「だから僕はそれをするのさ」 (Dakara Boku wa Sore wo Suru no sa)
“That’s Why I Do This”
“Seizon Senryaku” is back and everything in the Mawaru Penguindrum world feels right again. Well, about as right as it can be with Ringo getting dragged into this alternate dimension for the very first time and making her mark on it almost immediately. The look on Shouma’s face said it all about seeing someone else fall into the pit that he normally does, which I got a good chuckle out of since I sensed some feelings of relief. Before that thought actually sunk in, Ringo climbs back out of the void without her hands and rushes “Himari” head-on and takes her penguin hat. I know she’s Oginome Ringo, but seriously, who is this girl?
On the more relevant side of things, Ringo didn’t really reveal too much about her “diary of destiny” when Shouma manned up and asked to see it. Judging from her reaction, it’s almost as if she was embarrassed about someone finding out about her make-believe stalker diary. I know she says it’s a diary with the future written in it, but it never really seems like she’s completely convinced herself. There’s little doubt in my mind that it’s doing something, especially after “Himari” told Shouma to take it from her. I’m just not entirely sure that Ringo quite knows the extent of it since things keep turning out unfavorably for her. Whatever the case, she’s clearly in the thick of the Takakura siblings’ problems after witnessing first-hand the effect on Himari without the penguin hat.
I knew it was coming when Ringo chucked the hat away, but I have to admit that I was thoroughly amused when she did. It’s not that I wanted to see Himari die; I just wanted to see someone stick it to her arrogant other self and Ringo was utterly awesome in that regard. Kanba’s desperate attempt to recover the hat was a completely humorous affair as a result, which I don’t think was entirely unintentional. He somehow managed to not lose all his skin after getting dragged for god knows how many blocks, so it was an interesting mix of suspense and comedy. It also tied in really nicely with the flashback when his father Kenzan (Koyasu Takehito) weathered through a storm to get Himari to the hospital. It’s just sad to learn that their parents (mother Chiemi (Inoue Kikuko)) aren’t around anymore and that their uncle is considering splitting them up to live with foster families.
After seeing Kanba get some “penguin money” to prevent that from happening, I actually thought for a second that he may have been paid off to push Asami down the escalators. Of course, the more obvious suspect is Natsume Masako, since her black pants, brown sleeves, and feminine fingers fit what we saw much better. At this point, it’s probably safe to assume that she’s using Asami, but the question is to what end. Her laser-sighted slingshot loaded with penguin balls left me wondering if she has some otherworldly ability as well, akin to Himari’s hat and Ringo’s diary. For now, she is shaping out to be an antagonist of sorts who may be trying to frame Kanba for an attack on Asami.
With all that going on and the introduction of Ringo’s father Satoshi (Tachiki Fumihiko) whom she loves dearly, this series continues to raise questions faster than it answers them. However, that’s exactly why it’s been so captivating. I can do without the cockroaches though!
* All broadcasts of Mawaru Penguindrum are on break next week because of the Bon Festival. Episode six will air on Thursday, August 18th.
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