it would provide than what is in the first season… unless they go completely off book and do something more serialized. Nah! At least it’ll be cute.