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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 summary:
Shelley Calene-Black ...  Yuri Tokikago 24 episodes, 2011
Maggie Flecknoe ...  Masako Natsume 24 episodes, 2011
Adam Gibbs Adam Gibbs ...  Felzel / ... 24 episodes, 2011
Illich Guardiola ...  Kanba Takakura 24 episodes, 2011
Hilary Haag ...  Hikari Utada / ... 24 episodes, 2011
Brittney Karbowski ...  Chiemi Takakura / ... 24 episodes, 2011
Andrew Love Andrew Love ...  Dr. Washizuka / ... 24 episodes, 2011
Cynthia Martinez Cynthia Martinez ...  Asami Kuho / ... 24 episodes, 2011
Rob Mungle ...  Dr. Washizuka / ... 24 episodes, 2011
Emily Neves ...  Ringo Oginome 24 episodes, 2011
Monica Rial ...  Himari Takakura 24 episodes, 2011
Blake Shepard ...  Shouma Takakura 24 episodes, 2011
David Matranga ...  Kenzan Takakura / ... 16 episodes, 2011
Mike Yager Mike Yager ...  Keiju Tabuki 12 episodes, 2011


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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I'll show that fate can be changed.


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Release Date:

8 July 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Rolling Penguin Drum See more »

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Brains Base See more »
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The opening song "Nornir," refers to the Norns, the Norse goddesses of fate, which is in keeping with the theme of destiny in the show. See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of each episode there is an illustration of one of the characters, in a position hinting at something in that episode or a forthcoming episode. See more »


References Kenji Miyazawa's Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985) See more »


Dear Future
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I am a rock 'n' roll man...
9 March 2012 | by wandereramorSee all my reviews

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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