「そして華麗に私を食べて・・・」 (Soshite Karei ni Watashi wo Tabete…)
“Then Eat Me Splendidly”
Interestingly enough, seeing a cat run into a penguin and a fish smack a girl on her big forehead doesn’t seem all that weird anymore after two episodes of Mawaru Penguindrum. I had no idea what to make of that commercial before the series started airing and now it seems like a completely ordinary scene, as does the murder-like one involving a huge pot of curry.
Along with Ringo’s diary, one of the biggest mysteries to me is still the whole penguin theme. An obvious effect is that it keeps us guessing on what the penguin drum truly is, but I suspect there’s a much more meaningful purpose behind it — more than just being Himari’s favorite animal anyway (presumably). Until we learn more about that, I am enjoying the cute and comedic moments care of the invisible penguins, whom Ringo doesn’t even take notice to when plates of curry are being eaten right beside her. As for Ringo’s herself, it’s kind of relieving to learn that she’s known Keiju for some time now and didn’t just start stalking him out of the blue. Knowing that makes it easier to understand where she’s coming from, and even allows me to take amusement in Keiju’s girlfriend Tokikago Yuri (Noto Mamiko) being suddenly introduced and ruining her curry day plans. However, Ringo still comes off as a pretty crazy stalker girl to me, especially when she grabs a pot off a burning hot stove with her bare hands.
In addition to the introduction of Ringo’s mother Eriko (Fukami Rika) and the sight of “Himari” in a cow suit chugging away milk like a champ, the most interesting thing to take away from this episode is that Ringo’s diary doesn’t seem to have the future written in it. Instead, it appears to be a plan she outlined in a lot of detail and attempts to make happen as closely as possible. She also seems content if she can twist the wording around so that it’s still technically true even though it’s not what she hand in mind, such as her and Keiju eating her home-cooked apple curry together. Incidentally, “eating together” doesn’t necessarily have to mean at the same table, as eating a new batch she made at the Takakura household still qualifies in her mind. I haven’t ruled out the possibility that something will happen if she succeeds in fulfilling out her “destiny” though, assuming that her diary is the penguin drum in question. Whatever the penguin drum is, it’ll be interesting to see how Kanba and Shouma try to get it from her now that they can actually talk to her. It was like a blessing in disguise when Himari invited her over. A very, very, disguised blessing.
While Ringo has stolen the spotlight in recent episodes, I still find the penguin hat that’s keeping Himari alive far more intriguing at the moment. I’m also enjoying the Survival Strategy sequence the more I see it, because the recycled scenes with different dialogue works surprisingly well. For instance, I got a good chuckle out of Shouma being dropped to the pits by his penguin again (more so than the second time anyway). For the amusement factor alone, I’m looking forward to hearing what “Himari” will badmouth Kanba and Shouma about next time.
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