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Aired: Jul 8, 2011 to Dec 23, 2011
24 min. per episode
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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)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Mawaru Penguindrum, Mawaru Penguindrum
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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" and "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
Mawaru Penguindrum is a beautiful piece of art. It can inspire either much love or hate, and new details are discovered with each viewing. Intelligent symbolism and heavy themes span all of Penguindrum's 24 episodes. Despite its surreal delivery, Penguindrum remains very real.
The story of Mawaru Penguindrum is completely absurd. Not absurd because of the surreal elements, but how it makes something so imaginative and implausible seem real. We start off with a dying sister, her revival, and eventual search for a mysterious object, called the "penguin drum". Yet, somewhere along the way, the story becomes a situation of life, death, and existence itself.
The plot takes a while to reach its climax. Half of the show is spent on character development, craziness, humor, and seemingly random events. The first half is exciting, and the absolute insanity never stops. However, this slow-developing plot is crucial; the characters grow on you. And if you have any siblings, it'll hit close to home. The second half, on the other hand, takes a dark turn, and the plot moves much quicker here. The development and random elements from the first half are pieced together, and nothing ends up being random or useless. Nevertheless, the show's thematic elements are certainly strange. There's comedy, terrorism/cult politics, moral ambiguity, philosophy, all tied together by the overarching theme of family and friendship. The story isn't just unique; it's relevant without being pretentious and forceful. As stated before, its absurd, but the themes, feelings, and other elements that Penguindrum invokes is very real.
Brain's Base put quite some effort here. As the makers of Natsume Yuujinchou, the art quality is outstanding. The story isn't the only thing that's surreal; the art is too. From the strange angles and fantasy-esque scenes, the art has a Shaft feel. How a studio is able to go from a calm slice-of-life, realistic style to flamboyant, Bakemonogatari-like flair is beyond me. The art truly complements the story.
Sound is just as great as the art. The music is simply stunning. The opening themes are performed very well, and their compositions are genius. The ending themes are mostly covers of ARB (old Japanese rock band) with a cool twist. Dear Future (first ending theme) is exceptional--extensive use of hemiola, polyrhythms, layering, and the most angry/painful sounding minor chords. In other words, the music was made for musicians while being very accessible. This isn't you regular J-Pop or J-Rock fair. The rest of the soundtrack is appropriate, but not exactly memorable. Sound effects are also well-done.
Again, character development is crucial to Penguindrum.
Kanba: You'll hate some of his decisions, but you'll always have sympathy for the Takakura siblings. He's a cool guy, and he will do anything to save his family, no matter the consequences. He does some immoral things.
Shouma: He's innocent but brave. He will only do what is right, but just like Kanba, he tries to protect his family whenever he can.
Himari: She's the little sister of the Takakuras'. She's rather intelligent and insightful, and unlike the majority of sisters in anime (or in media in general), she's not filled with moe/kawaii or tsundere-ness. The Takakuras are very likable, and each have their own quirky personalities.
Ringo: She'll creep you out for most of the show, but you'll eventually love her too. Confused but wholehearted.
Penguins: THEY ARE THE CUTEST THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE. They provide most of the comedic relief in the show, and each penguin takes its personality quirks from their respective owners.
The remaining cast are interesting, and they all add quite a bit to the story.
I loved Mawaru Penguindrum. It has its own peculiar charm through its humor and its tragedy. I thoroughly enjoyed Penguindrum's use of literary themes (foreshadowing, allusions, etc.) and overall artistic approach to everything. In addition, it made me feel a wide-range of emotions, from joy and confusion to sadness and anger, and by the end of it, I was left crying with tears of sadness and joy.
But that's not to say that you'll love it too. As with any work of art, it will inspire love or hate. In any case, if you happen to enjoy this show, it will open your eyes quite a bit--if you're not used to opening them. Otherwise, you'll be very amused. So, give Mawaru Penguindrum a shot. It will take the whole show to truly appreciate it, although I question your humanity if it doesn't make you interested.
Okay. The first thing to say about this anime: It's strange. It's definitely the strangest anime I ever watched - and that means something when you talk about anime. But it's great in its own way.
