Penguin Drum Collection 1 Blu-ray

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About Penguin Drum Collection 1 Blu-ray

Penguin Drum Collection 1 contains episodes 1-12.

Once you make a decision, does the universe conspire to make it happen? Is destiny a matter of chance, a matter of choice, or the complex outcome of thousands of warring strands of fate? All twins Kanba and Shouma know is that when their terminally ill sister Himari collapses at the aquarium, her death is somehow temporarily reversed by the penguin hat that she had asked for. It's a provisional resurrection, however, and it comes at a price: to keep Himari alive they need to find the mysterious Penguin Drum.

In order to do that, they must first find the links to a complex interlocking chain of riddles that has wrapped around their entire existence, and unravel the knots that tie them to mystifying diary and a baffling string of strangers and semi-acquaintances who all have their own secrets, agendas, and "survival strategies." And in order for Himari to live, someone else's chosen destiny will have to change.

Special Features: Japanese Promos, Sponsor Bumpers, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.


  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Age Rating: 14+
  • Run Time: 300
  • Release Date: 12/31/2012
  • Weight: 0.4

Ratings & Reviews

3 reviews

Great Series, Release is Lacking


Penguindrum is like a stage play—there’s moments where you have to suspend your disbelief for the sake of the story, but it's balanced out well enough, making up for it with beautiful visuals and animation.

The story revolves around two older brothers and their younger sister who falls ill, leading to a strange journey mixed with heartfelt moments and downright silly ones. Penguins are somehow worked into the story, and a more complex plot begins to form. It's like FLCL in that story details are secondary to character arcs.

As a release, though, it’s just ok. The dub script is too loose for my liking, and subs are questionable. Subs for the Japanese version are strange in that they seem to stick closer to what's being said in the dub, making me think they’re a mishmash of dub script + actual translation.

Extras are minimal (OP +ED plus Japanese promos), and packaging is your basic 2-disc blu ray case.

A spectacular series, though I wouldn't recommend this release.

Another masterpiece by Kunihiko Ikuhara

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Mawaru Penguindrum deserves more attention. It is a beautiful anime that is lovely to look at that anime fans will appreciate. It focuses on themes like fate and the definition of family. While the style might turn some viewers away, all questions are answered by the end of the series in various flashbacks. The only issue I have with this product is the English Dub. Some actors just don't fit the role and the delivery seems forced at times. I would watching this anime subbed.

Penguin Drum Review <3

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It's a show that gets a reputation of being overwrought with wild surreal imagery. Of course it has surreal imagery considering Kunihiku Ikuhara directed it and provides a unique eye to the perspective of storytelling and imagery. The main thing to take away from this show as a viewer, is how impressive the relationships are developed and depicted. I believe that there are details in the beautiful animation and backgrounds of this show that make this family of characters feel very real to one another. There is history there and you have to hang in there before the secrets and truths start being revealed. But once they do, and you go back and realize some of the subtle hints that had been there from the first episode, you will truly appreciate the story. Amazing voice work, incredibly well done soundtrack,and a pretty bold story that starts of simplistic and colorful but soon delves into quite meaningful discussion on bigger themes that take into territory belonging to a great drama.