Jul 8, 2011 to Dec 23, 2011
24 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisOnce you make a decision, does the universe conspire to make it happen? Is destiny a matter of chance, a matter of choice or the complex outcome of thousands of warring strands of fate? All twins Kanba and Shoma know is that when their terminally ill sister Himari collapses at the aquarium, her death is somehow temporarily reversed by the penguin hat that she had asked for. It's a provisional resurrection, however, and it comes at a price: to keep Himari alive they need to find the mysterious Penguin Drum. In order to do that, they must first find the links to a complex interlocking chain of riddles that has wrapped around their entire existence, and unravel the knots that tie them to mystifying diary and a baffling string of strangers and semi-acquaintances who all have their own secrets, agendas and "survival strategies." And in order for Himari to live, someone else's chosen destiny will have to change. It's a story of love, fate, life, death... and Penguins!
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
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Opening Theme#1: "Nornir (ノルニル)" by Etsuko Yakushimaru Metro Orchestra (eps 1-14)
#2: "Shounen yo Ware ni Kaere (少年よ我に帰れ)" by Etsuko Yakushimaru Metro Orchestra (eps 15-23)
Ending Theme#01: "DEAR FUTURE" by coaltar of the deepers (eps 1-9, 11-12)
#02: "DEAR FUTURE feat. Yui Horie" by coaltar of the deepers (ep 10)
#03: "Haiiro no Suiyoubi (灰色の水曜日)" by Triple H (eps 13, 15, 18)
#04: "Bad News Kuroi Yokan (Bad News 黒い予感)" by Triple H (eps 14, 17)
#05: "Ikarechimattaze!! (イカレちまったぜ!!)" by Triple H (ep 16)
#06: "HIDE and SEEK" by Triple H (ep 19)
#07: "Private Girl" by Triple H (ep 20)
#08: "Tamashii Kogashite (魂こがして)" by Triple H (ep 21)
#09: "Asa no Kageri no Naka de (朝のかげりの中で)" by Triple H (ep 22)
#10: "HEROES ~Eiyuutachi (HEROES ～英雄たち)" by Triple H (ep 23)
Mawaru Penguindrum is one of those rare anime that doesn't have some form of source material. It was created by Brain's Base, the same studio behind Durarara & Baccano. The co-writer and director was Ikuhara Kunihiko. You may not know his name but you probably recognise his other works. He created and directed Revolutionary Girl Utena and served as the director for large segments of the Sailor Moon anime. I have to say, this sounds promising. So far, the two anime I've seen from Brain's Base have been at least decent and Ikuhara does amazing work. If they screw this up I'm going to be sorely disappointed. So, let's proceed with cautious optimism.
Our tale opens with three siblings, Shouma, Kanba and Himari. The three are living on their own since their parents went missing and things aren't going very well. Himari is dying of an incurable disease and her brothers have been told that she doesn't have long. They decide to do everything they can to make her final days happy and take her to an Aquarium that they all used to love going to. It's there that Himari collapses. She's rushed to the hospital where she dies only to quickly come back to life and start adopting odd mannerisms whenever she wears a penguin hat. She brings her brothers to a strange psychedelic space that even Lewis Carroll would find excessive, calls them worthless low lives and tells them that they'll have to find something called the “Penguindrum” to save their sister's life and things only become crazier and crazier from that point on.
As usual, let's begin by looking at the series' faults. The biggest one is that it's fond of bringing up really serious issues for dramatic moments that don't tie into the plot in any substantial way and are never brought up again after they happen. The primary examples being scenes where someone will very nearly be raped and the next episode they'll interact with the person who made the attempt as though nothing happened and it will just go completely unaddressed for the rest of the series. Which just begs the question of why something as serious as rape is being brought up at all if they aren't going to bother doing anything with it. Really, any source of drama should have some plot relevance instead of just being there for a cheap shock moment but there's something particularly terrible about using such a grotesque crime, and the number one cause of PTSD, in such a tawdry fashion. There are also quite a few humorous moments that fall short, mainly because they'll try to pull off humour at parts of their cheap shock scenes or really close to them which results in a tonal clash. The romance elements in this are absolutely atrocious. Most of it involves incestuous undertones, stalking and/or some other factor that makes it really skeevy. The problem being that a lot of it is played as uplifting or otherwise positive instead of having some self awareness of how messed up the situation is. Although, in all fairness, they do always show rape as being a terrible thing, even if they never bring the attempts up again after they're done with.
