Mawaru Penguindrum – 11
「ようやく君は気がついたのさ」 (Youyaku Kimi wa Kigatsuita no sa)
“You Finally Realized It”
It was as if the
stars penguin drums aligned this episode, as all my suspicions last episode somehow turned out to be correct. From Masako and her obsession with Kanba to Mario and the need for Ringo’s diary, there were plenty of confirmations to around. Best of all, they’re pushing the Shouma x Ringo pairing like I’ve been hoping. As funny as it was to watch Ringo smack Shouma around and give him those repeated forehead flicks (gotta love those crazy forehead flicks), I was more amused by the thought of her going all “tsuntsun” on him without even realizing it. Even as Shouma got his ass handed to him on a silver plate, all that came to mind was, “Aww, you got the stalker girl to fall for you. Good for you Shouma! She’s a keeper!” Because of that, I found the second round of beats he received really well played after Yuri helped Ringo realize her feelings for Shouma. I was kind of disappointed that she didn’t try his curry cabbage rolls (mmm, curry cabbage rolls), but that was a mere afterthought once Himari finally took rocked over Japan (minus the song) and told Himari’s “monkey bitch ass” to cry her heart out. (lol)
You just KNOW it’s serious when she doesn’t react to that, so I’m pretty pleased with the late curve ball they threw us. We already knew that Ringo was born on the day that Momoka died, so the whole “reincarnation of Momoka” bit was a strange yet understandable explanation. That left Shouma’s blurb about being responsible for Momoka’s death as the new plot development/cliffhanger. There are only so many things that come to mind on how his birth could’ve caused Momoka’s death and almost all of them involve Momoka sacrificing herself to save Shouma and Kanba’s mother, Chiemi. For all we know it could’ve been saving her from an oncoming car just like Shouma saved Ringo. I can only really see it being something along those lines, hence why I’m not really dying to know exactly what Shouma’s alluding to. However, I do like the idea that their characters are intertwined every since they were born, which while a bit cliche and convenient, does emphasis the notion of fate, destiny, and all that jazz. It also builds on what Ringo went through with the frog rituals that surprisingly work and kind of forces the issue that she’s fated to be with Shouma whether her “maiden” heart is ready to open up to him or not. Judging from how she stopped Tabuki from sleeping with her, it looks like she was already aware of feelings for Shouma on some subconscious level.
As for the suspicions that hit the mark, they were 1.) Masako is Kanba’s stalker and may not have ever gone out with him, 2.) Mario’s life is only being preserved by the penguin hat just like Himari, and 3.) Ringo’s diary is needed for both their survival strategies. The question is of course is who has the other half. I just assumed the voice-changed phone call that Ringo received at the hospital was someone working for Masako, but this episode clearly indicated otherwise. The only other character listed in the credits last time was a “nurse” played by Ashiro Megu (亜城めぐ), so the plot does thicken given that there’s some unaccounted character joining the fray. Hmm… not sure what to make of that yet.
P.S. Yuri is a fearsome woman, going with the flow like that when Tabuki was all, “I love you Ringo! Have my babies!”
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