Yurikuma Arashi 4 and Mawaru Penguindrum 5 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

How to participate in the liveblog chat:  Option 1: Whenever you watch the episode, comment on this post as you watch with whatever responses you feel like posting! Option 2: Go to http://webchat.freenode.net/. Enter a nickname, then for the Channels field enter ##rabbitcube, and finally fill in the Captcha and hit Connect! We’ll be watching Yurikuma and commenting there starting at 2:00 p.m. EST. We will then be watching Mawaru Penguindrum at 2:30.

I will update with the chatlog after the chat.

ETA: Chatlog below the cut!

Yurikuma

01[14:03] <Froborr> Different bear?
[14:03] <Arrlaari> Lulu is the not-leader bear
[14:03] <Arrlaari> From the pair of main bears.
[14:03] <Sylocat> Is the opening monologue different? I know the graphics are
01[14:04] <Froborr> Oh, is this a Lulu-focused episode?
[14:04] <Sylocat> Give up on love OR give up on kisses? How does that work?
01[14:05] <Froborr> Romantic asexuals are a thing.
[14:05] <Arrlaari> ad
01[14:05] <Froborr> Alternatively, she was being offered a choice between giving up on the love she can’t have or forever loving her from afar.
01[14:06] <Froborr> Which seems plausible as Lulu clearly is quite devoted to Ginko, but Ginko is only interested in devouring Kureha.
01[14:06] <Froborr> (Did I get names right? Have I finally learned characters’ names!?)
[14:06] <Arrlaari> Yeah, those are the names of the characters you’re talking about
[14:07] <Sylocat> And how does Yurizono fit into all this again? Lulu and Ringo don’t like her, IIRC
01[14:08] <Froborr> I think she’s a bear who infiltrated before them, and is competition?
01[14:08] <Froborr> *isn’t sure*
[14:08] <Sylocat> At first I thought it was a “No one eats Kureha but us” thing, but at the end of the last episode they seemed to actually care about her
[14:08] <Arrlaari> Two, Yurizono and the one whose name I forget, Yurizono shot her when she tried to eat Kureha
[14:09] <Arrlaari> ad over, paused
[14:09] <Sylocat> Same here, now
[14:10] <Arrlaari> The one whose name I forgot repeatedly said “gesu” so I think of her as Gesu Girl
01[14:11] <Froborr> Are we continuing?
[14:11] <Sylocat> Ready?
[14:11] <Arrlaari> I’m ready
01[14:11] <Froborr> Yeah, I don’t have ads, so it’s just the two of you.
[14:11] <Sylocat> Oh right, you don’t have ads… I forgot
[14:11] <Sylocat> Okay… click
[14:11] <Sylocat> So the judges are in bear form now
[14:11] <Sylocat> …The hell?
01[14:12] <Froborr> Shit, I think I just figured something out about the court.
[14:12] <Sylocat> Which is?
[14:13] <Sylocat> I reiterate… the hell?
01[14:13] <Froborr> The prosecution is Cool. We’re talking abotu middle schoolers. Cool = Social Acceptability.
[14:13] <Sylocat> Ah… good point
01[14:13] <Froborr> This court is a direct parallel to the Invisible Storm.
[14:14] <Sylocat> …?
01[14:15] <Froborr> Life Sexy’s singing is the funniest thing in this show so far.
[14:15] <Sylocat> Is this one of Ikuhara’s “backstory fable that is as true as everything else in the show, IE, fictional but meaningful” like he did all the time in Utena?
01[14:15] <Froborr> I dunno, so far it just seems like straightforward backstory.
[14:15] <Arrlaari> ad
[14:16] <Sylocat> Huh… for some reason the ad didn’t play for me
