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Mawaru Penguindrum

Mawaru Penguindrum

Alternative Titles

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


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


Score: 8.151 (scored by 48029 users)
Ranked: #3642
Popularity: #239
Members: 113,258
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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)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Oginome, Ringo
Oginome, Ringo
Miyake, Marie
Miyake, Marie
Takakura, Himari
Takakura, Himari
Arakawa, Miho
Arakawa, Miho
Takakura, Kanba
Takakura, Kanba
Kimura, Subaru
Kimura, Subaru
Takakura, Shouma
Takakura, Shouma
Kimura, Ryouhei
Kimura, Ryouhei


Ikuhara, Kunihiko
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition, Screenplay
Nakamura, Shouko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director
Yamada, You
Sound Director
Gotou, Keiji
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation

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Apr 24, 2013
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
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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Apr 19, 2015
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 read more
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Apr 30, 2015
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 read more
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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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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  read more 
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. 

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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