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8 July 2011 (Japan) See more »
I'll show that fate can be changed.
A terminally ill girl is revived by a magical penguin spirit. In return, her brothers are sent on a quest for the mysterious 'Penguindrum'.
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 (Series Cast [4])
Ryohei Kimura ... Shouma Takakura (6 episodes, 2011)
Subaru Kimura ... Kanba Takakura (6 episodes, 2011)
Miho Arakawa ... Himari Takakura (6 episodes, 2011)
Marie Miyake ... Ringo Oginome (5 episodes, 2011)

Series Directed by
Kunihiko Ikuhara (24 episodes, 2011)
Shouko Nakamura (24 episodes, 2011)
Mitsue Yamazaki (4 episodes, 2011)
Tetsuo Ichimura (2 episodes, 2011)
Katsunori Shibata (2 episodes, 2011)
Toshinori Fukushima (1 episode, 2011)
Keiji Gotoh (1 episode, 2011)
Koichiro Sotome (1 episode, 2011)
Nobuyuki Takeuchi (1 episode, 2011)
Series Writing credits
Ikuni Chowder (24 episodes, 2011)
Scott Gensch (24 episodes, 2011)
Takayo Ikami (13 episodes, 2011)
Kunihiko Ikuhara (13 episodes, 2011)

Series Produced by
John Ledford .... executive producer: Sentai Filmworks (24 episodes, 2011)
Eiichi Takahashi .... executive producer: Sentai Filmworks (24 episodes, 2011)
Scott Gensch .... producer (23 episodes, 2011)
Satoshi Fujita .... associate producer (21 episodes, 2011)
Shin'ichi Ikeda .... producer (21 episodes, 2011)
Hirô Maruyama .... producer (21 episodes, 2011)
Hisanobu Satou .... associate producer (21 episodes, 2011)
Rie Shimai .... associate producer (21 episodes, 2011)
Midori Tokoha .... animation producer (21 episodes, 2011)
Series Original Music by
Yukari Hashimoto (24 episodes, 2011)
Series Cinematography by
Takeo Hagiwara (24 episodes, 2011)
Series Film Editing by
Shigeru Nishiyama (24 episodes, 2011)
Series Casting by
Scott Gensch (1 episode, 2011)
Series Art Direction by
Kentaro Akiyama (24 episodes, 2011)
Chieko Nakamura (24 episodes, 2011)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mitsue Yamazaki .... series assistant director (24 episodes, 2011)
Series Art Department
Wataru Osakabe .... icon designer (24 episodes, 2011)
Kunio Tsujita .... color key (24 episodes, 2011)
Series Sound Department
Steven Foster .... adr director (24 episodes, 2011)
Kunihiko Ikuhara .... sound director (24 episodes, 2011)
Tomokazu Mitsui .... sound effects editor (24 episodes, 2011)
Yô Yamada .... sound director (24 episodes, 2011)
Scott Gensch .... adr director (23 episodes, 2011)
Series Animation Department
Lily Hoshino .... original character designer (24 episodes, 2011)
Terumi Nishii .... character designer (24 episodes, 2011)
Series Casting Department
Scott Gensch .... casting: USA (23 episodes, 2011)
Series Music Department
Junnosuke Miyamoto .... music producer (24 episodes, 2011)

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Also Known As:
"Rolling Penguin Drum" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | UK:12 | UK:18 (volume 4)

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A character in the show is named Ringo Oginome. "Ringo" is Japanese for "apple", and the Japanese kanji for "ringo" also reads "pingu", for "penguin". According to the producers and writers, because the apple is pivotal in fairytales (especially the tale of Snow White) they wanted to name an important character after the fruit.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
I am a rock 'n' roll man..., 9 March 2012
Author: wandereramor from Canada

Not so fresh off the heels of the brilliant Revolutionary Girl Utena, Kunihiko Ikuhara comes out of hibernation for another strange story with serious implications. Through the fight over a mystical diary that slowly reveals the darker pasts of all involved, Mawaru Penguindrum considers the issue of fate and determinism, as well as questions of family and responsibility.

The show's visual style is fantastic, and if nothing else it's a feast for the eyes. However, there's also a lot of substance here too. A twisting (perhaps even convoluted) plot and a surreal sense of humour keep Mawaru Penguindrum from being a philosophical treatise, but even so it's a show with serious ambitions that are mostly fulfilled, and a series that deserves a lot of thought. It doesn't quite reach the transcendent levels of Utena, but it's still one of the best anime series of the year.

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