[14:16] <Sylocat> I’m paused at 7:40 in
[14:16] <Arrlaari> In Utena there was an unsurreal facade over the surreal goings on, in this show there’s no facade, surrealism is just the way things are.
01[14:17] <Froborr> So yeah, the Invisible Storm judges and excludes girls who don’t fit in–who don’t meet the standards of what’s cool. The Court of Severance seems to do the same for bears.
[14:17] <Sylocat> Is there some lingo in Japan where “bear-ishness” is the equivalent of “cattinesss” over here? That would make the allegory make a whole lot more sense
[14:18] <Arrlaari> ad over, paused
[14:18] <Arrlaari> Before we resume
01[14:18] <Froborr> I have a theory on why bears, but it’s only half-formed.
[14:18] <Sylocat> Alright… Arlaari, what time are you paused at?
[14:18] <Arrlaari> I’d like to point out that royal succession often did lead to intense interfamily rivalry and even warfare
[14:18] <Arrlaari> 7:29
01[14:19] <Froborr> Has to do with the difference between how cartoon bears are depicted from how people react to real life bears.
01[14:19] <Froborr> And paralleling that with super-cutesy yuri-anime vs. social rejection of actual lesbians.
[14:19] <Sylocat> Okay… I’ve backtracked to 7:29… everyone ready?
01[14:19] <Froborr> Yep.
[14:19] <Sylocat> Click
[14:19] <Sylocat> That does make sense, Froborr…
[14:20] <Sylocat> Did Lulu’s little brother grow up to be one of the court officials?
01[14:20] <Froborr> He DOES look a bit like Life Cute.
[14:20] <Sylocat> Oh… she got rid of him?
01[14:21] <Froborr> Okay, that’s definitely a callback to Nanami and the cat.
[14:21] <Sylocat> Yikes
[14:21] <Sylocat> But of course he’s not going to go down that easily
[14:22] <Sylocat> Oh… and he didn’t even realize she’d tried to get rid of him?
[14:22] <Sylocat> Is this yet more incest subtext?
01[14:22] <Froborr> I hope not. He’s young enough that *probably* not, it’s just affection he’s after.
[14:23] <Sylocat> A giant ant lion. That’s… in keeping with this series
[14:23] <Sylocat> How many times did she try this?
01[14:23] <Froborr> MIRUN IS INDESTRUCTIBLE
01[14:24] <Froborr> Or… not.
[14:24] <Sylocat> They should have named him Ludwig
[14:24] <Sylocat> Wait, WHAT?
01[14:24] <Froborr> Not where I expected this to go.
[14:25] <Arrlaari> ad
[14:25] <Sylocat> …Did she kill him, or was it really just an accident that solved her problem for her (or so she thought, presumably)
[14:25] <Sylocat> This time, I have the ad too
[14:25] <Sylocat> Oh… ad over already. I wonder why Hulu is being so polite for once
[14:27] <Arrlaari> When Hulu can’t sell ads they don’t just fill the quota by repeating their own, I guess
[14:27] <Sylocat> Well… that’s nice of them
[14:27] <Arrlaari> They were able to sell ad time to quite a few advertisers in my market
[14:28] <Arrlaari> ad over
[14:29] <Arrlaari> ready to resume?
[14:29] <Arrlaari> Hm. That might be a router reset.
[14:29] <Arrlaari> Uh, Froborr, are you there?
01[14:30] <Froborr> Yep.
[14:30] <Arrlaari> I guessed it.
[14:30] <Sylocat_> Okay… everyone ready?
[14:30] <Arrlaari> I am.
[14:30] <Sylocat_> Click
[14:31] <Sylocat_> Ah yes… last time, I was surprised that Kureha didn’t know that bears could disguise themselves as human
[14:31] <Sylocat_> Does she know these two are bears?
01[14:32] <Froborr> I don’t think she does.
