I should have seen this coming. Having just read an article for my anthropology class, I should have seen the similarities and been able to guess what caused Yuri to feel that she was ugly. It’s scary to think that there are parents like this out in the world, who would use a child’s naiveté and absolute trust in them to their own advantage.
The article I read actually shared quite a few shocking similarities with this weeks episode of Mawaru Penguindrum. It told of a true account where a father took advantage of his young daughter after his wife died of a disease. He told his daughter that if she did not want to contract her mother’s disease she would have to undergo special treatment that would stimulate her immune system. What was this treatment exactly? Well, it was sexual intercourse. The daughter, only having the father to look up to while at the same being emotionally distraught after the death of her mother, believed her father without a doubt and as a result the ‘treatment’ began the following day. It was only until some ten years later, following an abortion and several other problems, that a school therapist asked her what was wrong. She stated that she couldn’t be separate from her father otherwise she ran the risk of contracting her mother’s disease. The therapist immediately recognized what was wrong and contacted child services. The father was then sentenced to prison, but the damage was already done.
Yuri essentially goes though the same exact circumstances. Yes, Yuri’s father could have meant that by making her beautiful meant changing her sex, but what immediately came to mind to me, was that her father was sexually assaulting her. She doesn’t speak out because she believes her father is doing what is right for her, but she doesn’t know any better, she’s too young to. A child looks up to their parents, they’re the first role models and the first friends a child has. Therefore, trusting in them is only natural.
Thank god Momoka was there for her. When I watched last weeks episode, I couldn’t begin to understand how a bunch of six-year-old could develop a deep enough bond that would last through childhood and into adulthood, but after seeing these results I understand.
The idea that Momoka’s diary can change someones fate makes sense, and it concludes that it is indeed the penguindrum (most likely). However, I do have one little nit to pick. If the bunny was going to die and Momoka changed its fate, why did it cost her only a cut? I guess this is just assuming that a life is a life despite whether it is human or not. After all, Yuri probably wouldn’t have died under her father’s care (probably is the key word in that sentence, I wouldn’t put anything past that man) but she would have suffered. The fact that it did cost more to save Yuri from her fate proves that her life is worth something.
Whatever happened to Takakura Himari?
This question has been plaguing me for a while. It seems as if she actually is only a plot device used to spring her two brother’s forward. I’d actually consider Momoka more of a main character than Himari. As a matter of fact, the only time she’s prominently featured in an episode (disregarding episode nine) is to further develop her brothers. Way back in episode four, I complained about the lack of screen time Himari had and eleven episodes later it doesn’t seem like that’s going to get better anytime soon.
You’d figure after her second death she’d get a bit more exposition, but nope. Her appearance has dwindled ever since. The creators might as well have just kept her dead. That would have at least explained her lack of screen time. I guess this is what comes from having such a diverse cast, but never would I have thought the least developed character would be the supposed heroine of the story. At the present time Ringo has taken that title, and even though she has grown on me that still doesn’t take away from the fact that besides possibly Sanetoshi, Himari (and subsequently the Princess of Crystal) is my favorite character.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I really hope we see more of her soon.