“Hey, what did you do for Mother’s Da-” “MY MOTHER IS DEEEAAAADDD!!!”
|With my city’s local anime convention (Anime North) on the horizon, I find it hard to calm down. In a few days, I’ll be weaving through massive crowds of cosplayers and throwing my life savings away in order to get some nice otaku goods. I don’t suppose any of you guys are going, are you? If so, say hi to anyone dressed as Tohsaka Rin and just assume that it’s me. If not, I’ll be posting con coverage once I’ve recovered from the whole ordeal, so you can relive it as if you were there. Why am I talking about Anime North right now? Because I’m a little jittery and excited, so I may rave a little more than usual. Brace yourselves.|
WHOOOOOAAAAA THEEERRREEE!!!! WHOAAA!!! This week’s episode was really intense! I loved how Pinochle had a very specific puzzle-solving technique, much like how characters in shounen sports shows all have their own specialty. He’s like Inui from Tenipuri in that he uses data and memorizing patterns to make up for being a little weaker in the puzzle-solving area. However, once you figure that out, all you have to do is predict an extra move further. I expected Kaito to react that way, but the way it was pulled off was so great. He just gave Pinochle a hard stare, and gradually made him lose his cool as he realized that Kaito was mimicking his own strategy. Wonderful! I still think the puzzle is boring to watch, but they did their best to make it entertaining.
The real hook to this episode is when Pinochle goes into Phi Brain mode and starts taunting Kaito with his vast knowledge about his past. We get a ton of questions answered this week. The answer to most of the questions are a little simpler than I’d have liked. Remember those crack theories last week? NOPE, THEY ALL JUST WENT TO THE SAME SCHOOL DESPITE AGE DIFFERENCES!!! He forgets them because he only talked to them once, so the conclusion is really simple and…dumb.
Think about their motives for a second. They don’t like Kaito because he was socially awkward, and accidentally shunned people because he was too smart. I’d say he was maybe 8 years old…10 years maximum, so not only is this an old grudge, but this is during a time when kids don’t even really know what they’re doing. You wouldn’t blame a little kid for wanting all the chocolate to themselves instead of sharing, right? Their brains aren’t fully developed enough to even START thinking in that sort of pattern.Yet the Orpheus Order continues to feel snubbed because Kaito did this ONE THING when they were LITTLE KIDS. It’s not even like he made a major error, he just didn’t know how to articulate his desires properly and not hurt people. Do you remember the story told from Kaito’s perspective? He was so smart that no one wanted to hang out with him, but he actually wished he wasn’t so alone.
I’ll have to wait to hear everyone else’s reason, but Freecell’s excuse really isn’t any better. Kaito didn’t keep a promise to meet up with a kid because his only friend had disappeared forever after being carried away by a group of scary researchers against his will. Is that not a good reason to ditch a kid you’ve only met once? Again…he’s a kid!!!! Kids forget appointments all the time! Even my own friends forget we’re meeting up sometimes, but I don’t try to kill them 10 years later!
Things don’t stop there…We also have this great gem of logic from Freecell in an attempt to back up his petty vengeance plan. He proposes that his mom died because of Kaito. No, Freecell, no. Your mom died because she was sick. Yes, stress can harm the body and exacerbate pre-existing conditions, but she was gonna die anyways if she was bed-ridden to begin with. He’s also pissed that she died while feeling sad, but that’s not really Kaito’s fault either. If Freecell came home and told his mom he got a 40% on his test and she died then, would he just kill himself for revenge? Things don’t really work like that. If you see any shred of reason behind their grudge, please do prove me wrong so I can stop going “WHAT THE HELLL, PHI BRAIN?!?!?!”
Anyways, flimsy reasoning aside, I liked watching Pinochle go all Orihara Izaya on Kaito and reveal his darkest fears. He was extremely creepy during those scenes, and watching the audience’s reactions just made the “oh snap” tone permeate throughout the entire arena. The ending scene with him and Freecell was the perfect way to end the episode.
Overall, a nail-biter of an episode with lots of twists, turns, and surprising flashbacks to Kaito’s past. A must watch!
“Oh my God, Freecell just hit me! ….I hope he does it again *dreamy sigh*”
Pinochle: He’s the weakest of the Orpheus Order members, He lost to Kaito in their first team battle, and he has to resort to underhanded tactics in order to win. I kind of like how he’s such an odd mix of cocky and pathetic. None of the other members like him, so it’s unclear how he even got into the order. He’s the black sheep of the group, because he the type of slimeball that will resort to anything in order to win. I don’t think he cares about puzzles or even the goal of the Order…he just has a bit of a thing for Freecell. While Freecell was agonizing over not getting to meet up with Kaito, I think that Pinochle wishes he meant that much to Freecell. He’s eager to please him, and that’s probably the only reason he joined the Order. Pinochle probably “likes being in the spotlight” so much to make up for the lack of attention he gets from Freecell. I love villains with a hint of weakness to them, so Pinochle might just be my new favourite Order member next to Freecell. I still don’t ship them together though, despite ample fuel being thrown my way XD
Orpheus Armlets and Revenge: The reasons the Order has for wanting to throttle Kaito are childish at best, but I can’t forget that all that can be explained away by their Orpheus armlets. If it was enough to turn Rook into a yandere and make Kaito hurt his friends, then it’s enough to turn the Order into blood-thirsty puzzle demons. This thing makes mountains out of molehills, so I assume their hatred will dissipate as soon as their shiny accessories are broken.
Crossfield Academy Yearbook:
Stalkers: they start young.
“Freecell…I need medicine..!” “Puzzles?” “No…medicine…!” “Alright mama, I’ll get you some puzzles right away!”
“Whoa, he got all the way up to a 5some! Nice!”
Why is he wearing that necklace before his mom actually died…?
Gammon fights Doubt, and Ana fights Mizerka. Since Gammon is heartless about everything except his sister, we have flashbacks about Ana’s past instead. Maybe we’ll find out how the hell she became an all-knowing genius and art prodigy.