A few days ago, the official Twitter account for Brain’s Base studios original animated franchise Mawaru Penguindrum began a mysterious five-day countdown. Although no official announcement has been made so far, the domain registration (http://penguindrum10th.jp/) would indicate that it is a project to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original issue. More details will be revealed in the next few hours, as the countdown is about to end.
– penguindrum (@penguindrum) March 30, 2021
The original twenty-four episode anime was produced by Brain’s Base Studios, under the direction of Kunihiko Ikuhara (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R: The Movie, Sarazanmai, Shoujo Kakumei Utena) and scripts written by himself in collaboration with Takayo Ikami (Isekai Cheat Magician, Mahou Shoujo Site, Yuri Kuma Arashi). The series originally premiered in July 2011.
Lily Hoshino and Isuzu Shibata published a manga adaptation through Gentosha publisher’s Comic Birz magazine between May 2013 and January 2017, compiling the work into a total of five volumes. The following video shows the first opening sequence, which features the theme “Nornir (ノ ル ニ ル)” performed by the Etsuko Yakushimaru Metro Orchestra.
Synopsis of Mawaru Penguindrum
For the Takakura family, destiny is a constantly turning wheel, passionately pointing in their direction with equal tides of joy and sadness before moving on to the next wish-maker. With their parents missing, twin brothers Kanba and Shouma live alone with their beloved little sister. Himari, whose ill health cannot deteriorate further.
On the day Himari receives permission to temporarily leave the hospital, her siblings take her to the aquarium to celebrate, where the supposed fate of the family is manifested by her sudden collapse. However, when Himari is inexplicably revived by a “penguin hat” from the aquarium gift shop, the gears of fate keep moving faithfully.
However, with her miraculous recovery comes a cost: there is a new entity within her body, whose condition to keep her fate at bay sends the boys on a futile search for the mysterious “Penguin Drum Drum) ”. In their quest, the boys will have to follow the threads of fate that lead from their own shocking past and into the lives of other eager vying for the Penguin Drum, all hoping to land in their chosen destination.