'Mawaru Penguindrum' Receives Compilation Film

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The official Twitter account of Kunihiko Ikuhara's Mawaru Penguindrum (Penguindrum) anime series announced a compilation film on Wednesday, commemorating its 10th anniversary. The film, titled Re:cycle of the Penguindrum, will reconstruct all 24 episodes and feature new scenes. Original character designer Lily Hoshino drew an illustration to celebrate the announcement (pictured above).

Ikuhara (Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Sarazanmai) is directing the film at animation studio Lapin Track (Uchi Tama?! Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?). Lily Hoshino (Tsukumogami Kashimasu) is returning as the original character designer. Brain's Base is credited for the television anime's production.

The 10th anniversary project is also launching a crowdfunding campaign on April 8 at 7:00 p.m. JST (6:00 a.m. EST), aiming to raise 10 million yen (approximately US$90,500). The fund will be spent to improve the quality of the new scenes, sound, and music. The supporters will receive merchandise, bonus items, and be featured in the ending credit of the film.

Ikuhara helmed and co-wrote the original psychological mystery drama anime with Takayo Ikami (Yuri Kuma Arashi, Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru) in Summer 2011. Terumi Nishii (JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Diamond wa Kudakenai) designed the characters, and Yukari Hashimoto (Sankarea) composed the music.

Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime series in North America and released it on two home video installments in December 2012 and March 2013.

For the Takakura family, destiny is an ever-spinning wheel, pointing passionately in their direction with equal tides of joy and sorrow before ticking on to the next wishmaker. With their parents gone, twin brothers Kanba and Shouma live alone with their beloved little sister Himari, whose poor health cannot decline any further.

On the day Himari is given permission to temporarily leave the hospital, her brothers take her out to the aquarium to celebrate, where the family's supposed fate is brought forth with her sudden collapse. However, when Himari is inexplicably revived by a penguin hat from the aquarium's souvenir shop, the hand of fate continues to tick faithfully forward.

With her miraculous recovery, though, comes a cost: there is a new entity within her body, whose condition for keeping her fate at bay sends the boys on a wild goose chase for the mysterious "Penguin Drum." In their search, the boys will have to follow the threads of fate leading from their own shocking past and into the lives of other wishmakers vying for the Penguin Drum, all hoping to land upon their chosen destiny. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Official site: https://penguindrum10th.jp/
Official Twitter: @penguindrum
Crowdfunding campaign site: https://ubgoe.com/projects/20?token=a480e2d711944a94a502e3cab71fa3d2

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