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Mike is a sensitive soul that has seen too much. His story begins with him in the midst of the Vietnam War, when this poetry-loving indivudal sees the horrors of war first-hand. While he survives and gets discharged after injury, several friends don't make it. Shell-shocked, he tries to find his place in the world, becoming a drifter, participating in underground fighting rings, and acting generally numb to the world until he settles down in a nice, quiet town to take care of their library. There, he falls in love, contends with a love rival, and discovers that running away from his problems only results in them exploding in his face.
It's very poignant. Very serious. And every single character is a cute penguin.
Conceived as an Anime vehicle to promote popular 80's-era Suntory Beer mascot Mike The Penguin, this movie is one of the most jarring things to watch, as you see penguins that appear like they belong in a children's show with a script that is on par, in both content and tone, with The Deer Hunter. It also features the song "Sweet Memories," by Seiko Matsuda, one of the all-time most successful idol singers in Japan.
This movie contains examples of:
- Captain Ersatz - Mike's Captain Ersatz, Pentarou of Penguin Adventures and Parodius is actually more well-known than the original.
- Everything's Better with Penguins
- Gratuitous English - All the penguin names. In particular, "TOOOOOMUUUUUU!"
- - The Deer Hunter with penguins. Also, Penguin Fight Club.
- Mood Whiplash - The art style versus the subject. Also, when the random singalong with the penguin chicks happens.
- The Musical - Given the romantic interest was voiced by an Idol Singer, pretty much a given.
- Narm - It's really hard to take this movie seriously, despite its subject matter, because its art style does not fit it at all.
- No Export for You - Suntory won't let it be exported, mostly afraid they'd be ridiculed if it got out of Japan.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran - Mike spends much of the movie like this.
- Values Dissonance - Apparently, a woman should give up all her dreams to be a housewife if she falls in love.
- War Is Hell