「僕たちを巡る輪」 (Bokutachi wo Meguru Wa)
“The Ring that Spins Us Around”
After sitting on this episode for the better part of a day, I’d like to say I’ve come up with some brilliant theory to explain how the story of Mary and her lambs ties in with the Takakuras, but I’m still lacking enough information to formulate an idea that I’m even convinced about. The best I can come up with is that Mary is their father Kenzan, one of the key perpetrators behind Mawaru Penguindrum’s take on the 1995 Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway (just like some people corrected surmised last episode based on the number 95 seen everywhere). The dark figure representing Mary also seems to suggest that she might actually be Kenzan in our story, which implies that he was tempted by the two black bunnies, Shirase (Iwasaki Ai) and Souya (Takagi Motoki), to commit a taboo to save something or someone dear to him (i.e. the apple tree). His punishment for doing so was of course incurring the wrath of the Goddess (Shimamoto Sumi), who randomly decided to take the life of his youngest lamb (i.e. Himari).
At the moment, that seems to parallel Mary’s story the best. The two black bunnies exist and Kanba/Shouma are dealing with the consequences of their father’s actions by doing everything in their power to try and save Himari now — even if it means making a deal with the penguins and giving up their own life to extend hers (much like Kanba already did in episode one). Kenzan also referred to the Sarin gas attack as initiating a “survival strategy”, further supporting the idea that he may have caved to an act of terrorism in exchange for saving the life of someone dear to him — possibly his wife Chiemi. The only problem with this idea is that Chiemi was reportedly well after giving birth, and I feel like I’m really grasping for straws if I throw out ideas like her health suddenly declined when the doctors learned that she was having twins (something that wasn’t apparent in Kenzan’s phone call with the hospital). What’s more, this took place sixteen years ago before Himari was even born, so it seems odd that her life would be picked as a form of punishment. Granted, there’s always the possibility that the “Goddess” decided to greatly shorten the life of his future daughter to make him suffer more, but again, there isn’t enough indication to suggest this just yet.
Regardless, Sanetoshi is starting to look like the Goddess, seeing as he has an apple in hand and is at the hospital to “collect” Himari’s life after it was prolonged a bit by the penguins. The two kids behind him on the other hand look like they’re the black bunnies who tempted Kenzan to “steal the ashes” from the “Goddess’ shrine”. Whatever the case, I really have to hand it to Ikuhara for taking things in a different direction just as I’m about to get a grasp of the current one. All of a sudden, the diary’s importance has dwindled and we’re now looking at a problem that goes back to Kanba, Shouma, and Himari’s parents. Not even the details behind Momoka’s death gave any sense of closure, because now we have the issue with Keiju’s hand. There always seems to be another layer to the story that no one could’ve foresaw, leaving me curious to see what it’ll all amount to. Hopefully, something pretty epic.
* I seriously thought Kanba and Himari were going to be each other’s “first” after talk about how the life transfer is like a “first kiss” and that they’d need to top it.
* I wouldn’t be surprised if those penguin hats caught on as a new fetish in the bedroom either.
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