After weeks of episodic blogging hiatus, I’ve deduced that I am unable to write decent reviews of Mawaru Penguindrum due to it having no true plot. Now that was decided upon during the first weeks of hiatus. The remaining weeks were dedicated to me finding that anime reviewing zone— or basically an anime that makes me want to blog about it along with another factor— the series isn’t blogged as much as other series. After watching at least three episodes of the anime series I’m following, Un-Go sells itself to me through episode 4. Yes, its selling point is the screenshot above.
Now you can’t simply just watch episode 4 because it’s a continuation of episode 3. Un-Go isn’t really as action-heavy as Gosick, but it does make sure not to abuse the superior powers of Inga. Un-Go decides to show the weak point of Inga’s power through episode 4, which I think suits the power’s weak point very well. But that’s where the plot hole seems to emerge. Since Inga eats the emotion-containing souls of humans, that means RAIs aren’t souls. But RAIs were created to have to emotions and thoughts of humans— to some extent, they develop their own ethics. So are RAIs really soulless creatures? Or was Kazamori’s answer of silence the effect of Inga’s power? The word “war” has been thrown by Inga and Shinjuro numerous times in this episode. What exactly is this war? In Shinjuro’s line about it, it sounded like it happened in the past— which I could speculate was the time he met Inga. But what about this new war? Is it actually a new war? My theory about the war Inga has forseen is that it has a connection with the previous war in terms of motives. “The war has come back!” is what Inga said which means that it has happened before. At that precise moment, there was a struggle for Kazamori/RAI program. So in theory, the previous war dealt with the concept of artificial intelligence or an entity created before the RAI. But is that war going to be built upon throughout the series? Let’s return to the talk about RAIs though. Now the current law in the series bans the creation, production and ownership of a RAI. This is due to the hazardous effects it has to the moral character of the young people. Because RAIs aren’t necessarily human, they are thrown as contestants in brawling matches or used as an outlet of sexual pleasure. Because RAIs simply follow orders. Even though they are created with the emotions and actions of humans, they are, nevertheless, still robots. That’s exactly why the creator of the RAI, Komamori, believes they are being abused. But he himself is being a hypocrite with that statement. He blamed the crime on Kazamori simply because Kazamori is RAI— Komamori’s creation. In a way, he is abusing his power of Kazamori. Exactly why he is still a sick person— like what Inga said. I believe that RAIs, even though created as a consumer product, should be treated with respect— one may never know when it’ll strike back from maltreatment. In the end, Un-Go ends its episode on a semi-happy note. The case has been solved, but as Shijuro’s title holds, he is still defeated. Because even if the case was solved, there was still red tape covering the case because of its connection to the government and its forces— though Shinjuro is probably used to that already. Kazamori is still alive, but transferred himself to a robot girl’s body. So he wasn’t destroyed by Komamori because of Komamori’s own creation— the body. The wireless connection in the room allowed Kazamori to transfer to the girl’s body, which Komamori forgot about because Komamori was blinded by rage. Oh well, that means I get to see more of Kazamori, whom I find myself gravitated to. He’s one of the interesting characters in the series because even if he’s a RAI, his motives make him sound like a real person.