There is no puzzle Kaito can’t solve…except how to drink from a cartoon giraffe cuppy.
|Hey there, puzzle freaks! Seeing that Kyokai is letting us experiment with posts now (check out her Fate/Zero posts), I thought I’d try something different too. All I did was sort my thoughts into sections and cut out the summary. I doubt many of you will miss it, anyways. I hope you like it! And if you don’t…I hope you tell me that it sucks so I can change it!|
I liked pretty much everything about this episode aside from the puzzle itself. The build-up was a little slower than usual, but it was nice to see the gang just…chilling. Kaito used to be quite distanced from everyone, but it seems like he’s letting himself have more fun nowadays. He has friendly eating competitions with Gammon, pays attention to his devoted stalker Cubic, and even compliments Ana on her cup design. It was sweet. Instead of diving right into trouble, we’re reminded of how closely-knit this group has become. This may be the signal for someone to start switching sides though. Rule of anime number 678, if more time than usual is devoted to showing a beautiful friendship, IT WILL BE SMASHED INTO PIECES VERY SOON.
The biggest problem here is this week’s puzzle: another very static creation that doesn’t allow for a lot of interaction. Movement is restricted, so most of the time is spent standing still and talking. Compare that to other versus puzzles such as Gammon riding a motorcycle against Bishop or the final puzzle versus Rook. This puzzle is incredibly boring in comparison, and I have no idea why they’re stretching it out for more than one episode as if this were a shounen anime with fight scenes. Despite it being a very dull puzzle, I did enjoy some of the dialogue between Cubic and Melancholy. Most of the Order characters have been a bit flat, and this little flash of Melancholy’s harsher side helped to ameliorate that.
Overall, a pretty good episode that combines a boring puzzle with some teasing dialogue that faintly brushes against the dark truth the Order holds close to their chest.
Jikukawa: Poor, poor Newton. Jikukawa has carried on through his disappointment over not being a Phi Brain child all throughout season 1, taking consolation in being useful for many other things. He saved Kaito once, and worked with Cubic to get past the POG’s protective program to read their secret files. Now he’s barely even included in what Kaito and his friends are doing, and he has to face constant slights from the Orpheus Order. Sure, he does some back-up work, but all in all, he’s been forgotten. When was the last time you saw anyone hanging out with Jikukawa? His feelings of inadequacy will have to show at some point, and this might be his weak point that the Order will attack to try and get him to betray Kaito. He can’t wear the Orpheus armlet and the Order is working on making a universal version that everyone can wear…Their interests coincide to a certain extent. It would take a bit more to push him over the edge so that he ignores the psychological issues that come with donning such a twisted artifact, but if they’re going to make all of Kaito’s friends turn on him…This is the most likely angle they’ll approach it from regarding Jikukawa.
Gammon: He’s totally back to normal after his puzzle slump, except for one thing…he seems to be completely unabashed when Nonoha is practically in his lap. What happened to him blushing like a maniac every time she so much as touched him? I want to scream “BECAUSE HE LOVES KAIITTOOO” but it’s more likely that they’re setting him up to be with Elena now, since Nonoha is basically off-limits. I doubt this show will ever really go the romance route though, so Gammon and Kaito will remain single with their respective lady friends continue to try and catch their attention. Gammon may also have come to terms with Nonoha liking Kaito, and he accepts Kaito as a good enough man for her. That’s a huge step for someone as stubborn as Gammon. It sure took a while, but they have a strong mutual respect for one another now.
Speculation (aka CRACK THEORIES):
Kaito’s childhood was predominately spent going to the Crossfield Academy or being groomed into a puzzle beast by his fake parents. It’s no big stretch of the imagination to assume the Orpheus Order hails from the Crossfield Academy. They’re all smart, so it makes sense…but things are a bit fishy. Kaito was very elusive and only hung out with Rook as a kid, from what we can tell. If he actually spent time with other kids, that kind of makes his flashbacks to only ever being friends with Rook rather disingenuous. It’s really bugging me how Kaito could have such a large memory lapse of not one but five different people who he personally snubbed in some manner. Based on what I know about memory processing, he’d only forget it due to:
1. blunt trauma force to the head (concussion)
2. lesion of the hippocampus or other brain areas related to memory (very, very unlikely)
3. disease that affects the memory, like Alzheimer’s (lol no)
4. traumatic event that has been suppressed
5. unimportant memory that was never encoded into long-term memory in the first place.
Will I ever learn to stop applying real life logic to this show? No. Never!!!! My best guess would be that Kaito just didn’t give a damn about these 5 random kids who pestered him since his world revolved around Rook and Jin. Melancholy’s BIG BETRAYAL was having her puzzle insulted. Is she…is she serious? In that case did Kaito just promise he’d buy a matching necklace to Freecell but then he didn’t? IS THAT THE BIG GRUDGE GOING ON HERE THAT SPARKED THIS SERIES OF SERIAL MURDER ATTEMPTS VIA PUZZLES? =_= I really hope the real reason for their hatred isn’t so petty as what we’ve been told so far.
Although 4 or 5 seem the most likely, there is also another more kooky possibility. Bear with me here. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it’s also possible that the entire Orpheus Order never met Kaito. Klondike and Whist might have implanted some memories into their brain (okay, this is where I throw away neuroscience and go back to animu logic) so that they have this fake hatred towards Kaito. Think about it…how would all these people of different ages be in school at the same time as Kaito? In the end, it could be that their Orpheus armlets are ALSO prototypes, and giving them a rival such as Kaito was a convenient way to test their thesis and get some quality data.
I’m horrible for not committing myself to any one theory, but those are my thoughts laid out. Why? Mostly for me to read over them again later when the show has progressed and laugh like a hyena at this madness. Remember Mawaru Penguindrum and Madoka and how bloggers would come up with elaborate theories from only the slightest of hints? This is like me with Phi Brain, except I’m trying to squeeze the Da Vinci code out of a crayon drawing by a toddler. I can’t stop myself…it’s too fun!! Mixing logic and Phi Brain just NEVER WORKS, so I can’t wait for this show to prove me wrong and go somewhere wild. Feel free to share any theories about what’s up with Kaito’s past and such! Last week, you guys really made me think about what Whist’s role in this show is. I look forward to you all supporting my unhealthy addiction to this show.
You know you have it rough when NONOHA tries to tell you that you did a good job
“Okay, okay….Was THIS the card you were thinking of?” “Whist pls, it’s been 5 hours.”
I’m switching my degree to Puzzology so I can buy my own shopping mall mafia base.
Preview: Pinochle challenges Kaito. More importantly: a flashback to Kaito’s past with Freecell!