「危険な生存戦略」 (Kiken na Seizon Senryaku)
“Dangerous Survival Strategy”
It sure didn’t take long for the penguin hat to find its way on top of Himari’s head again, taking us for another ride with the whole magical girl-like transformation scene. I get the feeling that will be a regular thing along with its recycled footage, which I don’t particularly mind because it does remind me of Sailor Moon’s transformation. As a bonus of sorts, it also comes complete with the possessed Himari shedding off the layers to her costume. It looks like the plan is to make her as alluring as she is mysterious, and thus far, I have to say it’s working.
There’s still no clear indication as to what this Penguindrum that “Himari” is getting Kanba and Shouma to retrieve from Oginome Ringo, but it’s looking very much like the stalker girl’s diary at this point. I highly doubt it’s a mere coincidence that Ringo is a firm believer of fate and destiny, and perceives her diary as a record of everything that’s happened (and will happen) for a reason. What’s more, the diary’s also seen in the opening sequence, further supporting my suspicion.
In terms of progression, calling the sudden revelation that Ringo stalks Kanba and Shouma’s home room teacher, Tabuki Keiju (Ishida Akira), a surprise would be an understatement, especially after the humorous flow of the entire episode leading up to that moment. After all, invisible penguin #1 and #2 (named out of convenience) gearing up and going all espionage to spy on Ringo was not only cute and silly to watch, but showcased what could very well be the ultimate form of voyeurism. I wasn’t thinking “stalker” even when Ringo psychotically scaled the outside of a department store building just to take a picture of a swallow’s nest to show Tabuki. I just figured she’s one seriously messed up girl with more than a few screws loose. Needless to say, that was quickly confirmed.
Incidentally, this is one of the reasons why I’m really enjoying this original series so far — it has a knack for keeping me guessing on what kind of show it’ll turn out to be, as I’m not even sure what genre to classify it as yet. The invisible penguins provide a very cute and lighthearted twist to what started off with the tragic death of Himari and then BAM, we have a full-out stalker who makes regular nightly visits to a teacher’s house just to eavesdrop on him. Or at least, “regular” is what the setup appears to be, given the open ventilation plate that Ringo crawls through to get underneath the house’s floorboards, and the pre-installed radio that she listens in on.
With the way things ended off, I’m not too sure where things are headed, but boy am I enjoying every minute of it for that very reason.
Note: I incorrectly deduced that Ringo’s the possessed Himari last episode. Corrections have been made to the post on episode one.
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