Mawaru Penguindrum 04: Skunks
This post will be short because the truth is I was extremely bored with this episode. I was so bored I spent the first third of it trying to recall what the 4th episode of Revolutionary Girl Utena was about, because I had a strong sense that by this point that show was intensely amazing (my memory’s awful so I couldn’t remember, but now that I checked it I can confirm that yes, Utena ep. 4 was building up some awesome intensity). Then I spent the middle third trying to slap myself for comparing this to Utena, instead of just seeing it in its own terms.
I didn’t yawn in the last third of the episode, though my mouth did remain open…in utter horror as the show insisted on referencing Utena and, to put it nicely, remembering love for that show in the most boring, uninventive ways. So I’m sorry if I keep mentioning Utena, but it’s not my fault, blame Mawaru Penguindrum itself.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that this episode was a disappointment to me. The “surprise” finale just added insult to injury, almost as if they knew it was bad and were desperately trying to shock me into watching the next episode and forget about this one. But come on, you can’t do this kind of ending twice so quickly!! Back in the second episode, you introduced Ringo and everything seemed nice and sweet and at the end we were shocked to see her under the teacher’s house. Wow, OK, we got it, she’s creepy and capable of anything. Good way to finish episode 2. But don’t just repeat the same thing here!! The first time is a great plot twist, the second time is just a gimmick. Come on.
I hope next episode is better.