Mahou Tofu

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So it’s in the title, and they’re always in the episodes, but even after watching the entire series one might come to the conclusion that the penguins are pretty insignificant to the story. To that I would agree to an extent, but in the end I would disagree wholeheartedly. To me, the penguins serve three main purposes (two of which are obvious and one is a bit more subtle). The first and most obvious function is to be background activity for any particular scene. Secondly, they reflect the characteristics of their owner on a micro-scale, and lastly is their thematic significance which I’ll get to at the end of this article.

The first purpose of the penguins is kind of the most superficial but perhaps the most appealing factor of their existence. Their quirky and random activities every episode help to keep the atmosphere light, even in the most tense…

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