Tabuki lacks talent, and thus must be broiled
|Hello reader. Hope all is well with you. This week, I’ve been enjoying some shiny new video games in the way of MW3, MGS HD Collection and a little later Skyrim. While I’ve beaten Uncharted 3, I’m very much looking forward to Skyward Sword.
So for the Pengi Show this week, we last left off with Tabuki about to serve an unheated dish of revenge.
Keiju gets his turn for some backstory. His mom loves talented people. Tabuki is alright at piano, but his brother is even better. While his mom is sure that his brother will get first place, Tabuki is worried that he’s no longer needed.
How Tabuki’s hand got messed up
Looking to exact revenge on the Takakura family, Tabuki pushes Ringo leaving her locked inside the elevator while he grabs Himari and pulls her out. He calls Kanba and gives him the location, and also asks that Kan bring his father with him.
Ringo tries to plead with Tabuki to stop and is trying to understand why he’s doing this. Tabuki flashes back to when he was in the Child Broiler, unable to play piano due to an injured left hand and about to become an “invisible entity”. Momoka breaks into the Broiler wanting to save Tabuki. Because he can’t be number 1 at the piano ever again, he refuses and takes the ride to basically be completely “shredded” into invisibility. Momoka is persistent and grabs Tabuki, confessing her love for him and even holding on to him despite having a blowtorch shooting at her hand.
Momoka breaks in to save Tabuki from the Child Broiler
Kanba arrives to see Himari being held hostage in a construction-style elevator (?) held by wiring and can only watch as Tabuki explodes them one by one. Ringo’s gonna call the police, but Kanba doesn’t want her to, so she calls Shouma who is on the train and not noticing he got a message from her.
Tabuki was quite a good bad guy. Who’d a thought?
After Sanetoshi explains the magic of a camera, Tabuki throws out some pics of Kanba when he was taking the money needed to save Himari and knows that the organization involved is run by Kenzan. After blowing up a couple more wires while explaining how Momoka could’ve been a savior to humankind, there’s only one wire left.
Kanba grabs the wire waiting for Tabuki to blow it up, and with a little help from #1, he’s able to hold on and keep Himari from falling. Himari sees her brother going through so much pain just to hold on and she decides that she’ll accept her father’s punishment and jump. Tabuki sees a bit of Momoka in Kanba with his desire to save Himari and snaps out of his revenge mode. He’s able to save Himari from falling.
Tabuki walks away telling Ringo to not be like him and he takes a slap from Yuri for saying that Momoka, Yuri and he were just a fake family. Shouma arrives later and holds his siblings as they collapse, wondering what they did to deserve all of this. Ringo assures Sho that she won’t be like Tabuki, she doesn’t hate his family and she wants him to be there for her (taken from the ep title).
Weekly Marching of the Penguins:
“Gonna save Hi…OH LOOK A QUARTER!”
Himari – “I’ll distract Tabuki, you knit a rope for me. Oh hey, it’s red, hehe…heh…”
Pengi Pengi no Balloon! His eyes also break like glass here.
#1’s got a fever, and the only prescription is more porn!
Spiffy new banner. Ness does some great work.
I saw Hime tweet that this episode was very Casshern Sins-like. The main contributor to that would be episode/storyboard director Shigeyasu Takeuchi (also director of Yumekui Merry and various DBZ movies). I have not seen Casshern Sins, but am interested now after seeing how visually excellent this episode was. In Yumekui Merry, I really loved how all the dream worlds were designed, and I’m really high on how Takeuchi-san adapted his visual style into the Penguindrum world. This episode stands with #9 as one of my favorites from the series not only in animation, but in pacing and story composition.
I was seriously sucked into the near-ending scene with Kanba and Himari. I wondered how or even if Himari would be saved, and though I hoped Shouma would get some glory, I’m not sure how Tabuki was able to make it down in time. They show him still upstairs a couple moments before she decides to jump. The only thing to determine is that he’s also Superman. Anyways… this is the most Himari has been involved with her brother’s “work” and I’m curious what her reaction is to everything. And now it’s fully impossible to not like Ringo. She was pleading for Shouma like I’m sure most of us were, and though we’ve seen her character develop some since the diary was stolen from her, no scene with her has had a deeper impact than the ending; fate will bring those two kids together soon enough.
Tabuki’s past is a little less grim and disturbing than Masako’s and Yuri’s. They only really spent the opening segment and a little bit later with he and Momoka, but I really like how the episode showed the progression with he and Momoka and used it to justify why Tabuki would snap and want to take revenge on the Takakuras after previously telling Ringo not to. He actually turned out to be a very convincing bad guy, as his look and attitude were pitch perfect for a guy that we would’ve thought only positive things of prior, but seeing Kanba do for Himari what Momoka did for him, he couldn’t go on hurting them. Tabuki and Yuri would attest to Momoka being a savior, but look at how those two are now, especially Yuri; having that last bit of hope taken away from them has twisted them in a pretty bad way.
Back in episode 9, I literally went WTF? with the child broiler, but I feel that this episode provides a slight sense of understanding and the ideology behind it for me. Tabuki’s fear of never being able to live up to his mom’s expectations perhaps made him feel worthless enough to feel “invisible”. There’s a bunch of kids that have overly motivational parents and feel so overwhelmed by the constant pushing that any bit of failure affects them deeply; perhaps Tabuki wanted to be really good at piano, but just couldn’t compare to brother. Himari’s brief stint in the broiler likely stemmed from when she realized that the music group could only be Double-H instead of Triple-H. If that’s a possibility, then both situations came out of something musical.
Episode 19 Preview:
Working’!! with Penguins