Failure to obtain the penguin drum leads to a darker consequence I’m sure many weren’t expecting to see quite yet, especially if the series really is only halfway through its two-season run.
It’s interesting how everything around our usual cast of characters starts to fall apart just because the diary isn’t what it used to be anymore. Revelations about the past begin to surface, those being hunted still don’t know why they’re being hunted, and Ringo’s sudden change of heart in her plans to initiate Project M all begin to take us down a familiar train ride where destiny no longer makes clear sense anymore.
Thanks to Hikari and Hibari’s Tokyo Sky Metro ads for efficiently summing up just about everything that happened this episode, we’re now left with the concept of how memories are just as important as the individual destinies some of the characters seem to be adamant at adhering to. Some use those memories to uphold the dreams of the past, and others use them as a means to an end. But if one’s destiny is already torn in half, how does one recover the pieces to keep said destiny alive?
We get a chance at connecting the (elevator wall) dots to Himari-alter’s origins through the helpful hand of penguin #3, as well as what this all has to do with the mysterious pink-haired man who seems to be fan of both Dalian and Victorique and their libraries of books.
This week’s combination post of the two latest installments of Mawaru Penguindrum focuses on the drastic changes of Ringo’s destiny into what looks to be the climax of all of the things gone in the opposite direction. So what do you do when fate winds up never going your way and you’re forced to accept a harsher reality than planned?
We already know how ‘passionate’ Ringo is for sticking to destiny, but a huge curve ball in the story gets thrown when a mysteriously armed female with a memory-erasing slingshot happens to mention her intent at initiating the same collaboration that Ringo is ultimately after: Project M. Just how similar or dissimilar both instances of the project are is still up in the air, but at least we now have what seems like a solid antagonist and his/her pawn to make things worse for our beloved Takakura siblings.
Mamiko Noto stole the show. Hands down. Her role as sly actress Yuri was an excellent fit for the mature (or scruffier) onee-san type of voice that she’s been using since Hanasaku Iroha last season. She did well to be pitted against Ringo this week, and all it took was that sinister glare to set her straight in knowing who should be the real woman in Tabuki-sensei’s life.
Do we even know what the penguin drum is yet at this point? Well, we sure are getting closer.
As much as Rin and Daikichi are engrossed in their respective choices of literature, I decided to pick up the Usagi Drop manga and haven’t been able to put it down lately. Does that explain why some shows on my blog reel are a bit behind, like Sacred Seven and Ikoku Meiro no Croisee? Well, partly.
Leave it to Himari-alter to try and get it through her brothers’ thick skulls that the hat really is keeping her alive. At least that’s what we’re lead to believe at this point. Ringo also returns this week to emphasize the importance of her ‘destiny’ diary, which will hopefully result in different animation for what I’m sure by now is Himari’s highly anticipated episode-opening transformation sequence. This week’s subtle changes were thoughtful, but still too few and far between.
I dig the cow suit there, Himari.
Another solid first episode for the Summer lineup, combining some of the more dramatic elements of slice-of-life shows with over-the-top visuals and a seemingly whacky story that certainly left me wondering just what purpose all of these penguins in the show are serving. At this point, one of those purposes is certainly to sustain Himari’s life for a bit longer (and eventually have her dress like a certain other galactic fairy).