Thank You For Choosing Me
|Well hello readers! Been a while since I got to tag with my buddy Jrow on something, so far I love looking forward to watching every week. Mawaru Penguindrum has really helped me draw a lot more fan art just like my other favorite addiction Nichijou; anyway it’s time to start up this epic tag review of episode twenty! Enjoy.|
|As we near the end of Penguindrum, I’ve asked my buddy Fosh to tag with me one more time. And with the mention of the series’ conclusion, I will formally announce that we are planning a MetaCast Review on Mawaru Penguindrum. More details soon, but for now if there’s any questions or subjects that you would like to hear us answer or discuss, drop a comment in this or any of the other Penguindrum posts leading up to episode 24.
And now, exactly how did Shouma meet Himari…
After an #OccupyPenguindrum speech by Kenzan, this episode spends a great deal of time in flashback mode of how Shouma met Himari. Masako leaves the scene still refusing to accept that the Takakuras (as they are) are truly family. The next day, the kids are eating food prepared by Himari. Everything is all delicious and tasty and fun until Himari says that Sho’s miso soup taste like their mom’s. Frustrated over everything that’s happened and now blaming on his parents, Shouma says that he, Himari and Kanba are the only Takakuras.
Himari visits Dr. Sanetoshi and he “tells a story” about chasing love and having it come to fruition. Himari answers that she wouldn’t give chase wondering if chasing would never bring the love desired. Love is much more then kissing, and while Sanetoshi is trying to sell her on just the concept of kissing, Himari isn’t buying it and thinks it’s pathetic if you don’t get the fruit.
Sho and his buddy clean up some trash (likely after what happened with Yuri and Ringo a few eps back), Sho is with Ringo on the train. His emotions continue to stress him out as now he feels he should be the only one to take punishment.
Flashback. Kenzan is speaking again, this time mentioning that the organization changed its name to Kiga Group to mislead “them” and that the next judgment day will be prepared in shadows. Standing at the back of the room is Kanba, Masako and Mario. Masako (addressing Kan as onii-sama) notices Kan looking at Shouma outside playing with an apple. As Shouma is playing alone, he notices Himari a floor down. He finds her and shares his scarf and also asks if she wants to share the apple. Himari says no thanks, and when Sho starts to tell the story of the first man and woman on Earth, Himari says that her life will never bear fruit and she leaves.
Later on, Sho finds Himari in a dark area and notices that she found a cat in a box. Not heeding caution to the “No Pets Allowed” sign, the two start to care for the cat as it drinks milk, pees, silly things that cats do; they name it Sunny after learning that Himari’s name is derived from “Hidamari”, meaning sunny spot. The next day, the sign’s been updated noting that someone broke the rule as the two realize that the box has been put in a truck leaving the condo.
Himari’s left a note that she’s going to the child broiler, which leads Shouma to ask his dad what that means. After his dad explains the whole invisibility/never amounting to anything deal, Sho runs out to find the child broiler. Himari reminsces about the good times had with Sho and Sunny as she rides to basically her death bed, but as we knew from last week, Sho was able to save her.
Back to the present, Sho tells this story to Ringo as Kenzan is talking once more about cleansing the world for judgment day. Himari and Threetie prepare Apple Curry for dinner.
“We’ll crush em all, won’t we Threetie!?”
Weekly Marching of the Penguins:
It’s a bag of pickles, not a punching bag
Cool shades, Threetie
The bunnies now play a symbolism role akin to the penguins
Ohhh damn what an amazing episode this week adding more mystery surrounding Himari, Shouma and Kanba and a few big reveals. Starting right off with Himari having a chat with Sanetoshi about love and kissing, it seems she is interested in love bit doesn’t want to get too close? Seems a bit strange to me then again Himari is quite confused right now. I was kind of thrown off after hearing Masako call Kanba brother! When they were children I wonder what that was all about of course it could just be a nickname she used.
Another stand out moment goes back to Shouma and Himari talking about the first two humans in the world, hooray more bible references! This time I am sure they referring to the story of Adam and Eve. Especially with the apple thrown in, I usually don’t look for the religious themes in this series but lately I have been paying close attention to certain things. With most episodes of Mawaru Penguindrum I usually end up getting very distracted by the penguins on screen, I did laugh watching them this week while they played with those pickles Kanba was talking about. Even the two bunny characters were acting a bit random this time too.
So I guess it’s safe to say Kanba is still ready to take part in another attack against the city, I sort of wish he would say something to Shouma and Himari about the parents being alive, but I know that information would cause chaos for them. Normally I dislike episodes where we waste time playing in the past! Yes looking right at you Sacred Seven! But with Penguindrum their flashbacks actually help things. Like Shouma meeting Himari for the first time getting close to her, and ultimately ending with Shouma saving her life from the child broiler.
Back when Tabuki was in the Child Broiler, I thought of it more as a symbolic place and not a legit place, but now Penguindrum is trying to sell me on the idea that it does exist. One thing that might make it true is when Shouma arrives, it kind of looks like the same spot where Momoka broke through in order to save Tabuki back then. But then why would it take so many years afterwards for the CB crew to clean up a hole in their facility? However, Penguindrum drowns itself in symbolism, so no dice yet pal! Throughout all of Kenzan’s speeches and his description of the Child Broiler to Shouma, I kept wanting to believe that their mission was to take down the Child Broiler, but he never really flat-out mentions it. If there’s any place that is pure and genuine evil in Mawaru Penguindrum, that seems like the place to attack.
A number of times here, I’ve expressed that I’ve loved the way Penguindrum does flashbacks. As Fosh mentions, Penguindrum’s flashbacks do help things, and this week it was explaining a plot twist not many saw happening. Not only was it very effective in establishing the ties that bind Himari and Shouma, but also maybe completely breaking off the ties that once binded the Takakura siblings, especially after episode 18 when it felt like they had come together moreso than ever. Young Masako mentioning (to her brother Kanba) that the best part “about their father” was coming up, Shouma calling Kenzan dad, and Shouma telling Ringo that he made Himari a Takakura all seem to add up to create a seemingly false family. How they all have gotten together is really unique. I might still be a touch off with Kanba and Masako, but there’s still four episodes left.
I hate to regurgitate this cause it seems like me and other bloggers do, but the conclusion of the episode felt like it was leading toward what would be a final act for the series, especially with having another nice moment between Kan/Sho/Himari eating together. I feel the only person we don’t know much about is Kanba himself. What was it that attached him so much to Himari and why is he willing to go so far for her? Is he starting to veer against Shouma now with the hate he has been throwing the parents’ way? Also, this whole siblings talk might take the incest tones out of how episode 1 ended, and also be a note to consider with Himari talking about not wanting just kisses.
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