Some mysteries solved, and I feel there’s a lot of story development in this episode.
Ayame: in this week’s opening the scene where we have the shadow of penguinhatter and a man ‘dancing’ gets some vines behind it. reminded me of utena and of the tree of life… what’s up with this symbolism?
No idea what this is, but the producers sure went out of their way to add this BG effect.
Hisoka: it originally appeared as background in the first episode when Penguin-Hat Himari pulled the flame-heart out of Kanba-kun, closing the first Rock Over Japan of the series.
Himari and Kanba(?)’s positions are reversed from Ep1. In retrospect, that flame-heart pulling scene gave her life. Is this a sign that Himari will somehow receive another source of life? Instead of being taken, he will give her life this time?
It seems Pingroup and Penguin Force / Kiga Group are fighting each other behind the scene. Pingroup and Momoka’s relationship is still unknown, but given the fact that Momoka supposedly “won” against Sanetoshi, it may be a group Momoka helped create, and that’s why they’re ruling the world.
Pingroup is most likely the “greedy men” mentioned by Kenzan last episode and later in this episode in Kanba’s hallucination.
Himari already met the tabloid journalist at this point and reacts to it.
Her fear comes true later in this episode.
Remember, Seizon Senryaku Himari comes out of the white bear’s stomach in the transformation scene. I don’t know what this means, but it’s probably not a coincidence.The penguin hat may be powered by love or caring etc after all.
I hope there will be an explanation episode for Survival Strategy transformation scene too.
As I suspected, Kanba was imagining things. This creates a lot of problem for previous episodes, such as why Tabuki believed the false information that Kenzan is leading the group, or the identity of the person leading the group now.
This reminds me of the radio show in Utena. Similarly, it doesn’t seem to occur in the same realm (it’s like characters are expressing their motives to the viewers, just like in Utena).
The doctor sounds like he’s spot on. But once again, maybe it’s just Ikuhara trolling us again. Sanetoshi is supposedly dead too, and he still exists (he calls himself “ghost” as well). Maybe Takakura parents became supreme beings too, or temporarily brought back to life by Sanetoshi.
Alternate reality. Obviously, he would recognize walking into his own office lol
Because curses are scientifically proven… wait, it’s not.
Still, this may be the same curse Shouma and Natsume seemed to be obsessed with in previous episodes.
The brown box at the center of shrines are there to collect money. A typical visitor would toss few coins inside as donation/offering and make a wish. This kind of mirrors what Kanba is doing now: paying money to a supreme being in hopes of curing Himari. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know that Sanetoshi is a troll and never intended to cure Himari in the first place.
This is a male Chinese Guardian Lion. I would imagine the focus on this object symbolizes Kanba acting as the protector of the the Takakura home. Interestingly, Kanba matches the Wikipedia description of male lion while Shouma has the characteristics of the female lion.
P.S.: I’ve never heard of the “Japanese adaptions” mentioned in Wikipedia, and quick search in Japanese turned out nothing too, so it can’t be trusted. Also, Japanese Komainu look different and typically don’t hold a ball with their paws.
Himari realized something by Natsume’s line and I don’t think it’s her impudence, as Natsume suggested in the next line. I guess we’ll see in the remaining episodes.
The end justifies the means. Kanba appears to be pretty high up in the rank, to get people to execute something like this for private purposes. He may even be the leader of Kiga Group now (as Sanetoshi suggests with “my will passed down”), but the way he’s getting money doesn’t look like something a leader would do, and Natsume’s concern about his life taken by the group wouldn’t really apply.
This is a pretty messed up way of storing someone’s body. The abandoned ramen shop’s doors aren’t locked either… Maybe it’s some kind of deceptive scheme. They even make exchange of money here on a regular basis.
Tabuki was almost certainly stabbed here to protect Yuri. The way Yuri showed up in this timing is pretty suspicious too.
Shouma uses the term 「不幸」 as straight up “never find happiness”, but Himari replies in present tense. It should be noted that Himari’s usage of the same term in Japanese means “misfortune”, that she doesn’t think she’s a misfortunate child and doesn’t share Shouma’s pessimistic view of fate.
“Unhappy” was chosen here for better flow and consistency.
Physical and symbolic parting right here.
Literally, this line is “I’ll follow you”, meaning “I place my trust in you to take care of me”. The (sort of) middle of these two options is chosen.
This line kind of shows that Himari is trying to make Kanba think that she had chosen him instead of Shouma. She’s willing to give up her life to save him instead of staying with her “fated person”, so in a sense, she did choose him.
Just boxes -> Black teddy bears.
Duality again? White bear in Survival Strategy appears to symbolize life, then these are premonitions of deaths?Remember last episode’s flashback text? I would imagine this is Kanba’s decision to sever ties with Shouma and Himari’s decision to save him.
Family is the major theme of late, and it sounds like Kanba’s biological father is saying he had choice in picking children to be his son???
He also refers to “family” as if it’s a game or code name for a mission that he had failed. This is a clear cliffhanger and may be explained in the next episode. I wonder if it has to do with the Child Broiler.
The father’s face is being hidden as usual… I’m starting to suspect Sanetoshi is Kanba/Natsume’s father (maybe with normal hair color when he was alive etc). Kanba and Natsume are the only ones who know his “real” identity and has business dealings with him, Sanetoshi was the leader of this organization and died (according to the doctor), he was in the Antarctica picture, and Natsume said Kenzan was “going to talk about their father” (which could’ve been a tribute to his accomplishment or a mission that got him killed etc…
“Protect you” is the missing part in this line, it was also in the flashback text.
It’s been 21 episodes, and this is the first time we see “to be continued…” text. Next episode is probably going to be a Kanba episode, showing why he’s become what he is now.
The use (sound editing) of BGM was amazing in this episode. The climatic singing n the previous episode was toned down for a sorrow piece and the entire episode had a really nice flow with the BGM matching perfectly to what’s happening. I actually got teary eyed near the end.
Episode rating: 10/10