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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!
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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" 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
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.
Mawaru Penguindrum; also entitled 'I Have a Lot of Feelings'
I won't lie. This was amazing. Absolutely beautiful. Stunning script, clean art, a unique plot line and music that wrenches at your gut in the most despairing moments of the series, whilst enhancing the humour and light-heartedness that this series needed as a preventative measure for hearts breaking and tears overflowing everywhere.
Where should I even start?
The story itself was...definitely unique. I heard the title of Penguindrum and passed it off as a simple family orientated fantasy adventure, but when I saw that it was categorised as 'psychological', my curiosity was piqued and I began to watch it. Boy, was I in for a journey. In typical Ikuhara-esque manner, the themes dealt with in this anime are at times questionable, offensive, immoral, philosophical; an all encompassing myriad of emotion and thought at the same time. I've actually had a friend I recommended this to, who refused to watch past the first episode as she found some of the themes unpalatable. Only a few directors are able to pull off such a jumble of themes as artfully as Ikuhara while retaining an appeal to a wider audience. Complicated, but watchable. I especially loved how all of the characters intertwined with each other, reminding the watcher of the underlying theme of 'fate'. Every character in this series is fated to meet in some way, to make an impact on another's life whether for better or for worse, and the sheer curiosity and interest behind the slow reveals and the twists in personalities are a joy to experience. Originally, I was going to drop the series as it started off so slowly. It was bizarre and it moved at a snail's pace, and the main characters did not seem to be going anywhere but in circles. It all changed around the halfway mark of the series, when the characters began to show their dark sides, their hidden personalities, their motives, the appearance of ghosts and the disappearance of logic and morals. Of course, the pace is uneven every here and there, but the variance in almost pointless humour and fast paced drama is a welcome contrast; it keeps you hooked and on edge, wondering what will happen next.
This isn't a story about just familial love. This is a story of revenge, passion, the futility and cruelty of humankind, of fate and of salvation.
The characters portrayed all of this beautifully. One of the most masterfully written scripts in terms of character development, characters whom you initially expected to be stereotypes found in anime (the playboy, the 'motherly' character, the girl with the crush, the beauty, the teacher, the Innocent) are all turned on their heads when the series comes to its climax and tapers to an end. Characters whom you initially thought unimportant are really the most important of all, and they are all linked so intricately together in a web that Ikuhara has spun to pull the story together, coupled with flashbacks of their pasts which explain their motives and their philosophies, creates such rich personalities. None of these characters are shallow. For example, when I first encountered Ringo Oginome I found her irritating and obsessive for what seemed like a schoolgirl's mere crush, but with her past tragedies being revealed as the story went on, as well as her understanding of her self and of others developing, I grew attached to her; I cried for her and I cried for her conflicting circumstances. The initial set up of all of these characters is for you to either hate them, then grow attached, or to love them and sympathise with them, then when the series hits its climax and their darker sides are revealed, it's hard to hate them, knowing what they've been through. Even the main villain, Sanetoshi, is charming and elegant, first shown as a miracle worker and slowly evolving into a darker entity, but even then I didn't hate him. Sure, I was angry at him, I was angry with what he had put our heroes through, but the initial charm still lingered and I couldn't bring myself to outright hate him (also because damn, smooth talking while attempting to break humanity? Let me have some of that).
The art as well. Oh, god the art. I've always been a fan of Lily Hoshino, so when I found she was doing the character designs I was immediately interested. The animation is smooth and fluid, with a clean style and bold colours. However, there are discrepancies within the animation at times, with one episode (the episode at the hospital where Natsume makes her debut) being horrendously animated in comparison to the rest of the series, but I can forgive this for the outstanding beauty that the rest of the series brings. It's not just the clean, pretty style that makes the animation stand out; its the symbolism. During the series, the backgrounds are often a plain colour, interspersed with small symbols such as penguin logos, apples or train signs. It's not until the end of the series when you recognise their significance that you fully appreciate the bizarre symbols. What you thought was artistic bloodshed, you realise to be a symbol of love and fate. What you thought was a strange, alien ritual, you realise to be a portrayal of sexual intimacy. You realise things, the second, the third, the fourth time around. You don't stop realising things even when you know the script off by heart. The art is so rich and intricate, that even small symbols and inconspicuous posters have a meaning to them That's part of the beauty that Mawaru Penguindrum has so carefully placed and has me rewatching to find all of these subtle nuances.
But really, what has me coming back to this series time and time again, to rewatch and analyse and have sudden epiphanies is the thematics that Ikuhara plays upon. The anime starts off with Shouma Takakura stating that he 'hates the word fate'. 'Okay,' you say to yourself. 'An anime about fate. Interesting. Goes along nicely with the family love theme.'
It's at the end of the series where you realise that you were so very wrong.
So very, very wrong.
You kind of wish that someone, a reviewer, a kind, hopefully non sadistic friend or a big caution sign had warned you of the emotional journey that you were about to embark on.
You see, this anime isn't just about fate. Okay, well maybe a large proportion of it is, but that's just the running theme. Fate is the cause; fate caused grief, passion, murder, revenge and sacrifice; in turn these caused each character's own unique motive. The futility that all of the characters feel in the face of their destinies is heart-rending, and their efforts to change their fates, and the fates of their loved ones is valiant and littered with tragedy.
