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Penguin Drum Collection 1 (2012)

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: December 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009AVC95Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,098 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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. From the creator of REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA comes a story of love, fate, life, death . and Penguins: PENGUIN DRUM - THE FIRST COLLECTION.

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, but NOT for everyone... October 20, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Mawaru Penguindrum is a difficult anime to define... As another reviewer said it is art in the truest sense of the word. If you want mindless entertainment, look elsewhere. If you want something playing on the TV in the background while you are doing something else, look elsewhere. It is a series that requires and deserves your full attention. It is highly psychological and highly philosophical. If you don't care for analyzing literature or peering into the darkness of the human heart, then you probably won't enjoy Penguindrum.

That disclaimer out of the way, Mawaru Penguindrum is a philosophical masterpiece. The main topic is free-will vs destiny. There is also quite a bit of time spent on perception vs reality, and the meaning and nature of family. But to me the topic that distinguishes the series is the role of others in self-definition and self-worth... Namely, that an individual is defined by their contrast with others, and no individual can continue to value himself unless he is also loved by another.

Let me give two examples... The first is the animation of the background characters. Background characters such as random people walking on the street are depicted as white blob-figures--like what you would see on a public restroom door. At first I thought this was evidence of a low budget, but as I began to understand the series I realized that it emphasizes the main point. A person does not become truly human in the eye of the observer until the observer knows something about them. The background characters have no individuality, no motion, they are nothing but blank scenery. Since we know nothing about these characters, they cannot become truly human in our minds, and the series emphasizes this point by depicting them with no individuality.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Rita
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was so excited when I heard Mawaru Penguindrum was coming out in the US. It was something I had been waiting for. The series was one of my all time favorite anime series. Actually not just one of my all time favorites, it is my all time favorite. I was looking forward to seeing it on my big screen TV and eager to support it by buying it.

Now the reason for only 3 stars - I really wish another company besides Sentai had gotten this series. One that would have done a better job. I was watching the subs and they really weren't good. At first I thought maybe it's just because I watched the fansubbed version so many times that I was used to their wording, but no. It seems like Sentai was really careless with the subs. At one point Kanba says "we gotta got hold of Uncle." Gotta got? Didn't anyone check these things? There are more instances where I found myself wondering "how careless were the people who subbed this thing?"

Aside from the errors, there were some changes to the script. The most notable change was changing the series' catch phrase from "survival strategy" to "survival tactic" in the subs. Another example I can think of off the top of my head is when Kanba (in episode 1) said his speech at the end; instead of saying "Dear God, is he really human? Just wondering," he says "could God...really be human? Yeah right." Uh, what? I won't post the whole speech, but I will say that doesn't even make sense in the context of what he's talking about. The first line does - he's talking about if someone loved another person in spite of their DNA or fate, could that person cast those things aside and still be considered human? The second line has him asking a philosophical question about the nature of God out of left field.

It's just sloppy work all the way around. I'm torn now - on the one hand I really want to buy the DVDs and support a series that gave me so much joy. On the other hand, I don't want to support Sentai's shoddy work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Kunihiko Ikuhara is best known for directing episodes of the "Sailor Moon" series but most notably for his work on "Revolutionary Girl Utena". While Ikuhara may not be known for having a long oeuvre in his animated career, Ikuhara has won over fans all over the world for his work.

In 2011, Ikuhara returned with a 24-episode series titled "Mawaru Penguindrum" (Penguindrum) produced by Brain's Base.

Directed by Ikuhara and also co-written along with Takayo Ikami ("Heaven's Memo Pad"), the series features the music of Yukari Hashimoto ("Mayo Chiki!", "Kanamemo", "Toradora!"), original character designs by Lily Hoshino ("Zakuro", "Mr. Flower Groom", "Otome Yokai Zakuro"), character designs by Terumi Nishii ("Casshern Sins", "Death Note", "Inuyasha") and background art by Chieko Nakamura ("Eyeshield 21″, "Azumanga Daioh", "Revolutionary Girl Utena") and Kentaro Akiyama ("Air", "Black Rock Shooter", "Steel Angel Kurumi").

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"Penguindrum" vol. 1 is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1). It's important to note that when it comes to anime production, unlike major anime studios who are very busy developing several animated TV series, films and OVA's all at one time, Brain's Base (which is founded by former staff of Tokyo Movie Shinsha) is not one to put themselves in the situation of having too much on their plate. The good news is that because the staff are not in a major deadline while working on multiple series, they could focus on a series and give it the best quality, even though it's a TV series.

In the case of "Penguindrum", everything that you can hope for in a series with many locations, scenery, art backgrounds, characters in different clothing and great amount of detail and shading is featured.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Penguindrum is an amazing series. It is very unique and I'd recommend...
Penguindrum is an amazing series. It is very unique and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery/slice of life anime.
Published 1 month ago by Sarious
2.0 out of 5 stars 1080i transfer is unacceptable on Sentai Filmwork's part.
Sentai Filmworks gave us a 1080i transfer when the Japanese audience over in Japan got 1080P transfers on their Blu-ray discs. This means the U.S. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jake clean
4.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Anime!
I really really love this anime and i've watched it before but now i'm able to purchase it. My only complain is the subtitles are big, chunky, yellow and annoying.
Published 3 months ago by Kiko
5.0 out of 5 stars This show is fabulous max
Penguins, apples, little sisters, musicals, aquariums, terrorists, magical girl transformation scenes, teddy bears, frogs, destiny, a mysterious diary, numerous flashbacks, train... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like things that are amazing than look no further
Penguin Drum is simply something so unique and fantastic that trying to put why it's awesome into words just doesn't work. Read more
Published 8 months ago by erwin paniagua
5.0 out of 5 stars Mawaruuu!
It looks great
It's in Japanese with English subtitles AND there is an English dub!
2 discs, first half of the series. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Zakk
1.0 out of 5 stars Crapped out video quality
As others have noted previously, there are issues with the video quality of this product. This is pretty disappointing, as I had hoped the days of artifacting and messed-up video... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Porcupine
4.0 out of 5 stars like
this is a great anime and i couldnt be any happy. i will be buy from this again . and the price is not bad at all
Published 16 months ago by thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Individuality or social acceptability?
When I heard the director for Revolutionary girl Utena was working on a new series I was stoked. I love mind bending anime that makes you think long and hard. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Candy Fleck
4.0 out of 5 stars Dub was better than expected.
The dubbed version was better than expected. The story itself is solid. The only real issue is the lack of special features.
Published 18 months ago by Neeley
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