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An appropriate alternative title for episode three of Mawaru Penguindrum would be “The Daily Life of a Stalker” as we have a stalker and the stalker’s stalkers here – there is quite clearly no shortage of stalkers.

Episode three focused on Ringo and how her life revolves around curry. Their family has a tradition of celebrating “Curry Day” and because of curry, she fell for Tabuki-sensei. Following the diary, she made a special mixture of curry for Sensei and after visiting his house, there’s a woman living with him. As a side-note, Kanba and Shouma continue to follow Ringo’s misadventures, even secretly barging inside her house and were nearly compromised (nobody can stop a growling stomach). Thanks to an unusual chain of events (Penguin #3 vs. Cat = fish fight), Ringo was able to meet the three siblings.

We learn something truly dark and interesting about Himari – she hates milk. This serves as an exquisite piece of comic relief when the possessed-Himari wanted to convince the brothers that she’s real. Actually, the two already know it because if they didn’t, they wouldn’t look for Penguindrum to begin with – unless this was just a flashback.

The penguins are still perhaps the most outgoing characters of this series, we learn arctic bird #3′s fetish is fish. No matter how idiotic and clumsy they may be, it seems impossible to hate them. Though penguin #2 leaves us a little disturbed – there’s always a cockroach wherever he may roam (some are even capable of flight). Is he that stinky?

The episode ended without a full explanation what a Penguindrum is – though we already know that was indeed the diary as implied.

Moving along to episode four, am I the only one who thinks that Shouma is Ringo’s destiny? Ever since I watched the first episode I already had a hunch that he is.

For their birdwatching session with Sensei, Ringo decided to make a bento with the aid of Himari and Shouma. Due to Kanba’s selfish set-up, Shouma went together with Ringo – meeting up with Tabuki-sensei and his bishoujo actress friend, Yuri Tokikago. Following the diary’s instructions became even more complicated after Ringo was squirted by an arrogant foreigner skunk – her bento was ravaged by the birds (note that penguins are birds) and Tokikago declared her rivalry.

Shouma was able to find and read the diary’s contents, learning of Ringo’s plan about the “kiss” – at the same time Shouma read it, she was victimized by the skunk again, knocking her out and into the pond.

Notice that the skunk has a penguin logo on its back.

This episode is half-nonsense, half-sensible. We have “Maiden’s Hallucinations” + “Rabu-Rabu Effect” with a touch of opera (Rose of Versailles?). That portion was highly irritating and encouraged us to skip through it.

The diary is much more gruesome than we previously have imagined. The episode ended with a murder following the same description as to what was written in the diary. The connection of this event to Ringo was not yet revealed, however the girl was related to Kanba. His disappearing act since episode two was related to hir girl troubles, and the leader who has a grudge towards Kanba is somehow related to the Penguindrum.

The plot is certainly thickening at this point, although any more and it will be a perfect solid.

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