When I finished watching this series, I cried. There is a sort of melancholy beauty that accompanies a bittersweet ending and this was no different. Some would call it a happy ending, some would not, but in each case the emotion behind the climax and the finale of the series was so utterly raw that you cannot help but grieve and rejoice at the same time.
Because when you finish watching, you realise that this wasn't an anime about the futility of the human race in the face of their destinies. This was about the hope, the courage, the unwavering love for another human, or the love for the entirety of humankind to FACE their destinies head on and sacrifice their being for someone to have a better fate.
This was a story about salvation through sacrifice.
You finish watching, and you think about the themes and subplots. You think about YOUR fate. You think about the sacrifices you would make, the extremes that you would go to to protect what you love. That's what makes this such a though provoking series, because really, as hard as it may be to imagine, all of these characters are like us (but hopefully without the tragic backstory). They just want normal lives, normal families, normal relationships and an unconditional love (unlike Sanetoshi, who was probably there to hate everything). I cried during the series out of laughter, but I also cried watching the gradual loss of innocence and hope that each character suffers. I cried because I grieved at the end, but I also cried because I sympathised with our heroes' final decision and I cried because I was overwhelmed by the lengths that they would go to to protect what they loved. In this series, you realise; sacrifice is the ultimate act of love.
Enjoy the music while you watch the series for the first time, because believe me, at the end of it, just one track will have you blubbering on the train during rush hour. The mood is set beautifully by each track, be it humorous, tense, sad or pensive, and enhances the emotion during these scenes. I can't listen to either 'Ash-Grey Wednesday' or 'I Love You, Sons of Destiny' without getting a lump in my throat anymore.
If you're wavering about this anime, don't be put off by the weirdness. Don't be put off by the somewhat bizarre relationships that each character has with each other, and don't be put off by the erratic pace and initial characterisation. It's a beautiful series, it really is. Art-wise, music-wise and story-wise, its a masterpiece in all fields. Watch a story unfold before your eyes and watch as secrets are revealed to you.
Most of all, don't be surprised when you finish, face damp with tears, that you begin to wonder about humanity, fate and salvation.
And I assure you, five months down the line, you'll watch it again for the fourth time and catch all of the symbols and hints that you missed the last three runs, and your newly gained knowledge won't soften the grief any more.
I applaud you Ikuhara. I applaud everyone on the production team. It truly was a work of art.
It truly was...'fabulous max'.
Along with Steins;Gate, Gosick, Ano Hana, and Madoka Magica, Mawaru Penguindrum was one of the most buzzed about anime in 2011. With the overflow of symbolism and eye raising plot twists, following the storyline may have been difficult at times. However by the end of it, the exacerbation of symbolism will tie all the plot twists together but the symbolism leaves countless discussions for people to talk about.
A plethora of symbols reoccurs during the course of this anime; the two main ones that reoccur are penguins and apples. I took the liberty of looking up the symbolism behind these two subjects. The symbolism behind penguins serve as: indomitable sprits, taking on the challenge of living in extreme conditions that most others could not survive. Where as apples are a symbol love, youth, beauty and happiness.
So if you were told to perform a difficult task granted the chance to extend the life of the deceased, would you do it? The story of Mawaru Penguindrum follows the story of brothers Kanba and Shouma as they go on that seemingly impossible quest to search for an item called the Penguindrum to maintain the lifespan of their presumed to be deceased sister Himari, who is living in real time. A lightbulb should have went off after reading that last sentence and knowing the symbolism behind penguins and apples. There's not much more to say about the story without spoiling it, but the story is simply that.
Although Mawaru Penguindrum was a buzzed about anime, I didn't really bother to watch this anime because I didn't look into it as much. After watching the trailer I was instantly drawn in, not because of the characters but because of the adorable penguins! All the characters play a big role in the storyline. It's unusual that the majority of the cast does play a part in the storyline; if you subtract any of the characters out the anime would lose a portion it's meaning. Now since this is a psychological anime, we see a whole spectrum of characters from the comical penguins to cray cray Ringo. And yes with an anime that's executed like this, the character development was definitive and done properly for main characters like Kanba and Shouma which also extends to supporting characters like Masako and Momoka.
The art and sound was done nicely as well. The art is as vibrant as the penguins were. Whereas the sound is a staple which can be enjoyed by everyone. The opening and ending were decent but the highlight of the sound was the OST. I cannot stress how amazing the OST is, it's one of the best out there and probably up there with my favourites like Aria. One of my favourites from the OST is titled, The Children of Fate.
There are going to be two types of people who watch this anime. The people who watch it out of pure enjoyment and the people who are going to pick up recurring themes throughout the story. Those who watched it out of pure enjoyment will have no difficulties getting through the anime. But for those who do pick up the symbolism, following the storyline might become difficult and the symbols might cloud the meaning at times. I was one of those who did pick up the symbolism and had to read the synopsis of the episode before watching the next. Doing that didn't kill my enjoyment of the anime, it actually did the reverse by making me appreciate the anime more. Either way people are going to have a pleasant time watching.
There's not much left to say. If you're looking for something riveting doubling up as a piece of literature, I encourage you to watch Mawaru Penguindrum as it became one of my favourites. 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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