Partying a little too hard at Tabuki’s
|WOOOH! I’ve been super excited to tag with Jrow for Penguindrum and now I finally can! This will obviously be quite the epic episode seeing as Ringo is determined to, er, progress things with poor Tabuki-sensei, who I’m beginning to realize is a bit of an oblivious dolt. But enough chit chat. Let us proceed with SEIZON SENRYAKU!|
|Zabo! College has been busy busy busy for you and some of the other Metanorn peeps, so I’m glad you’re able to take some time and tag with me for Penguindrum. :)I recently wished my friend a happy birthday, on September 1 actually, by telling him not to get hit by a car when he went outside. Perhaps I should have given this suggestion to a couple anime characters. Anyways, let’s talk Penguindrum 08!|
Continuing right from the end of episode 7, Ringo takes off her clothes and is ready to initiate Project M, but Tabuki has also pulled the sleeping trick by placing a chicken and 3 eggs where he would be sleeping.
If this weren’t rape, I’d enjoy Ringo’s enthusiasm more
At school, Shouma sees Tabuki is very tired as he’s beating erasers together. Tabuki and Yuri have already moved in together, and he invites Sho and Ringo to come over sometime. As you might imagine, Ringo is frustrated about these turn events and seems to not know what else to do as Shouma suggest she have a healthier relationship next time.
Operation Marriage Blues is not going well, and Kanba blames Sho’s softness in it not working and thinks taking it by force is the only way. Perhaps they should get Himari to take it away from her, as she is working out and has oversized boxing gloves which she accidentally uppercuts her brothers with.
Ringo visits the aquarium by herself, and notices her dad Satoshi in the gift shop with another woman and child. Aoi, the little girl, asks him if he would go to a Parent’s Day event at school with her and be her daddy. Satoshi (in Ottie form) reveals a ring and proposes that they seriously become a family.
And now, we break away from Mawaru Penguindrum coverage to bring you Penguin Western Channel’s premiere of Destiny Project M, starring Ringo Oginome.
She saw Huey do it on Dantalian no Shoka.
Ringo is freaking out, and shortly later gets sucked into a Wild West fantasy versus Ringo. This time, she actually trumps Yuri with as she’s pretty fast with her six-shooter. Is this a sign of things to come?
In case we have forgotten, Masako reminds us that “it” must be crushed soon. Got it, Natsume. How about you actually move now? Ugh, anyways… Ringo is preparing a meal (pouring some pink sparkly stuff in it) and promises Sho that he can see her diary if the next plan goes without a hitch. What’s the next plan? With Yuri starting her national tour in Osaka, Ringo realizes that Tabuki is alone and can take advantage of him. Along the way, Sho starts thinking funny things, such as Ringo planning a murder-suicide.
#2 smells what the Ringo is cookin’ (btw, a quick plug for Overcooled’s Food For Thought editorial)
Nice digs, Tabuki! As Shouma is fascinated by the house and the view, Ringo pulls out her surprise treat; a curry-rice-shaped Mont Blanc cake. She spiked the cake so that it made everybody incredibly drowsy and tired. Shouma and #2 are passed out on the table, and Ringo drags Tabuki into his bedroom and gets all sexied up for some Project M; she even pulls out a blonde wig so as to impersonate Yuri. Shouma crawls in and she finally tells him what Project M means, to which Shouma strongly objects to. He’s able to get back up to strength and takes Ringo’s wig off as the lights come back on. Yuri’s flight was canceled, so she’s back home to yet again foil Ringo’s plan.
Ringo answers the question, “can it be raep time now?”
Her armor of darkness is weak in light, so Sho must take care of censorship duties
Exiting the condo, Sho and Ringo trade verbal blows about what it is they’re doing with their lives. As Ringo walks away, Sho reaches for her. Trying to shake him off, the diary goes flying down the building and lands on the sidewalk. When Ringo finally gets all the way downstairs, somebody on a motorcycle blazes by her and is able to rip away half of the diary (most importantly the 2nd half). In shock, she mindlessly walks in the middle of the street as an oncoming car is honking at her. As heroes do, Shouma pushes Ringo out of the way and takes a hit from the car, seen flying before being knocked down.
Great, now there are Dullahans in Penguindrum to deal with
Hoshi, I pray for Sho’s speedy recovery for your (and all the fangirls’) sake.
Weekly Marching of the Penguins:
Today’s Slogan: No noise makers.
Buy Penguindrum Fighter now! Beat it on the hardest difficulty…
…and you unlock Three Tie!
Shots like this are awesome. Penguindrum’s art direction is so solid.
Ringo: “I didn’t expect it to look like that, Tabuki.”
