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, SuspenseSuspense
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.941 (scored by 108682108,682 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7402
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #804
Members: 301,201
Favorites: 7,289

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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, Key Animation, Animation Director
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)


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.
Jan 10, 2012
Mixed Feelings
When someone on the Internet describes a work of fiction as 'visionary', it's usually meant as a form of praise, referring to a willingness to defy convention in favor of something more thought-provoking and enticing. As defined by a dictionary, 'visionary' refers to embracing fanciful and often impractical ideas.

Mawaru Penguindrum falls under both definitions.

What Kunihiko Ikuhara of Utena-fame has created here is a show that takes philosophical musings on themes such as fate, love and death; and combines them with slapstick antics involving ghost penguins and ping-pong balls that erase people's memories.

If that sounds difficult to take seriously to you, don't bother watching this show. ...
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 ...

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