Mawaru Penguindrum – 13
「僕と君の罪と罰」 (Boku to Kimi no Tsumi to Batsu)
“Our Crime and Punishment”
Hmm, it sounds like someone wants to try and fight against the Attractor Field in Mawaru Penguindrum. Evidently, Sanetoshi hasn’t seen the endless hell that Kyouma went through when he unknowingly tried to do the same. Someone should really tell him that the secret lies in fooling the world. *uses a deep badass voice* 「最初のお前を騙せ。世界を騙せ！」 (Saisho no omae wo damase. Sekai wo damase!)
So anyway, it doesn’t come as any real surprise that Himari would be revived once again. The show would kind of suck if she just passed away halfway through, so the real questions lie with Sanetoshi and the identity of his first love who “sees the world like he does”. He alluded to the possibility that the penguin hat contains her consciousness when he spoke to it, and also tasked Kanba and Shouma to retrieve the Penguin Drum just like “Himari” did, which suggests they have common goals in mind. From what I gather, Masako is just be another person he’s coaxed into searching for the Penguin Drum in exchange for keeping Mario alive. However, I still have absolutely no idea what the Penguin Drum is nor what Sanetoshi plans to do with it, so once again I’m left with more questions than answers. Not that I mind of course, as I’ve gotten pretty used to it.
For now, the story about Mary and her three lambs still seems to parallel the Takakuras, where Kenzan is Mary like I mentioned last time. He committed a sin with his attack on the Tokyo subway and now the Goddess (i.e. Sanetoshi) is tormenting them by playing with Himari’s life. She’s allowed to live longer so that Kanba and Shouma become more attached to her, making the eventual punishment of taking her life as painful as possible. So far, they’ve gone through such an ordeal twice already, and Kanba in particular has been giving up his own life to prolong Himari’s life in what is arguably a fruitless cause. If I’ve learned anything from the past two episodes, it’s that Sanetoshi can pull the plug on Himari on a whim and won’t hesitate to do so to see what the Takakuras will do against fate. It’s almost as if he knew from the very beginning that Himari was going to die and purposely let Kanba and Shouma experience it to see how they’ll struggle to save her.
I don’t really care to speculate any further at this point, but I am opening up to the idea that Yuri has the other half of the diary. There aren’t many other suspects after all, unless a new character is going to be introduced down the stretch. What I’m more curious about is the story behind Keiju’s hand, which they made even more apparent this time around. I’m also happy to see that Ringo’s given up on becoming her sister in an attempt to bring her parents back together. That part of the story was fun for a while, but now I’d much rather see the new developments surrounding the Takakura siblings’ parents and Sanetoshi.
* The inclusion of a Triple H ending theme “Gray Wednesday” is nice, but I don’t see what called for it when there was little to no focus on Himari after she was revived.
ED3: 「灰色の水曜日」 (Hai-iro no Suiyoubi) by トリプルH (Triple H)
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