Penguindrum / Manwaru Penguindrum

I’ve watched the first three episodes and all in all I have to say that I’m rather disappointed.

I wish the song were better, though it is funny when the high-pitched woman singing the song says that she’s a “rock 'n roll guy”.

I agree with your spoiler: She totally did. Did anyone else think that the following scene throwing the penguin hat away & onto a moving truck was reminiscent of Madoka Magica?

Which reminds me, I finally saw some more of the show. I’ve seen about half of the release. Tragically I’ve only seen ep 1 properly (BD, 16:9 1080 display) as the bulk of the series was shown via the dvd (?!) on an older 4:3 (again, ?!) projector but it was still great. I realized that I was missing something about Penguindrum, something that I found for the 2nd attempt to watch, and with it I found that the show was great. The dub even got a slight dose of vintage Fosterization.

The classic (if apocryphal) Marie Antoinette line that Shelley Calene-Black’s character had should have totally been dubbed.

If I didn’t know better, I’d say that the series is also having some slightly-less-than-obvious Death Note homage going on…know what I mean? :wink:

I’ll start watching it soon; I have the second part of the series on disc coming.

It’s crazy, but entertaining, if you find the surrealness of it all enjoyable.

The show has an excessive amount of insert songs & “transformation sequences”, and they’re both long. Excessively long IMO.

I find it fun to watch in a group setting, and the comedy that I find in it is (largely) meant to be there. That said, I would still have preferred another, better Melody of Oblivion; I wouldn’t describe this show as being “dark” or “serious”, though it does have a slight serious side so far.

FEATURE: Creative Spotlight: Kunihiko Ikuhara [Part 3]

January 30, 2017 2:47pm CST
Part 3 of 4, looking at Ikuhara’s Penguindrum!

Looks like collection two is out of print on The Sentai store . Maybe about to release a complete set ?

1 Like

Penguindrum TV Anime Twitter Account Starts Mysterious Countdown

March 26, 2021 10:43pm CDT
We’re spinning for what it might be

1 Like

Kunihiko Ikuhara’s Penguindrum TV Anime Gets Compilation Film Project

posted on 2021-03-31 06:42 EDT by Egan Loo
Project re-edits all 24 TV episodes with new sequences; crowdfunding also marks 10th anniversary


Penguindrum Compilation Anime Film Gets Crowdfunded in 150 Seconds

April 09, 2021 12:04am CDT
It seems fate has dealt Ikuhara a winning hand

Penguindrum Crowdfunding Campaign Ends With Over 105 Million Yen

posted on 2021-05-28 13:30 EDT by Alex Mateo
Campaign supports Re:cycle of Penguindrum 10th anniversary compilation film project

Penguindrum Anime Compilation Project Will Be 2 Films in 2022

posted on 2021-07-07 06:29 EDT by Egan Loo
10th anniversary project re-edits all 24 TV episodes with new sequences

1 Like

If each movie clocks in @ just over 2 hours that’s only 12 ish episodes of runtime…


Both Beyond the Boundary and Chunibyo crammed 12 episodes worth of material into a less than two hour long film…


RE:cycle of the PENGUINDRUM 2-Part Anime Film Gets Mysterious New Teaser Visual

October 20, 2021 5:19am CDT
The films will be compiling the TV anime for the 10th Anniversary

1 Like

1st Penguindrum Compilation Film’s Teaser Unveils More Staff, Returning Cast, Title, April 29 Opening

posted on 2021-12-22 05:49 EST by Egan Loo
Writer, designer, composer also return to Kunihiko Ikuhara’s project

What Penguindrum Can Teach Us About Extremism

by Vinicius Marino Carvalho, Jan 26th 2022
Warning - contains spoilers

Penguindrum Compilation Films’ Trailer Unveils New Footage, New Character, Etsuko Yakushimaru’s Theme Song

posted on 2022-03-21 07:02 EDT by Egan Loo
Sumire Uesaka plays Purin-Chu-Penguin in films opening April 29 & later in 2022

1 Like

PENGUINDRUM Announces Cast and Director Reunion Stream, Theater Gift Art

April 15, 2022 11:11am CDT
Kunihiko Ikuhara and lead voice cast will take to YouTube next week

2nd Penguindrum Compilation Film Unveils Title, July 22 Opening

posted on 2022-04-29 00:38 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Visual also unveiled for “Boku wa Kimi o Aishiteru” film

1st RE:cycle of the PENGUINDRUM Anime Film Gets Special Trailer Revealing More New Footage

May 11, 2022 5:39am CDT
The first RE:cycle opened in Japan on April 29


Penguindrum Films’ Special Promo Video Features New Footage, Set to 2nd Film’s Theme Song

posted on 2022-05-11 06:53 EDT by Egan Loo
2nd film with Yakushimaru Etsuko Metro Orchestra song opens on July 22