[14:32] <Sylocat_> Hmm…
03[14:32] * Sylocat_ is now known as Sylocat
[14:32] <Arrlaari> Yurizono told her, but her accusation is not credible in light of her turning out to have been a bear
[14:33] <Sylocat> “Playbears.” I love it
[14:33] <Sylocat> Ah, so the court hates her because she rejected all of them
[14:34] <Sylocat> Did we get an explanation for what’s up with the glowing red bee?
01[14:34] <Froborr> I think it’s just emblematic of her defenses.
[14:34] <Sylocat> Wait… I thought they saw his body in the courtyard
[14:35] <Sylocat> Awww
[14:35] <Sylocat> Oh… this is a dream? Out of guilt?
[14:35] <Sylocat> And this is where she met Ringo?
[14:35] <Sylocat> Yeah, it’s Ringo
01[14:35] <Froborr> I think you mean Ginko.
[14:35] <Sylocat> Right… sorry
[14:35] <Sylocat> Ringo’s the stalker in the other show
01[14:35] <Froborr> Ringo is the stalker in Penguindrum.
01[14:35] <Froborr> yep
[14:36] <Sylocat> Great minds, fools, etc
[14:36] <Sylocat> Oh…
[14:36] <Sylocat> But this is Ginko returning the honey?
01[14:36] <Froborr> Shit, it just stalled.
[14:37] <Sylocat> Uh oh
[14:37] <Arrlaari> paused at 19:07
01[14:37] <Froborr> Stalled out immediately after the line “I hated you from the beginning, and I must have loved you from the beginning too.”
[14:37] <Sylocat> Ah…
01[14:37] <Froborr> Pause to buffer? Sorry.
[14:38] <Sylocat> Sure
[14:38] <Sylocat> I’ll pause at exactly 19:00
01[14:40] <Froborr> Okay, it’s not buffering.
01[14:40] <Froborr> Going to refresh the page, see if tht fixes it.
[14:40] <Sylocat> Dang… need to reload the page or something?
[14:41] <Sylocat> Ah… great minds yet again
01[14:41] <Froborr> Okay, seems to be working fine now.
01[14:42] <Froborr> I’m paused at 19:00
[14:42] <Sylocat> Okay…
[14:42] <Sylocat> Click
[14:42] <Sylocat> Aww…
[14:43] <Sylocat> From “her?” Who’s her?
[14:43] <Sylocat> Ginko had another love?
01[14:43] <Froborr> Wait, Ginko and Kureha have a promise?
01[14:43] <Froborr> Or…?
[14:44] <Sylocat> It has to be Kureha. Who else could it be?
[14:45] <Sylocat> It wouldn’t be a character we haven’t met yet
[14:46] <Sylocat> Yep, it’s Kureha
[14:46] <Sylocat> Wow
[14:48] <Sylocat> So… there’s a backstory there
01[14:49] <Froborr> Yep.
01[14:49] <Froborr> That was a definite backstory episode.
01[14:49] <Froborr> Thought it’s also possible that Ginko’s promise was with Kureha’s mom.
[14:49] <Sylocat> Next we learn how Ginko got the Promise Kiss from either Kureha or Kureha’s mom
[14:49] <Sylocat> (the latter of which would make things awkward, but oh well)
[14:49] <Arrlaari> I wonder if either of you noticed that Ginko had a pendant just like the one Kureha’s mother wears in the photograph before the camera points it out at the end of this episode
01[14:50] <Froborr> Nope.
[14:50] <Sylocat> Yeah, that’s why we’re assuming it’s Kureha (or Kureha’s mom)
[14:50] <Sylocat> Oh… I noticed that
01[14:50] <Froborr> Didn’t notice until the epiosde pointed it out.
[14:50] <Sylocat> Oh, you mean… notice it before then?
[14:51] <Sylocat> Sorry… did we actually see it in the photograph before then?
[14:51] <Arrlaari> Yeah. Ginko has been wearing it since her first appearance, and we’ve seen the photograph several times, including in a scene where the teacher speaks about Kureha’s mother
[14:52] <Sylocat> Huh

