This is War (Mawaru Penguindrum 11)

"I'm not handing over the diary. Even if I had to fight you for it to save Mario."

Them there are fightin’ words. I guess I wasn’t too far off when I said that this ‘acquire the diary’ thing is kind of like a race between the Natsume Family and the Takakura Family. However in both of these examples, the parents are not included. I wonder if that’s just a coincidence or if it was done that way on purpose. Perhaps they are given the penguin hats – and subsequently the penguins – because they don’t have the support of parental figures. These are siblings fighing to keep what’s left of their family alive, no matter what the cost.

What also interested me was the fact that Kanba specifically went to the Natsume household looking for a fight, to say the least, and yet he leaves the battlefield with nothing. I guess that shows Masako’s capabilities as a hunter and delegates Kanba to forever play the role of prey. However, she does say the the hunter and hunted need to be on equal footing for this ‘game’ to be entertaining, though at the moment, Kanba’s not really playing his role very well.

Has anyone heard of a short story called “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connel? If you’re unfamiliar with this story, it goes a little something like this: A man falls off his boat during a storm and ends up stranded on an unknown island in the Caribbean. There he meets a strange aristocrat. The aristocrat tells him that he has grown bored of hunting because it no longer provides him with a challenge, so he built up residence on this island so that he could capture shipwreck sailors and send them into the jungle to be his personal game (get it?).

Doesn’t it kind of remind you of Masako and Kanba’s particular predicament? Granted Masako’s not trying to hunt and kill Kanba in the same sense as the aristocrat, but the idea of a human being as prey, or a beast to be hunted, is the same. Now, the story doesn’t end so well for the aristocrat, so I wonder how Masako will fair once Kanba gets his act together. After all, the beast also chases the hunter.

Masako’s monologue about love was rather interesting to watch. She had me going for a bit that the ‘love’ she felt for Kanba meant nothing to her, until she asked her question. She could just be curious, but the question “how much do you love me?” seems more like a question one asks to reassure themselves that their feelings are reciprocated. If she cares at all about how much he loves her than doesn’t that take away the reliability from her previous statements on love? Her question also contradicts her following statement that it’s a ‘love that seeks naught return.’

Well, characters that contradict themselves are more interesting then ones who don’t.

It appears that Shoma isn’t aware of his feelings for Ringo yet. He’s currently in the ‘I don’t like her but I don’t hate her’ stage. Ringo on the other hand had sort of an epiphany this episode whether she wants to admit it or not. Thanks god she’s finally beginning to understand that the only person she should be is herself.

So gloriously creepy...

But what was really interesting was that final train scene. So apparently a lot of poeple here share the same birthday and all of them were saved by Momoka. I agree with those who are saying that Momoka saved both the Takakura’s mother, as well as her own mother, by possibly detering them from getting on the train that was a target of the Sarin Gas Attacks. Based upon the art direction, specifically in the scene above, I think it’s now safe to assume that 95 is referring to the 1995 gas attacks on Tokyo’s subway system. To think that one person could tie this many people together through one action. I’m beginning to wonder who this Momoka person is…

Lastly,

I'll never look at frogs the same way again.

About Nishimura

An anime enthusiast who finds time to blog when she has no time to spare.
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4 Responses to This is War (Mawaru Penguindrum 11)

  1. Justin says:

    Frogs have now become the scourge of this earth. I now fear them.

  2. Pingback: Notes of Mawaru Penguindrum Episode 11 | Organization Anti Social Geniuses

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