Let's move on to the positive aspects. I will give the series credit on three points. The first is that the premise is very creative and had a lot of potential, even if that potential was largely squandered by meanderings into the realms of pointless irrelevance and general stupidity. I'll also give credit for having some legitimately good dramatic scenes, when it's actually doing plot relevant stuff and can refrain from trying to inject humour into it. The series also does have some funny scenes, when it's putting them in at light-hearted bits instead of trying to cram them into really serious moments. So, the series does manage some good bits during the rare stretches when the writers were on their Ritalin.
The characters are, largely, not bad. Every single one does suffer from the writing's general lack of focus, but in terms of characterisation and development they aren't bad characters. They are, however, pretty standard with little, if anything, unique to define them. There are some really good familial scenes with Shouma, Kanba and Himari. They still aren't very complex characters, though and there are times when the series takes those bonds into creepy territory which does weaken that aspect.
Then we have the penguins. Those of you who have seen Utena might remember the little purple monkey that existed solely for comic relief but was bearable because he largely stayed in the background and did, in all fairness, have some funny moments. Now, imagine that same basic character with a more prominent role and with four slight variations running around. So, now you have four largely pointless comic sidekicks taking up screen time and being highly obtrusive. I would like to tell you that at least none of them makes any attempt at sexually assaulting anyone, but one of them does, albeit in a much more mild form than most of the similar scenes in the series. Because tying someone up and forcing kisses on them without consent is still a type of sexual assault.
The art is good. Ikuhara's fondness for symbolism that's extravagant and kind of bizarre is fully on display. The visuals are highly engrossing and appealing to look at. The character designs are very reminiscent of Utena. For example, Natsume Masako looks similar to Arisugawa Juri in terms of hairstyle, facial structure and even expressions.
The actors in this really put a great deal of effort into their performances. They do deliver their lines as over the top or seriously as the current scene demands. I appreciate the effort they're clearly putting into it and I won't say that any of them were bad, but I really can't call them good performances either. Due to the tonal issues, A lot of scenes require them to fluctuate from serious to exaggeration in the space of a few sentences and it just sounds awkward. There aren't many scenes that let them show any subtle emotional range. Most just have them fluctuating between extremes. Honestly, the music is the one thing I didn't notice tonal problems with. Maybe it does fluctuate during those horribly executed scenes and I was too overwhelmed by everything else to notice but, as far as I can recall, the music was really good.
There's certainly some. One of the attempted rape scenes is between two characters of the same sex. There's also a case of two female characters being portrayed as having had sex, consensual too as rare as that is for this anime and there are some scenes that definitely come across as homo-erotic, usually between girls. That being said, it isn't a huge part of the anime since a lot of the focus is on Shouma and Kanba. As such, the ho-yay factor is going to be a 5/10.
This anime is a classic example of style being valued over substance. It has some amazing visuals and it has some good scenes both dramatic and comedic and it does portray familial bonds pretty well. But taken as a whole, it doesn't hold up. The narrative is an unfocused mess with tonal problems and lots of dramatic moments that serve no purpose to the plot and come across as pretty offensive and demeaning towards serious issues. Because it's one thing to address serious issues and quite another to bring them up and then do bugger all with them. This series chose poorly and took the latter route. In the end, every good scene is over-shadowed by two or three bad ones and my final rating is going to be a 3/10. Next week, we'll ignore the requests for a moment because it's time to take another look at that franchise, in the name of the moon. read more
Remember during an English/Literature class and your teacher would recommend you a book to read for an important exam/lesson? Some of the contexts contain what you may think as a simple room painted in "red" actually hides a message of violence and anger. Another example is the book "The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry" shares many symbols such as the rose being a symbol of vanity. Mawaru Penguindrum is definitely like a classic book. A classic book that uses objects as symbols.
Practically, the whole anime in itself is a pure symbol of what you may think is a child's play is actually much more than that.
The thing that made me drawn into the anime was pretty simple, the cute little blue penguins. I barely took the anime that seriously because I don't really check out the summary of an anime just for an element of surprise and the picture cover of the anime made it look like a children's show. The first few episodes did turn out to be a joke and I had a great time laughing and admiring the fun atmosphere the anime was giving. But once the anime started to take the story in a different direction the anime turns into an anime worth raising an eyebrow for.
