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Mawaru Penguindrum

Mawaru Penguindrum

Alternative Titles

English: Penguindrum
Japanese: 輪るピングドラム

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2011 to Dec 23, 2011
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.171 (scored by 40163 users)
Ranked: #3222
Popularity: #225
Members: 90,625
Favorites: 2,880
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2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

Once 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 Anime

Adaptation: Mawaru Penguindrum, Mawaru Penguindrum

Characters & Voice Actors

Oginome, Ringo
Oginome, Ringo
Main
Puccio, Veronica
Italian
Puccio, Veronica
Neves, Emily
English
Neves, Emily
...
Takakura, Himari
Takakura, Himari
Main
Rial, Monica
English
Rial, Monica
Arakawa, Miho
Japanese
Arakawa, Miho
...
Takakura, Kanba
Takakura, Kanba
Main
Guardiola, Illich
English
Guardiola, Illich
Raffaeli, Daniele
Italian
Raffaeli, Daniele
...
Takakura, Shouma
Takakura, Shouma
Main
Shepard, Blake
English
Shepard, Blake
Kimura, Ryouhei
Japanese
Kimura, Ryouhei
...

Staff

Ikuhara, Kunihiko
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition, Screenplay
Nakamura, Shouko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
Yamazaki, Mitsue
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
Aizawa, Masahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director



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Apr 24, 2013
WickedMind
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 read more
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Apr 6, 2013
chancellor
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 read more
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Recommendations

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 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.

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)
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