Mawaru Penguin Drum

Alt titles: Penguindrum

TV (24 eps)
4.124 out of 5 from 4,875 votes
Rank #555

Kamba and Shouma Takakura have taken care of their sickly younger sister Himari since their parents disappeared years ago - that is, until the day she died. But as the boys grieve by her hospital bed, Himari sits up, adorned with a strange penguin hat. Suddenly, the three of them are transported to a vibrant world where the hat, using Himari's body as a puppet, charges these brothers with a task: find the Penguin Drum and their sister's life will be saved! Now aided by some odd penguins they received in the mail, the duo must find this mysterious item or risk losing the sister they care for so much. However, they aren't the only ones with their sights on the Penguin Drum, for new enemies await them around every turn, all connected in ways they would have never imagined...

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haize78's avatar by haize78 on Dec 22, 2014
Score: 8.5/10

Mawaru Penguindrum is one of my favourite anime :-) One of the other reviewers mentioned that you should watch it after you've already seen a considerable number of anime, and I agree. The first time I watched it, I have to admit that I thought it was confusing and silly in some points; and above all I found the "seizon senryaku" (the survival strategy) as well as the penguins extremely annoying and... read more

CaptainSlow's avatar by CaptainSlow on Sep 27, 2013
Score: 8.5/10

What I Liked: Brilliant job on the visuals. Symbolism and surrealism out the wazoo. The Takarazuka Revue parodies. Each of the main characters is fleshed out through mostly backstory. Miho Arakawa as Himari. All the opening and ending themes sounded wonderful. Amazing writing keeps the truth hidden until absolutely necessary and makes for some truly surprising reveals.
What I Didn't: Suspense of... read more

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