「君の恋が嘘でも僕は」 (Kimi no Koi ga Uso demo Boku wa)
“Even If Your Love is a Lie, I…”
They say that opposites attract, so I’d like to believe the Shouma x Ringo pairing that’s been played up will see the light of day at some point. Maybe all it takes to get through to a psychopath like Ringo is someone risking their life to save hers. The thought did cross my mind after Shouma instinctively dove out to save her from an oncoming car, but I’m not really expecting much given the dismal state Ringo was in after her diary got torn up. Still, I’m going to assume that Shouma isn’t dead eight episodes in, and that we’ll be seeing a lot more of him and Ringo in the future. For the time being, the real question is who was on the motorcycle. Judging from the female figure, Masako is an obvious suspect, except tearing up Ringo’s diary goes against everything she’s said about how Project M must succeed. It could very well be that her Project M isn’t the same as Project
Rape Maternity (much like I speculated last time), but there really hasn’t been any indication that it is.
As for some more concrete developments, the biggest one was Satoshi’s single-mother lady friend (presumably), who forced Ringo to take her maternity plan to drug and rape levels. It hasn’t been explicitly stated, but Ringo’s parents did get divorced after Momoka’s death, hence why she’s so desperate to become Momoka. Her child-like innocence at the time figured that everything will be back to normal if Momoka were alive and she’s going to great lengths to make that happen. To that end, it’s worth noting that Ringo seems to associate homewreckers with eels, even if it’s not a person but an incident, so that’s kind of been the figurative flag for things that scare her and compel her to press on. Knowing that, I can sort of understand where she’s coming from, even though I hardly agree with her means of getting her parents back together. Shouma put it best when he said she’s the most twisted girl he’s ever met. (His exact words were most “black-hearted” girl he’s ever met.)
While I’ve been fairly entertained by everything that’s happened thus far, I must admit that I’m not too enthralled with how Mawaru Penguindrum has become the “Oginome Ringo Show”. I realize that she’s a central character and has her reasons for acting the way she does, but they’re overemphasizing her role to the point that it’s wearing on me. I figured the story should’ve moved on from her obsession with fulfilling her sister’s diary and onto much more interesting developments care of Masako by now. Instead, it seems to keep going back to Ringo with Shouma strung along and Yuri as a supposed villain. Himari hasn’t even had a chance to establish herself as a heroine because of all the focus on Ringo. It’s probably not a good thing when I enjoyed nonsensical scenes involving her a lot more than I should have. Anyway, hopefully Ringo snaps out of her obsession after her diary got torn up and Shouma sacrificed himself to save her. The story’s become a bit stagnant as of late and I really want to see it move forward.
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