Penguindrum

[14:55] <Sylocat> Anyway… I’ve preloaded and paused Penguindrum
[14:55] <Sylocat> (yay alliteration)
[14:56] <Sylocat> Did I get disconnected again?
01[14:56] <Froborr> Nope.
[14:56] <Sylocat> It says I’m still on
01[14:56] <Froborr> I’m also preloaded and paused.
[14:57] <Arrlaari> preloading
[14:57] <Sylocat> Okay… start on the hour?
[14:57] <Sylocat> (or sooner works too)
[14:58] <Arrlaari> paused after initial ad
[14:58] <Sylocat> Okay…
[14:59] <Arrlaari> Kanba is red brother, right?
[14:59] <Arrlaari> And blue brother is Shou?
01[14:59] <Froborr> Blue brother is Shou.
01[14:59] <Froborr> Dunno about red, Kanba sounds about right though.
[15:00] <Sylocat> Click
[15:00] <Sylocat> Another flashback episode
[15:00] <Sylocat> Gee, dad seems nice
[15:02] <Sylocat> We still haven’t met the pink-haired person in the white coat, right?
[15:02] <Arrlaari> ad
[15:02] <Arrlaari> post credits
[15:02] <Sylocat> Same here
[15:05] <Sylocat> 15 seconds left on mine
[15:05] <Arrlaari> ad finished here
[15:05] <Sylocat> Paused
[15:05] <Sylocat> Okay…
[15:05] <Sylocat> Click
[15:05] <Sylocat> Is the doctor evil? He has an evil voice
[15:06] <Sylocat> Evil glasses too
01[15:07] <Froborr> Oh, for a second I thought he was just humoring Shou, but he thinks he’s joking.
[15:07] <Sylocat> Oh… he’s just a jerk
01[15:07] <Froborr> Oh, long-dark-haired girl isn’t dead.
[15:07] <Sylocat> Wait… who are these two?
01[15:07] <Froborr> They’re from Kanba’s League of Probably Not Evil Exes.
[15:07] <Sylocat> Ah, right
[15:07] <Sylocat> And one of them got pushed down an escalator?
01[15:08] <Froborr> Yeah, darkhaired one.
[15:08] <Sylocat> What in the name of…
01[15:08] <Froborr> …Why does redhead have a slingshot wiht a laser sight?
[15:08] <Sylocat> So only one of the Exes is evil
01[15:09] <Froborr> Ah, their uncle wants to sell their house?
01[15:09] <Froborr> Wait, their parents aren’t dead?
[15:09] <Sylocat> A new subplot
01[15:10] <Froborr> Yeah, I was warned going in that this series has a METRIC FUCKTON of subplots.
[15:10] <Sylocat> Who’s she having lunch with?
01[15:10] <Froborr> Her father I believe.
01[15:10] <Froborr> Her parents are divorced, right?
[15:10] <Sylocat> Ah… and her crush on Tabuki is because of repressed daddy issues?
[15:11] <Sylocat> Eww… that facial hair does not work on an anime character
01[15:11] <Froborr> Probably.
[15:12] <Sylocat> *sigh*
[15:12] <Sylocat> What are Mont Blancs?
01[15:12] <Froborr> I dunno, I feel like the Ringo subplot has crossed over from cringe comedy into tragic villain territory.
[15:12] <Sylocat> They’re like a pastry, I think
01[15:12] <Froborr> It’s defniitely getting sinister.
[15:12] <Arrlaari> ad
[15:12] <Sylocat> Ad here as well
[15:13] <Sylocat> And, though that conversation in the last episode may have been one of Ringo’s fantasies, I think Yuri actually does know about her
[15:13] <Arrlaari> The last episode may have been farce, but the way her interest in him was introduced framed it as sinister
01[15:13] <Froborr> A Mont Blanc is a sweetened puree of chestnuts topped with wipped cream.
[15:13] <Arrlaari> I didn’t read that conversation as fantasy, because it wasn’t framed in paper cutouts
01[15:14] <Froborr> Althouhg apparently in Japan it can have other seasonings mixed in, or sometimes be made of something other than chestnuts.
[15:15] <Sylocat> I should learn to make that
[15:15] <Arrlaari> ad over, paused
[15:15] <Sylocat> Almost done with mine
[15:16] <Sylocat> Okay…
[15:16] <Sylocat> Click
[15:16] <Sylocat> What in the name of…
[15:16] <Sylocat> What happened?
[15:16] <Sylocat> Where did that mirror or window or whatever come from?
01[15:17] <Froborr> It was a pretty heavy storm. Could’ve been a lamp?
[15:17] <Arrlaari> A storm can pick up a lot of stuff in the wind
01[15:17] <Froborr> Is Kanba a smuggler now? Or getting involved with yakuza?
[15:18] <Sylocat> Is she saying “Guriguriguriguri” like the bears in Yurikuma do when they’re frustrated?
01[15:18] <Froborr> I really like the friendship between the two girls.
01[15:18] <Froborr> And yes, I think she is.
01[15:20] <Froborr> Is she drawing Ringo into the train thing now?
01[15:21] <Froborr> Hey, wait, was last epiosde the first one without the trainsformation sequence?
[15:21] <Arrlaari> I forget, it may have been
[15:22] <Sylocat_> *sigh*
01[15:22] <Froborr> Paused.
01[15:22] <Froborr> What was the last you saw, Sylo?
[15:22] <Sylocat_> Paused where?
01[15:22] <Froborr> 16:09 for me.
[15:22] <Arrlaari> I’m at 9:09
[15:22] <Arrlaari> wait, that was inverted
[15:22] <Arrlaari> 16:14
[15:24] <Sylocat_> *sigh* I’m at 13:35, when Ringo’s just said “It’s a diary of my destiny.” I’ll skip a head
