Some of you may have already read the post from gg about my car accident on the way home from NYAF. The accident occurred on a rainy highway where I was driving at 120km/h (this is actually slowed down due to rain, because we usually drive at 130~140km/h in Toronto. Still pretty stupid though). My car is no longer drivable nor worth repairing, and I got it scrapped yesterday. Fortunately, I walked away from it with just a scratch on my left palm and minor sore in my wrist. Although I do like a lot of shows that deal with fate and what not, I wasn’t much of a believer in supreme beings and superstitions. I can’t help but to think someone was looking out for me and kept me alive though (or maybe the whole thing was a warning). Most of you may not believe this, but I also found out later that my car was purchased from the dealer exactly 12 years ago, on the same day I crashed it. Perhaps my car’s lifespan just expired in some freaky twist of fate. In any case, the experience gave me a new appreciation for life. And of course, Mawaru Penguindrum, a show that (probably lol) deals with resisting fate.
Some of you may also have heard about the major breakdown/drama I had with my editor Good_Haro for the release of last week’s episode. Basically we were both sleep-deprived at 3am, and we both overreacted to some miscommunications. I guess we’ve been working for longer than a regular single-season/cour in anime, so we both had some pent-up frustration built up. We took some time to talk(write) it out over PM before working on this episode, and I think we were able to work out our differences. I would like to think we “leveled up” a bit from this incident, and I look forward to completing this series with my group members at gg, and continue to produce subs worthy for this show.
> Thanks everyone for your support 🙂
There’s a lot going on this week… New OP!
I think Episode 15 – Savior of the World is a 「神回」 / Epic episode, so prepare yourself for a long ass post. I’m going to start speculating like crazy.
OP2: YakushimaruEtsuko Metro Orchestra – Boys, Come Back to Me
I absolutely despise the title translation, but that’s what the CD cover says, so we’re not going to change that. The Japanese title 「少年よ我に帰れ」 should mean “Boy(s), come back to your senses”, but it appears to be a parody of Lover come back to me, and the original Japanese title was 「恋人よ我に帰れ」. You may have noticed the jazzy BGM for both songs, which makes the reference even more likely.
The correct kanji for “ware ni kaere” is 「我に返れ」 , but most people just write 「我に帰れ」 in everyday life (Google search for those quoted terms favor misspelling 72 to 1 now. In fact, I thought the misspell was the correct way of writing it…) Although, if they really did misspell on purpose, then that translation would be valid. It’s hard to trust their English though, as you will see in one of the translation on the cell phone screen shot later on.
In any case, this song is fabulous, and we spent over 3 hours interpreting this song over IRC for our OP. The beginning of the song appears to describe a game of 「通りゃんせ」, where two “gate” players hold hands to make a circle, and other players go through it until the song of same name ends, when “gate” players put their hands down, and whoever stuck inside becomes the “gate” player for the next round. This song is usually played in Japanese pedestrian traffic lights as an analogy that it’s safe to cross while the music is on. I interpreted this line as fate picking an unfortunate soul (like Himari) at random.
It may also be a reference to fate, which has been described time and time again as a “wheel / ring”. Now we know it’s like “making transfers” like the subway, which in OP you can see as going in a circle.
You can read how we came up with rest of the translations in the IRC log. And yes, the first 6 minutes of this show was translated by me using Caphi’s rough translation as a reference (I was trying to get this episode out faster because I had to translate new OP, but selfishly decided I really want to translate this episode because how fabulous it was). Two brains are greater one, and that section’s TL is at least “A” grade 🙂
The new OP is pretty damn fabulous. Visually, it’s pretty much a remix of OP1, but with a LOT more details added and makes a bit more sense than our first OP.
Yuri has her own symbols now, what the heck?
“YT” is almost certainly “Yuri Tokikago”, “Girl” probably Momoka, “Reverse girl” = lost Momoka?, “Heart” might be desperate for love, “Reverse Heart” again is probably peach = Momoka. Not so sure about the remaining two.
In addition, the golden confetti symbolizes the glamor of her career as an actress, and she’s sitting on the diary… Momoka is her world.
>Tokkan: I can answer for the other two, One of them is a Fleur-de-lis (“Flower of Lily”) emblem, the other is a stylised star resembling an actual lily. Guess what Yuri means?
>tcch: One of the symbols you did not get in the Yuri’s screenshot from the OP is the Giglio Bottonato, coat of arms of Firenze (wikipedia says it’s called a “fleur-de-lis”). Possibly just a reference to her father’s obsession?
>K: It looks a lot like a Louis Vuitton design, especially with the YT where the LV would be. Definitely implying luxury there.
Quite a powerful scene, and this screenshot is worth at least 158 words.
I’m going to assume that’s Momoka’s shoe. He’s still looking quite sinister just as he was in OP1.
Ringo used to live in the shadows of Momoka. The diary exists as a proof of her existence. Remember that she doesn’t own either half of the diary at this time. If this OP scene can be trusted, she is almost certainly going to regain the entire diary in the following episodes. The fire in OP1 makes sense now. Ringo will probably make the same sacrifice as Momoka in one of the remain episodes.
Also notice the “95” symbol is red in the final screen. We already knew it was important, but we still don’t have the full scope of what exactly happened on that day of the incident.
I think this is an extremely strong sequence in terms of direction and presentation.
We know from this episode that changing fate using the diary is like “transferring subway trains”. Perhaps that’s why there are two of them forming a circle, which is “the shape” of fate. Apparently, that was what the “cycle” sign meant the whole time in OP1. The circle focuses on “i” symbol, and an apple appears in the middle.
