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New RE:cycle of the PENGUINDRUM Trailer Previews Big Screen Return


The Mawaru PENGUINDRUM anime is getting ready to come back in a big way, with the RE:cycle of the PENGUINDRUM anime film previously announced for an April 29 opening in Japan. While we wait for Kunihiko Ikuhara’s project to bring its re-edit of the 24-episode series to theaters, you can check out some new footage in the latest trailer.

The full trailer offers a look at new characters, including new penguin queen Momoka Oginome, voiced by Aki Toyosaki, with her penguin Princhupenguin to be voiced by Sumire Uesaka.

Kunihiko Ikuhara is directing the project, which features a re-edit of all 24 episodes of the TV anime with some new characters and sequences. Returning staff members include writer Takayo Ikami, character designer Terumi Nishii, composer Yukari Hashimoto, art director Chieko Nakamura, icon designer Wataru Osakabe, sound director Yo Yamada, and sound effects artist Tomokazu Mitsui.

The main cast members are also returning, including Subaru Kimura as Kanba Takakura, Ryohei Kimura as Shoma Takakura, Miho Arakawa as Himari Takakura, and Marie Miyake as Ringo Oginome, among others.

Here’s how Sentai Filmworks describes the original Penguindrum anime:

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 Shoma 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. It’s a story of love, fate, life, death… and Penguins: PENGUINDRUM!