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Mawaru Penguindrum – Episode 12

Last episode on Mawaru Penguindrum, there were a bunch of non-revelations about how something had happened sixteen years ago that had left bad blood between the characters, and the characters knew what it was, but they weren’t going to tell us, the viewers.  I imagine this episode they will try to clarify what they were talking about, but I’ve imagined that before.  I pride myself on having a grand, expansive imagination, but it is starting to fill up with counterfactuals about what Mawaru Penguindrum would be like if it were an actual good show where they actually told the audience what was going on.  Let’s hope they at least clear up enough confusion to make room for the new confusion they’ll create in episode 12 of Mawaru Penguindrum.

…thirty minutes pass…

If the diary isn't the Penguin Drum, then fuck everything.

Well, let’s add up the confusions that were cleared up in this episode.  We found out why Shou blames his family for Momoka’s death, but that just raised a whole host of other questions, like: why were his parents in a cult, and why didn’t they flee or go to prison or anything after bombing Tokyo?  I mean, Himari is was (RIP) their younger sister, she would have had to have been born after the bombing.  But his parents are gone now.  Surely this is somehow related to the cult activity, but we don’t really know enough to speculate.  We also learned more about why Himari is was (RIP) still alive, and it answered questions I didn’t even know were still open.  Kanba wasn’t kissing Himari because he had incestuous desires, he was kissing her because naked sister-kissing is how you transfer life-force!  It’s so obvious in retrospect, I can’t believe I didn’t see the explanation at the time.

There was that story about Mary’s three lambs, and I don’t know if that was supposed to be an allegory, or an actual factual account of what happened sometime between the cult bombings and the present day, or both.  Shou was talking about Black Bunnies, which echoed the words of the Penguin Queen, but he definitely got a lot more out of what she said than I did.  Possibly the story of the three little lambs is a common parable about not doing what black people tell you to in the world of the anime, but it’s not one I’m familiar with.  One wonders to what extent the similarities between the dead Himari (RIP) and the dead lamb (also named Himari (RIP)) were shoehorned into the original fable by Shou.  If they weren’t, then maybe this is just Fate playing out in its characteristically inexorable manner.  But then what is analogous to the tree, or the ashes?  If Himari is the lamb, she can’t also be the tree, if Kanba is another lamb he can’t also be Mary, and if Himari isn’t the tree and Kanba isn’t Mary then hot naked incest kisses can’t be the ashes.  The story just doesn’t add up.  Well, maybe they’ll explain it to us next episode, ahahahahahaha.


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