Ever get that feeling that a giant, crimson-tinted head is leering behind you? Me too.
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In case you didn’t know, I love yanderes. The more mentally unstable a character is, the more I like them – this is a fact. Furthermore, a villain you can feel bad for and sympathize with on some level just makes things that much better. Seeing Freecell go so far off the deep end was absolutely glorious. His creepy grin throughout the puzzle was enough for us to key in that something wasn’t right inside his head, but he really went nuts when he lost. The trembling, forced grin, hysterical laughter, and desperate speech combined almost everything crazy about Rook into one golden moment. He had a complete mental breakdown, and the way everyone just watched in silence made it better. What do you do when someone is thinking in such an illogical fashion that they want to play puzzles with you for all eternity? A+ psycho moment, Freecell! Bonus points for showing similarities to Rook and his darkest moments. I’M SO GLAD THEY FINALLY SHOWED ROOK AGAIN, EVEN IF JUST A LITTLE. I can’t wait to see how he acts in the following episodes, because you just KNOW he’s not going to give up. Even if he does, Kaito isn’t going to just let this creeper wander around and challenge people to deathmatches.
The yandere drama was the best part, but everything really came together nicely this week. It felt like everyone was helping Kaito get over his problems – even Gammon. I know the power of friendship is dorky, but it’s nice to see Kaito actually need other people. He’s been so hellbent on doing things himself, but he should be aware that relying on others is perfectly fine. You can’t do everything alone, no matter how much of a genius you are! I don’t know how Cubic’s data was of any help though. Like, I’m pretty sure in season 1 they explained that Orpheus armlets alter your emotions? That’s why Kaito was a huge asshole with the armlet activated just half of the time, and Rook was batshit because his armlet was always on. Did they think we had forgotten and that it would be a HUGE SURPRISE that the armlets were making them loco? <_< This season kind of sucks at giving us GOOD and INTERESTING surprises.
Overall, a must-watch episode because of FULL-FLEDGED YANDERE FREECELL! OH, THE DRAMA!!!
Ana is secretly praying to God that everyone dies in a horrible fire :3
I think I’d have a heart attack if I rewatched season 1 and had to sit through Kaito treating his friends like they were disposable. Now he actually trusts them, and for a good reason. Cubic and Jikukawa always provide phenomenal data to solve the hidden mysteries of the enemy, Ana gives great insight about character motives (when he’s not being dumb), and Nonoha…uh…she’s a woman so she doesn’t do anything. Anyways, Gammon really surprised me this week. The guy who joined the POG in order to beat Kaito is now pushing him to be a better Solver. He’s no longer afraid of Kaito eclipsing him, because he sees his friend’s intelligence as a way to make him shine even more. The more talented the Solver, the harder he Giver has to work to devise a clever puzzle. The two of them are no longer rivals. While they do compete and push each other to do better, it’s done in a lot more friendly manner. They’re actually..reciprocating!!!
CRAWWWLINNG IN MY SKIIINN!!! I’M FULLL OF PUZZZLLLEE FEEEELLLLLSSSS!!!
Freecell is trapped in this sort of limbo where he just wants to play puzzles with Kaito until he dies, similar to how Rook wanted Kaito to belong to him so badly that he was going to etch his existence into his heart forever through death. It’s no big surprise that the Orpheus armlet is just twisting his emotions to make matters worse. That’s…kind of the whole point of those armlets aside from boosting your IQ. What would just be normal loneliness has shifted into a swirling mass of hatred, violence and depression. As soon as you crack that bad boy off, he’s going to go back to normal and beg to be Kaito’s friend, I’d bet you anything. However, his mind is pretty messed up. Not just his emotions, but his memories too.
Freecell doesn’t go into details about his mother’s death because I think he actually doesn’t know how Kaito directly caused it. He said that the details didn’t matter, all that mattered was placing the blame on Kaito. He must have felt helpless that his mother suddenly died without a reason, so he had to blame SOMEONE. That someone was Kaito, and those dark thoughts have festered with time until Freecell forgot the reasoning behind them. Kaito didn’t actually kill his mom – he just happened to be there on that day. By the end of the series, I bet you anything there will be some sort of flashback where kiddy Kaito comforts Freecell for a moment. Memory can be very selective, and if you only think about the bad things in life, that is all you will ever remember.
Alternatively, Freecell might realize that his GOOD FRIENDS THE ORPHEUS ORDER were actually pretty decent. I mean, it’s not like he was alone and tortured like Rook…he had friends. Pinochle especially seemed to be constantly trying to cheer him up. Out of all the Orpheus Order members, Pinochle is the only one who didn’t shy away when Freecell started to spazz out. The other reactions ranged from terror to shock to annoyance, but Pinochle was sincerely worried. He pinpointed exactly what was wrong with him, and felt really bad seeing Freecell in that state. This is coming from Sleazy McScumball who spent an entire episode verbally abusing Kaito so he was driven off the edge. Even under the control of his armlet, he cares about Freecell and wants to protect him. He’s been sulking ever since he got slapped – you cannot deny that he has a special (albeit one-sided) connection to Freecell.
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Preview: Okay, I was joking when I said I wanted a strip-puzzle on Twitter where you remove clothing for every puzzle you get wrong…but this is the closest I’m going to get to that, huh? BEACH EPISODE! EVERYONE IS HALF-NAKED! I give it 10/10 A+++ 100% and 5 stars without even seeing it.
A nice, relaxing beach vaca…okay, I give up.