Think Outside The Box
|I must start by sharing this particular image, showcasing the reactions to Penguindrum each week. Really funny. Anyways, this train ride is almost at the end. What is Penguindrum’s penultimate episode going to set up for us? (Oh, for the people who commented last week, sorry for not replying as per usual.)|
Flashback to 16 years ago in the subway. Sanetoshi has plans to break out of his “box” (surely mentioning that with the ongoing post-credits sequence with Shouma and Kanba) as it appears to be Kenzan placing bears strategically around the car. The confrontation of Momoka and Sanetoshi provides clarity to how Sanetoshi is able to be in ghost-like form and also the origins of both the Black Bunnies and the Penguin Veils. The thing with him being a ghost struck me as odd when it was first brought up, as well as giving the idea that Momoka’s soul split into the penguin hats now keeping Himari and Mario alive.
The Penguindrum equivalent of two shounen characters punching each other in the face at the same time
Himari was taken to the hospital after her moment in ep. 22, so Shouma is able to find her likely after being called in.Her time is limited to no more than a day. When Sho asks the doctor about Sanetoshi, doc talks about how he died 16 years ago, but did have a strange dream with Sanetoshi. Sho and Ringo have a touching moment together outside as the realization that Himari will die starts to set it.
Sanetoshi’s medicine doesn’t work, but he has another way! Great… another way. Always another way. Now making Kanba into his lackey, Sanetoshi does his version of Seizon Senryaku (an apple locked inside the revolving globe thingy) which brings the two to Masako’s house. As they arrive, Masako (now revealed as Kanba’s twin sister) flatlines. This reviving the dead thing is the magic of Sanetoshi, who’s able to resurrect Masako. She notices Kanba taking the half of the diary she had taken and her pleading to stop goes unanswered.
The frozen world imagery fills the hospital room as Himari recalls the moment she and her fake brothers went to the beach and she got lost. When she was found, Himari broke into tears of happiness as she realized she was a child that could be found. Himari knows what’s best for her brothers and asks Sho to find Kanba.
It’s a frozen world they live in
Kanba laughing at the crybaby. What a dick!
Shouma is as use to naked women as Kodaka from Haganai is
Shouma recalls an image were quite familiar with from the OP
Penguin #1 comes flying in thru the window and Kanba is standing on the window sill. He plans to take Himari thinking he knows exactly what’s wrong with the world and points a gun at Shouma. Kan hugs Shouma, says, “I’ve always wanted to do this to you”, and then shoves the gun into Sho’s stomach and pulls the trigger.
While Ringo stopped at the Takakura house to get some clothes for Sho, she has a Flashback to when she met with Yuri who explained the secret of the diary. Ringo’s unsure of what she can do, but knows that she’ll at least need the other half. The house phones rings, and apparently Kanba know Ringo was there. He explains that he has the other half of the diary and wants to meet with her and save Himari together. If someone tells you to come to them… not a good sign.
Ringo arrives at the aquarium and Kan speaks over an intercom telling her to walk toward his voice. As she approaches a bear, she becomes curious as to how he knew about the diary. She turns around and notices Sanetoshi (who lost his face for a couple seconds). The bear explodes and Ringo is knocked out for a moment as the diary starts to burn. Holding the diary close to her body proves to be bad method of putting out a fire; I suppose we could at least admire her determination as the diary burns to ash. Kanba throws the other half in the fire. For Sanetoshi and Kanba, mission accomplished! Nothing can stop them now as the get ready to board the Destiny Express.
Stop Drop and Roll may not apply to inanimate objects, but there was water nearby
Walking the flaming carpet is Kanba and Sanetoshi!
Shouma wakes up with the site of a pengi bullet nearby. It’s hard to know which color Kan shot him with, as the color tones of the scene plus the fact that those bullets seem to turn gray after a short time. After realizing Himari was taken away, the penguin hat talks to Sho and tells him to get on the Destiny Express where Kanba is heading. The hat claims that together, he and Kanba can find their Penguin Drum. I at this point am concerned that the Penguin Drum is an intangible item.
Instead of the typical Triple-H animated ending, Sanetoshi continues talking boxes. Getting ready to repeat the same thing from 16 years ago with placing teddy bears on the train, Sho arrives, looking to set up a final confrontation between the two.
Yeah! Showdown time.
Post Credits: Kanba was in a box, too.
Weekly Marching of the Penguins:
Quit trying to turn me on Esmeralda! It’s not like it’s… working or anything…
A sweet yet very somber moment between #2 and #3
I wouldn’t date a 2 or a 1, so it’s really a moot point.
This episode was a defining one for Sanetoshi. We had sort of gathered at some point that he was the main villain of the series, but this episode was basically a coming out party of his plans to seemingly destroy the world. The progression toward this moment for him was pretty solid as I recall key moments and phrases from past episodes that hinted at all of this, and it was great to see his confrontation with Momoka and how the hats and bunnies came to be. The box analogy still needs some more explaining with Shouma and Kanba spending time in their own boxes. And though Sanetoshi believes he has won by having the diary burned, he doesn’t really know what Momoka is up to.
The hat splitting off into two proves some people right about Momoka still being around via the penguin hat. What does strike me as odd is why for so long did Himari act like such a bitch when the hat took over her. And if it’s talking to Shouma, then was it talking to Mario too? The lack of interest the show has in Mario is frustrating, but I’ll just hold on to hope that Mario (via Momoka’s hat) plays a pivotal role in stopping Sanetoshi/Kanba. These characters have been cheating death long enough; I would think that with Sanetoshi and Momoka’s battle finally reaching a conclusion, others will pay the ultimate price.
As I mention in the summary, I really like how the beginning validates Sanetoshi as a ghost presence, and how it defines that the Penguin Veils are Momoka. It’s a revisiting of that Schroedinger’s Cat Theory from episode 6 with Tabuki, and who knows if this applies also to what we are seeing with Sho and Kan in these post-credit scenes.
There’s quite a bit of business to cover for next weeks conclusion. What happens to the world? Will anybody truly die? I really hope 22 minutes covers enough bases. This penultimate episode was effective at advancing the plot, yet not showing too many of its cards. Like… we learned stuff, but only made one scene of direct advancement toward the ending with Destiny Express. I’ve felt from the beginning that the series would end in the most bizarre way and there would be so many questions afterwards. I don’t mind if there’s a thing here or there that’s left open-ended, just as long as I don’t feel kitchen-sinked by the episode.
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