Mawaru Penguin Drum

Alt titles: Penguindrum

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Usagi Drop

Usagi Drop

When Daikichi's grandfather dies he leaves behind a young daughter named Rin. However, as most of the family is embarrassed at the idea of a 79-year-old man having a six-year-old child, they can't seem to figure out what to do with her. Disgusted by this behavior, Daikichi decides to take care of her himself, but he's a bachelor, has no idea how to raise a child, and isn't even all that comfortable with kids! Now, Daikichi must do the normal things a parent does such as enroll her in school, buy her clothing and teach her about the life and world around her. But more importantly, he must also help her deal with her father's death and decide whether or not she should try to find her mother. Together, the two begin their unlikely relationship as father and daughter, navigating each of life's bumps along the way.

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skitxophrenic skitxophrenic says...

There are many differences that separate Penguindrum and Usagi Drop, so at first this may seem like a strange recommendation, but hear me out.

Penguindrum is full of beautiful imagery, metaphors and has a very distinct visual style that weaves its way into the telling of the story, which at times verges into dark territory. Usagi Drop, on the other hand, is a very straightforward tale of a man raising a child. Usagi Drop's visual style is softer, and it's story is so lighthearted and heartwarming, I guarantee you'll smile while you watch it. Penguindrum is a much more fantastical in its storytelling and themes, while Usagi Drop has nothing of the sort, instead opting for realism. Lastly, it's also important to note that Usagi Drop lacks the bizarre sense of humor Penguindrum has.

Despite these extreme differences between the two, there is one key reason I feel these two shows go together well -- the concept of family. The idea of what it means to be a family and the bonds that connect family members are important themes that resonate throughout both shows. I feel as if you liked the concept in one, you will probably enjoy the other.

Also, both Rin from Usagi Drop and Himari from Penguindrum are super adorable -- both characters' silly antics and cute facial expressions made me giggle and smile while watching. I highly, highly recommend both!

krukky krukky says...

I agree with the person before me. Although the apparent differences, there are things that connect both shows and if you liked the one, you may as well like the other too.

Yuri Kuma Arashi

Yuri Kuma Arashi

After an asteroid explosion and meteor shower lit up the sky over planet earth, strange adorable bears began to attack and devour humans. The earthlings responded with violence of their own, and in the end, a massive barrier – the Wall of Extinction – was erected to separate man from bear. This fragile peace lasted until two high school girls encounter a yuri flower blooming – only to be shaken by the piercing warning of the Bear Alarm! Once again, bear and man- or bear and girl -will be pitted against each other in a deadly and mysterious showdown.

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MrTheJackThePerson MrTheJackThePerson says...

Both by the same writer and both have crazy animation/ideas/style/symbolism. 

YKA isn't done yet though, Penguindrum will almost definitely be the better of the two. But YKA is a lot of fun

BurningDay BurningDay says...

Same director, similar art style, hidden character depths, really dark plot twists, symbolism and metaphor coming out of it's ears.

FLCL

FLCL

Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...

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diz1776 diz1776 says...

FLCL uses both a great visual and musical performance to entice the viewer into watching more. And boy does it deleiver. Mawaru Penguin Drum is the same in the sense that it's both a visual and musical expereince which shouldn't be missed or ignored. Both have the aura of being wacky and sensible but in different takes and doses. If you like one you'll be certain to enjoy the other.

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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hurin hurin says...

These share a similar theme where the main characters experience situations that may be real, imagined or halucinated.

Lain used this to great effect but I feel that in Penguin it becomes obscurity for the sake of being obscure.

Tokyo Godfathers

Tokyo Godfathers

On a chilly December evening, Hana, a transvestite, Misaki, a teenage runaway, and Gin, a retired bike racer, found little Kiyoko in the trash. For three homeless people, finding an abandoned baby might not have been the best of luck, but with good intentions and two cents to chip in, the trio set out to find the parents of the child. But locating the mother will not be an easy task, and all they have to go on is a small key...

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gleipnir gleipnir says...

How far would you go for your family?  What makes you family?  What do you do when you've hurt those you care about? Tokyo Godfathers and Mawaru Penuin Drum tackle the ups and downs of family dynamics and the ways in which family relationships can support or hurt their members.  While Tokyo Godfathers ostensibly has the more realistic premise and a different overall tone and Penguin Drum is rooted in the fantastical and somewhat ridiculous, both deal with the above questions in their own ways and ultimately highlight the importance of family, whether biological or chosen.