Ranked #376

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
Premiered: Summer 2011
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.131 (scored by 52,930 users)
Ranked: #3762
Popularity: #257
Members: 127,906
Favorites: 3,924
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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

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


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

More episodes Episodes(8/24)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Bell of Fate Tolls
Unmei no Bell ga Naru (運命のベルが鳴る)
Jul 8, 2011
2 Risky Survival Strategy
Kiken na Seizon Senryaku (危険な生存戦略)
Jul 15, 2011
3 Then Devour Me Courageously
Soshite Karei ni Watashi wo Tabete... (そして華麗に私を食べて…)
Jul 22, 2011
4 Descension of a Princess
Maiochiru Himegimi (舞い落ちる姫君)
Jul 29, 2011
5 That's Why I Do That
Dakara Boku wa Sore wo Suru no sa (だから僕はそれをするのさ)
Aug 5, 2011

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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Nov 19, 2014
Mawaru Penguindrum is one of those rare anime that doesn't have some form of source material. It was created by Brain's Base, the same studio behind Durarara & Baccano. The co-writer and director was Ikuhara Kunihiko. You may not know his name but you probably recognise his other works. He created and directed Revolutionary Girl Utena and served as the director for large segments of the Sailor Moon anime. I have to say, this sounds promising. So far, the two anime I've seen from Brain's Base have been at least decent and Ikuhara does amazing work. If they screw this up I'm going to be read more
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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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Dec 4, 2011
I love the word "fate".
You know how everyone talks about this anime called Mawaru Penguindrum?
Just one single show can completely change your landscape.
Such a thought-provoking series is not made by mere coincidence.
It's definitely... fate.
Of course, it's not for everyone.
There are many mysterious, seemingly pointless story developments.
It's hard to accept abstract ideas that start with nothing but confusion.
But I think... Every line of dialogue, every object drawn in the show exist for a reason.
Nothing in this show is pointless.

What if I asked viewers what anime was like before they have seen Mawaru Penguindrum?
They've forgotten what it was like when they didn't?
You could say anime today isn't read more
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Nov 9, 2015
When I first watched Mawaru Penguindrum I was turned off almost immediately. From the shoujo-esque art style and flamboyant transformation sequences to the cute little penguin mascots, it presented itself as something entirely different to my normal interests. However, with some persuasion, I continued to watch and by the fifth episode I was hooked. So let me tell you from personal experience, this show is not quite what it seems.

The plot centres on twins Kanba and Shouma and their little sister Himari, who suddenly collapses and dies during a family visit to the aquarium. Himari is resurrected, however, by a mysterious entity residing in a read more
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Anime: Shoujo Kakumei Utena
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. 
reportRecommended by Shiroth
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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. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
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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. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Anime: Steins;Gate
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. 
reportRecommended by BeautifulViolet
Anime: Zetsuen no Tempest
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 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Tsuritama
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. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari

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