All aboard the train to the Destination of Fate
|So yeah, Fall’s off to a start. Not really a good start, though Fate/Zero shines in the early going and I did like the first Hunter x Hunter episode. I’ll be covering a couple new shows here at Meta (of course, the ecchi shows I’ll be highlighting in FI form). Anyways, Penguindrum 12. Let’s talk about it.|
After an extended monologue from Kanba about hating fate (love his mentioning of not amounting to anything), Kanba comes home and receives a call from Sanetoshi saying that Himari will die tonight.
Shouma begins to explain how his parents were directly involved in Momoka’s death. Flashbacks take us to Kenzan, working in what looks like a shipping factory of one of the penguin factions. He’s seen on the phone asking about a boy being born and his wife’s health. Shortly after, he sends the pager message, “Let’s initiate the survival strategy.” as him and other cutouts wearing red head into the subway.
Tabuki walks to school and notices a commotion near the entrance of the subway, with the men on patrol saying there was an accident on the subway. Her turns around and notices different areas where smoke is rising from the ground. Later on, at Momoka’s funeral, we say baby Ringo playing about with the diary and Tabuki shocked this she would vanish from this world.
The attacks hit multiple stations in the Tokyo Subway
Momoka. Her head is a pair of tits, so it had to be censored Seikon no Qwaser-style.
Bored by the story, possessed Himari stands up and claims that they’ve lost the Penguin Drum and that dark bunnies have been called forth. The fated day is approaching. Surprisingly, Himari falls to her knees and the scene transfers to the looks of a shut-down Seizon Senryaku. Shouma is told to get the Penguin Drum to save his sister’s life. Sanetoshi is walking with two boys in the train.
While the mad dash to the hospital happens, a flashback scene recalling a moment Kanba had with Himari as she was making stuffed cabbage. She also was talking dirty with the cabbage. Kinky~
As Shouma and Ringo watch over Himari in the hospital, Sho begins to tell a story of Mary Had a Little Lamb. Mary had three lambs (the Takakura siblings), and Mary woke up one day to see that the Apple Tree (first tree in the world) had withered. The tree’s light was a source of love, future and dreams in the past, but it being withered now shrouds the world in darkness. Mary hears the voices of two bunnies who offer her a way to restore the tree. Mary declines, but later goes thru with stealing ashes for the tree.
Kanba runs in during the Mary story and puts the penguin hat back on Himari, whose flatline begins to beat just a bit and returning he and Himari to a shut-down Seizon Senryaku. The life force Kanba had sacrificed back in episode 1 wasn’t quite enough, and posessed Himari believes it to be the end of the road. Kanba asks for her to take more life from him and rips his shirt open, revealing that he actually has enough to give. She initates the survival strategy and reaches in his chest, but refuses to take it from him.
The story of Mary continues with the goddess punishing her for taking ashes for the tree. She decides to take the youngest, smallest lamb (which would be Himari) as the punishment must be unjust. The penguin hat falls to the ground and Himari flatlines, and along with her, Threetie also fades away. Sanetoshi arrives as Kanba asks why it couldn’t have been him instead.
Weekly Marching of the Penguins:
Today’s Slogan: That Happened Before I Was Born
Love the reflection of the city in his glasses
#1 finds an interesting collection in the cabinets. Threetie does some bondage work on #1.
Himari’s sudden 2nd death was certainly a shocker. Is she gone for good? Wishful thinking and typical trends in anime might lead to her revival, and I think all of us want to cling to that small bit of hope that her brothers can bring her back. Boushi-sama could’ve taken Kanba’s remaining life force and continued on, but in that moment, it kinda felt as if it was Himari making that choice not to take it away from Kanba. We’ve never seen any moment of Himari’s personality coming out of Boushi-sama, but I wonder. The flashback scene of them making cabbage (accompanied by a really strong musical piece) added weight to that last scene.
Kenzan’s involvement in things is really interesting, perhaps the root of everything that has happened to the Takakura siblings as he actually had a leading role in the attacks on the subway. During his phone call, he says “boy”, but Shouma and Kanba were born the same day, which kinda leads to some confusion as to what exactly was being discussed on the phone and brings questions of what the Takakura family is. He also motioned for the Survival Strategy to be initiated in his message. Why he’s doing this is uncertain, but it would seem like he paid a price if Shouma’s telling of Mary Had a Little Lamb put him in the role of Mary and he to blame for what happened to his daughter; Mary in the scenes doesn’t look like a girl, more like Kenzan as the goddess punished Mary for her taboo.
Where does Penguindrum go from here? We’ve all had theories and ideas and beliefs of what could happen, but these past two episodes have really spun things around and made Penguindrum’s second cour very intriguing. In Himari’s absence, Sanetoshi’s role in things take on a much greater importance. The diary still has yet to be put back together. Masako and Mario’s plan has yet to fully reveal, and we still aren’t sure of Yuri and Tabuki’s roles in Penguindrum.
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