I saw a fox by the rabbit hole
You saw a prince from a fairy tale
He promised that he’d watch over you
Turned out to be the fox we all knew
If I ever had the tools to make an amv, this is the song I would use for Mawaru PenguinDrum (though it might fit Revolutionary Girl Utena better). Anyways,
Episode three was a bit of a mixed bag, though I ended up finding more things I liked than not. When The episode started and we were treated to Ringo’s monologue about Curry and how it needed to be eaten with one who you loved, I rolled my eyes, a lasting side effect from last seasons’ show, Denpa Onna. Nearly all the female characters in that show irritated me in some way, particular Ryuuko, and since my first impression of Ringo reminded me of her, she was automatically on my bad side. Thankfully, the background information we were given in this episode saved her from the flames of my wrath (dun dun duuuunnn).
On to better and brighter things, Himari at least had more screen time this episode than the last. I was beginning to worry that she would be put in the background while we watched Sho and Kanba try to find the Penguin Drum. It was interesting to see how they reacted to, uhhh, lets call her Mistress Penguin, treating her as if she was actually just Himari playing a joke. I would of thought that seeing your sister rise back from the dead would be enough proof that something wasn’t quite right. What was particularly interesting, which was brought to my attention by ajthefourth & vucubcaquix, was the dismissive treatment the brothers aimed at Himari. They state that she can’t possibly try to be normal if she keeps playing with these illusions. Now that particular wording could just mean that the brothers are specifically speaking of the past two times Himari, or Mistress Penguin, has initiated Survival Strategy, (which is probably how its meant to be taken, I just like to think too much) or she’s actually had illusions before, or some other type of abnormality. Though they’re ones to talk, since they’re the ones sending invisible penguins on search and destroy missions, and at least one of them loves their sister just a but too much.
On the other hand, we were finally treated to the scene featured in the fifth commercial and in context it makes so much more sense.
As I mentioned in my last post about Mawaru Penguindrum, I wanted to talk about the various references to Fairy tales that took place in the first two episodes. Here we go…
- The Cinderella reference in Episode two, where one of Ringo’s friends loses her shoe, only to found by our ‘princes’.
- The overarching theme of the apple, the same fruit that took down Snow White, a book Himari apparently possesses.
- The entering of a different world during Survival Strategy can be related to Alice in Wonderland, also a book Himari owns. In my opinion, Mistress Penguin would be the Mad Hatter.
- The idea of a ‘sleeping princess’ and their prince found in both Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, which I will talk in further detail below.
In Episode one alone Himari is seen sleeping twice, three if you count when she was dead. Now, the person who is in charge of waking the princess falls on the prince, thus making Kanba the prince in a sense. I found this particularly interesting because when you relate this to Ikuhara’s other show, Revolutionary Girl Utena, we have a similar dynamic between Anthy and Akio/Dios. They’re both brothers and sisters that are involved in an incestuous relationship (unbeknownst to Himari though) where the brother is considered the sister’s prince. Though in the Revolutionary Girl Utena universe, the only person Dios can’t be a prince for is his sister. In Mawaru Penguindrum however its quite the opposite. It’s quite easy to see that Kanba considers himself, for lack of a better word, Himari’s Prince, willing to do whatever it takes to save her.