During the start of the anime, more likely the word "fate/destiny" does keep on repeating a dozen of times and mainly that is the general story line. Likely avoiding the destined future a person takes is not plausible -- and so that's when the penguindrum comes. Symbolism can never die down in this anime and it is unavoidable. What is unique about how the anime's flow of story goes is the endless amount of flashbacks you will receive in every episode. It surely is annoying and confusing because they do show you flashbacks in random but then it isn't much likely a bother if you are serious about getting to know this anime better. Another word you'll be hearing a lot of times in this anime is "punishment" and in life happiness doesn't come along the way you like it. There will always be hard times and consequences no matter how painful it is. The way I see with this anime a reward has to be equal to its punishment -- but I think that's just me. The greatest part of the anime for me was the ending. I think it was a pure masterpiece. I was overflowing with tears and anger but if you look at it in the story line itself and the meaning of destiny that ending did not fail to surprise me. An ending worth crying and worth inspiring.
Practically the reason is that once we see a colorful piece of artwork the logical meaning is "fun & happy" but that picturesque is just a cover up and so that's when the "Psychological" genre clearly explains it. The bright colors was well-spot on with the anime. I always loved the transformation part of Himari. The splashing of colors, the angle shots and the well-detailed animation are all worth praising for. The opening and ending animations are both done beautifully. If I may, the Opening Animation or even the title screen of Mawaru in itself holds a lot of clues. They sure took their time planting these clues very well and hiding it from the viewers and with these colorful images it is a very bright idea that the director was hiding the "main" plot.
One of the best soundtracks out there. I fell in love more with the OSTs rather than the Opening and Ending songs. What is so great about these OSTs is that the music is so perfect with the scene it was trying to match. My favorite OSTs would be "The Children of Fruit and Destiny" or "Unmei no Ko Tachi" -- listen to it and let the music feel you. I still cry to this OST and it still holds a deep meaning to me.
Excellent character development. The characters made this anime possible. Let me remind you, this has a psychological genre so more likely you'll see a lot of out-of-the-box characters. The anime didn't just focus on the four main characters but also all those characters around them had a big role in the anime and what can be more realistic than that. Today, we live our lives thinking that the people around us are just individuals who will be nothing more than just strangers not knowing that these people can change our life or more likely our destiny and that's how Mawaru Penguindrum explains it so well. The beautiful way of how the director connects all these minor/major characters makes you ask at how much more can this anime get more realistic as it is.
One of the most rare animes that truly uses my brain to unfold the story. As I go beyond the episodes it becomes more intriguing and exciting. So much were happening in this show that I actually grabbed a pen and paper (literally) to try to unfold the life of all of these characters -- and it was a bliss. For a show to be called as an "anime" that kept me pre-occupied with questions was something I haven't really experience in my time being of watching animes and that's what makes this show so special. Penguindrum also holds my most favorite anime quotes. This is so far the only anime that truly made me experience happiness, sadness, anger, suspense and even madness. It practically is the only anime that moved me to think over my life (I know, what the hell) and the great deal of Penguindrum being able to touch me so much is a much better work than any masterpiece.
Mawaru Penguindrum is not like any normal anime. It's a work of art that is in need of 100% of your attention and fairly "a lot" of brain power. Like any great literary piece, not all would understand the point of view of the creator but then if you are able to, most especially in Penguindrum, you'll feel how beautiful this creation is. read more
I love the word "fate".
You know how everyone talks about this anime called Mawaru Penguindrum?
Just one single show can completely change your landscape.
Such a thought-provoking series is not made by mere coincidence.
It's definitely... fate.
Of course, it's not for everyone.
There are many mysterious, seemingly pointless story developments.
It's hard to accept abstract ideas that start with nothing but confusion.
But I think... Every line of dialogue, every object drawn in the show exist for a reason.
Nothing in this show is pointless.
What if I asked viewers what anime was like before they have seen Mawaru Penguindrum?
They've forgotten what it was like when they didn't?
You could say anime today isn't hopeless thanks to this show.
The feeling of noticing perplexing symbolism.
Hearing the sound that you'll never forget.
Plot twists at startling rate.
This show can change your perspective of anime in a heartbeat.
Apples, diaries, penguins, and even the color of trash cans...
seemed like treasures filled with possibilities when I saw them with an open mind.
But... I can't go back now.
I can still watch generic anime.
Although, I can't recall what I liked about them.
Sometimes I wonder why there aren't more deep, meaningful anime like this.
The next season's lineup appear awfully uncertain to me right now.
Like Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki's cat.
A half-cute, half-round, manly cat.
On the other hand, if there has to be shallow series to make deep ones more enjoyable...
then everything must have a meaning.
That's what I would like to think.
Mawaru Penguindrum starts with mystery.
Storytelling here is like a true Japanese movie: Subtle.
