The official website for the second Re:cycle of the Penguindrum movie, Boku wa Kimi wo Aishiteru has revealed a movie trailer. The film is set to premiere in Japan on July 22, 2022.
The song featured in the trailer is titled “AFTER ’45” and is performed by the in-universe Triple H unit, namely Himari Takakura (Miho Arakawa), Hibari Isora (Yui Watanabe), and Hikari Utada (Marie Miyake).
The first Re:cycle of the Penguindrum movie, titled Kimi no Ressha wa Seizon Senryaku, premiered on April 29, 2022.
Re:cycle of the Penguindrum Boku wa Kimi wo Aishiteru movie: what we know so far
On top of the premiere date, we also know the Boku wa Kimi wo Aishiteru staff and cast.
The staff credits include:
- Kunihiko Ikuhara — director
- Terumi Nishii — character designer
- Lily Hoshino — original character designer
- Chieko Nakamura (Studio Kokoro) — art director
- Kunio Tsujita — color designer
- Takeo Ogiwara (Graphinica) — photography director
- Yukari Hashimoto — music composer
New names include Penguindrum episode director Nobuyuki Takeuchi as assistant director and Tomomi Kawatsuma serving as the second character designer.
The Re:cycle of the Penguindrum Boku wa Kimi wo Aishiteru is produced by Lapin Track (the first Penguindrum movie was produced by Brain’s Base), an animation production company founded by former Brain’s Base members.
The cast from the first Penguindrum movie will reprise their roles, as follows:
- Subaru Kimura — Kanba Takakura
- Ryouhei Kimura — Shouma Takakura
- Miho Arakawa — Himari Takakura
- Marie Miyake — Ringo Oginome
- Akira Ishida — Keiju Tabuki
- Mamiko Noto — Yuri Tokikago
- Aki Toyosaki — Momoka Oginome
- Yui Horie — Masako Natsume and Esmeralda
- Yutaka Koizumi — Sanetoshi Watase
Sumire Uesaka has joined the cast and will voice the penguin Princhupenguin.
The Penguindrum anime and ensuing manga series
Re:cycle of the Penguindrum: Kimi no Ressha wa Seizon Senryaku and Re:cycle of the Penguindrum: Boku wa Kimi wo Aishiteru are two-part compilation films inspired by the original TV anime series Penguindrum, or Mawaru Penguindrum (輪るピングドラム) as they are known in Japan.
The 24-episode series ran from July 8, 2011, to December 23, 2011. Written by Kunihiko Ikuhara and Takayo Ikami and co-directed by Ikuhara and Shouko Nakamura, the anime series follows the Takakura family.
Himari Takakura, a terminally ill girl, is saved by a penguin-hat spirit. In exchange for his ‘service,’ the spirit asks Himari’s brothers Kanba and Shoma to find a mysterious item known as the Penguindrum. The brothers are accompanied by a trio of penguins.
Two years after the anime series premiered (May 2013), a manga adaptation by Isuzu Shibata began serialization in Comic Birz, and ended in January 2017. The series has been collected in five tankōbon volumes.
Seven Seas Entertainment holds the license for the series’ English release.