Mawaru Penguindrum


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Japanese: 輪るピングドラム
English: Penguindrum
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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2011 to Dec 23, 2011
Premiered: Summer 2011
Broadcast: Fridays at 02:10 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Original
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, DramaDrama, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.941 (scored by 107176107,176 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #6912
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #775
Members: 296,793
Favorites: 7,252

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For the Takakura family, destiny is an ever-spinning wheel, pointing passionately in their direction with equal tides of joy and sorrow before ticking on to the next wishmaker. With their parents gone, twin brothers Kanba and Shouma live alone with their beloved little sister Himari, whose poor health cannot decline any further.

On the day Himari is given permission to temporarily leave the hospital, her brothers take her out to the aquarium to celebrate, where the family's supposed fate is brought forth with her sudden collapse. However, when Himari is inexplicably revived by a penguin hat from the aquarium's souvenir shop, the hand of fate continues to tick faithfully forward.

With her miraculous recovery, though, comes a cost: there is a new entity within her body, whose condition for keeping her fate at bay sends the boys on a wild goose chase for the mysterious "Penguin Drum." In their search, the boys will have to follow the threads of fate leading from their own shocking past and into the lives of other wishmakers vying for the Penguin Drum, all hoping to land upon their chosen destiny.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Maruyama, Hiroo
Ikuhara, Kunihiko
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Screenplay, Series Composition
Nakamura, Shouko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Setting, Animation Director, Key Animation
Yamada, Haru
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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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

1: "DEAR FUTURE" by coaltar of the deepers (eps 1-9, 11-12)
2: "DEAR FUTURE feat. Yui Horie" by coaltar of the deepers (eps 10)
3: "Haiiro no Suiyoubi (灰色の水曜日)" by Triple H (eps 13, 15, 18)
4: "Bad News Kuroi Yokan (Bad News 黒い予感)" by Triple H (eps 14, 17)
5: "Ikarechimattaze!! (イカレちまったぜ!!)" by Triple H (eps 16)
6: "HIDE and SEEK" by Triple H (eps 19)
7: "Private Girl" by Triple H (eps 20)
8: "Tamashii Kogashite (魂こがして)" by Triple H (eps 21)
9: "Asa no Kageri no Naka de (朝のかげりの中で)" by Triple H (eps 22)
10: "HEROES ~Eiyuutachi (HEROES ~英雄たち)" by Triple H (eps 23)


Oct 7, 2023
'family' and 'love' are not always synonymous with one another. birth is not a tree which doles out equal fruit, it is not a golden goose which produces only miracles. not every child is brought up with the love of their family to guide them. adults push their sins onto their children and call it love, twisting the word and causing the kids to pass this on. each generation is made to hold the sins of the last and the children live with the original sin of existence, going their whole lives feeling dejected and unwanted.

'love' is a superfluous, dull word when spent on children ...
Aug 9, 2022
Mixed Feelings
This is one of those anime that is really, really difficult to give an objective score to because it's extremely subjective from start to finish. Super unique, obscure and absurd, Penguindrum is unlike any other anime I've ever watched.

First of all, Penguindrum checks off all the boxes regarding its presentation. It's well-animated, colorful, has a standout soundtrack and is generally well-written and well-acted. The presentation is solid, period, but that's not the reason you'll possibly really love or really hate this show.

You might love it because it's brimming with symbolism, it's far more profound and artistic than the vast majority of anime and it's the ...
Jun 7, 2021
Hoooo boy, what a disappointment this ended up being!

Mawaru Penguindrum started very strong for me: an easy 8 but as episodes went by, the drearyness got stronger and stronger... and stronger.
I don't know what happened midway, if it was me or the series but things just stopped clicking.

The character design is a constant positive, voice actors have done a good job, music selection also a big plus (COTD being an instant win!) and the first Seizon Senryaku will forever be etched in my mind as it was this part that made me think I was in for a spectacular ride... sigh...

But, on the other hand, ...

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