Well this post is going to be a disappointment. Not the content or the lack thereof, mind you, but I had the most brilliant post idea and I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. So in lieu of that transcendental, life changing post that I’m sure would’ve garnered attention far and wide for how well written, poignant, and insightful it was, here’s a bit on the two huntresses that are making the Takakura brothers run in circles for their sick whims.
Ringo has undergone quite the change in the past few episodes. With what was once a character that wouldn’t let anybody stand in the way between her and the man that she pined after, Penguindrum quickly began to put her back on her rails after the incident with Shouma. While not the most subtle or transitory of changes by any means, she still does have a bit of that old psycho in her that we all know and love so much. Well, at least I love it.
If Ringo is pushing her way out of depravity an episode at a time, then the polar opposite Masako is descending at an ever-escalating pace into the depths of deception and ambiguous ethics. She seems to be after Ringo’s diary as well, for the sake of another person seemingly possessed by the same entity that Himari is.
Contrasting with the nervous, high-strung Ringo, Masako is cool and calculated, while also possessing a sadistic streak embodied by the only black penguin in the show that isn’t worn on the head, who seems to take after her. While Ringo is only doing what she is in order to grant her sister’s wish in a bizarre plan to take over her former life, Masako is going one step beyond in a deliberate effort to toy with Kanba. She even makes deliberate comparisons to hunting game, accompanied by colorful background images of elephants being killed and her overly flirtatious penguin breaking through Kanbenguin’s armor.
One thing separates Ringo from her past self, and proves that there’s still hope for the girl to live a normal, non stalker-ish life: Guilt. Before Shouma’s accident, she was still in full on crazy mode, doing whatever possible to seduce Tabuki and lead him away from the somewhat strange Yuri. After this episode, she finally had the chance, even getting Tabuki to accept her love through means of witchcraft (Again with the frog byproducts)… but she doesn’t take it. It’s here that her doubt is really brought to light, compounded by the increasingly fed up Shouma who she may or may not (According to Yuri, it’s a definite ‘may’) be falling for.
In the end, both Ringo and Masako have vastly different, yet equally unhealthy interpretations of their ideal relationships that match perfectly with their personalities and interpretations of the best ways to seek Project M. The misled Ringo seeks Tabuki for the sake of easing her guilt complex regarding her sister’s death, not caring for his happiness as long as she ends up granting Aoi’s wish. And Masako’s apparently just a manipulative bitch who uses that one asset to attain it.
Unfortunately, I think that’s all I can say on the matter. This week’s episode was thoroughly enjoyable, and just as baffling, if thought provoking as prior fare. It never ceased to entertain while still laying red herrings everywhere for the audience to follow, developing the characters as the events spiral further and further out of control. It’s doing well so far, and that twist at the end of this episode only solidified that. Since I can’t wring another paragraph or two of writing out of this, I won’t spoil for the sake of spoiling, but it was quite the cliffhanger.