Main heroine here is Oginome Ringo.
The stalker of main characters' teacher.
She builds an observation post below the teacher's house from scratch.
A charismatic yandere in modern Tokyo.
It's a penguin eat dog world.
The "real", heroine in the second half is useless in the first half.
Girls like her should just get netorare!
Gosh, you must watch this series to the end.
Mawaru Penguindrum will keep you thinking.
Abstract ideas here are like puzzles: Thought-provoking.
Main heroine here is Takakura Himari.
The sister of main characters.
She's sick from a terminal disease.
A tragic princess in the border between life and death.
It's a world of duality.
The brothers stop searching for an unknown object called "Penguindrum" and try to keep her alive from scratch.
Journeys like that should be more important than destination!
Gosh, I must watch this series again.
Do you like beautiful imagery in anime?
Do you like allegory and careful attention paid to every detail on the screen?
Of course you do!
I feel the same way.
Or rather, I can only love beautiful artwork.
After all, I am an anime enthusiast.
There are so much detail in every single frame that will make more and more sense by the episode.
That's why you must not only watch this series, you have to watch it again.
Viewers who don't do this are ugly and stupid.
They can't appreciate the art in Mawaru Penguindrum.
Listen well. No one loves mindless viewers. They don't have the right to be loved.
It's a pretentious anime, after all.
Artwork in 'Mawawru Penguindrum' removed the impurity in the background, such that only beauty remains.
Just as the great Ikuhara produced the magnificent 'Shoujo Kakumei Utena' from storyboards.
So, I have a favor to ask of you.
Give yourself the opportunity to see this masterpiece. Let yourself see the beauty in this series.
It's Fabulous Max!
Action, comedy, suspense, joy and sorrow, calmness and anger.
If BGM didn't reflect the mood on screen, then why do they even exist?
Because, ever since that very first episode, music in the background matched perfectly with the story.
The only thing we heard were true theme songs and BGM... Music to our ears.
Isn't it electrifying?
Listen, you lowlifes who will never amount to anything.
Obtain the TL notes from my blog.
Let's initiate the Survival Strategy.
Why are people born?
If people are born only to suffer through shallow anime,
is it meant as some kind of a punishment?
Or a cynical joke?
If that's the case, viewers who adhere to their innate curiosity programmed in their DNA...
are far more elegant and simple.
If there really is a 2011 anime worthy of watching,
then, it must be called Mawaru Penguindrum.
I love anime that deal with "fate".
You know how everyone talks about this anime called Mawaru Penguindrum?
If you were able to read through this wall of text, you probably have what it takes to enjoy this series.
I didn't write the review in this format by mere coincidence.
It's definitely... fate.
Of course, it's not for everyone.
There are many unpredictable twists and unexplained mysteries.
It's hard to fully understand the meaning of all the allegories and symbolisms in this series.
But I think...
Every line of dialogue, every object drawn in this series exist for a reason.
Nothing in this show is pointless.
*Stamps* Destiny. read more
When I first watched Mawaru Penguindrum I was turned off almost immediately. From the shoujo-esque art style and flamboyant transformation sequences to the cute little penguin mascots, it presented itself as something entirely different to my normal interests. However, with some persuasion, I continued to watch and by the fifth episode I was hooked. So let me tell you from personal experience, this show is not quite what it seems.
The plot centres on twins Kanba and Shouma and their little sister Himari, who suddenly collapses and dies during a family visit to the aquarium. Himari is resurrected, however, by a mysterious entity residing in a souvenir from the aquarium (a penguin hat). In order to keep Himari alive, the entity demands the twins find and bring her the titular Penguindrum, and so begins our adventure.
The joy of watching Penguindrum comes from the unpredictability of its plot and character motivations thus it would do a great disservice to spoil any more of the plot. Suffice it to say that none of the characters are who they initially appear to be and the twists and turns of the plot are genuinely interesting and unexpected.
What makes Penguindrum special is the way that it uses the medium of animation to its fullest potential to tell the story. Unbounded by the restraints of other media, the animation and direction of this show produces some captivating set pieces and involving character moments that really pull you into the world created here. To clarify, I don’t mean that the animation is Akira level of quality (even though the animation is solid overall), I mean that the animation is used creatively.
