A Window into the Soul (Mawaru Penguindrum 19)

My new wallpaper. Lily Hoshino rocks!

I guess I never really noticed it until now, but Mawaru Penguindrum really loves its close-ups. In this episode alone, Himari by herself has more than ten, but that’s probably all for a reason. What is the reason? Well, to foreshadow the ending revelation of course.

I’ve always wondered why I had trouble remembering Himari’s eye color. After all, it’s not very often we see someone with purple eyes (well, in real life anyway). But when compared to her brothers, her eyes are very dim in vibrancy. Actually, all things considered, if the people in Mawaru penguindrum were looking for variety, they certainly missed the train since two other characters also share Himari’s eye color (though they all vary in shade). I think they particularly wanted us to realize the differences between the ‘siblings’ of the Takakura family and thanks to several large hints, I finally got it.

I loved how in all of these pictures, there wasn’t one that all three siblings had their eyes open. It could mean nothing but I found it rather interesting on a visual level. There is one where Shouma and Himari are looking at the camera but Kanba’s off in the background with little dots as eyes. It’s like they didn’t want us to compare the three of them together.

What I’m trying to get at, if you haven’t already noticed, is that Kanba and Shouma share an eye color, while Himari is the odd one out. Yes, it could merely be a coincidence, after all their mother is one of the two who shares Himari’s eye color (The other being Yuri, which is quite interesting actually) but it kind of forshadowed the fact that they weren’t related by blood.

Looking back on all the characters it looks as if they were put into groups based upon the color of their eyes. The brother’s share a color, Masako and her brother share a color, the mysterious three share a color (Momoka, Sanetoshi, and The Princess of Crystal. Is that a coincidence? I think not), and then there’s Himari, her mother, and Yuri. The oddballs are Tabuki (Though he comes oddly close to Masako and Mario) and Ringo.


Epic showdown is epic. I was wondering whether or not these two would ever meet. I wonder what Masako feels Himari stole from her. It couldn’t just be Kanba, it feels as if she believes Himari stole her place in life, a place within the family. I’m still a bit iffy on whether or not she’s related to Kanba but it certainly seemed like that was what she was hinting.

Now, as for Shouma’s role in all this, my guess is as good as yours. How does one find themselves in the child broiler to begin with? It appears its only for those who believe that they have no worth. In fact in this episode and the last, the conveyor belt doesn’t start moving until the characters explicitly state that they aren’t worth anything. I wonder if, based on the fact that there are two fans on the outside of building across the playground, if that’s where the child broiler use to be, if it was a real place at all. Well, with one question answered two more pop up in its place. Thank you, Mawaru Penguindrum, you never cease to bore me.

(On a side note, yay! a Himari episode!)

About Nishimura

An anime enthusiast who finds time to blog when she has no time to spare.
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4 Responses to A Window into the Soul (Mawaru Penguindrum 19)

  1. Justin says:

    Remember when you asked for more Himari? Oops. You got more Himari. And you got her in spades!

    But thanks. You’ve now made me wonder how I missed the eye color thing in the first place. Geez, there’s too much to look at with this series O.o

  2. Nishimura says:

    It’s still not enough! There are still some questions the demand answers!

    You know what’ll be fun? Re-watching this series once everythings been said and done. Just imagine all the stuff we’ve missed.

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