What a scoop!
|So it is December and the temps are getting cooler, my car needing that extra time to warm up the windshield and the thermostat set to toasty. I use to be a midwestern boy and still do feel comfortable in the cold winter, but I do prefer summer’s heat much more.
Penguindrum takes a break from questioning this week to provide us with some answers.
A man from the Weekly Truth tabloid approaches Ringo on the train saying that he’s interviewing family’s victims of those affected by the 1995 incidents. He also says that the children of Takakura Kenzan are living as make-believe siblings. Ringo shouts at him to protect Himari and the others.
Over some Panda’s Egg Manju, Ringo and Himari talk about the past that Himari had with Shouma. As Ringo describes the reporter, Himari catches the fact that he wore a watch.
Himari tells Ringo that the home she lives in with Kan and Sho is a Mika House. While Himari was sad when her parents left, Kan and Sho worked together to paint the house and make it look as colorful as we the viewer have been accustomed to seeing the Takakura house. Why the teddy bear is outfitted like a pirate is revealed here. In a time when the family is slowly coming undone, it’s interesting to see how they came to coexist with and love each other.
Time for bed! Himari checks on her brothers who are using their penguins as pillows. After thinking back on what happened when Kanba (or actually Tabuki) saved her, she notices the door shutting and that Kanba is gone. She’s followed him all the way to Ogikubo’s Flavor, and after he “talks” with his mom and dad, a man in black tosses Kan some more money and they walk out of the restaurant. After he leaves, Himari walks in to find a darkened, abandoned place and notices something shocking behind the counter.
During this, a flashback shows that the journalist visited Himari the night prior showing her the photos of Kanba taking money and that it has been coming from the remnants of Kenzan’s Kiga Group.
You’re listening to Penguin Wave Radio! The exciting Penguindrum podcast starring Sanetoshi!
Sanetoshi: This week’s guest is Dr. Washizuka, former doctor of Himari. Doc, do you believe in ghosts?
Washizuki: Has science ever proven the existence of a ghost? Has it pretty boy? No, it hasn’t. If you believe in ghosts, quite frankly I don’t think you’ll amount to anything.
Sanetoshi: Drop the “amount” cliche, kid. Anyways… what if I told you there was a guy that was talking to them?
Washizuki: I’d tell you that boy must be hallucinating. Probably wants to see someone again real bad. Whatever he’s smoking, I want some!…Wait a minute! Isn’t this my room?
Sanetoshi: Uh, yeah, while you were out in Germany training with Kenzo Tenma, I was borrowing it. And hey, I heard about your snafu during some surgical work. Be more careful with the scalpel for goodness sake! Part of the reason why Himari’s in this situation is because you’re a bit of a screw-up. And how do you not realize that this is your room?
Sanetoshi: Well, that’s our show kids. Wasn’t it electrifying? Be sure to download the podcast on PinTunes, visit us at penguindrum.com/penguinwave, and stay tuned for MetaVerse at the 9’oclock hour followed by Anivision at 11.
Doc picks up the photo of Kenzan’s group and notices that Sanetoshi is in the photo off to the left. Sanetoshi used to be a great assistant, but must’ve died after Momoka got in his way. Sanetoshi calls himself a ghost.
The fate can transfer to photographs as well
Shouma’s leaving school, and the reporter is waiting for him outside. Cut to later in the evening after the reporter (assumedly) fills Sho in on the scoop, and now Shouma is pressing Kanba to tell him where the money is coming from to help Himari with her treatment. Getting pissed off, Sho throws his bookbag down and runs at Kanba. Kan wins the fight, and cuts even deeper when he verbally declares the end of their relationship as brothers. It’s been too long.
During the fight scene, a flashback is shown with Masako and Himari enjoying tea as Masako confirms that she and Kan are biological siblings. Now that Masako has told her exactly what Kanba is involved with, she recruits Himari to help her stop Kanba.