For example, the 3 penguin mascots, who correspond to the 3 protagonists of the story, interact with one another coincidentally with their counterparts usually resulting in a bit of slapstick humour. As well as providing comic relief in some of the darker moments, the interactions between the mascots serve to illustrate the mood and intention of the characters that may not be immediately obvious from the dialogue. This is just one example of how the show uses visual cues to communicate the more subtle information, such as the tone of a scene, to the viewer in a non-obtrusive way. Metaphor and symbolism are used here in spades, but the magic of these elements is that you don’t have to be aware of them for them to have an effect on you and it’s never rammed down your throat to give the impression that the series is ‘deep’.
In the same vein, there are many locations in the series that blur the lines between the literal and the metaphorical. For example, is there really a ‘Child Broiler’ where unwanted children are sent, or is this metaphor for the emotional state of the characters who are sent there? It’s intentionally left vague, and there are a number of occasions when the series will ask you to believe the characters are literally in fantastical and unbelievable locations which should be considered metaphorical. It makes for beautiful visuals and conveys the themes of the plot creatively, but if you’re a stickler for realism or continuity it might wear on you. If you’ve seen any of the Monogatari series that should give you an idea of what you’re in for.
The fantastical elements of the story didn’t bother me, primarily because of the strong characters developed in this series. It’s refreshing to watch a series where each of the characters is essential to the plot and each one goes through a proper character arc. The events of the plot feel weighty and important because they actually affect the personality of each character and, as the plot slowly reveals itself to the viewer, it becomes apparent that none of the characters fulfil the roles you expect them to. Additionally, the series takes time to develop the necessary context for the eventual shifts in character motivations to make sense. In other words, the show is paced so that the character development feels natural and keeps you engaged in the series. You understand, without it being explained to you, what the characters are doing, why they are doing it and how they feel about it, and this makes it easy to become invested.
Another standout feature of the series is the music, particularly the ending music. Later on in the series the ending music and credits will change to reflect the tone of the episode as it ends. This probably sounds pretty minor but it ensures that events of each episode stay with you for a while after the episode is over and it invests you in continuing on with the series. The score of the series itself never stood out to me, but wasn’t intrusive (except for the transformation sequences). The quality of the sound design and voice acting was solid and never felt intrusive or out of place. All the recorded sounds and effects naturally fitted with the visuals, bringing a sense of reality to the series and, while never being so good as to warrant special attention, worked hard in the background to provide a believable aural experience.
As far as criticism goes, I feel as though any issues one might have with the show would be a result of personal taste, rather than an issue with the quality of the production, story, characters etc. I, for one, enjoyed the majority of the characters and how they contributed to the story but never really fell in love with any of them in particular. Also, because the direction of the plot is meant to be a mystery, the first few episodes dragged on because they lacked a sense of momentum to pull me through. I was also a little disappointed in the ending, but I cannot go into detail for the sake of spoilers. Basically, I found that the final reveal of some of the major character motivations right at the end did not live up to the standard set by the rest of the show, and while still good, was not as good as I was expecting. This is a very personal gripe though, and individual results will vary.
On the whole, Penguindrum is a show that has a goal and achieves it well, with a stylish presentation and quality production in almost every aspect. It’s not what you would call an instant classic, but if you’re looking for an anime that aims higher than the generic and actually gets there, you shouldn’t miss this series. read more
Basically if you've seen Utena and loved it, then Penguindrum is a must watch. Both shows are directed by Ikuhara Kunihiko, which means you'll expect to see similar themes and artistic flare.
Both have the same director, are heavily symbolic to the point that almost everything is directed in a very specific way to enhance the symbolism , have a fun vibe on the surface while being psychologically darker and have similar basic and underlying philosophical themes while some of their characters share the same traits.
They are similar in a way that the more twisted and complicated everything gets, the better it becomes, first episodes start off slow but by the end - every episode is like a piece of a puzzle that adds up to make a complete picture. Both are unusual, visually beautiful and artistic.
Similar topics are explored in both shows (they also share the same director). Mawaru Penguin Drum has multiple references to Utena.
Leading characters go to great lengths to save the ill fated, moe, fellow lead whilst venturing into a high level conspiracy plot.
same director, same unique style........must experience his world. Utterly different than all the rest :)
Both directed by the genius Ikuhara. Lots of symbolism, motifs, random screen shots and dialogue. Beautiful characters and bishounens :) and cute animals hehe
They are both are directed, created, and written by Kunihiko Ikuhara. Similarities between the two:
- Unique style and great artistic direction.
- Similar character designs (the character designers, however, are not the same).
- Very unpredictable at times.
- An animation/music sequence that is repeated in several episodes (Seizon Senryaku in Penguindrum, Zettai Unmei Mokushiroku in Utena)
- A lot of visual symbolism and metaphors. A LOT.
