This week, on ‘Puzzle Husbands’
Phi Brain is coming to an end, only not, because there is still season 2 on the horizon. It’s starting right away next season, so we won’t even have to wait to see how the next batch of episodes fares. So don’t despair! Even though there’s just 2 episodes left in season 1, this series is far from over.
Poor Kaito – he’s the one who will destroy the world. That is quite a big issue to mull over, so he shoos Nonoha away and spends half the day thinking of a solution (or maybe just moping) on the rooftop. He sees a bluebird, which is somehow remarkable enough for him to get up and watch it sail through the open window of a small building near the school. By putting two and two together, he realizes it’s the art building where Ana usually locks himself up in. Kaito pays him a visit and sees his prophetic painting of the apocalypse for the first time. He panics, but Ana just paints over it with a fresh layer of white and tells Kaito that the future can always be changed.
Psychic Trap Magical Prophet Painter Genius Ana….desu.
Just as things are looking up for Kaito, he’s summoned for a POG puzzle against Gammon. This match allows spectators, so Rook, Bishop and Kaito’s friends all observe from the balcony. I’m sure the Principal would love to watch as well, but he’s being locked up for sneaking into Jin’s room. It’s a shame, because this match has a pretty sweet set-up. They’re stuck in a pit with a grid of the wall for beams to come shooting out. They call out a number and card suit, and the square on the wall corresponding to that will come shooting out to become a platform. First one to the top without standing on the same beam as the other player and without getting crushed wins. BEGIN!
This puzzle starts off much like their last show down – with Gammon viciously assaulting Kaito in order to get in the lead. Kaito remains passive, and doesn’t even activate the Orpheus armlet. His friends watch with growing tension as he just barely scrapes by. Things only start to change when Rook calls him and triggers the chilling vision of Kaito destroying the future. The armlet remains active after this, allowing Kaito to finally solve the puzzle properly. It works so well that he soon overtakes Gammon, cornering him in no time after a few cleverly-placed attacks. At this rate, Kaito will win and Gammon will die.
They can’t just stop the puzzle (lordy no. WHO WOULD DO SUCH A THING?!?!) so Nonoha begs Kaito to find a way to save them both. In a way, that is the ultimate puzzle. However, the armlet doesn’t allow Kaito to feel sympathy when his brain processes are accelerated. Hmm…Guess he should just break it then. Because…apparently that is a thing that can happen – the armlet can shatter while still allowing the previous wearer to use the powers. With a raised thinking speed and his emotions in tact, Kaito quickly calls out a series of seemingly useless moves in order to shepherd Gammon into a dead corner where the beams will not crush him once Kaito solves the puzzle.
I knew I should have gotten a warranty on this thing!
Gammon lives to give Kaito a curt ‘thank you’ much to Elena’s relief. Everyone is about to go on their merry way when Rook has a meltdown and starts screaming that Kaito belongs to him and no one else. He very nearly falls off the balcony from trying to reach out, but Bishop restrains him. This outburst is part of something that changes the future to one where Rook destroys the world instead of Kaito.
Out of context, this is a scene where Bishop is feeling up Bishop’s nipples and blowing in his ear while Rook tries to escape
“Huh, I thought Rook was the moon..?” “Ana ships GammonxKaito now.”
Nonoha takes note of how to be an AAA tsundere
Free Hugs! (Disclaimer: he doesn’t let go. ever.)
Just when I forgot that part of why I love this series is the presence of yaoi hints, I am knocked off my feet by a ton of casual love confessions. Cubic lets an ‘I love you, Kaito!’ slip out – which is still pretty affectionate even if you translate it as ‘I like you.’ I don’t usually say goodbye to people like that <_<. That in itself was a precious moment. I would have had a field day with just that, but then Rook outdid him. Of course they timed it so after another man confessed, he would grow jealous enough to flail wildly and scream at Kaito. He wants Kaito to be his alone, and he wants it so bad that he is willing to kill everyone else. No, really, not having Kaito made the future change so he destroyed the world. These VERY EXTREME FEELINGS were pretty hilarious, especially when combined with Rook uselessly grabbing at the air and nearly jumping over the railing. A scene to go down in the Phi Brain history books, to be sure.
Glorious BL fanservice aside, this was a pretty solid episode. I didn’t like how Cubic and Ana suddenly shunned Kaito, but I like the way they slowly wormed their way back into Kaito’s life. It was seamless, and didn’t happen at a convenient moment where they swoop in and save him, all deus ex machina-like. Most of all, I like how it was Kaito who took the initiative to break out of his introverted shell. His stubborn attitude has officially softened after all of this time! Ana also apologized in his own way for abandoning Kaito, saying that he was the one who walked away and suffered because of it. He doesn’t exactly shoot from the hip with his advice, but his points do come across eventually. I think this was one of the first times he didn’t sound like a lunatic hippie, because his metaphors actually worked. His crazy speech was cool – but we still don’t have an inkling of how he managed to see the exact landscape of the apocalypse in Kaito’s mind. He may not have seen the face of the cloaked figure, but everything else was spot on. As expected, Ana is just conveniently magical, psychic, and/or Pocahontas whenever he needs to be. *sigh* On a bit of a tangent, I like how each painting he did of his friends represented them in some symbolic way. Cubic was drawn in a cubist style, Gammon was drawn with everything revolving around him to show both his ego and his Galileo namesake, and Kaito was drawn as the sun. I still don’t see what’s so great about the guy for him to be the bloody SUN. He’s getting better, but he ain’t exactly a ray of sunshine just yet. Bitches in this show be crazy.
Gammon’s duel puzzles are always the best. I’d love to play them if it didn’t force the losing party to become a human pancake most of the time. You would think Gammon could make better use of his physical prowess in puzzles like these…shouldn’t he be able to outrun Kaito’s scrawny ass and steal a beam first? Anyways, it was a close match until Kaito’s armlet BROKE. I can’t say I expected that to happen. What a nice shock! How pleasant, since it was strikingly obvious that Kaito would let Gammon live in comparison. It seems like Kaito still has the powers, but is free of having his emotion centre shut down. He still knows he needs to save Gammon, and acts accordingly. He still has uncontrollable lapses into visions of the future though, so that power still exists. I’m glad he’s made a move to change the future, but I really don’t see how he can make things right if he can only change the face of the person who causes the apocalypse. Not that it matters, because if there’s a season 2, the apocalypse has to be stopped somehow. So who’s gonna stop Puzzlegeddon and how? Kaito better think fast before a giant rubix cube crashes into the earth and annihilates everyone. u_u
Preview: Kaito goes on a date with Rook. It’s so suggestive, you even knew I was going to make that joke before you read this. You knew. Rook and Kaito look very relaxed and casual, so I expect a lot of reminiscing and bonding. Although, in the end, you can’t expect Rook to play nice for very long…
Rook stares lovingly into your soul (before killing you)