[15:24] <Arrlaari> don’t skip, you can watch
[15:24] <Sylocat_> Oh… he’s actually telling her about the hat?
[15:25] <Sylocat_> What’s with all the subway imagery in this series?
01[15:25] <Froborr> Related to the Night on the Galactic Railway ref in the first episode, maybe?
[15:26] <Sylocat_> Ouch… a sow?
[15:26] <Arrlaari> Hat Alien is Judging You
[15:26] <Arrlaari> Hat Alien speaks really dismissively to the brothers, as well
[15:27] <Sylocat_> Whoa
[15:27] <Sylocat_> Ringo ain’t putting up with this
[15:27] <Arrlaari> We’re still paused
[15:27] <Arrlaari> I’m at “This is all a joke”
[15:27] <Sylocat_> Oh right… 16:14?
[15:28] <Arrlaari> that was where I stopped, yes
[15:28] <Sylocat_> Oka.y.. skipping back to then
[15:28] <Sylocat_> Ready?
[15:28] <Arrlaari> Visible on this frame: A transluscent bear head
[15:28] <Sylocat_> Click
[15:28] <Arrlaari> Looks like the bear iconography in Yurikuma. There’s a penguin head to the right of it
01[15:29] <Froborr> Whoa. Ringo is taking none of this shit.
[15:29] <Sylocat_> Oh dear…
01[15:29] <Froborr> lol, Good-Bye truck.
[15:29] <Sylocat_> It landed on a truck
[15:30] <Sylocat_> Uh oh
[15:30] <Arrlaari> ad
[15:30] <Sylocat_> Ad
[15:32] <Arrlaari> paaused after ad
[15:32] <Sylocat_> Ad over, paused
[15:32] <Sylocat_> Oh. Uh… click
[15:33] <Sylocat_> Ah, he has a bicycle
01[15:33] <Froborr> Did Kanba pull a bicycle from under his coat?
01[15:33] <Froborr> That’s a pretty neat trick.
[15:33] <Arrlaari> He might have stolen it from the street
[15:33] <Sylocat_> He’s like Bill, from The Red Green Show
[15:33] <Sylocat_> Or Harpo Marx
01[15:34] <Froborr> Penguin saves the day!
[15:34] <Arrlaari> This is likely to cause an accident
[15:34] <Sylocat_> The Penguin has one of those extenda-grabber things?
01[15:34] <Froborr> Or gets Kanba killed by roadhauling, whichever.
[15:34] <Arrlaari> I suspect the people who made this show aren’t aware that being dragged like this is fatal
01[15:35] <Froborr> Aren’t aware/don’t care
01[15:35] <Froborr> I mean, we DID just see a man pull a bicycle out of his coat.
[15:35] <Sylocat_> It’s anime, I think we’re just supposed to go with it
[15:35] <Sylocat_> Also, hats don’t possess people with penguin-themed alien life forms
[15:36] <Sylocat_> Oh… they don’t have to put it on her head?
01[15:36] <Froborr> And yet another subplot: where the hell is Kanba getting money from?
[15:37] <Sylocat_> Ahaha… the penguin gets a body cast
[15:37] <Arrlaari> There’s definitely nothing fishy about this money I just got
[15:37] <Sylocat_> Yeah, I agree that Kanba’s probably mixed up with the Yakuza or something
[15:37] <Arrlaari> On short notice and under emotional pressure. It’s totally legit money.
01[15:38] <Froborr> Note the envelope had the same penguin logo.
[15:38] <Arrlaari> I like that Shou decided to just tell people about the alien hat, and that it worked out
01[15:38] <Froborr> I think it’s significant that the money envelope and his dad’s jacket both had it.
[15:38] <Sylocat_> Yeah… and I like that Ringo stood up to the thing
01[15:38] <Froborr> And yeah, I like the short-circuiting of the secrets.
01[15:38] <Froborr> And I really liked Ringo kicking its ass!
[15:38] <Sylocat_> This was way better than the last couple episodes
01[15:39] <Froborr> I actually realy liked last episode, but yeah, this was great.
[15:39] <Arrlaari> As rude and arrogant as the hat is, it’s basically right about Ringo being an awful stalker
[15:40] <Sylocat_> I’m curious about how Ringo’s going to process that information; we didn’t really see her react after she tossed the hat away
01[15:43] <Froborr> I suspect she’ll probably find a way to reject it as just part of the alien being mean.
[15:43] <Sylocat_> Well, sure
[15:44] <Sylocat_> Which raises the question of whether she’ll be more or less inclined to turn over the diary
[15:44] <Arrlaari> Speaking of the alien, since Ringo cares about Himari not dying, I’m guessing she’ll let the jerk hat look at her future diary and it’ll turn out not to be the Penguindrum, and Alien Hat will demand that Ringo participate in the ongoing search
01[15:45] <Froborr> Seems quite plausible.
[15:48] <Sylocat_> I must be off… there’s a belated cast party for Merchant of Venice this evening
[15:48] <Arrlaari> So, the ex-girlfriends’ union subplot. Last episode I compared the sleeve worn by the hand that pushed her to Ringo’s and saw that it was different from what Ringo wore that episode
01[15:48] <Froborr> All right, later!
01[15:48] <Froborr> Yes, I saw that.
[15:49] <Arrlaari> I haven’t checked again, but I’m guessing that if I did, that sleeve would match the shirt Ms. “This must be crushed immediately” is wearing in this episode.
01[15:50] <Froborr> Hmm, probably.

