Planning destiny is easy. Making it reality is work.
|Whats up Jrow?! I don’t think we have tagged much at all! Anyway, time for some awesome fun with Mawaru Penguindrum episode four. Ah Thursdays! They really are the best time of the week, well it used to be Monday nights were the best due to Gintama. Now I have Thursday penguin nights! I really love watching the penguins run around causing trouble and having random adventures.|
|LOL, you so funny Fosh! We’ve tagged bunches, my brotha! I’m grateful to have ya join me for this week’s ep. of Mawaru Penguindrum. There’s a lot of things to consider after seeing this episode.
As for other stuff going on with this Pengi, I strutted my stuff in the Anime NTM Summer Heat episode (our Bishoujo division is S-E-X-Y), and I’ve been playing/hating Catherine which Overcooled wrote a great review of. Hmm… perhaps Catherine might try out for ANTM next year.
Shouma wakes up and is surprised that Ringo is already over at their house making lunch for a bird-watching “date” with Mr. Tabuki at Watazuka Park. Kanba sees this as a great opportunity to have Shouma go with her and look at Ringo’s diary (Kanba has some other business to attend to). As that is being discussed, the News is reporting of Kiyoshi the Skunk, advising locals to call police if they see it.
On the train ride, Shouma asks Ringo about fate, and she openly claims that she has an important goal for today. Cut to a flashback scene the night before as Kan & Sho discuss what Ringo has that could lead to the Penguin Drum. They conclude that there’s something in her bag that plays a role in all of this and know that they need to see what’s in there that could be of such importance.
Ringo notices a promo for a play called Tragedy of M, which leads to the first of many Play scenes with a spin on the classic Utena rose border. She fantasizes that Tabuki is the prince and that he whisks her away to the Eden of Eternal Happiness.
Ringo’s fantasy looks a little like this…
…while her reality is more like this.
Sho and Ringo arrive at the Park, with Ringo keeping track of the time. She tries to make Shouma go away upon arrival, but after an unfortunate turn of events in which #2 finds Kiyoshi the Skunk and it farts on Ringo, she borrows Sho’s jacket and waits with him until Tabuki arrives. Tabuki is surprised that Shouma (a student of his) is there; Ringo none too pleased by the scenario. Maybe even worse than Sho being there, Yuri (introduced as an old friend of Tabuki) arrives. Another Play scene has Ringo turned into a Frog and Yuri/Tabuki flying off.
Kanba is waiting at a restaurant, reading a message claiming that they know what he’s looking for. Thinking that someone else knows about the Penguindrum, it ends up that an ex-girlfriend (Asami Kuho) and two other girls show up, having formed the “Romantic Victims of Kanba Takakura” club.
Looks like #1’s got some pervin’ to do
As Ringo and the others are birdwatching at the park, she decides to put her “Let’s Destiny!” into motion by proposing they have lunch at 12:30. As she says that, crows and #2 are eating her food and she blames Sho’s smelly ways for it. Luckily, Yuri already has an elegant lunch prepared in case of a emergency… made from leftovers, no less! After another Play scene, Ringo concludes that fate is still playing out as written since Tabuki ate lunch and smiled. Nice work, Ringo!
What a beautiful lunch
After another Play scene, Yuri and Ringo are sitting on a bench. Yuri reveals that she knew Ringo switched the Curry pots from last episode and that Tabuki liked it, but under the assumption Yuri had cooked it. She claims that Ringo doesn’t stand a chance against her. A little rivalry going on there. Hmm…
Ringo had a lot of great facial reactions, this just one of them
Being able to look over Ringo’s shoulder, Shouma sees what the diary has written on it, the next event being a first kiss by the pond, scheduled for 4:00. To make sure this happens, Ringo dives in the water, hoping Tabuki will save her and at least administer CPR. As she drowns, she ponders her failure to follow her fate, but she is saved and we see a silhouetted scene of somebody giving CPR to Ringo (as #2 flogs his recently caught fish). She wakes up as Tabuki is looking over her, thinking he was the one doing the CPR. In actuality, Yuri recalls events in which Shouma saved her life.
He didn’t even have to buy her dinner.
A note is seen in Ringo’s diary about Akahasa Mitsuke Station and a girl in red heels. We see Asami outside a theater talking to someone on the phone, possibly reviewing events earlier with Kanba. As Asami is riding an escalator downstairs, a mysterious person pushes her and we see a jarring scene thru Asami’s eyes of her falling down. After that happens, Ringo gives another stamp of approval on the day’s events.
