Mawaru Penguindrum

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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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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)
Producers: Starchild Records, Mainichi Broadcasting System
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Brain’s Base
Source: Original
Genres: Mystery, Comedy, Dementia, Psychological, Drama
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 720p
Type: Dual Audio


Kunihiko Ikuhara – Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Screenplay, Series Composition
Shouko Nakamura – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director
Haru Yamada – Sound Director
Masahiro Aizawa – Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Nornir (ノルニル)” by Etsuko Yakushimaru Metro Orchestra (eps 1-14)
OP2: “Shounen yo Ware ni Kaere (少年よ我に帰れ)” by Etsuko Yakushimaru Metro Orchestra (eps 15-23)
ED1: “DEAR FUTURE” by coaltar of the deepers (eps 1-9, 11-12)
ED2: “DEAR FUTURE feat. Yui Horie” by coaltar of the deepers (ep 10)
ED3: “Haiiro no Suiyoubi (灰色の水曜日)” by Triple H (eps 13, 15, 18)
ED4: “Bad News Kuroi Yokan (Bad News 黒い予感)” by Triple H (eps 14, 17)
ED5: “Ikarechimattaze!! (イカレちまったぜ!!)” by Triple H (ep 16)
ED6: “HIDE and SEEK” by Triple H (ep 19)
ED7: “Private Girl” by Triple H (ep 20)
ED8: “Tamashii Kogashite (魂こがして)” by Triple H (ep 21)
ED9: “Asa no Kageri no Naka de (朝のかげりの中で)” by Triple H (ep 22)
ED10: “HEROES ~Eiyuutachi (HEROES ~英雄たち)” by Triple H (ep 23)

Episode List

01: The Egg of Easter Rolls
02: Risky Survival Strategy
03: Then Devour Me Courageously
04: Descension of a Princess
05: That’s Why I Do That
06: You & I are Connected by M
07: Tamahomare Girl
08: Even if Your Love is a Lie…
09: The World of Ice
10: Because I Love Him
11: You Have Finally Realized It
12: The Wheel That Spins Us Round
13: Our Crime & Punishment
14: Princess of Lies
15: Saving the World
16: Immortal Man
17: Those Who Cannot Be Forgiven
18: So, I Want You to Be Here for My Sake
19: My Fated Person
20: Thank You for Choosing Me
21: The Door of Fate We Choose
22: Beautiful Casket
23: Fate’s Destination
24: I Love You



Prepare to have your mind messed with, but in a good way.


I love penguins.


The lines between reality, fiction, and allegory blur so much you’re not even sure what’s real at the end. It’s a love or hate kind of thing

Indigo 🌸

Ikuhara is never light on the symbolism. Here it works all too well in a exciting tale full of twists, turns, and longing for belonging.




This is gonna be a trip, I’m just gonna warn you right now. But stick to it, it’s worth it.


Does its reach exceed its grasp? Like or dislike it, Mawaru Penguindrum fucking goes for it


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