So, it turns out that the Takakura family isn’t really a family at all. But does that take away from the relationship these young people have created over the years?
I was quite surprised to see how quickly the remnants of the Takakura family disintergrated. After Kanba, Shouma and Himari were quick to disolve the bond they shared since their meeting in childhood. It all seemed very unreal, especially how Himari and Shouma were so quick to say goodbye despite the past they share. They might not be real siblings but this certianly felt like I was watching a family tear itself apart.
This whole ‘save Kanba’ thing doesn’t bode to well for Himari. I’ve got the feeling that she’s probably not going to make it out of this show alive. Out of all the characters she seems like the one person who wouldn’t mind dying and yet Kanba is trying to save her from a fate that she doesn’t particularly mind fulfilling. That then forces Himari to save Kanba from doing something he won’t be proud of. He might save Himari, but at what cost? If you think about it, if she does die in the end then we could have essentially cut the show at episode one.
Of course that would have been stupid, because for Mawaru Penguindrum it’s more about the journey than the destination. In episode one the audience didn’t know Himari enough to care that she had died, right? And even though she died twice, her third death (if it does indeed happen) should carry the most emotional impact because we have grown to know the kind of person she really is. I personally don’t want her die just because she’s the character I feel for the most but I don’t know if the show could pull off a complete happy ending. It just wouldn’t feel right, based on all the things we’ve seen so far.
They’re building up the ending for Mawaru Penguindrum in an absolutely magnificent way. We know all the back stories, we know everyone’s motive, now all that’s left is the big bang.