Want some milk with your curry?
Yeesh… a busy weekend behind, another one ahead of me with tag posts and podcasts and Catherine to very soon be inside my PS3. Last week, I borrowed Revolutionary Girl Utena (a rather popular work from Kunihiko Ikuhara, director of this very series) from a friend and am up to just episode 3 at the moment. I’m really enjoying it in the early going and definitely do sense some similarities between it and Penguindrum. Utena is love; I fell so quickly for her character.
Alright, let’s see what Penguindrum is cooking us up for this week…
The episode starts off in a underwater submerged-esque scene of Ringo’s home, giving way to the show’s core plot point: curry. On the 20th of each month, the Oginome family enjoys curry. However, this October 20th, Ringo’s mom must leave for a work meeting, leaving Ringo alone to make a delicious curry for her Mr. Tabuki.
Seizon Senryaku doesn’t play out the same as the past couple of episodes. Sho and Kan question the illusion that Himari’s hat is using on them. To prove that she’s legit, hat-posessed Himari dresses as a cow and chugs down milk, which apparently Himari could not drink before. The brothers amazed but not 100% sold, Himari shuts the system down as her hat falls off and she falls over as dead as she was during episode one. Kan puts the hat back on her, Sho falls thru the trap for the 3rd episode in a row, and Seizon Senryaku is initiated once more.
Looking for more clues, Sho and Kan go to Ringo’s home and Kan picks the lock to sneak in. Kan goes in Ringo’s bedroom along with #1, but they really don’t seem to find anything (save some panties) before Ringo comes home and they have to hide behind the couch as Ringo makes her curry for Mr. Tabuki.
A flashback scene shows the moment that Ringo took fascination with Tabuki as he once visited her house to eat curry nearing high school graduation.
Thus explains Ringo’s stalkery ways. He sparkles!
Sho’s stomach growling at the smell of curry almost gives them away, but not noticing the brother’s presence, Ringo sits on the couch and looks at her diary. Her mentioning of the word “fate” gains Sho’s curiosity.
Don’t sneeze, Shouma!
Bringing along her curry, Ringo (with Sho and Kan tailing her) hops on the train and goes to Mr. Tabuki’s house. Her fantasy of him loving her curry takes a wrong turn as a woman answers the door, leaving Sho and Kan intrigued by the “stalker meeting the girlfriend.” The woman (Tokikago Yuri) and Ringo talk a bit, and as she realizes that dinner, no less curry, is already being prepared, Ringo tries to figure a way to have Tabuki eat her curry. When Tabuki arrives back home, Ringo’s last resort is to grab the incredibly hot curry pot and switch it out with her own pot and then run away. Fabulous Max.
Ringo’s reaction on both sides is hilarious…
…only to be succeeded by her attempt to switch out pots
As Ringo walks home convincing herself that everything went according to plan, Himari is walking home, once more upset about her brothers skipping school. As a mean cat carrying a fish was running away from Ringo earlier, it runs into #3 “Threetie” who does a spin move that throws the cat into an electrical pole. The cat and Threetie fight over the piece of fish, and Threetie rolls into Ringo. The pot of curry she was holding flies in the air and pretty much all of it lands on Ringo’s face. Tough luck there, sis.
The brothers fear the scorn of their sister, and arrive home late to a most surprising situation; that Ringo would be joining them for a dinner of Honey Apple Curry. Jrow is hungry… anywhos, Kan basically straight up asks if Ringo’s day was all keikaku doori-y. She admits that thing’s didn’t go just as planned, but that everything went according to the writing. It’s a diary because it’s personal and you don’t want anyone to know about it. Also, you and the brothers have never really met each other.
“Hey guys, heard ya like Curry…”
The closing scene of episode 3 shows Ringo sending a text to her mom about having curry with friends, but that she thinks it’s the best at home. She pulls out her diary, which reads (based off of [gg]’s subtitles): “I went to Tabuki’s home and ate my homemade curry together. Tabuki smiled like a child. I saw a cat that made an evil look on the way home. It was scary.”, stamping Destiny to close out the day and episode 3.
Weekly Marching of the Penguins:
The Takakura’s save up to $300 on Terminex fees with the Penguin Exterminators
Shouldn’t have tried to down them all at once, #2
Yeah… Guys, c’mon… you just gonna let a Pengi starve like that?
Ringo’s Reading Diary Time
Penguindrum Moral Lesson #3: Shower before you go to a Con
All they wants is some fishies
Last week, I had claimed Ringo’s diary to be a “self-proclaimed” future, and while that hasn’t been fully answered yet, it does seem like Ringo spins the day’s events so that what’s written still holds truth. She didn’t eat the curry together with him; there’s no mention of the Takakura siblings. He only smiled like a child when Yuri (Noto Mamiko) was with him at the door. The cat making a face was the really only accurate statement in her diary. While the diary was such a focus of discussion after last week’s episode, I do ponder the possibility that it could be just a huge misdirect into making us think there’s significance to her diary, but I ultimately feel it’s wrong not to purchase stock in the diary leading towards the Penguin Drum. Maybe too much value is being placed in it.
Seizon Senryaku (Penguin’s version of Utena’s Zettai Unmei Mokushiroku) did some more funny and interesting things this week then just using recycled animation with new dialogue. It had, out of nowhere, Himari dress as a cow! And it was pretty surreal to see the system suddenly shut down and Himari once more fall over. I do like this week that Sho and Kan acknowledged their presence in the “illusion” and that really the only borrowed scenes are the train ride and Himari’s poses. More imaginative stuff like that will make Survival Strategy fun each week.
The penguins were more background humor this week as, despite doing more funny things, focus was placed much more heavily on the dialogue between the brothers as they were sneaking around Ringo trying to figure out more about the Penguin Drum. I was a bit disappointed that, after #2 holding in all those plums, that we didn’t get to see some sort of implication that he puked them out for added grossness. I still feel a little weird about the whole idea of the Pengis being invisible. It concerned me how in episode 2 only Ringo had any reaction to one of the penguin’s movements, but not noticing that there are plates on the floor with food being eaten from them? I guess I shouldn’t put too much stock in it, or I’m supposed to notice that and question why she isn’t confused by extra food on the floor.
I wanna take a look at the smaller things from this episode. First, the conversation between Ringo’s friend about the guy who dumped Asami Kuho, mentioning that it’s the hottie (Kanba) from the train. Kanba’s not just any guy, apparently good-looking enough to score models. The train’s animation this week was about washing up a smelly person as a couple businessmen discussed the smell of the curry on the train. And another scene showed Kanba putting the family photos face down before they began eating dinner, implying some sort of moral issue that Kanba felt toward the situation at hand.
Episode 4 Preview:
Expect more toilet humor on next week’s Penguindrum episode. Also, this penguin won’t be walking alone much longer. Stay tuned!