Clearly the Japanese education system’s teachings on fire safety are lacking.
The World is a Corpse
I already mentioned this two weeks ago, when the Takakura parents declared that the world was corrupt. But where they want to fix it, Sanetoshi strives to destroy it.
The world is broken because people stuff themselves into their own little boxes. Now, recall that for most of this show, all the people we didn’t know appeared as floating silhouettes! Suddenly, this makes perfect sense!
But Sanetoshi, as one of the chosen ones, sees this. He sees the people on the train as people, who are stuffed in their boxes.
Then, at the end of the episode, something changes:
Now we actually see the people on the train, not as an abstraction, but as individuals, with color. Sanetoshi is the one who has been putting these inconvenient creatures in boxes.
I’ll confess that I was disappointed by Sanetoshi’s survival strategy. When I saw the gates to the subway, my first thought was “holy shit!” but it was over almost before it began.
Notice the symbolism in Sanetoshi’s survival strategy: the apple, which is the world, is trapped in the cage of fate. Sanetoshi’s world is trapped in a box of his own devising.
The Power of Love
So both hats were Momoka. Does that mean she was fighting with herself the whole time?
But the reason she said that the diary was “maybe” the Penguindrum has become clear: there’s actually a different spell for each person. My guess is that the power is love (yes, I know it sounds corny when you word it like that, but I mean it in a positive way). Of course, Sanetoshi’s strength comes from the power of love as well:
So what is the difference between Sanetoshi and Momoka? I think that in a large part, it’s the extent of their love. Sanetoshi sees people trapped in boxes, and he comes to hate the world. But the boxes are his own invention. In the same way, Kanba is led to evil because he fears for Himari’s life. His love is confined to the box that he has created for himself and Himari, and he has denied the love he has for Shouma, Masakoa and Mario.
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
— Robert Frost
In Penguindrum, the world will perish from both Sanetoshi’s ice and Kanba’s fire.
On the other hand, Shouma’s love has never been constrained like Kanba’s has. He loved Ringo, even when she was a lunatic stalking her teacher. He loved Himari when she hopeless and alone. And he still loves Kanba, despite the terrible things Kanba has done. Of all the characters in Penguindrum, it’s actually Shouma who has inherited Momoka’s will, and is destined to become the savior of the world. (Yes, I hope it’s not true… but I think he’s going to die…)
The Passion of Shouma
Shouma is anointed with the most precious of all perfume, the tears of his Magdalene. His face is wiped with her hair. (What a beautiful scene!)
Shouma heads back to
Jerusalem Himari’s room and sits down to pray in the garden at Himari’s bedside. But he is interrupted by Judas Kanba, who betrays him with a kiss hug. (I’m glad they changed that last one, given the modern context… But on the other hand, oh the squandered potential…)
My baseless speculation is that next episode, Shouma will wear the crown of thorns (the penguin hat / the curse?), pass his cross to Kanba(?) to carry, and walk to Cavalry. The two Marys (Ringo and Himari) will watch him die. Sanetoshi will laugh and call him an invisible child. But Shouma’s death is the catalyst for the Penguindrum: the curtain will be torn in two, and death, thou shalt die.
I don’t have much faith in Shouma’s resurrection though. Unless Momoka has some deeper magic up her sleeve. One can hope.