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Mawaru Penguindrum Ep10 – TL Notes, observations

With the fabulous max episode last week, I did expect things to slow down a bit, but this could be the weakest episode so far.

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Gotou Keiji, you disappoint me. This is the ugliest episode thus far… I guess not everyone has what it takes to handle all major production roles by himself.

The song played in the music box was Dvorak’s Largo from Symphony No. 9, also known as Goin’ Home. While this piece of music is commonly played in the West during funerals in remembrance of the dead, the title is usually taken literally in Japan. It’s a common BGM used to announce the closure of a facility, usually schools, department stores, zoos etc… literally telling people to go home.

Also notice the leaf bud logo as seen in OP is associated with Natsume.

 Esmeralda is the name.

Greek mythology mixed with Eastern mythology (of red thread). Read Theseus and Ariadne for details. It seems like Natsume’s leading Kanba into a labyrinth though.

Apparently, Natsume was one of Kanba’s ex-GFs.

Yep, she is. Kanba is the one tracing his memory in this episode.

Why are you such a househusband?

Why are you so awesome, #1?

You got that right.

It appears Shouma always gets into these situations. Maybe he’s a born masochist.

Funny anime physics.

⇧⇨⇩, Yes, that makes a circle.

Increasing density of penguin symbol as he goes deeper into his memory.

Pigeon Blood is the color of the highest-grade ruby. Or perhaps referencing this anime to Shoma (lol).

Credit shows “Natsume Mario”. Possibly male, so Natsume’s little brother? A second penguin hat?

It’s good there’s some new developments, but I miss Ringo’s crazy antics. Not much to say about this episode, really.

Episode rating: 7.5 / 10

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12 thoughts on “Mawaru Penguindrum Ep10 – TL Notes, observations

  1. I was wondering about Shouma’s fast recovery, was it natural to him or is a bonus granted by his penguin?

    Posted by Knightrider of Doom (@TKoTD) | September 16, 2011, 4:40 pm
  2. I know it’s ‘Mario’ but I thought it was a ‘she’ from last episode http://mawarupenguindrum.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/vlcsnap-00002.png

    Posted by jcs | September 16, 2011, 6:07 pm
    • wait … that second hat is different, and it has a crown. Maybe that explains the different penguin Esmeralda? A war between pingroup and pingforce? (I know nothing and am probably wrong)

      Posted by jcs | September 16, 2011, 6:18 pm
    • Mario does look female on both episodes, but the name Mario is a male name in Japanese as well. I’m gonna assume it’s Shota fan service.

      Posted by 8thSin | September 18, 2011, 12:02 am
  3. I don’t believe Shoma are so stupid. There’s a portuguese book called “Auto da Barca do Inferno” (“The Ship of Hell”) that are about medieval characters (like a templar, a priest, etc) who died. The lead character are the Grim Reaper who bring they soul to the hell and he finds evil on all characters minus one Parvo (means literally Idiot) who is to idiot to make any evil like Shoma.

    Posted by mahousenshi | September 16, 2011, 6:20 pm
  4. As usual, thanks a lot for all your work on the subs.

    I was wondering… is there a translation for the CM4 trailer (the one which used an image from the “penguin-world” hospital scene in this episode as a background)? Is there anything interesting in the dialogue?

    Posted by the_architect | September 16, 2011, 7:06 pm
  5. Ah…interesting note on the use of Dvorak’s New World Symphony/Goin’ Home in both the East and the West. It adds a bit more ambiguity to that entire scene as to where Kanba actually is at any given point in time throughout that mind trip.

    It’s also a gigantic allusion to Night on the Galactic Railroad (yet again ^ ^).

    Thanks for everything that you do!

    Posted by ajthefourth | September 17, 2011, 4:14 am
    • That piece of music was in ep6 and ep8 equivalent of the novel as well, but this is the first time showing up on anime. It’s definitely going to be an important plot device later.

      Posted by 8thSin | September 18, 2011, 12:10 am
  6. This is just totally random, but (just like the library on episode 9 was based on Stockholm’s library), the hospital in episode 10 to me looks exactly like the Pompidou museum in Paris!

    Posted by AOI | September 17, 2011, 6:53 am
  7. Natsume Mario was already credited at the end of episode 9 and I think he also was the one of whom Himari said he was linked to her by fate… so it is a “he” I guess.
    Well no wonder they’re linked by fate if they both have those hats. Question is just why do they both have the hats.

    Posted by Umin | September 18, 2011, 2:35 am
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