A little later in the evening, Kanba puts a hit on the reporter guy and has a truck crash into the reporter’s car.
Tabuki has finally located the place of Kenzan’s hideout. Going behind the counter like Himari, he notices the remains of Kenzan and Chiemi. Yuri arrives and is surprised that “their revenge” was already had for a while now with Kenzan dead. As she asks Tabuki to come home with her, a man in black comes in with a knife and draws blood. Who’s?
What remains of Kenzan and Chiemi Takakura
Now that Kanba isn’t coming home anymore, Shouma decides to put an end to the make-believe family. Himari starts to try and convince him not to, but he interrupts and tells her to stay at his Uncle’s house. Later, Himari has packed up and before she leaves, she gives Sho the scarf which was the last thing that tied those two together. With the medicine Himari’s using losing potency, one could argue that it’s best for Sho to let go of her now.
Himari goes with Kanba to a Kiga Group meeting with the intent of stopping him, even if it costs her own life.
Post Credits: How Kanba got to be a Takakura is revealed and the origins of when he started to fall for Himari is seen.
Why Kanba is who he is. All for her.
Weekly Marching of the Penguins:
#1 would like Kanba to rip it off the wall and take it home
“Wait! So you’re telling me Yuri has… wai… like, for serious?”
Threetie – “No, I would not like pre-chewed packaging tape for dinner.”
The production of this episode was quite splendid. The soundtrack was especially phenomenal in its usage. We talked about OSTs on MetaVerse and I played a track from the first MPD OST underneath our discussion; it’s a really strong OST that’s versatile in the variety of themes and memorable for certain scenes, and so far we have 2 parts of it. And after seeing the family enjoy a meal last episode in a bright house filled with love, the desaturation of coloring as Shouma made Himari leave and end the family was a very sound artistic touch. The opposite of that could be seen when Kanba first met Himari. Also, man… the remains of the Takakura parents. I’m really glad they showed it toward the end after teasing us with Himari seeing it. It’s grim, but it kind of adds reasoning to why Kanba goes there to meet with the Kiga Group.
We were so caught up in the sudden surprise that Kanba was talking to his parents that not once did we ever question the possibility that it wasn’t actually happening. A key hint to this was that Chiemi didn’t have the scars she had gotten from episode 9 which I believe the doctor said was not fully curable. And to that, I say good on ya Penguindrum! Kanba’s story has been one I’ve been wanting to see ever since episode 6, and while we got it this week primarily in doses, his being exposed brought out a side of Kanba we knew was kind of there but had yet to be unleashed. I mentioned a couple episodes ago about not going far enough to say villainous, but when you compare him to the kind-hearted Shouma and the way he punched him, cut so deeply with his words and now his overly aggressive drive to save Himari, I can’t help but root for Shouma to not totally shut himself off and go do something about it to save her/them. And if anyone is a catalyst to do so, it would be Ringo.
Back to Kanba, he is yet another victim of not having the best parent(s). His father saying that he was no good is one thing, but saying he failed at family is another thing. Heck, you could say that for every parent in Penguindrum. We had a kid that was genetically altered for the sake of beauty, one that was neglected due to a lack of talent, and more like Ringo being neglected after Momoka died and her parent’s inability to focus on the kid they had.
Himari is no longer an innocent bystander as she was when her non-biological brothers fought for her. In fact, she’s switched roles with Ringo as the active girl and showed more interest than ever in what’s going on (though she still has yet to comprehend what the Penguin Hat does to her). In addition to being involved in the events of episode 18, the reporter was the most key player in getting Himari off her butt and moving all of the pieces forward in Penguindrum. The man was offed the same episode, but it’s all the show needed for him to expose Kanba to his “siblings” and in effect tear the family apart.
I’m sure we’ll be reminded in the next episode or 2, but let’s not forget that we have a Penguin Drum to search for. There’s also so much more to Sanetoshi and the diary to address.
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