Penguin Highway

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Japanese: ペンギン・ハイウェイ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 17, 2018
Licensors: Eleven Arts
Studios: Studio Colorido
Source: Novel
Genres: FantasyFantasy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr. 58 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.631 (scored by 1788617,886 users)
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Ranked: #11952
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Popularity: #2364
Members: 49,394
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Schoolboy Aoyama is bright, inquisitive and a bit headstrong. He has a lot of brainwork to get busy with – after all, he'll be an adult in just a few thousand days. For the moment, though, he'll have to live life as a fourth-grader. Not that it's a bad life.

Summer has arrived and school's nearly out. He has a crush on an intriguing older woman he's met at his dentist's office, who's coaching him in his chess game. And a colony of penguins has materialized in the middle of Aoyama's sleepy little town. Where on Earth – or elsewhere – did these waddling interlopers come from? Aoyama and his friends embark on a research mission, applying rigorous scientific methods and principles. Their discoveries, however, only lead to ever more puzzling wonders...

(Source: Fantasia)


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

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Characters & Voice Actors


Aoi, Yuu


Kita, Kana


Kugimiya, Rie

Aoyama, Father

Nishijima, Hidetoshi


Fukui, Miki


Han, Megumi

Aoyama, Sister

Kuno, Misaki

Hamamoto, Father

Takenaka, Naoto

Aoyama, Mother

Noto, Mamiko


Satou, Junichi
Ishida, Hiroyasu
Director, Storyboard
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Kamei, Kanta
Episode Director


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Ending Theme

"Good Night" by Hikaru Utada

Aug 24, 2018
-HippySnob- (All reviews)
"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 read more
Mar 4, 2019
YTG21 (All reviews)
Very good movie with excellent visuals. Recommend it. Worth your time. Shame it didn't get hyped as much as other good anime movies.I would give this a solid 9 plus.

This movie is about a pretty smart and curious kid who happens to fall in love with a dentist. The dentist is an actual mystery as the little boy happens to unravel that mystery. The kid is not like super genius but your above-average kid with keen scientific experiments.Do watch the movie with good quality. Because the visuals will blow you away. Don't want to spoil the awesome experience by saying more.
Do watch this if you read more
Nov 12, 2018
fillyy (All reviews)
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 read more
Feb 23, 2019
Saacool (All reviews)
So this is probably the visually best animated movie I've ever seen. If you know you're going to see it, see it on the biggest possible screen, you won't regret it.

That said its not without its faults, there is one overlying issue, and a couple less intrusive issues that mean my enjoyment does need to be qualified.

First and foremost the art is easily 10/10. Just absolutely gorgeous graphical quality, solid animation, the framing occasionally questionable but that's an issue for later.

The story on the other hand suffers heavily. I could just leave it at: "This movie only exists for visuals" but theres definitely a read more

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