- Involve changing the world.
- Deal with fate and destiny. Penguindrum more so than Utena.
- Very similar character development.
Both have the same director and I get Utena vibes everywhere from Penguindrum. They have a similar style and use of repeated scenes and phrases. Although I don't know yet, Akio seems really similar to Sanetoshi, and the whole library thing seemed really similar to the Black Rose arc. Penguindrum has a Fate Bride and Utena has a Rose Bride.
If you liked Utena, then you will love this anime. They were directed by the same director and Penguindrum is just as exciting and just as mind screwy as Utena was.
If you are an Utena fan do yourself a favor and just give it a watch.
You'll be feeling the Utena vibes.
While Utena uses symbolism to explore love, self, friendship and other themes, Mawaru Penguindrum uses it to tell a tragic tale of three brothes written by destiny. Both have the same director, same style.
Well what dou you expect from two animes from one director ?
You will get similar many similar feelings, mainly from storytelling, when watch them.. Need not for many explanations, if you like one, you will like the other..
Simply amazing, you have to watch it!!!fun and sad!!a surprising story, for me is the best anime of 2011, a masterpiece of Ikuhara ;_;
Both are surreal, highly symbolic coming of age stories where the young protagonists deal with the after effects of trauma, an incomprehensible world, and accepting loss as a rite of passage to adulthood. Both shows rely on absurdist humor and parodying shojo tropes before growing steadily darker in tone. And both are directed by Ikuhara.
Both works by Ikuhara surround somewhat confused protagonists in an abstract quest for an unusual goal. In each anime, just about every protagonist, supporting character and antagonist have much more to them than meets the eye. I also consider many characters in one series to have an uncannily similar character in the other.
Since Ikuhara directed both, it's no surprise that Penguindrum should be similar to Utena. There is a similar focus on sibling relationships, with tastefully ambiguous hints of incest. Utena's focus on the incestuous nature of such relationships is certainly stronger (although I expected it to be the opposite from the first episode of Penguindrum). Both shows have a similar surreal feel, and both keep you hooked with elements of mysteriousness until the end. Although Penguindrum is a show about relationships, the focus is less deep and systematic than in Utena. Both have strong elements of symbolism, although Utena's symbolism appears to have more meaning. Both seem to take a bizarre turn toward the end of the series, although I didn't like the way this happened in Penguindrum necessarily. Penguindrum lacks the unique visual expression that Utena does, although it borrows almost exactly Juri's character design for one of the secondary characters. Overall, Penguindrum is great and definitely evokes some of the same feelings I had while watching Utena.
Mawaru Penquindrum is heavily influenced by the story line for Night on the Galactic Railroad. Knowing the base influence can possibly help the viewer to understand the show more, not to mention understand some of the decisions that the director made with Mawaru Penquindrum. Both deal with a lot of angst and heartache.
There are similar themes in both, both include soundtrack from the new world symphony, the two main characters from both are symbolized with blue and red hair, and there is a reference to Night on the Galactic Railroad in episode one of Mawaru Penguindrum.
Penguindrum borrows a lot of imagery from (the book) Night on the Galactic Railroad, and explicitly alludes to it on several occasions.
Mawaru Penguindrum is heavily influenced by Night on the Galactic Railroad. Penguindrum uses many of the same motifs, symbols, music, and even terminology found in Galactic Railroad, and some moments cannot be fully appreciated without knowledge of the movie. While Galactic Railroad is much older and is paced much slower than Penguindrum, any fan of the series has much to gain from seeing the movie, either before or after. It's impossible to say just how relatable the two anime are without spoiling either of them, but fans of either who have an eye for the small details would benefit greatly from seeing the other.
Penguindrum was inspired by NotGR! There's no doubt this is the anime you should watch directly after Penguindrum.
Penguindrum was influenced by Night on the Galactic Railroad & borrows a lot of imagery from it as well. A must watch for all Penguindrum fans.
Night on the Galactic Railroad served as an inspiration for Penguindrum, and the latter borrows a lot of imagery from it as well. Makes for interesting viewing.
This is the next step after watching Mawaru Penguindrum.
Both similar in style & share a lot of symbolism.
This anime serves as a spiritual predecessor to Mawaru Penguindrum in a way. It's not as flashy or fast-paced as Penguindrum, but they both show a lot of symbolism & use a lot of similar imagery (you should notice one based on their pictures).
Night on the Galactic Railroad and Mawaru Penguindrum have the same symbolism! That, and they're both fantastic!
