I’m… not entirely sure what’s going on with the main two bears. Now they’re actually trying to save Kureha? Or are they saving her so they can eat her themselves? Their testimony at the trial didn’t make any sense. Which I can only assume is intentional.
Otherwise, though, the symbolism seems to be playing out as I speculated last week.
As I had suggested, the invisible people thrive on exclusion and scapegoating.
The invisible people have forgotten love. Or perhaps they have never known it.
And perhaps the bears have too?
But I don’t think that’s quite it. The bears are still able to feel love, but they only feel the love of the present. That is why they are able to devour someone and then forget about them.
As I speculated last week, invisible person, bear, and people who don’t back down on love don’t seem to be mutually exclusive categories. The two lead bears also don’t back down on love. The president is both a bear and is invisible. But I suspect not backing down on love and being invisible are mutually exclusive.
Sadly, I’m not enjoying this nearly as much as I enjoyed Penguindrum. The symbolism is great and all, but that’s pretty much all there is to it. I don’t care about the characters much, which leads to the twists (such as there are) not being all that exciting. At this point in Penguindrum Ringo had completely stolen my heart. With these characters, I can’t even remember their names.