The second novel was released last week. I don’t intend to ever be ahead at the time of writing episodic posts, so all speculations made will remain spoiler-free.
The bottle and the Tokyo Tower divide the screen/canvas into two halves. Tabuki side is balanced by two low objects to each side and hanging lamps even out the bottle (this might be easier to see if you covered half of the screen).
Left side is not balanced against the bottle, but against the right side. The couch takes up more screen/canvas space to cover for the lamps, and is balanced by Yuri sitting farther to the left than Tabuki. Few scenes later, this scene is repeated, only with Yuri standing up. Notice she is now placed a bit more to the right in order to compensate for the extra height, still maintaining the compositional balance.
Attention is paid to the tiniest details, and that’s why I say this is one of the reasons I say it’s quite possibly the best directed anime series ever in terms of visual presentation.
Some other examples of deliberately placed asymmetrical balance in this episode.
The final screenshot with the bottle is not balanced in still-picture (label and tower on the left side, far away from the center even though there’s only a few semi-transparent water drops on the right). However, the motion of water drop moving down gives the right side more attention, therefore “weight”, and balances the animation.
The pink drum washing machine made its first appearance in Ep14. In this episode, we have another ad for the identical product. This could very well be the Penguindrum that they were searching for. I have mentioned the inconsistency in Japanese title and the official English title of this anime a long time ago. It’s very possible the Japanese pronunciation “Pingudoramu” is a hybrid of “pink”, “penguin”, and “drum (washer)”.
This whole thing reminds me of a 2007 movie: Bubble e Go!! Time Machine wa Drum-shiki (lit. Go to the Bubble era!! Time Machine is drum type).
The protagonist in the story travels back in time to 1990 in a washing machine that turned into a time machine from an accidental research discovery. She was sent by the government to stop the Japanese economical bubble burst.
It’s impossible to tell if the movie will be parodied for this show, but given what we’ve been shown so far (transfer to another timeline, 1995 tragedy, pink washing machine), it’s certainly a possibility. It should also be noted that the term “Binary (0 and 1) World Line” was in the first OP.
As for the movie, it’s a decent comedy flick starring Hirosue Ryouko (who also starred in Academy Award Best Foreign Film Okuribito (2008), which I subbed a while back). Someone uploaded the entire movie on YouTube, so it’s still not too late to check it out.
This episode will probably remembered as the “Takoyaki Episode“.
1. Slice octopus legs into pieces.
2. Wrap them in a blend of takoyaki powder (mostly wheat flour),
3. water, and eggs.
4. Cook, and finally add flavors 🙂
Kanba’s pretty set on doing everything by himself and tells off Shouma.
Meanwhile, his penguin is getting soaked in octopus ink. Hmm… he wants to keep Shouma pure while he gets tainted doing all those things needed for the family.
#3 is strong as hell unlike Himari from what we’ve seen so far. I wonder when we’ll see the true power of the princess.
I really hope it’s not something corny and predictable like “love”, but everything is pointing into that direction.
Just like Utena, Ikuhara knows how to break the patterns so we don’t get bored from repetition. Once again, all the action occurs after Shouma is gone.
Gosh, Kanba must be crushed soon in fabulous max survival strategy. Isn’t it electrifying? Nothing in this world is pointless, and one must be punished for their crimes. Destiny!
Crazy symbolism going on. Tokyo Tower is presumably the David Tower in this world, which Momoka had changed. This symbol of fate transfer (and perhaps Momoka) is contained in a bottle. I don’t think this was done just for aesthetic purposes.
Perhaps Momoka is being trapped by someone (i.e. Sanetoshi or the “Goddess”) or something (between spacetime or Penguindrum).
It could be foreshadowing for Penguindrum that has the power to change fate inside.
Or maybe it symbolizes the “world tree” as mentioned in Mary had a Little Lamb story in Ep12, once again contained by something. After all, the glowing Tokyo Tower certainly seems like the source of light in the dark night.
It also divides them in the middle… Their opinions clash, but attachment to Momoka is one thing they share in common.
Another beautiful scene.
Now that I think of it, this line could’ve been smoothened out a bit with “meant the world to me during” instead of “were my world”, but I just had to have the term “world” instead of just “everything” in this line to reflect what Sanetoshi says next…
Memories are often beautified in the human mind, but the wording here is especially intriguing in that Sanetoshi is supposedly a superior being, and he’s talking about the “lower” world of humans.
In addition, (assuming “transferring to another fate” means going to another parallel universe) there are many worlds existing in this show… literally making Yuri’s “world during childhood” a different world.
Yozawaya is a parody of Yuzawaya, a large chain store for handicrafts. They went to the Shinjuku store.
As seen from Penguin’s Coffee, SANY, and Ponasonic etc, pretty much every single brand/logo name is a parody of the real thing.
Of course, there’s the possibility of the curtain being nothing more than a plot device to get Yuri in the same store as Himari and Ringo later, but I interpreted it as a display of Yuri’s loneliness.
There’s no way such a luxury condo isn’t well-heated. She feels cold because they are on the other side of the light. She said Momoka was her light amidst darkness in one of the previous episodes, and she’s unreachable with the glass (some obstacle) in the way. In addition, getting a curtain to block that faint light shows her refusal to accept this world line, the world given to her by Momoka.
Also note that the key term “curtain” is in the current OP as well as previous EDs.
Like, dead bad.
Remember, Sanetoshi, that troll puppet master gave Himari the permission to leave.
And yeah, 465MB on gg release ain’t for nothing. This episode is absolutely beautiful. So awesome that VLC died on me when I was taking the Natsume pic (and no, I’m using MPC only to take ones I forgot).
It didn’t seem like Tabuki was lying when he said those lines. Also said those things won’t bring Momoka back. But by end of the episode…
Remember “Goddess” handing down the punishment (Ep12)?
Tabuki is so evil now.Shouma has been whining forever. And nope, they were not forgiven. The Takakura Family just can’t get a break.
The pacing for this episode was rather slow, but it’s visually impressive (three people credited for storyboard), and it seems like Tabuki finally shows his true colors. I have a feeling the next episode will be a special one.
Episode rating: 9.0/10