Two consecutive solid episodes? Could it really be? A lot happened in this episode despite only having 244 lines of dialog (compared to the usual 300~350).
The episode is so unbelievably multilayered with 「巡る」 (Spin + ‘Round in the title) potentially meaning so many things that would fit in context.
The literal translation would be “The Wheel That Moves Around Us”. The “wheel” is “fate” as mentioned many times by now. This interpretation would mean fate, perhaps misfortune, is hitting them one by one. Finally returning to the original person almost like karma.
The second most common translation for 「巡る」 is “to fight over to obtain”, which would make the title something like “The Wheel That Seeks to Dominate Us (Our Lives)” – Fate is trying to take control of their lives, resulting in unavoidable tragedy.
The third could be “come around” or “repeat”, which would be “The Wheel (of Fate) Repeating Upon Us” – The Karmic Wheel.
Finally it could be “surrounding”, which would be “The Wheel Encompassing Us” – Their inability to escape the cruel fate.
Our title was picked by Good_Haro, which appears to fit the best as Spin emphasizes fate (Spinning Goddesses) and works with ‘Round, which is vague enough that it’s possible to arrive to at least one of those interpretations if you think hard enough (we hope).
This line turns out to be his catchphrase. We obviously didn’t realize this last time, and over-interpreted as “Isn’t it mesmerizing?” 「しびれるだろう」 is literally “Isn’t it paralyzing?” which is not the case in neither context we’ve seen so far. We went with the “stimulating”, a translation vague enough to encompass both meanings. Now that I think of it, maybe “Isn’t it shocking?” might work better, but we never know.
Seriously need v2s with Ikuhara constantly trolling us.
The Penguin Hat’s has left their home about the time Kanba hanged up the phone. It seems to be an elaborate Sanbou, the ceremonial container for offerings. There should be holes in three directions, with the hole-less side facing the God. The direction it faces was perhaps used to emphasize the fact that Kanba and family has given up on believing divine powers, yet the hope for Himari’s continued life is seen. 「寿」 means “long life”.
This is an Obimawashi, a common skit for banquets / corporate drinking parties etc. A typical one goes “Please stop, [Milord / governor]” -> “Come on, come on, don’t hold back” -> “Oh, no!”
The female servant says please stop, but they actually want it, and says things like that to arouse corrupt lord or officials who wastes taxpayers’ money for his own entertainment.
“Obi” is the cloth that holds kimono together. “Mawashi” means “rotating”. The girl spins around then falls naked when it’s done by a pro. True story.
As mentioned in the Ep3 episode title, “side dish” can be sexual innuendo, and it certainly is the case here. She was talking dirty almost the entire scene, but it was also literally the process of making stuffed cabbage. Well played.
#1 has been put into a Kikkou Shibari. I’m sure you’ve all seen it in hentai before.
Penguin hat says “Dark (or Darkness) Bunnies” instead of just “black bunnies” as narrated by Shouma. Do they come from another world?
The penguin in front is noticeably different from the rest… #4? Also notice that the symbol of this environmental protectionist group is the Penguin Force one, not Pingroup logo Kenzan bore on his back in Kanba’s flashback. Maybe this trip is the reason penguins other than tons of other animals are the main mascots in this series.
The vial/bullet thing in OP here. It actually looks like a compass or some kind of gauge.
Notice the 4 glowing dots on the armillary sphere. I’m going to make a blind guess now… that’s the Penguin Drum. It somehow represents the fate of the four main characters – The Takakuras and Ringo.
“It was right there in front of you the whole time” is a possible punchline. Of course, so is “Something intangible like Love.”
Kenzan’s line is very carefully written as singular “boy”. Now, Kanba and Shouma were supposed twins as they were “born on the same day” as Shouma said last episode
It also seemed to me that the child’s birth and the fact that it’s a boy triggered the event. That’s what Kenzan muttered before dialing to send “Let’s initiate the Survival Strategy” beeper message. A destined child?
Environmental group vs cult group. Explosions vs Sarin. As I predicted before, the Sarin Incident was not direct used as a plot device in this series. However, the time and location were identical, so it’s kind of a parody of it.
Pretty daring on such a touchy subject. I hope the producers don’t get sued by the victims.
Guy on left has slightly wider eyes, but seriously, are they clones? I’m Asian, and I can’t really tell them apart. In addition, it seems Kenzan was the sender of “Let’s Initiate the Survival Strategy” beeper text, so these might be two different guys who look like Kenzan (and they just got there REALLY fast).
Another possibility is that the other man is Kenzan’s twin brother. This theory would explain a whole lot of things that happened (see EdenDreams comment and replies).
I think this is a supporting evidence for “Child Broiler” is the cloning facility theory.
The Japanese was spoken without the subject. Could be the person, her other belongs, or something else entirely, but Momoka (“her”) is the overwhelmingly obvious choice in context.
Although, it puzzles me why the smoke is coming off the chimney if her body was never found. They probably burned something else when the body wasn’t found. This raises the question that maybe Momoka is still alive… Yuri would be the most obvious choice.
Something is telling me that this scene is not done just for comedy. The trains in 1995 were stopped in K-G-M Station immediately after the Sarin Incident. Could it be that Himari’s pointing at the National Diet Building? The politicians are trying to destroy the world? Sounds plausible since Pingroup / Penguin Force seem to be related to environmental activism.
It makes me wonder if…
This has a direct reference to The Spinning Goddesses. “Mary” wanted to use the three to control fate?
Oh, and I messed up the translation in this line, should be “bore tons of golden fruit”. I hate working on Notepad+player instead of just Aegisub. Makes me miss things between pauses T_T
Another mythology mixed in? Prometheus’s Torch. Check comments for more info.
As some speculators had guessed right that taking Kanba’s heart/soul was the Survival Strategy in the literal sense. Now, Himari’s catchphrase was in Kenzan’s beeper message before their operation. I would guess that means “lives of innocent civilians” were paid to make a point to “save the environment (for Earth to survive)”. Sounds like a plausible mindset for environmental extremists.
There’s a chance that Earth or Mother Nature is the apple tree. Human beings wrecked the environment so it withered. Maybe the terrorist attacks were the act of stealing the ashes (took their burned out life). Finally, Kenzan was so obsessed with saving the environment that he neglected his own kids.
Of course, there’s the possibility that the apple tree is Chiemi, their mother. But then again, that would be too obvious.
It seems like the Princess intentionally pulled back rather than the transfer not working. Did she start to care about them and couldn’t bring herself to end Kanba’s life?
I’m having trouble coming up with a scenario where an external force other than God actually being capable of choosing who gets sick and who doesn’t.
Potentially a new character? It doesn’t seem like Natsume has all that power. Maybe it’s Tokikago Yuri though.
A lot of mysteries have been solved in this episode, but just as many new questions arise. Mawaru Penguin Drum seem to be headed to an environmentalist conclusion of epic scale. The story is definitely picking up, and I can’t wait for next week’s episode!
Episode rating: 9.5/10