This is really puzzling to me. What’s is, and the significance of “i” symbol? Does that mean the fate revolves around Ringo, or does the Pingroup apples have special powers like Sanetoshi’s apple of life?Hmm… Does Natsume end up with Kanba in the end? Or is she just being a creeper stalking behind him all the time?
This is not one of our typesetting. We’re too lazy to TS negligible signs and you know it.
The producers of this show makes a critical Engrish error, this is not “recording message”, it’s “You have a voicemail” or “Recorded Message” at the very worst. Shouma listens to Ringo’s voicemail after this scene, not recording anything. This is why I don’t trust their CD cover translation for OP title either.
The third slot in the flashback subway station panel is usually the time or event rather than location. “The Ugly Ducking Play” (now that I think of it, “play” should be “show”. 「劇場」 means “theater” in 99% of the cases, but it can refer to a play/show, like 「ひとり劇場」/”one-man show”, and this is certainly the case)
This is quite a cynical way of describing Yuri’s past in this timeline.
I really like how they presented Yuri’s father as a overwhelming presence that represents the definition of beauty in Yuri’s mind. It appears she still believes his father’s words to be true, that she’s ugly, and only “beautiful things” can be loved.
So, we have Michelangelo’s David as the building, Rodin’s The Thinker in this scene. What are the others?
> zenzo: I think that one of the pictured sculptures (the one at the back) is Poseidon from Milos.
>Stalker Fairy: I had to reconfirm it, but the armless statues are the Venus De Milo
Who the hell is Tanaka? Why is an extra’s name called twice in the background? It also bothers me how Tabuki never appears in these two VERY long flashback sequences. Could it be his mother re-married or something and his last name is “Tanaka” in this timeline? Or maybe it was Sanetoshi trolling by turning himself into a boy in the same school? Or am I being trolled by Ikuhara?
> By the way, Tanaka is not the name of the “faceless” friend who brought Shoma to the resort. His name is Yamashita.
This is some seriously twisted shit. I guess that’s why Yuri became so vulnerable and the helping hand from Momoka left enough impact in her life to cause her to go such lengths to bring her back. On the other hand, she’s still believing her father’s words, and became an actress – desperate for love and superficial beauty.
What the heck is up with the chopper? It’s like in every single scene with the statue building. Is Sanetoshi riding it, or does it symbolize fate (spin) flying about the building statue?
I heard a thud in this scene when her father chiseled away… did Yuri really get amputated? Is she like a cyborg now? Maybe that’s the secret with her body.
These symbols are often seen flying in the “Imagine / Survival Strategy” universe. It also appears to be a subway map… Perhaps the place Penguin Hat takes Kanba/Shoma/Ringo are “transfer tunnels” of fate.
Also… is it just me, or we haven’t had a Seizon Senryaku for quite a few episodes in row?
How “fate transfer” works is pretty vague here. She transferred the rabbit once, does that send the rabbit to a parallel universe? What happens to the world left behind? Yuri in the end sounds like Momoka left this world. So, the main timeline we’ve been following was one of those left behind? Does that mean Momoka is in a (theoretically) better world now, and Yuri is trying to drag her back?
Also, who is the “price” paid to? Sanetoshi? I thought he and Momoka were equals. If they are equals and “can see the same scenery”, does that mean Sanetoshi has a diary of his own as well for transferring between fates?
It appears to be a reference to Yamato Takeru, who is said to have died and became a swan (and flied to west).
Himari is still in good terms with Double-H. It makes me wonder what was up with that eraser thrown in the flashback scene meant. If it wasn’t thrown out of spite, it probably had a message written inside (because that’s what kids do).
#1 is dancing otagei, for those who didn’t know.
Not surprising, but Sanetoshi knows about Yuri’s past, and his memory is immune to fate transfers.
Today’s slogan. It’s cut off this week, but I’m fairly certain it’s 「吊り革で遊んじゃダメだよ」. It usually refers to hanging straps on train, but could be BDSM stuff too in the case of this slogan.
Natsume’s pretty bad ass now. She’s sure done her research.
So, that’s what was in the “Katabuki Safe” in the previous episode. Her future reading ability surpasses Natsume’s. Maybe it was written in the second half (maybe she even wrote it).
From what we’ve learned so far and the way they’ve hidden the appearance of the new building… I’m willing to bet the new building is a Pingroup Building. I don’t think I saw a Pingroup logo in the entire flashback sequences. Maybe Pingroup is a result of Momoka’s fate transfer.
> Many comments here about the possibility of it being the Tokyo Tower, which is very likely as it has been a prominent symbol of Tokyo, also seen in Seizon Senryaku world as an emblem. Also, she was looking up at it by end of the episode when she vowed to bring back Momoka. The possibility that Tokyo Tower being a Pingroup Building is still there though.
>Nhlrtkl: I really thought that the new building Yuri sees was actually Tokyo Tower, which is pretty prominent both in this episode and in the previous one.
>zenzo: Also, I agree with NHLRTKL – the building seems like it should be Tokyo Tower. In the earlier episodes, a symbol that looks like Tokyo Tower shows up during Survival Strategy.
>Miyako: Also agreed with NHLRTKL and Zenzo – the building is definitely Tokyo Tower. Recall this from episode 14 during Yuri’s driving monologue: http://i.imgur.com/OM0YC.jpg
There’s a LOT of speculation materials this episode, and it was very well-directed / well-conceived in my opinion. A lot of mysteries are solved this case, and also a whole bunch of hints for remaining mysteries. We finally get the back story for Yuri, and I like her a lot more now than I originally did.
Episode rating: 10/10