Mawaru Penguindrum 06: Notes
I enjoyed this episode about 3,000 times more than the last one. What’s 3,000 x 0? Oops, OK, better make it an addition: 0 + 3,000 = 3,000. Good.
For one thing, the show is finally steering itself toward an insect-friendly environment. Here:
The absence of an antapocalypse in this scene is cause for joy.
I didn’t particularly like Ringo’s crazed/lustful moaning at the beginning of the episode. I get what she’s trying to do, but I wish Ringo had studied Panty & Stocking first, especially episode 12. Scanty and Kneesock know how to do it properly:
My favorite scene, visually speaking, was Kanba’s meeting with his two exes. The locale is ideal for a first-person shooting game, and Masako’s the one doing all the playing. The green in the background is very, very striking. So fittingly Masako strikes a pose and does her thing.
The darkness seems to obscure a potential exposure. But two scenes later things clear up and:
We realize there was never risk of exposure, and yet the hint of its possibility along with its subsequent denial is to me some sort of twisted fanservice in it of itself.
The rest of the episode was not so hot. The plot seems to revolve around rehabilitating Ringo’s image from super stalker to victim of circumstance. What’s next? Are we going to learn that Ringo bumped her head when she was a baby, but her Mom refused to pay for the required brain surgery because she didn’t want to touch the special bank account saved up for Momoko’s annual memorial rites, and now Ringo is mentally unhinged as a result? Please. Also, there’s a point at which the “let’s link everything to everything else” impulse in fiction writing does more harm than good. You need some space, and you need some loose ends for a good story…
About the diary, well, speculation is pretty much useless. I’ll hold out for more information. However, I do not believe that was a Death Note on her desk. I’m assuming people think the notebook says “Deth Note” (which indeed would be a reference, as the misspelling is common and one wants to prevent lawsuits, plus I’m aware the font does look like the Death Note font). But look closely:
You can see very clearly a dot on the letter before the (presumed) E, that can in no way form part of a D. Thus, the word is not Deth. And if it’s not Deth then there’s a distinct possibility what we think is an E is actually an F (since both of these letters’ upper halves look the same) and that the word is somewhat longer to begin with. So what could this be?
Meth Note – a record of Ringo’s activities/thoughts while under the influence of methamphetamines.
Seth Note – instructions for the gnostic elect [here] which Ringo believes she belongs to.
Fifth Note – The fifth in a set of six notebooks for regular school classes.
Twelfth Note – The last in a set of six notebooks for cram school classes (to match with the regular set).
I favor the first option, among other reasons because it would explain Ringo’s collapse on top of Shouma as a meth crash.