Mawaru Penguindrum – 19
「私の運命の人」 (Watashi no Unmei no Hito)
Well, it’s starting to look like all the stuff about Kanba being the ladies’ man was a bit of a red herring, because it turns out the actual person snagging all the girls is Shouma. Ringo may have been an inadvertent catch, but that doesn’t appear to be the case with Himari. I never quite understood how the theory about Kanba being adopted came about, especially when he’s seen in all the childhood photos, but this latest Child Broiler revelation does seem to imply that Himari is. It’s still a little confusing though, since we still don’t have a tangible grasp on exactly what the Child Broiler is (i.e. is it just a figurative existence?), but I like how this twist stresses Shouma’s importance to the story. Lately, it’s been suggested that Kanba and Himari are the central pairing, making Shouma and Ringo feel like a build-up act towards them. Now, the twins’ roles have been reversed and most of the questions I have are surrounding Shouma.
As a result, I’m admittedly struggling to make sense of the turn the series has taken with this episode. Just as I was starting to feel “comfortable” about what’s going on, my understanding of things gets jumbled around. For instance, Kanba takes things in a rather unexpected direction with the revelation that he’s still in contact with his parents, who are continuing their sketchy activity toward some yet to be revealed purpose. The biggest thing to take away from that is how he was willing to sacrifice Himari just to keep their whereabouts a secret. Then there are the implications from Sanetoshi’s dialogue about a “game” and hoping to get everyone to do for him what their parents couldn’t, which surprisingly, involves the destruction of Momoka’s diary. Up until now, I was under the impression that he wanted to see who can use its supposed powers to change fate from its current course, but this almost makes it seem like he wants to completely derail it. On the plus side, this episode did clear up the confusion on who Himari’s “destined person” (or “soulmate”) is from episode nine. I was inclined to believe it was Mario back then, but now it’s been confirmed to be Shouma (with the Child Broiler backdrop and all).
At the moment, Himari’s “true” identity is the biggest mystery – seeing as Masako seems to know more about her than Sanetoshi — so I was actually hoping for some quick answers from Masako’s blue memory-recovering penguin balls. Without any, I’m still wondering if I’m supposed to be reading into the parallels of the current situation and what happened in the past. However, I can’t seem to draw too many connections, outside of how Shouma saving Himari from the Child Broiler mirrors Momoka saving Keiju. I don’t see Himari taking over the role of Keiju or Shouma as the new Momoka, so I didn’t really care to explore that idea any further. In all likelihood, what the Takakuras are going through now is a continuation of Momoka’s legacy rather than a repeat of it. With only five episodes remaining, hopefully everything will start coming together soon.
* Masako is my favorite character to watch, especially now that she’s intent on “crushing” Himari. I really liked the big forehead standoff, plus the pissed-off expression she had in this scene. I’m a bit biased though, as she’s voiced by one of my all-time favorite seiyuu, Horie Yui.
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