Weekly Marching of the Penguins:
As close as we got to Seizon Senryaku all episode
The week’s lesson: Keep one eye on belongings at all times
These penguins will eat anything, even if it’s their own kind
#2 had a fun day scrummaging for food
Somebody get this Pengi a phone with a front-facing camera!
A couple more shots from the Play scenes
For the ladies, shirtless Shouma
What the!? This whole episode started out fairly normal, well Ringo staying at their house was a bit random for me. Guess Ringo and Himari are now best friends? I did enjoy those two getting to hang out for a bit, What was up with Shouma’s pajamas? THAT HAT!? Really odd, but hey maybe that’s the style. The one thing that I found annoying close to the end would be all of Ringo’s odd fantasies about her love interest Keiju. Sure they were amusing at the first but slowly began to bore me. I did get a few flashbacks to Maria Holic after watching Ringo and several other characters “acting”. The best one would have been the horse on the subway train! And Ringo’s outburst ahahah nice one you don’t seem crazy at all…
Anyone else laugh when that penguin with Shouma was going on a rampage eating everything in site?! DAMN!! That little dude can eat and eat all day. I found it funny how it ate all of Ringo’s food so fast and going in the trash? Wow. Anyway those penguins are so much fun to watch, sometimes I end up watching them more than the actual main characters. However I do re-watch if there is something I miss, I guess the theme of this episode was more focused on Ringo? Damn that poor girl going to such extremes to get attention. When they read the line of getting kissed I kind of figured she would want to use CPR as a way to get her wish. I think she needs to be more specific of what she writes down, but yeah good work Shouma saving the day! So I wonder if anyone is thinking Ringo X Shouma?
I do wonder what Kanba was up too? Well besides going on a date with some random girls, the penguin with him made me laugh so hard with that mirror? Guess I can see why people are saying the penguins act like the guys they are currently paired up with. Not sure about Shouma’s thou? Does that mean he is extremely hungry all the time? Guess that leaves room for thoughts on the penguins. I noticed there was another penguin in the opening or was that always there? Now that ending! Very interesting turn of events predicting that girls death, really makes me wonder if Ringo’s diary really has some supernatural power? I still want to see that girl in the OP with the machine gun.
Last week in the comments for Penguindrum 03, I had responded to a comment from anaaga in which I thought the idea of seeing the events of the diary actually unfold one-by-one would be interesting. Surprise surprise, that’s about just what I got! It gives a little more insight into how hard she has to work to make her writings come true, as she shouted almost ad nauseum in the episode, “DESTINY!” Shouma did get to steal a peek of it, but for now is probably suspecting, like all of us, that she’s just a delusional freak. As she was drowning, Ringo apologizes to her mother for not being able to keep up her destiny. General assumption is that Ringo writes everything in the diary, but what if her mom has a significance to it? And whatever did happen to her father?
Quickly on the subject of shouting things, here I was asking myself, “how do I make the blog portion of Survial Strategy interesting?” Then they don’t even show the damn thing this week! I enjoyed the mix-up they did with it last week, and I do like those poses Himari does.
The homage to Utena during the Play scenes was fun (Rose of Versailles also referenced), and it was pretty funny how despite them being Ringo’s fantasies, she continuously was trumped by Yuri. While almost all the plays seemed fantasy-based, the one at 3:00 seemed legit, as they did need to buy ointment for Yuri’s bug bite, and the snake that squeezed Ringo shows up in a later scene. Last episode, I was careful to not call Yuri Tabuki’s girlfriend. We got some clarification that she is just a friend, but that Yuri actually kinda has a crush on the teacher as well and is aware that Ringo likes him, too. In one sentence, Yuri went from random pretty girl hogging Tabuki to a rather interesting piece of the puzzle. I feel like now Yuri is going to be more involved in maybe even trying to alter Ringo’s “Destiny”.
The part of the diary that was most unique involved a scene that Ringo didn’t even seem to be in attendance for. Asami Kuho was speaking to someone on the phone, and then minutes later she is shoved down and surely killed. My assumption is, based off the tan sleeves and black pants, Natsume Masako’s character has gotten an introduction (we’ve see her only in the OP for now). Ringo didn’t predict Asami’s death, but I almost wonder if there’s any possible connection between Ringo and Masako now, or maybe just Masako and the diary. And considering the text that Kanba got earlier in the day, is it her that knows what he and Shouma are looking for?
Episode 5 Preview:
Notice the lack of color on the house? Looks like they’ll have to repaint.