Mawaru Penguindrum 3

Shoma and Kanba still don’t quite believe Himari when she bursts into Survival Strategy mode, but when the panguin hat returns her to her dead state, they start believing pretty darn fast. And like last week, they do things they normally wouldn’t do for her sake: namely breaking into Ringo’s house to snoop around and then tail her again.

Meanwhile Ringo exhibits more of her mad ravings as she prepares curry for her unwitting future husband, Tabuki, who it turns out is only seven years older than her, and a friend of the family. This girl takes curry very seriously (I even had to make some after watching this). But her carefully crafted plan to woo him with food backfires when she is met at his door by his gorgeous, age-appropriate girlfriend. I must say at this point I felt pretty bad for Ringo, despite how scary crazy she can be…although Tabuki knocks on the door to his own house…that’s pretty nutty too! ;)

But what with the apple (ringo) imagery in the OP and ED, and Ringo’s fascination with “executing fate as it was written”, it’s pretty likely either she or her diary are the Penguin Drum. Or is that too obvious? Either way, on her way home she bumps into a cat, whom she sees as Tabuki’s girlfriend and yells at, which then bumps into Himari’s penguin. The two animals fight for the fish as Himari chases them, and they barrel back into Ringo. The pot of curry she’s carrying is sent flying and lands all over her face. Thus she and Himari meet. Now that’s fate!

Now that the thre siblings are properly acquainted with Ringo, it may be easier to coax the drum out of her, whatever it is. One interesting dynamic would be if Ringo knew the bros were in her apartment and were tailing her, and isn’t letting on for whatever reason. Whatever the case, discovering the drum will wait for another week. Not that I’m complaining; this gorgeous and hilarious series is as addictive as curry.


Rating: 4

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