Mawaru Penguin Drum Episode 3
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Series Premise: Mawaru Penguindrum is a weekly television anime series starting in July 2011 from the creator of Revolutionary Girl Utena. Two older brothers take care of their ailing younger sister Himari, who is saved from death by a spirit residing in a penguin-shaped hat. With the assistance of three “helper-penguins” that only the three siblings can see, they must search for the mythical “Penguin Drum” in exchange for extending Himari’s life.
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Episode Summary: Shouma and Kanba are still following Ringo in search of the enigmatic Penguin Drum to save their sister. Ringo, meanwhile, is head over heels that today is Curry Day, and rushes home after school (where the boys are hiding away, to avoid being caught) to cook a pot of curry for Mr. Tabuki. She brings the dish to his home, only to be crushed to learn that another woman is living with him. Ringo covertly switches out the dinner pots and runs off, where she crashes with Himari. Himari takes her home, where she ends up eating dinner with Shouma and Kanba, and despite unexpected events checks off her diary as “mission accomplished”.
My Impressions: Ringo is flat-out nuckin’ futs.
Seriously, that girl is wrong in the head. She may be cute, but crazy trumps cute any day of the week. You might want to feel somewhat sorry for her, walking home alone in the fading sunlight without her shoes, in a daze while absent-mindedly still carrying the pot containing the other woman’s curry dish she burned her hands with. But no, don’t feel sorry for the Apple Girl, she’s the Fatal Attraction type of crazy, and I half expect later in the series for the boys to come home to find dead penguins furiously boiling away in a pot on the stove.
Arg, they just had to recycle the exact same SURVIVAL STRATEGY! animated sequence for a third time; it might be neat to watch (like a magical girl transformation sequence), but cut-and-paste recycled footage gets tiring after a while. But we are getting more of a feel of the Penguin Spirit that is controlling Himari, even if we still do not have a clue what the hell a “Penguin Drum” is.
Also, more questions raised about Ringo’s “Future Diary” — does it really foretell the future? After this episode, probably not. More likely, Ringo is furiously trying to follow the “future” told within the diary, and pushing herself to her limits to make it come true. And by true, she gets creative in interpreting the entries, even if they do not exactly match what she wanted. Oh, and by the way, did I tell you she’s nuckin’ futs? Yeah, that too.
I’m pretty sure that Mawaru Penguin Drum is turning into my favorite series of the season. It still does not make a whole lot of sense, but as long as I’m enjoying the ride, I’m willing to let that slide.
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- If you like this, you might also like: Revolutionary Girl Utena – that’s a no-brainer. Also try Otome Youkai Zakuro. But for similar mind-trippiness you might also check out the movie Summer Wars.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “Aside from this important meeting between the cast and Ringo, though, we are still pretty much at where we started before watching this episode. Every single question from before this episode still pretty much holds, and while I do appreciate the slight character development, it’s not very fun to bring your plot to a virtual standstill.” – Emory Anime Club
- “Okay, Penguin Drum has definitely made the best first impression of the entire season. There are just so many details stuffed into it that do an amazing job at fleshing the story out. The creators really nailed the dialogue of the stalker girl. Combined with the background music they did really well in portraying a young girl in love. The stalker part is there, but subtle enough to not take over her entire character. You don’t see that often with crazy characters.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- I love how abrupt the transition from the dysfunctional Oginome family to the seemingly more functional Takakura sibings (who are actually way more dysfunctional since they engage in Survival Strategy sessions where little sis cosplays a penguin tyrant while keeping her big brothers in submission) is. This particular session was hilarious! For one thing: Cowgirl + Curry-cooking Girl (with momentous consequences) = Utena. Throw in Pet which randomly sticks Everything in its Path into its Mouth and turns Various Colors as a Result in and you’ve got UTENA!!!” – Anime Kritik
- “Can you really call an event to be fated when its YOU who set the dominos up in a certain way and then topple them yourself? Not in my books buddy boy. If she was REALLY able to see the future or whatever, I think she’d have seen eating dinner with the siblings. So yeah…Imma stick with my ’16 year old yandere who is delusional as hell and needs professional help’ theory” – Anime Evo
- “This was an episode heavily dedicated on how amazing curry is and all the magic that goes into it. I think they are trying for some kind of fate-based theme… I’m not too sure, though; maybe if they say the word “fate” a few more times every episode, it might actually sink in.” – Clanrain
ROUND THREE RESULTS FOR SUMMER 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Three: Mawaru Penguin Drum
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Coming up next: Kamisama Dolls, No. 6, Dantalian no Shoka, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Kamisama no Memochou, Nurarihyon no Mago Second Season, Natsume Yuujinchou-san, Usagi Drop