「Mでつながる私とあなた 」 (M de Tsunagaru Watashi to Anata)
“You and I are Bound by M”
So it looks like I wasn’t completely off the mark when I had my doubt’s about Ringo’s diary. I wasn’t banking on the older sister angle, but the name Momoka does put a new perspective on the peach “destiny” stamps seen before. (“Momo” means “peach” in Japanese.) It also made Ringo’s “mission” of reliving her sister’s life seem like a case of OCD more than anything else. Her obsession seems to stem from her childhood understanding that Momoka was more loved and her belief that “becoming” her older sister would make everyone happy again. I’m willing to chalk that up to her way of coping with her sister’s death, especially since the flashback where Ringo’s parents, Satoshi (Tachiki Fumihiko) and Eriko (Fukami Rika), were talking about Curry Day and how it coincides with both Ringo’s birthday and Momoka’s death anniversary did come off like some twisted fate; however, I don’t know if I could say the same for how Ringo fell in love with Kenju simply because he and Momoka were going out before. That’s pretty messed up, right down to the way she fulfilled Momoka’s “first night” with Kenju.
For now, it’s hard to say whether Ringo’s diary is a red herring for the penguin drum, but the thought did cross my mind after learning that the fourth penguin seen in the opening belongs to Masako. The new girl is definitely making herself out to be an antagonist of sorts — especially with the laser-sighted penguin balls she used to erase Asami, Yui, and Chizuru’s memories of Kanba. She continues to maintain a mysterious air around her, as I still have no idea what she’s after. I’m actually quite curious about her role in all of this will be. At the moment, she looks intent on getting back at Kanba, but the sight of her penguin suggests that she’s deeply rooted in the penguin drum stuff — more so than Ringo anyway. If it wasn’t for “Himari’s” insistence on getting Ringo’s diary, I would’ve already started suspecting that Masako actually possesses the penguin drum. That’s one of the reasons why I’m on the fence about the diary being the highly sought-after penguin drum. Another one is the fact that Ikuhara is behind this original series, so I can’t see the story being as straightforward as we’re initially led to believe.
Admittedly, I’m not even sure where to start speculating, since the sight of Ringo’s parents as her stuffed animals even had me wondering if that was symbolic in some way. Like with every episode so far, scenes like that continue to raise questions faster than answers are given, leaving me uncertain about where we’re going from here. I will say that I’m intrigued by the possibility of a Shouma x Ringo pairing though, given that Ringo’s feelings for Kenju are very artificial. As humorous as they are together, I’d like to to believe that it isn’t all just a tease.
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