Let’s Initiate Project M
|Hi everybody! I’ll be going it alone for this week’s episode of Penguindrum, but do plan on returning to tag action next week.
So I’ll just go ahead and use this space to express excitement about the new Black Rock Shooter anime announcement. Its noitaminA timeslot is a subject of controversy, but I’m quite hopeful for it to at least be better than the OAV.
Ringo’s plan for “Destiny” today is to spend her first night over at Tabuki’s place as part of “Project M” and she employs Shouma to help her move (surely moving is not the meaning behind Project M) some stuff from her place over to Tabuki’s house where she covers it up for the day. Tabuki won’t notice that mountain of stuff covered up in his backyard at all…
Ringo seems excited for First Night
Kanba visits Asami and we see that she doesn’t remember him, clearly showing the effects of Masako’s slingshot pellet from last episode. After getting another unknown text, he goes to his other exes Yui and Chizuru thinking one of them sent it. Masako is perched atop a building watching over them, and before the girls have any chance to leak whatever info they know, she shoots them with a pellet. The red/black animation sequence adds a sense of gruesome to it as the girls’ memories are erased. As Kanba is looking all around to where the shot came from, she walks away saying that she must crush him soon.
The Slingshot XSZ-75000. Comes with enhanced sniper scope and laser sight.
Shouma takes a little nap in between moving, and while Ringo is being bitchy and trying to pull him up and back to work, she suddenly develops an almost sexual urge-like “fever” thinking about the first night wanting to feel his sleeper’s breath on her skin, pressing herself on Shouma and even trying to kiss him. Momma walks in and ruins their good fun, and Shouma thinks she’s developed a fever. Penguin #2 is enjoying some mayonnaise throughout the episode.
We see a scene of a young Ringo overhearing her mom and dad talk about her sister Momoka (Momo meaning “Peach”), who had passed away sometime ago. Converted to Ringo’s dolls Kappie & Ottie, the mom refuses to forget Momoka while dad says they still have Ringo. After a Moray Eel breaks up the fight, Ringo begins to wonder if, she were to become Momoka, that her family would be happy and they wouldn’t split up.
A flashback sequence shows Tabuki eating curry with Ringo and her mom, mentioning how Momoka meant so much to him and how riding a bike with her changed his perspective on the world. Without her though, he feels at a lost and compares the situation to the Schrödinger’s Cat theory. At home before bed, Ringo grabs (what we now know as) Momoka’s diary and believes that in following its writings, everything previous will become eternal.
Just what Note is that? A Deth Note? Meth Note? Teeth Note?
After a chat with Ringo’s mom, Shouma heads home for some Seizon Senryaku business. Boushi-sama advises him to let Ringo go ahead with her first night plan. Kanba reflects on what happened earlier as the two girls also show signs of memory loss. Penguin #1 continues to enjoy his Saturday porn mag.
Ringo pulls the classic “pretend like I’m sleeping in my bed” trick and hops on a train toward Tabuki’s house where the First Night is finally going to happen. She and Tabuki cook dinner together, they wash themselves and brush their teeth together. It’s all lovey-dovey… except she is under his apartment with a nice portable stove and a bucket of water to go along with him. And she has an outline of his body with a picture of his face directly above her as she sleeps.
To close the episode, Masako is talking on the phone with somebody, mentioning that “Project M” has been put in motion. A scroll down reveals a new penguin, who we’ve seen along with the other 3 in the OP previously.
Weekly Marching of the Penguins:
The first episode I haven’t seen the daily slogan displayed in a different scene. Maybe at some other time.
#2 is living the life, as far as I’m concerned
I’m looking at it now Kanba! Your turn later!
This episode goes a long way toward explaining the origins of Ringo’s diary and why she is so intent on following this “Destiny” plan. While we still don’t know what weight the diary holds in relating to the search for the Penguin Drum, we at least know that the diary was inherited from her sister. It adds a new dimension to her character and some might feel sympathetic for, though I honestly still find her to be a creeper as it was taken to new heights with her making an “apartment under the apartment”. Ringo’s fever during the moving scenes was rather unusal for me, and there’s been mention in the past about the possible pairing of Ringo and Shouma. In ep. 4 she got a kiss from her “prince” (Shouma) and now she is feeling Shouma’s breath as he was half-sleeping. Did “fate” try to control her in that moment or what?
Project M is in motion, or so two different people are claiming that things are going as planned. Ringo’s definition of Project M seems easy in considering it to be Momoka since she wants to become her sister. I don’t know what to think of Masako’s meaning at the moment. A slight off-point, I’m reminded of the bulletin on the train during episode 4 highlighting the play Tragedy of M. Looking back on it, the person that Yuri is with looks a lot like Masako with the same hair and eye color (no idea as to the other two people in the upper-right profile shots). I’ve tried to figure out what exactly Yuri’s role meant in the anime, but I’m now of the belief she could be involved with Masako and her plan. Considering how next week’s preview image looks a lot like the staircases from those Play sequences and how #3 looks similar to Yuri with the blonde wig, I think we’ll see her in the next episode perhaps throwing the first speed bump in Ringo’s way for her Project M.
The bulletin on the train for Tragedy of M
I really liked the overall production of this episode. I loved the shots early on in the park with Kanba and Masako; the use of wide shots added that sense of distance between Kanba, the exes and Masako and the animation effect used to show what the pellet did was pretty rad and crazy. The OST just continues on impressing me as the track that played during Ringo’s First Night gave off that feeling of some huge achievement for Ringo; I also never tire of that sort of, for lack of a better term in my head, ominous tune that plays like when Ringo was peeking outside her door at mom and dad.
The mentioning of Schrödinger’s Cat is an interesting concept to consider for Penguindrum. I was watching the RAW thinking, “this is a really pivotal scene once I see it subbed.” To sum up the wikipedia article, it brings up the idea of superposition and ponders whether things are living or dead to the point where the cat in the box is, in a strange sense, both at the same time. The use of the cats walking in the scene and moments where one cat was alone was very intriguing, yet puzzling for me to be honest; I feel like there’s some deep meaning behind all of that. I don’t think the quantum mechanics aspect of these theories will factor into the overarching plot; let’s just stick with the idea of being alive and/or dead. This theory seems most applicable to Himari’s situation right now. By all accounts, she is dead, but the penguin hat keeps her living on. We know that Momoka is dead. The whereabouts of the Takakura parents are unknown; do they fit within this theory? I’m unsure as to make a lot of hay out of that; so as I’ve learned with past episodes… make a lot of hay out of it! There’s so much more to Boushi-sama that I desire to know and also who Masako is working for; perhaps those reveals will provide more answers. Tabling this subject for later on.
One thing I’ve always wondered about in the OP was the number 95. Curry day is on the 20th, but as we learned here, March 20th is Ringo’s birthday and also the death of Momoka. There has been a lot of speculation about the ties between those facts from the series and the 1995 Sarin Gas attacks on the Tokyo Subway, taking place on March 20th, 1995. I presume that Ringo is 16 years old being a high school student, so that’s a really interesting tie Ikuhara has made to it; we’ve yet to unearth exactly what this means to Penguindrum.
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