Penguin Highway

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ペンギン・ハイウェイ
Spanish: Penguin Highway: El Misterio de los Pingüinos
French: Le Mystère des Pingouins
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 17, 2018
Licensors: Eleven Arts
Studios: Studio Colorido
Source: Novel
Genres: FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr. 57 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.551 (scored by 3334133,341 users)
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Ranked: #16892
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Popularity: #2236
Members: 90,603
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For a child, Aoyama has knowledge comparable to an adult. As such, he is often teased by his classmates. He also has a crush on the friendly woman he recently met at a dental office. One morning, penguins start mysteriously appearing around his neighborhood. Nobody knows where they came from and how they managed to get there. Aoyama is determined to find out more, and he joins his new crush in researching the penguins.

As time passes, they discover a levitating sphere which they nickname "The Sea." Whatever goes into The Sea does not come back out, and the only things that can destroy it are the penguins. However, something horrifying is created when the penguins do...

Penguin Highway follows Aoyama and the woman's research on the mysterious penguins' origin, as well as the many difficulties Aoyama faces throughout his investigation.

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Winner of the Excellence Award on the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival.

Characters & Voice Actors


Aoi, Yuu


Kita, Kana


Han, Megumi


Kugimiya, Rie

Aoyama, Sister

Kuno, Misaki

Aoyama, Father

Nishijima, Hidetoshi


Fukui, Miki

Aoyama, Mother

Noto, Mamiko

Hamamoto, Father

Takenaka, Naoto


Kannae, Masahiro
Nakatake, Tetsuya
Assistant Producer


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Ending Theme

"Good Night" by Hikaru Utada

Episode Videos


Aug 24, 2018
"Penguins inexplicably appear in a suburb some distance from the sea, and a grade-school boy seeks to solve the mystery, in this humorous and at times philosophical novel for young adults that puts author Tomihiko Morimi's playful sensibilities on full display."

Adapted from the most finest work since Tatami Galaxy, The Night is Short, and The Eccentric Family

"As the wind blew, the grass sparkled, wet from the morning dew. There was a squeaking noise that sounded like the school’s floors creaking. In the middle of the huge empty lot, there were a number of penguins waddling around."

Going embark into superstitious child-oriented but with eccentric wholesomeness from ...
Nov 12, 2018
Mixed Feelings
Penguin Highway is an anime film about a boy who is mature for his age but still has some things to learn as a growing boy. He is a genius kid who finds great interest in researching new and bizarre phenomena. The film is structured quite well and uses a lot of metaphors through the animation and storytelling to represent the coming-of-age of his character. This film does have a bloated run-time of about two hours and it compromised some of my enjoyment. The dialogue is poorly written and attempts at humour in the film don't quite cut it. I do appreciate the representation of ...
Sep 28, 2019
I really disliked this movie. I merely thought it was disappointingly mediocre when I finished it a few weeks ago, but the more I've thought about it, the worse it's become.

Coming from someone who loves some of the previous works of the author (Tatami Galaxy, Uchouten Kazoku), I was pretty stoked for this. A more recent movie, The Night is Young, Walk on Girl wasn't my favorite anime movie of all time, but it had some decent pieces that was really just hampered by Yuasa's over indulgence in his artistic ego. I felt like a different director this time could really bring this movie to ...

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