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  1. So, between an anime con over the holiday weekend (there was a Madoka panel that, oddly enough, touched on some of the Buddhist references, but none of the Faust ones (I did recommend a certain book to the panelist)), and then extra hours because a coworker got sick, I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to watch stuff that requires note-taking. Hence, lateness. At least I got them done before Saturday.

    BEARSTORM

    00:11 This looks like a baby bear
    00:27 It’s Lulu before she gets her bearmaid outfit. Also: “Do you give up your love or your kiss?” Is this related to the “promised kiss” mentioned in an earlier episode? Last time, Lulu did say she had lost her love, but that Ginko had found it again. Is this all backstory then?
    00:45 So Lulu followed Ginko, who crossed the species divide first.
    02:35 Neat, the Judge Mans have bear forms too.
    02:59 Life Sexy is posing in some… interesting ways.
    03:14 Cool does not like being in bear form.
    03:32 “The Princess who Gave Up Her Kiss”. Ginko wears a crown in bear and bear/human hybrid form.
    03:49 Wasn’t the species divide built because bears started eating (or “eating”) humans because an asteroid exploded? Was there a time when sentient bears shared the planet with humans? Or is it, as has been said, that bears and humans are actually the same thing?
    03:57 Sexy is talking about the princess, who is in the background out of focus, while a bug (wasp? bee? hornet? I am bad at insects) flies in front of the camera.
    04:07 Huh, Lulu was a princess and heir apparent to the bear kingdom throne. Given what happened in the pre-credits, maybe she’s the princess who gave up her kiss.
    04:30 I feel that this much praise heaped upon a 4-year-old will not end well.
    04:40 And the bug is back. I’m making an executive decision here and calling it a hornet, because Japanese giant hornets are terrifying ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_giant_hornet )
    04:47 “So very blessed” say the maids as they back away from the hornet orbiting Lulu’s head.
    04:48 Not that it matters, but Bear!Sexy was in the shot this whole time. Just hiding in the window.
    05:05 So the asteroid exploded after bears were sentient then?
    05:16 Lulu has a new baby brother! Five gets you ten this means she’s not the heir (and therefore not as special) anymore. Also, if the asteroid caused bears to eat people, what’s the significance of the falling star anointing the castle tower?
    05:37 Called it!
    05:47 Wow. This is the best. I hope it’s on the soundtrack.
    06:32 The hornet is scary (and significant) enough that Bear!Sexy is scared of it even though he’s telling the story and not actually there.
    07:09 True love becomes a star
    07:16 And a falling star becomes a promised kiss. There’s a lot of talk about promised kisses. I’m guessing that a promised kiss is emblematic of a fated love a la fairytale romance.
    (Also, the subs I’m using say the shooting star evolves into a promised kiss. Is it bad that I immediately tried to make it a Pokemon joke?)
    07:47 This kid is adorable. His innocence will either be crushed (tragedy), or sustain. If the latter, then Lulu will probably lose her cynicism, causing her to chase after Ginko.
    07:51 Also, the sigil on the kid’s brooch looks weird. It’s either a stylized heart, a stylized capital omega, or both.
    07:55 The hornet now circles both of them. I honestly have no idea what it’s meant to symbolize at this point.
    08:05 Way to ruin the moment Sexy.
    08:12 I’m beginning to suspect the Bear Shocks only show up when a bear is giving in to base desires.
    08:36 The box Lulu traps her brother in is labeled “love”.
    09:01 Never underestimate young children. That’s how you end up with the contents of your drawers on the floor, oatmeal on the ceiling, and marker stains on the toilet.
    09:07 That is not a kiss. That is a jar of honey. Do hornets make honey? If not, I may need to revise “hornet” into “bee”. Research (thirty seconds of googling) suggests that some hornets do make honey, but others instead just kill all the bees in a hive and steal their honey. Yet another reason Nature is terrifying.
