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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: Fridays at 02:10 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Brain's Base
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.081 (scored by 61,224 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #4392
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #312
Members: 153,373
Favorites: 4,636
Ranked #439Popularity #312Members 153,373
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Episodes: /24


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

Takakura, Himari
Takakura, Himari
Arakawa, Miho
Arakawa, Miho
Takakura, Shouma
Takakura, Shouma
Kimura, Ryouhei
Kimura, Ryouhei
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, Series Composition, Screenplay
Nakamura, Shouko
Nakamura, Shouko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
Yamada, You
Yamada, You
Sound Director
Yamauchi, Shigeyasu
Yamauchi, Shigeyasu
Episode Director, Animation Director

Edit 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)

Edit 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)

More reviewsReviews

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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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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Jan 10, 2012
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. read more
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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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