I don't know if I really understood everything, because I think it was somewhat confusing and I watched it over a long period of time, so maybe that's also a reason why I was so confused by this anime. When I started it, I thought it would be a light-hearted show you can watch to relax but that's wrong. I watched it with complete wrong expectations and I was sometimes unsure if I should take serious what was happening there or not. The mood in this anime is not dark, but the producers definitely have black humor.
I'll start with the story:
The story develops rather slow-paced, but that's okay. The idea is something new and I liked it. The story-development was great. I was surprised very often and it was very exciting. There was romance involved and the relationships between the characters developped in a good way, too. But the story was very, very confusing. I still don't really know why that all happened in the first place and where all these strange powers came from. Especially Momoka's power - why did she have it in the first place? The story was difficult to understand for me, but I somehow managed in the end, I hope...I really liked the order they showed the things in. You didn't understand everything 'till the end and with every flashback, you learned more and then there were these aha moments where you just thought: "Oh that's how it ist!! Finally! I understood something!!" That was very well-made. I have to say that in the beginning I didn't really care why all of that happened and stuff, I mean, I wanted to relax..but to be honest, when I watched the second half of the anime, I had very much fun trying to think about it. The good thing is - you can more or less decide if you want to think about it or not. You can enjoy this anime without thinking, too, probably. The question is if you understand everything..
They show different opinions of fate through the characters, and simply through the way the characters develop, the view you get of fate changes. It is difficult to describe, for me at least...
The good thing is that you really can't tell what will happen next. The ending was unexpected for me and I'm still not really shure it I understood what happened to them in the end. I don't want to spoiler you, so I won't say any more about this, but it was confusing. Still, I am very satisfied with the end.
The art is special. It is very beautiful, I think. The characters have good designs - I especially like Himaris design. What I think what makes the art special, is that the faces all look different. The characters have all individual faces - that is something I realized at the end. What is cool, too, are the backgrounds. They are really well designed and the colours are beautiful.
The sound really suited the anime. Sometimes I thought "Oh my god, PLEASE read the mood more and stop playing this ridiculous sound in those serious moments!" but it emphasized the black humor of the anime. The mood in the anime was everything but dark, though what happened there was everything but happy, I think. The sound really did its job - it suited the anime though it sometimes didn't suit the mood you'd expect in the situation. But, let's say it was special - like everything about this anime.
The characters were great. They were somewhat streange, to be honest, but really interesting. What I have to say is, that nearly everyone had a really strange way of loving someone. If you look at Ringo, Masako and Yuri - I mean, what the heck?! They were really strange when it came to love. Okay, as for this matter, they all changed at some point of the story and were all given more dephts in the progress of the anime. I especially liked Ringo. In the beginning, she just seems like a crazy girl, madly in love with Tabuki, who spends her live stalking him. But knowing her circumstances, I started liking her. She thinks different from others and I like her way of seeing things. Also I like how she changes in the progress of the anime. As for Masako and Yuri - they just pissed me off until their pasts were explained. Then I started liking both somehow. I thought they were just what they seemed to be - those extremely annoying......you know what I mean, right? If you watch the anime or have watched it, you will understand. Shouma and Kanba seemed somewhat like stereotypes in the beginning, but even they were really cool characters and in the end I liked both of them. Though I have to say that I liked Kanba definitely more. In the end, Kanba was just cool....*^* He was much more mature than Shouma and he really cared for Himari. okay, they both did that but he was really desperate to rescue her and I liked how he did everything so whole-hearted. And I like his way of wanting to do everything on his own, it seemed reasonable. And then Tabuki. Hm. He was somehow not too interesting. But he did his job and was suited for his role, so it was fine.
So, altogether the characters really were interesting and everyone had a certain depth. There really was no character I didn't like in the end.