Oh dang! Shouma got hit by a car! I’ll admit that I was anticipating his accident because I got spoiled, no thanks to Tumblr. As a result, the moment was kind of ruined for me and that may have contributed to the fact that I actually didn’t find myself too concerned about his wellbeing. Think of it this way: If Himari can die and be resurrected by a penguin hat and Kanba can make it through being dragged around by a truck with only some scratches to show for it, Shouma would be a bit of a failure if he didn’t survive this accident. Plus, it makes no sense to have him killed at this stage of the game. Not only is he one of the main characters but also, we’re not even halfway through! It was definitely an epic cliffhanger of a moment though, I’ll give it that. Also, it was rather nice to see the shock in Ringo’s eyes. I’m not a fan of her. She just drags Shouma around and, though I understand that he is willingly cooperating for the sake of obtaining her diary, it is almost disgusting to see how little she seems to care. Hopefully, seeing him incapacitated to save her will be the almighty bitch slap of realization.
That being said, I do feel pretty bad for Ringo. To put it bluntly, her family life sucks. All the things that she holds dear are just out of her reach, be it Curry Day or her father using the matching phone straps. Her parents are no longer together, the family torn apart. The trigger is her sister’s death and, in her desperation to regain some semblance of normalcy, Ringo figures that assuming Momoka’s identity will fix everything. In a sense, it’s understandable that her actions are so ridiculously out of hand. Her sheer desperation to do anything to restore her family takes away a layer from the initial perspective that I attained of her. She’s not just some insane fangirl with a misplaced crush on a school teacher, though she’s still a creeper. She’s broken and twisted, forced to cling to some supposed “fate” as the solution to her problems. Her determination to get what she wants may well be the only thing I appreciate about Ringo.
Continuing on, I wish that Himari could have more appearances. There is so much that I want to see from her. How does she feel about her illness? Does she even realize that she died at some point? Is her happy-go-lucky attitude just a front? It just doesn’t seem plausible that she can keep up such a bright and sweet attitude at all times. I almost feel as though the Princess of Crystal is a manifestation of her inner emotions. However, aside from all that, what really bothers me is the fact that Himari, who should be the heroine of the story, has seemingly been reduced to a side character. I understand that she has her cute moments and her body definitely makes appearances during Seizon Senryaku, but that’s not at all enough. At this point, I feel as though Ringo is more of a main character than Himari and it definitely should not be like that.
Penguindrum has had some really intriguing conclusions, but none more shocking than Shouma being hit by a car. It makes me really anxious for episode 9 to see how/if Shouma is able to survive that crash, and equally as concerning, Kanba and Himari’s reaction to this. I’m pretty sure he isn’t dead (I was proven wrong earlier when Asami got pushed down an escalator), but it would certainly take guts for the series to live on without Shouma. It won’t so I should just stop talking about that. Kanba is likely to just completely lose it on Ringo, so there’s a possibility of some really intense family drama real soon.
Back to episode 8, Ringo and Shouma outside the condo was a really strong scene. It was really great to see Sho let out his frustration with Ringo, even going so far as to claim that her heart is pitch black. Ringo’s got a lot of gall to be saying that his relationship is nothing more than a facade after everything she’s done with the diary, and you could see that statement stung as she went to pick up the wet diary. The title of the episode, “Even if your love is a lie, I…” likely speaks to the status of Sho and Ringo’s relationship.
Quick speculation of the biker that ripped the diary would be Masako, just as Zabo is also predicting. For one, we’ve already had this discussion in episode 1 of DRRR!!: the biker has boobs. (Sorry to be hackneyed with the DRRR!! comparison) She’s been going on about “it” needing to be crushed, and whatever that means, perhaps her stealing the diary is a part of the plan. I really can’t imagine who else could be placed on the bike except for her. The second half of the diary was stolen, and unless Ringo was clever enough to write a backup of “Destiny” in that other notebook of hers, things might be at a standstill with Project M for the time being. If there was doubt of the diary’s meaning to now, someone actively reaching for it at such a time is definitely most curious.
Please let me know that I’m not the only one confused by the slogans the past couple of weeks. The first was to not get caught in a bear trap, and this week’s says no noise makers. The first 6 episodes, they were pretty plain to see and were a combo of being just minor situations and overarching like the one about getting in debt as Kanba accepted money from the man in black. The only time I can think of a trap occurring was the cake scene, and the noise maker slogan being the honking of the oncoming car. Elsewise, the symbolism was in top form this episode, with a chicken and 3 eggs under Tabuki’s bed and Ringo seeing her dad with a potential new family. We remember from episode 6 when the Moray Eel broke up the fight between Ringo’s parents. That was likely a symbol of what caused them to split up, and now we see the image of the Eel on Satoshi’s new woman and the little girl Aoi. I admit I was a little puzzled by what the Eel meant at the time, but now with Ringo seeing her dad move on, it only adds more fear within her and urgency to complete Project M. Also of note, I think this is the first time Ringo has referred to fate as a “circle”.
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