There's a long list of similarities. Their styles are similar, the metaphors are similar, in fact, Penguindrum uses a lot of the same symbolism used in NotGR.
Both Anime use an animation style that doesn't stick to the norm. There are bright colors and there is a lot of angst from beginning to end. Everyone tries to fight for their dream and wish too.
Both have a hidden secret behind the story. Everything resolves around something that happened in the past and both have an unexpected solution. They become more interesting with each episode.
Dark setting and surreal ambiance wrapped in a cute , colourful package. It's not what it seems to be at first sight. Both pictures a struggle with destiny. There are also important plot developmnets based on characters ambiguity. Both shares vague endings that won't satisfy everyone, especially those who like things to be clear.
Both explore fate; hardship some suffer or view and whether they chose to go to extreem lengths to change it or simply leave things as they are destined to be.
Both animes have the theme of changing fate, or the future, and in both the characters attempt to do so in order to save the ones they love.
If you liked one of them, you'll certainly appreciate another one.
They're similar in:
-Good character development
-Fighting against fate is the main idea of both
Both have similar ideas of fate and destiny
I also feel the ending in both are executed similarly
Both are cute looking with a surprisingly dark tone
Both start out fairly pleasantly and "normal." However, the plots quickly take a turn to dark atmospheres and philosophical messages.
Both have a unique and interesting art direction and high quality sound design. If you like one of them, you'll probably enjoy the other as well.
Both are a bit over the top a times.
Both have a slice of life element that is more filler and padding than relevance to the central plot.
Both appear to have a magical girl(s) aspect.
Both are much darker than they initially appear.
Both have some rather abstract, surreal animations in some scenes.
Both have a "magical" element to them and get twisted in the end. Both also contain characters fighting for each other. While Madoka Magica and Mawaru Penguindrum strive to complete different goals, you may enjoy this anime as it is still similar.
Both have unique animation styles.
Both are more than meets the eyes.
At some point, the both "protagonists" have the same goal
Both are rather emotional at times.
Its about changing time/fate to save some one soo dear even if it means sacrificing oneself. So many twist keeps u on the edge of your sit every episode and story lines changes so you dont even know whats going one even when you thought you just had, it.
Both Amazing animes.
The Anime deal with other world lines and the story lines both make the viewer guess what is going to be happening next.
Mawaru Penguindrum is more of an acquired taste than Steins Gate and it won't appeal to everyone, but both deal with themes about:
- Love (Family, Friendship, Romantic and even obsessions), and the lengths people would be willing to go for a loved one
- Fate and changing fate
- Grief, death and self-sacrifice.
Both start out quite light-hearted and then all of a sudden become serious, both have a good drama element which will leave you wanting to watch more and both have twists in the plot that keep you interested until the end.
my recommendation is not like "oh the main character of this anime has a blue hair and in this anime, the main character also has a blue hair". My recommendation is more deeper than this. In this anime the brothers were using the power to change time and people's destinies to fulfill their selfish needs and just like this anime, In Stains;Gate, the main character also uses the power to change time and people's destinies to fulfill his selfish needs whether it's good or bad. If you liked the Mystery side of this anime than stains;gate is not really for you, but if you liked how science was used and how dark the anime was or how the brothers were trying to save their sister than this anime Stains;Gate is definitly for you! because guess what? the main character of Stains;Gate is ALSO trying to save two ppl that he loves so...watch this to see HIS version of trying to save someone using time :D
The essential 'flavour' of both anime is similar. They are both a confused and uncertain search for answers and exploration into the less well-understood. The manner of plot revelation is also similar, considering their timing and intensity.
The main difference between them is that Mawaru Penguindrum is a more abstract, idealistic take on the above.
similarities in both anime:
-have many plot twists.
-the theme is rather dark.
-since there are many mysteries in both anime, I think the audiences need high concentration while watching those.
Those two may have completely different plots, but if you take a close look, they are very similar. Both of them contain some romance. They also have features from a fantasy world and are psychological as well. Nevertheless, those two anime are amazing and worth watching for everyone.
Both revolve around main characters trying to save a girl, in this instance, their sister. Both include many twists and turns in the plot that don't take away from the main storyline, and also have a deep tone of "If you watch the first episode, many random things will happen, but if you watch it all the way through, then you'll understand everything.
Both stories have a slight mystery element to them. They are both cleverly written with events that will shock you.
Both series start out light hearted before becoming dark and sad.
The art style to Mawaru Penguindrum is brighter and more colourful than Steins;Gate but I'm sure most people will enjoy it because it is beautiful.
