Before we get to this week’s Penguindrum, there are some useful info from Ep09 comments that I thought were worth mentioning here.
Ep09:This is the re-arranged picture of the door to “Hole in the Sky” annex. The mirror image of Pingroup logo. Perhaps it’s “8”, “∞” or, hourglass. In any case, it’s highly likely that Sanetoshi is somehow involved with the Pingroup.
The “Child Broiler” scene does resemble the novel cover for Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I would’ve said it’s just a coincidence, but the novel is about breeding cloned children for the purpose of harvesting organs used for transplants. You might say it’s a “Child Broiler”.
The boy in the story also gave a present (a cassette tape instead of an apple) to the girl. Both of them in the 2010 film adaptation (pretty good UK film, btw) had same hair as Ringo and Mario(?) in anime as well.
I think it’s too early to conclude that anyone is a clone right now, and Momoka died before Himari was even born, so I don’t see how this can refer to organ donations, but hopefully everything will eventually be explained.
Ep11: I really like the presentation of this episode. This is probably the best-directed episode after Ep9.
Like Kanba hinted in Ep7, he knows exactly where these “penguin balls” came from. The producers continue to tease us by concealing the organization’s details. I really like the reflection of Natsume in this scene 🙂
Obviously, she’s not talking about the diary or the Penguindrum at this point, since she’s made it very clear that she’s the culprit when Kanba entered the mansion with the photo of Kanba in the pink sweater. So what other secret does Kanba have that would be big enough to be news? I would think this has something to do with their sin mentioned later, but could be an entirely different one about the secret organization as well.
Yet another mystery.
It appears now that Natsume’s Project M stands for “Mario”, but that’s a bit too obvious, isn’t it?
The producers of this show were very careful in wording last episode, “Hand over half of the diary” instead of “Hand over the other half of the diary”. I suspected Yuri was the biker in Ep9, and I’m glad I didn’t over-interpret it in ep10 translation -.-v
It seems slogan of the week refers to Shoma’s line to Ringo. I chose “changed everything”, but 「命取り」 usually means “fatal”. That halo on the stick man is a little disturbing, but I don’t see anyone dying in the foreseeable future because Ringo changed her mind.
Ringo kicking some serious ass. I like this chibi-form the most out of all episodes so far.
BTW, the one on the last screen is called “dekopin”, and it can be really painful if you know what you’re doing.
Deja vu? Oh… I see what you did there.
I really like her seiyuu’s work in this scene, you can hear the pain in her voice. Miyake Marie is an amazing find. I’ll definitely look forward to hear more from her.
Ringo has been saying “we will become one” in previous episodes. I assumed she meant Tabuki and herself, as in bound by fate/marriage to become one, but she meant becoming Momoka the whole time. Her creepiness just multiplied, and I love her even more!
She drops her cell phone, didn’t seem like she picked it up. We know there are some pictures in her phone. Perhaps her plans are in there and Tabuki finally finds out she’s been stalking him. Perhaps she’ll need to call someone later and get into trouble. Perhaps she’ll meet Tabuki again to get the phone back. OMG so many possibilities for this plot device!!!
The title of this episode can also mean “You Have Finally Opened Your Eyes / Awakened.” It obviously means that she finally realized that she loves Shouma, but also that she finally wakes up from her fantasy… her eyes were finally opened.
The piano solo during Ringo’s chat with Yuri was in perfect harmony with the dialogue. The poignant music amplifies her sadness and pain of the realization that all she had been doing were in vain.
More teasing. “that incident” with “95” inside the train. This is such an obvious reference to the 1995 Subway Sarin incident. I’m pretty sure now that the incident in question is going to be something entirely different. The answer can’t be that simple. Not on my Penguindrum!
This is the first time Survival Strategy taking them outside of the staircase. No pink “sky”, and quite surreal.
This must be the sin that’s been mentioned from the very first episode, but of course, we still have no idea what it is. Let the speculation begin.
Episode rating: 9.5/10