    09:16 Then again, it may just be honey, but there’s no reason it can’t ALSO be a kiss…
    09:25 The bear attack/terror music plays while the kid begs for a kiss. This show has the right idea about young children.
    09:46 Is this the giving up of her kiss that was mentioned earlier? Or was that the scene in the courtroom?
    10:15 Why does this bear kingdom have a giant ant-lion? Second question: Why does Nature insist upon being horrifying?
    10:42 “History ad nauseum”. It’s true, you’d think the kid would have learned by now.
    10:58 Of course she has a bear-shaped heat suit.
    11:06 The hornet is still circling the both of them. Is the hornet fate?
    (Did I really just type that? The things you say while watching Ikuhara shows…)
    11:30 Also, no matter how you feel about children, this is the wrong way to deal with this situation.
    12:17 Kureha has been dreaming about the bears’ backstory?
    12:28 Is that the same honey she’d been throwing away all this time?
    12:57 That is a very good question, Kureha. In response, let me ask you one. Did you repair the window that Lulu and Ginko jumped out of last time?
    12:59 I didn’t think so.
    13:01 At least SOMEONE takes home winterization seriously. Leaving holes in the house will make your heating bill shoot straight up.
    13:29 Meanwhile, it seems the mechanics of the Invisible Storm are known to Kureha.
    13:46 You should probably see someone about that, Kureha. Flashbacks can be a sign of PTSD.
    14:03 You should probably see someone about that, Lulu. Flashbacks can be a sign of PTSD.
    14:27 Is Sexy actually a prince? I thought he was a Judge Man.
    14:38 And the hornet scares him off.
    14:41 Are ALL the Judge Mans princes?
    15:37 She got everything she wanted, but she’s unhappy because of it and the price paid. There was a show about this, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it could have been.
    16:21 Even in the face of a miracle giving her what she actually wanted, instead of what she thought she wanted, Lulu will just fall back to old behaviours again. There’s taking things for granted, and then there’s this.
    16:42 And her brother being back was just a dream.
    17:11 Ginko brings back Lulu’s honey pot. Last episode we learned that she “Found [Lulu’s] love and returned it”. Looks like it may have been literal after all.
    17:14 “If you let things you lose fade from your heart, they become lost for good” Taken in the context of Kureha losing Sumika and her unwillingness to, as the Invisible students put it, move on, this suggests that Ginko and Kureha may be more alike than we thought.
    17:20 The hornet now cirlces Lulu and Ginko together, as Ginko offers a honey pot back to Lulu. Is this subtext, or just Winnie-the-Pooh fanfiction?
    17:50 Huh. So Milin died via bee sting. Please substitute the word “bee” for all previous instances of the word “hornet”. Also, wasn’t he in the very beginning of the episode with a jar of honey? *checks* Yes he was. And he fell down and didn’t move afterwards. Great, they showed us his death before they even showed us him.
    18:09 And we’re back to the opening monologue. Interesting.
    18:44 So Lulu is in this to try and make up for her brother’s death, which she sees as her fault. Ginko, meanwhile, is in this because she’s chasing her own love.
    19:23 Here’s the second “Promised Kiss”, and maybe this one can be fulfilled.
    19:50 Ginko admits to being a criminal. Given her crown, this is interesting.
    20:11 And Lulu sees herself as a criminal too. Why wouldn’t she? She thinks it’s her fault her brother died.
    20:29 Now Lulu goes to Bear Court (A daytime TV show I would definitely watch at least once), and we’re back to the beginning of the episode.
    22:22 Given that Lulu is looking at her jar of honey (symbolic of her love), one could assume that this necklace is symbolic of Ginko’s love. Last time we saw this necklace was in a picture of Kureha’s mom. Do bears age differently than humans? Or is Kureha not remembering something? As I recall, Kureha’s mom was eaten (or “eaten”) by bears. Frankly, this just raises more questions.
    22:26 And then the episode goes out of its way to remind us that Kureha’s mom had the (or a) necklace before.