In Steins;Gate, the main protagonist will do anything to save someone he loves.
The two brothers in Penguindrum will do anything to save their sister.
Although it's been quite some time since Penguindrum's incest love-tri x stalking love dazzled me, it's the only anime that truly reminds me of Tempest. They both have a love triangle at their cores that crosses over into obsessive love; a 'sister' being caught in the middle as the love of those closest to her pushes them to do anything to gain understanding and protect/avenge.
There's this feeling nothing else I've watched quite captures of the balance of the bond shared between two male leads being closer than anyone, yet at risk of being damaged beyond repair by how strongly the feelings for the 'sister' in the middle stretch.
Both series are based around two guys who are willing to do anything for one girl. In both series the relation between 3 is very strong to the point that it could to e callet obsession.
Series also have simlar feeling to each other.
However, Tempes is more action orientated and unlike in Penguindrum whose main heroine is deadly ill, this heroine aka Aika is already dead.
Both animes have two guys who are doing their all for the girl; though at Zetsuen the girl is already dead when at Penguindrum she's deadly ill. They're dealing with supernatural stuff.
Mahiror resembles Kanba a lot. Also both series have an unique feeling.
Two main male characters, who ate closer than anyone and yet there is the sister in the middle, that causes them to show their true colors.
Frequent references to literature and classic plays in both, they also both involve a 'sister' and two male characters in love with her, and one male character willing to do reckless things for her while the other is level headed, in one the 'sister' is dead already and the other she is almost dead. (That's not a spoiler, you'll see what I mean)
However Zetsuen no Tempest is a lot easier to understand, it has a clear plot with literature references to accompany the main plot, but in Mawaru Penguindrum literature and play references make up the backbone of the plot and a lot is left up for interpretation.
0 They both have two guys involved in drama around a girl.
0 They both have a pretty and strong female main character.
0 Both these shows have fantasy elements.
0 Both of these shows have two attractive male leads who are friends.
0 They both have attractive and vibrant backgrounds and colors.
0 Their graphics are similar as well.
0 I think they both have an interesting plot centered around one of the same themes.
In both animes a younger sister plays the key role in motivating two main heroes. Her life and death is the driving force behind the paths that young men take and behind the occurring events.
I couldn't help but think of Mawaru Penguindrum when I began watching Zetsuen no Tempest. Their length is the same, their pace is the same and the feeling you get from watching them is the same.
The whole brother-sister-lover relationship can only get you to remind of the other one and the quest for sense of the main characters are somewhat alike as well.
Besides both are truly well-animated shows and are must-watch series.
Bright colors mixed with a dark story line plus the experimental additions to the animation scattered about at nice intervals. The characters are unique and have depth to them and the suspension slowly builds up to a grand finale.
At first sight those two shows wouldn't look to be much similar to one another, to be honest.. But i have to admit that the more i was watching of Tsuritama and the more it was reminding me that "something" i found in Mawaru Penguindrum back then.
- A word to describe MP is surely "random", because it throw at you so many things, in so many sceneries and SO MANY different stuff happening inside it.
That said, i have to add that i "sort of found" a similar random-ish feeling in Tsuritama.
- Also, both series are somewhat quite colorful and little by little they tell you about some mystery to uncover.
- To the "Funny" scenes there's also to mention that catchphrases can't miss. "Survival Strategy" from MP, and "DU-CK!" from Tsuritama will lead you to drop some smile in the series :3
Again, if you are searching for a serie with an identical story to one of those, the other is definitely NOT what you are looking for.
But if you saw one of those and have some open mind and are willing to give a try to something different-but-similar, then you might want to watch this one other serie!
Tsuritama and Mawaru Penguindrum are very similar both in terms of how they look and how they feel. They first come off as simple and a little odd, story-wise, but little by little a complicated and confusing underlying plot emerges.
Both give off the same feeling and are very aesthetically unique. Tsuritama is a bit lighter in tone, but may become darker in later episodes.
They give you the same "what the fuck is going on" vibe.
Both have colorfull and vivid animation as well as similar animation styles.
Both have strange storys with an alien involved as a main character.
Both series contain a strange feeling of setting, art, and characters. Both have a light tone and has supernatural themes using unorthodox usage of humor.
Both series' characters are also strange and hard to place them into the normal sphere. And of course with strange animation, characters also means a strange story in these two strange series.
Strangely though, both of these series are watchable and brings entertainment.
-bright animation implying a happy story when in fact there's a darker plot.
-general animation of each anime
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