Mawaru Penguindrum’s 10th episode gushes forth with a slur of abstract action one would only expect of this series – at this point, it seems Ringo is certainly focused on Shouma for one reason or another.
After an episode of alternative perspectives and flashbacks, we’re finally being shown the aftermath of Shouma’s life threatening incident. He seems to have survived without much to worry about in terms of physical well-being – rather, he’s personally far more concerned with Ringo, obviously having fallen in love whether he’s realized it or not. Likewise, from Ringo’s actions we can imply she has come to like him as well.
As Shouma lays in a hospital bed, he awakes to find Kanba and Himari conversing about how Kanba was terrified like a scared little girl over learning of his brother’s accident – contrasting his usual rough personality, he’s certainly a fine example of a male tsundere.
Himari goes out to call Ringo in – as Kanba and Shouma are now alone, they begin discussing and verbally reorganizing their plans. Shouma essentially briefs Kanba on his situation and the events which left him laying in a hospital – at one point Kanba asks as to whether Ringo was responsible for the occurrence, he denies it however. She happens to have overheard this – causing her to feel even more so guilty, yet this likely also brings her closer to Shouma.
A suspicious nurse then enters the scene alongside her equally peculiar penguin which is quite different from the usual blue three we’ve come to know. This penguin is pitch black with a differing suit – its gender is unknown, although it later on kisses Kanba’s penguin. The nurse is obviously the female who has been chasing Kanba the duration of the series – her obsession is simply irritating to watch and nothing more than a nuisance.
She steps up her annoying scheming as she tricks Ringo into leaving Shouma’s room whilst no one else was inside – she then takes him hostage after having injected his food with a sedative. Having returned to find Shouma missing, Ringo hurriedly relays the situation over to Kanba.
The nurse nuisance then starts making use of Shouma’s phone to send text messages at his expense – coming up with ridiculous threats regarding his life if she does not receive Ringo’s diary. Ringo is quick to allow Kanba to trade it in exchange for Shouma’s survival – Kanba however refuses noting he needs it for Himari.
From the way the events are playing out, it is clear as well the kidnapper is a deceptive fool blinded by their goals and lacking of any sort of credibility – meaning even if the diary was offered, it wouldn’t change any outcome. Kanba heads out to rescue Shouma himself and as expected, things go astray in a magnificent array of heavily contrasting black and white penguin patterns – Shouma is saved however, allowing for Mawaru Penguindrum to get straight to business next episode.
Some dire issues which need resolving are eliminating the annoying female character with an unrequited love for Kanba, piecing together Ringo’s diary, and learning what to make of the freshly introduced “survival strategy” kid. We of course also want the side-story of Shouma and Himari to flourish like a flower in the summertime – though where the series will actually take us with this is anyone’s guess.