That is difficult to say. I really like the anime now, but I didn't really get into it. I watched it over a long period of time, like I already mentioned above. But that doesn't mean that the anime wasn't good. This anime is art. Really. And what makes this anime really special isn't the story, the art, the sound or the characters, it is its humor. Definitely. I mean, the story, art, sound and characters are special anyway. But that isn't what makes this anime art. It is the way it makes hints and sends messages to the people watching the anime wich aren't actually said out load. Those messages can be found in the things the three cute penguins do in the background, in the names of the characters right up to the coulors of the rooms or diverse other hidden things. And that all is emphasized with the music, for example. That is the way they show their black humor. You often don't know if you should take the situation serious or not and if the jokes are meant as jokes or are simply meant as cruel as they actually are. But that is really special about this anime and I partly loved and party disliked it. Sometimes I just couldn't laugh, but often I just thought those people were genious.
I recommend this anime to every fan of black humor. People who want to think a little bit may like this anime, too. But I think it is also okay for people who just search an anime to relax If you don't get yourself into the black humor and don't try to find those hints, you can also enjoy this anime as a normal, partly funny, partly serious anime, I suppose. At least it definitely is a special anime. Really worth watching it!! read more
Mawaru Penguindrum is a zany, wacky, twisted, messed up jumble of an anime that is so absolutely insane, yet it surprisingly turns out to be an interesting and compelling story in the end.
Penguindrum is the brainchild of Kunihiko Ikuhara, who also conceived Revolutionary Girl Utena over a decade earlier. Penguindrum bears many similarities to Utena: the repetition, the odd humor, the heavy handed symbolism, and the silly yet loveable characters are all here. Fans of Utena will definitely feel right at home with Penguindrum.
The story goes a little bit like this: Two brothers, Shouma and Kanba Takakura, have a sweet little sister, Himari, who is unfortunately dying from a terminal illness. On a trip to the aquarium, Himari collapses and dies. But she is oddly revived by the penguin hat that Shouma had bought her minutes before. The penguin hat’s miracle does not come without a price though. After having their sister’s body temporarily hijacked by the Princess of the Crystal in a flashy over the top transformation sequence, the brothers are informed that they must find the mysterious Penguin drum in order for their sister to keep the life she was so graciously given back.
But that only scratches the surface. Soon, the brothers get involved with shady organizations, a stalker schoolgirl, the homeroom teacher she’s stalking, his nutty celebrity girlfriend, a cold rich girl barring their path, magic mumbo jumbo, and a mysterious man who holds power over Himari’s life.
The diverse cast of characters is what really shines about the show. Aside from Himari, who scarcely seems like more than a plot device, equal development and care is given to a number of characters in this anime. They’re all a little nutty, but they’re also all unique individuals with their own goals, personalities, and beliefs. It’s also impressive to note how the anime ties all the characters together. Not since Monster have I seen such a large cast of characters who seem like they’d normally have nothing to do with each other tied together so intricately.
The two brothers, Shouma and Kanba are polar opposites and serve as each other’s foils. It’s also interesting to note how this plays into their roles in the family. Everything about Shouma screams maternal figure: He’s kind, caring, level headed, rational, and even takes care of the cooking and housework. Kanba can be seen as the more typical masculine father figure. He is smooth, articulate, hot headed, popular with the ladies, and also the sole breadwinner of the house.
Both love Himari dearly and want to save her, but they have drastically different methods of doing so that fit almost too perfectly with their personalities. It’s almost scary seeing Kanba’s apathy for the world and even his own body swell up as the story proceeds, blinded completely by his desire to save Himari.
We also have Ringo Oginome, a high school girl who is as obsessed with curry as she is with Keiju Tabuki. A big chunk of the first part of the anime is dedicated to her stalkerish obsession with Tabuki and her plan to win his heart, as told by a mysterious diary she holds. Her sworn enemy and rival for Tabuki’s affection is a pretty actress named Yuri Tokikago. Unbeknownst to Ringo, this woman has a far more sinister side than her well groomed façade lets on, as well as a hidden connection to the both Tabuki and Ringo’s pasts.
Masako Natsume is another character whose brother also has an unknown illness, but is being kept alive by another penguin hat. She seeks out the penguin drum as well, interfering with the brother’s attempts to get it. All these characters are revealed to be connected to each other in some way, as well as to the main villain Sanetoshi and Ringo’s deceased older sister Momoka.
