HiDive has announced that they are streaming both the Japanese and English versions of the two-part 2022 anime film ‘Re:cycle of the Penguindrum.’ Produced by the Japanese animation studio Lapin Track, it is directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara who also co-wrote it with Takayo Ikami.
“This series was blowing anime fans’ minds before it was cool, and now it returns as ‘Re:cycle of the Penguindrum,’ a two-part compilation of the 24-episode TV anime with additional new scenes,” HiDive said on their website.
Sentai Filmworks screened both films at the 2023 Anime Boston and announced that they released on Blu-ray with both the Japanese and English audio available on July 4th, 2023.
You can watch the trailer for part one below:
Lily Hoshino, Terumi Nishii, and Tomomi Kawatsuma handled the character designs. Tomomi Kawatsuma was tapped to be the chief animation director with Erika Nishihara and Takatoshi Honda working as animation directors as well.
AniList describes the synopsis as follows,
“What would you do to save someone you love? All brothers Shoma and Kanba know is that, after collapsing in an aquarium and apparently dying, their terminally ill sister Himari was somehow revived by a Penguin hat that she had wished for. Now they’re on an impossible mission, because the price of keeping Himari alive is to find a mysterious object called the Penguindrum, and they’ll do anything to save their sister. Anything. As they travel separate paths in their search, they’ll have to unravel complex riddles, make alliances with strangers they know they shouldn’t trust, and question the very fabrics of time and destiny.”
The films are a compilation made up of episodes of the 2011 anime Mawaru Penguindrum from the Tokyo-based animation studio Brain Base.
Ikuhara also wrote a manga that was illustrated by Lily Hoshino and Isuzu Shibata. It was released by the Tokyo-based publisher Gentosha who released five volumes between 2013 to 2017. Seven Seas Entertainment released it in North America.
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