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Mawaru Penguindrum – Episode 3

Last time on Mawaru Penguindrum our heroes (and also the humans that were giving them orders) had stalked a stalker girl to her stalkee’s house on suspicion that she had the Penguin Drum they sought.  She was talking some nonsense at the end of the episode about her and her stalkee’s future being written down in her diary.  This might be just her being a crazy stalker, given that she is known to be a crazy stalker, but maybe she actually owns a Future Diary, like in the hit manga series Mirai Nikki (lit. “Future Diary”).  If so, that sounds artifacty enough to be a Penguin Drum.  Maybe.  It’s the best lead they have, it’s not like the penguin queen gave them a lot of information to work from.  Let’s see if they can overcome their lack of information in episode 3 of Mawaru Penguindrum.

…thirty minutes pass…

Anything could be the Penguin Drum! What could possibly count as evidence for or against a particular thing being the Penguin Drum?

I still have no idea how to classify this show.  This episode was all about family and warmth and healing-type drama.  Curry tastes better when you eat it with the people you love.  The kind of stuff you see on a show like Hanasaku Iroha, the kind of stuff that reminds you how desperately alone you are.  And the really weird thing was that this was all focalized through the girl that had been set up as a crazy stalker last episode, and so she was going to eat curry with the “person she loves” being her stalkee.  It’s not so much that the show changed her characterization – it just kept her character constant and did a complete change of perspective, the villain becoming the protagonist.  Makes things a little hard to get a grip on.

At least we had a scene there in the middle of the brothers breaking into her house.  The elder brother is so cool and awesome, the way he’s prepared to become a villain and lie to everyone for the sake of protecting his beloved sister.  It’s really a shame that he wants to kiss her on the lips, sibling affection is a much more interesting motivation than romantic affection.  We can still have that with the younger brother, I guess.

Still annoying how they waste so much time with the transformation sequence.  They waste all that time with the transformation sequence and then they make her drink milk rather than say asking her to give a general description of what the Penguin Drum looks like.  I’m not in favor of that particular stylistic element.


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