Surprisingly, three small penguins are what really steal the show. These little buggers are hilarious; doing the most insane things even while the main characters are having a serious conversation. Whether it’s reading dirty magazines, putting panties over their head, trying on blond wigs, or spraying errant cockroaches, these hilarious little guys are always up to something. It’s also interesting to note that the 3 penguins’ actions, appearance, and mannerisms closely resemble the three Takakura siblings. The fourth penguin, belonging to Masako, is the same. Some may find them distracting as they act out in scenes that are supposed to be serious. And you’d be right to assume that they are there just for the cute factor. But they add a bit of charm and humor to the story. It’s hard to imagine the anime without them.
Now the story itself can be a bit of a confusing mess until the very end when mostly everything is resolved and cleared up. It keeps you on your toes and guessing until the very end, slowly unveiling one twist after another without being too ridiculous.
The first part of the anime seems more like a wacky slice-of-life, while the second part heavily leans toward the metaphysical and supernatural. That of course means the second part of the anime can be quite difficult to grasp at times. And that right there is one big problem with the story: it can be incredibly pretentious at times. Similar to Utena, some of the symbolism is very clever, while some of it just seems like it was thrown in there just because, making some concepts and plot elements needlessly complicated and confusing. The dialogue can be a little too much as well, with its constant rambling about fate, fate, fate. Like the symbolism, sometimes it’s clever, other times it just sounds pretentious.
As an anime heavy in symbolism, it’s important for the visuals to be sufficiently up to snuff. And it definitely does not disappoint. The animation is high quality, colorful, flashy, and smooth. The soundtrack is phenomenal, containing a plethora of great tracks for any given situation. The character designs are all beautiful and unique. No two characters look anything alike.
Overall, Penguindrum is an amazing anime that was clearly made with a lot of care and heart. It’s got almost everything, flashy visuals, amazing characters, a silly yet enjoyable story, and a great soundtrack. It’s understandable that some will be turned off by its confusing story and heavy symbolism at first, but sticking with the anime to the end is well worth it. Watching it again is well worth it; you’ll see all kinds of things you may have missed the first time.
This crazy, mysterious, psychological rollercoaster is one hell of a ride, and once you get on you won’t want to get off.
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.
Both were directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara and in fact are very similar in ideas & details of the plot. Also both have great characters & art.
If you are an Utena fan do yourself a favor and just give it a watch.
You'll be feeling the Utena vibes.
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.
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 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.
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
Kyousougiga has more action than Mawaru but these animes share several similarities:
- Unique sceneries and colorful animation trace an intricate plot that starts as utterly confusing, until the end where explanations finally arrive and the riddles are solved.
- Both are plots filled with symbolism, rabbits, a fruit that connects two people and Alice in Wonderland references.
- The main message is "bonds" and the true meaning of family where a character disappears and returns later; also it is presented an unconventional affection between two siblings.
Great soundtracks and Voice acting...and there are many other similarities which are not mentioned here due to spoilers.
M.P. has more depth and more well developped characters, but Kyousougiga does an excellent job in just 10 episodes. Iif you enjoyed one you will probably enjoy the other.
Both are wierd stories, packed with action, humor, and the most important: symbolism. If you liked one, you will certainly like the other!
Similar director approach in terms of animation, backgrounds, and puzzling but solid story with characters bearing the fate their parents chose for them. Quirky but at the same time cheerful and creepy, it's a rare mix ,well shaken.
Both of these shows are colorful, weird, and in turns both funny and tragic. Also starring: great soundtracks and loads of symbolism, most notably the fruit of fate/life/something. Introducing red eyed black rabbits!Featuring Alice allusions!
These series have a heavy focus on symbolism and imagery. They can be extremely surreal at times and have an easygoing feel which belies more serious and sinister events behind the scenes.
Kyousou Giga and Mawaru Penguindrum are both anime series with a strange sense of fascination.
They have an unique sense of artistic background with its colorful cast of characters. The approach that both series takes is peculiar but is packaged with amusing dialogues, powerful characterization, and engaging story. Both series also has a sense of supernatural elements involved in them along with colorful imagery/allusions.
If you're looking for a series with an unique style, then look no further.
Although the two stories are different, they're executed in a very quirky style. Both involve a different world and have colourful art. Not to mention that both animes have rabbits with black fur and red eyes. ;)
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)more
#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)
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