Here I am again with the final batch of Summer follow-up episodes. Do the series I've previewed most recently live up to my high (or low) expectations?
The penguin hat tells Shouma and Kanba that they need to obtain an item called the Penguindrum, and that it's in the possession of a girl named Ringo (probably). They discover that Ringo attends a local all-girls school, and they take the day off from school to tail her using their invisible penguin servants. The trail leads them all over town until the brothers discover that, much as they've been stalking Ringo, she's been stalking one of her teachers.
Much like the first episode, the second ends on a decidedly creepier note than it began. The questions start to pile up: who is Ringo and why is she important? Why does she (supposedly) carry the Penguindrum? Why does the hat need it? Why is SEIZON SENRYAKU so fabulous? It's difficult to tell how things will unfold at this point, but I'm certainly intrigued. This episode features some mild fanservice (the suggestion that the brothers are getting glimpses of girls' underwear via their penguins' spy cameras) which provoked an eye roll or 3 from me, but having seen plenty of things that are much, much more foul, I have a difficult time getting too irate about it. Hopefully it won't be a habitual thing, though. I think I'm in for the long haul with this one, partly out of curiosity but mostly because I expect a certain level of quality, no matter which direction the story takes.
Will I continue watching? Yes, this was pretty much a given as soon as I knew of its existence. It's nice to know that my expectations of quality have been mostly panning out, though.