    PENGUINDRUM

    00:18 So Mom is still around in the 9 years ago flashback (if the series takes place in 2011, when it aired, then 9 years ago would be 2002)
    00:27 Dad is still there too.
    00:30 Family nameplate doesn’t have the parent’s names blocked out like it does in present day? So what happened in the intervening 9 years that would make the kids block out the parent’s names, and make Kanba say Himari dying is a punishment (episode 1), and later hide the pictures of their parents (episode 3)?
    00:44 Kanba races after Dad in order to save Himari. Shouma is held back.
    00:56 Flying window pane. Implied to hit Kanba, but sudden cut to OP means it may not have.
    02:34 Slingshot Juri makes an appearance.
    02:42-03:01 Dr. Astrolabe continues to be baffled by Himari’s sudden recovery from death. Shouma isn’t sure what to do or how to explain it. Of note: Kanba (and his overprotective streak) isn’t here.
    03:10 Shouma, why would Dr. Astrolabe be able to do anything with THE HAT? If this is a plan to get rid of it, you should know it won’t work.
    03:48 Naturally, the doctor doesn’t believe THE HAT could be anything other than a hat. You’re such a card, Shouma.
    04:15 Slingshot Juri visiting the leader of the Exes Union.
    04:18 That is a very large number of gifts in that room. Being union boss has its perks, I guess.
    04:48 Okay, Union Boss (I seriously do not remember her name) doesn’t remember anything except that she was pushed. It probably wasn’t Ringo, since that would be too obvious. Maybe it was Slingshot Juri?
    05:10 Point 1) Slingshot Juri is now menacing. Point 2) It’s the PingGroup logo again.
    05:16 Slingshot Juri is apparently named Natsume. But nevermind that, here’s her slingshot. With a laser sight, because why not?
    06:00 The kids’ uncle is here. It seems he’s the one getting them money for groceries &c.
    06:11 Uncle wants the kids to move to other relatives, but they won’t be able to stay together. I’m betting Kanba says no.
    06:52 Kanba is showing more emotion here than any other time I can remember.
    07:41 Once Ringo is talking with her dad, everyone else in the restaurant vanishes. They’re in their own little world there.
    07:55 Ringo likes penguins. IS this a good thing, or a bad, considering her new friend and/or stalkers?
    08:03 And dad has to deal with work. I can see how Ringo might become obsessed with a more dependable male in her life.

    This of course raises a question: We saw Tabuki at Ringo’s house in a flashback (eating curry, so episode 3), but why was he there in the first palace? It looks like it’s just Ringo and her parents, so why would a random high-school boy be there at all?

    08:09 It’s Dad’s visitation day. Broken families all around.
    08:13 Ah, and Dad is talking with the Other Woman, who apparently has a kid. I’ve seen this situation before, and it usually doesn’t end with everyone happy.
    08:22 And Dad changed his phone strap. He probably doesn’t even realise what it meant to Ringo, and now he’s broken her.
    08:48 Is it just me, or is there a sketch with both THE HAT and a penguin above this French Restruant?
    09:11 And once again, Tabuki’s actual girlfriend (who’s name I have also forgotten. As soon as they use it in-episode, I’ll use it here, and eventually remember it.) is co-opting all of Ringo’s “date” ideas. Does she have a copy of the Diary/Penguindrum, or are we looking at coincidence?
    09:19 Absolutely nothing is going right for Ringo today.
    10:08 Okay, so Dad saved Kanba from the window.
    10:49 Double H reminds everyone to borrow responsibly! Given that, I suspect that Kanba is about to do something unwise in order to get money.
    10:55 I TRUST THIS GENTLEMAN HANDING OUT MONEY ON THE SUBWAY
    12:11 Kanba, if you take advantage of this moment of weakness to steal Ringo’s diary, I will be very disappoint.
    12:45 Ringo does not want to loan out her diary. At all.
    13:03 And now she’s afraid that Shouma saw what was inside it.
    13:05 Meanwhile, the bugs that #2 keeps killing represent problems, I guess?
    13:11 And Hiimari just keeps on eating.
    13:30 So Ringo either made this diary (complete with information she has no reasonable way of knowing), or she got it from somewhere. If the former, how did she know those things? If the latter, From whom did she get it?
    13:53 This is the second time Shouma’s held out THE HAT that way. Story logic suggests this plan won’t work until the third time he tries it though.
    13:59 Ringo knows something’s up.
    14:25 THE HAT has teleported itself again.
    15:33 So Ringo got pulled in this time. I wonder if this’ll lend Shouma any credibility.
    15:39 Princess of the Crystal is really rude.
    16:39 Nice one, Ringo.
    16:59 And Ringo takes THE HAT.
    17:04 That’s not going to get rid of the thing, Ringo. It’ll just come back later.
    17:24 And THE HAT passes by on a truck labeled “Good Bye”. Real subtle here.
    17:34 That’s his problem, Ringo. Without that HAT, his sister is dead. Are you happy now?
    17:57 And Kanba just steals a bike instead of running himself.
    19:09 HAH! #1 did something useful and non-pervy! What a twist!
    20:10 Y’know, that HAT is really tough, what with not ripping at all throughout this whole scene.
    20:34 The song playing here in the background is called “Daddy’s Shoes”, but the engrish makes it sound like “Daddy Issues”. Coincidence? Probably. But fun to point out.
    20:47 Meanwhile, Here’s how Kanba got his life philosophy.
    21:47 So apparently Kanba got the money from PingGroup, who we’ve already seen makes super slingshots, invisible penguins, and who knows what else. I smell a MegaCorp conspiracy.

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