Mawaru Penguindrum – 14 Review
I was told that having someone stare at my back as I walked away made me look cool
Episode 14 – Princess of Lies
OMG WTF?! (O_O)
I am glad that this episode had ended at where it did if not I may have screamed. I am just hoping that someone would burst in at the last minute and stop the madness if not… there goes my limit of being able to accept what I see on screen.
Oh Ringo, you poor little thing. T^T I really pitied her but she looked so ugly when she cried that I actually laughed =_=”
Review + Episode Summary
I finally found the time to watch and review this episode of Mawaru over the weekend. I was tempted to let M0rg0th review this episode instead but after watching it, I have to rant.
So please be warned that this review is not going to be some analytical review on the things that happened. =)
One can’t help but feel sorry for Ringo. This is probably the first time I (and probably some of you) would feel pity for this girl. She had started off as an annoying brat and over the last few episodes we have seen her mature into an understanding person. Sadly, as life has taught all of us, good guys finish last. But in her case, things are slightly worse – she is in danger of getting raped.
I really welcomed this change in the mood of the episode. The last couple of episodes have been rather heavy handed on the symbolism and revelations when it came to the atmosphere of the show (and in the process it had burned my brains out) but this episode has settled back into a more “normal” story-telling style (or as normal as things can get for Mawaru). We still have our fair share of revelations and what-ifs but at the same time watching this episode did not require as much brainpower as the previous few.
First thing about the show that I could not help but laugh at was Yuri’s co-star’s eyes. I mean seriously, she looks ridiculous and it was hilarious. I, for one, no longer feel shock with the revelations that this show throws at us, so when it was revealed that the co-star was actually a girl, I was pretty much fine with it.
The episode takes a turn and places a larger focus on Yuri whilst also disclosing the fact that Yuri is in fact the 3rd party after the book. (Which we are still unsure as to what it really is). Now, this show has had its fair share of ridiculous and forbidden love as well as an not-so-secret obsession about going against fate. So it should not have come as a surprise to us that our dearest Yuri is infact obsessed over Momoka (was that girl made of gold or soemething?) and does not want to believe that Momoka is dead. This show is simply full of loonies that have crazy denial issues. As such, Yuri has decided turn into a 2nd Ringo by trying to rape poor Ringo after drugging her in hopes of turning Ringo into Momoka through some sick twisted method. I am jumping the gun here by saying she is going to rape Ringo since she just merely wanted to destroy and scar Ringo. Then again, when you undress a person whilst holding a red (fate?) rope, the first thing that comes to mind is “Rape Alert!” destiny or not.
My guess about Yuri is that Yuri is a guy or a person who has both sets of sexual organs. It seems like this episode has dropped enough hints about Yuri having some sort of physical disfigurement as well as hints about gender. If it were any other show, I would say that my imagination was running wild, but with a show like this, the most ridiculous thing is most likely the right thing.
The start of the episode was dramatic and hilarious (at least I found it funny) but I am happy that even at that point in time, the show did not hold back its punches and continued it’s trend of hint dropping whilst broaching the subject of the show’s main theme of fate, love and destiny. This episode has made me curious about the reason behind the fixation with the word “Fabulous”. First it was the use of Fabulous Max, then we have Fabulously and Fabulous this and that. Is this just a character trait/quirk or is this meant to lead to something more?
The show has already developed its main themes and it is safe to say that everything in this show revolves around 4 things – Past, Love, Bonds and Fate. I do love the fact that everything seem to tie back to these few themes but at the same time I really respect a character like Ringo who breaks away from all of those. She had started off as the main spokesperson for those themes but over the last few episodes, she has become her own person who no longer fights against the tide of things. Kudos to her! The only thing is that sadly for her, the people she surrounds herself with are like druggies hooked on those themes and they are bound to destroy her sooner or later. If this episode is any indication, it would be sooner rather than later.
Shouma really got on my nerve this episode. I don’t hate the guy because I understand where he was coming from, but he really laid it on thick with the whole “wallowing in self-pity” attitude. He had previously scolded Ringo for being selfish but now, he is the one who is acting selfish. I hope that he would snap out of this “I am cursed” attitude soon because I actually liked his character – he was the adorable nice normal guy character in my eyes.
We are also introduced to a totally different side of Sanetoshi. He is like the cold-hearted business man with too much money on his hands and decides to toy with everyone. We all know that he is merely trying to see if fate can be changed, but I really do pity the amount of pain Kanba goes through to help his sister. Then we have Natsume who is also trying to help Mario and Sanetoshi is essentially playing God.
Other notes on this episode and Mawaru Penguindrum in general:
- We see the effects of last couple of weeks’ revelation coming into play with Ringo and Shouma’s confrontation
- I am glad that almost all the main characters are now taking front stage
- The past between Yuri and Momoka is still unknown
- Yuri and Tabuki seem to have some sort of pact and unknown motive for being together
- The poster of the Yuri’s play says “The Tragedy of M” – what is M? There is a constant pumping out of materials hinting at M yet no explanation of it yet
- Penguindrum has yet to be explained
- What exactly is the diary?
- Ringo is hinted at being an exact duplicate of Momoka – actions are the same, even the look and the “aura” given off is the same. Is she a clone?
- More appearance of twins again with the bunnies in the doctor’s room and the twins that follow Sanetoshi around.
- Is there something more to Himari’s fixation with her friends? Does she resent her parents for what had happened or is she merely reminiscing the past and wishing things were different?
- What is the Natsume Clan and why does Kanba hate them?
- Where is Kanba getting all the money from and who are the men in black?
Episode Rating: 8/10
Overall with was another good episode of Mawaru despite it’s craziness. (It seems like it is going to be a tradition that something crazy will happen whenever Ringo is involved. She is a magnet for drama) I am hoping that the next episode will have Natsume crashing the party in search of the diary and Ringo is left unscathed because it would be really pushing the line if Ringo did get raped and I personally would find it too uncomfortable to watch on.
P.S: Why did they have to change the ED song? Sigh. I liked last week’s one.