The Twitter account for the editorial department of Gentosha's Monthly Comic Birz magazine announced on Tuesday that Isuzu Shibata's manga adaptation of the Mawaru Penguindrum anime will end in the March issue on January 30. An image from the February issue, which goes on sale in Japan on Thursday, revealed that the story is reaching its climax.
Isuzu launched the manga in the magazine in 2013, nearly two years after the anime premiered. Gentosha released the fourth compiled book volume in Japan on June 24.
The original anime from director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Yuri Kuma Arashi, several Sailor Moon television series) aired in 2011. Otome Yōkai Zakuro manga creator Lily Hoshino handled the original character designs for the 24-episode television series.
The psychological drama story begins when a girl named Himari Takakura who passes away after going out on a trip with her brothers Kanba and Shōma. A spirit in a penguin hat appears and miraculously saves her. However, in exchange for saving Himari's life, the brothers must search for the Penguindrum for the spirit. A trio of strange penguins accompany the siblings on their quest.
Sentai Filmworks released the anime on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America.