Phi Brain beach episode. THAT IS THE CAPTION. I’M DONE.
|I can’t believe it took me so long to watch this. “Phi Brain + beach episode” should have provoked me to camp out and wait for this sucker to get subbed so I could watch it immediately. However, some days you don’t even feel like watching your favourite puzzle geeks run around topless. I bet this would have cheered me up if I had forced myself to watch it! Eh, I got out of my slump SOMEHOW, so it’s no use lamenting the fact Phi Brain didn’t save me from my crushing workload.|
The usual style of humour in Phi Brain is pretty lame. The jokes are dumb and the timing of the delivery is so bad that it never comes close to even making my mouth twitch. The real comedy aspect to Phi Brain has always been in how ridiculous everyone’s love for puzzles is, and how seriously this anime pushes the concept. There was a strength to being funny during the moments it wasn’t trying to be funny. However, this week capitalizes on the extreme love for puzzles all the characters have. It’s like after making Phi Brain for like a year they finally thought “Wow, their love for puzzles is a bit intense!” This sudden revelation gave birth to some great jokes this week. I’d go as far as to call this the best episode of Phi Brain in terms of comedy. The self-awareness about how ridiculous the whole situation is was just..brilliant. Even the comedic timing improved! There were still some dumb jokes about girls throwing violent fits, but this is an improvement.
If I ever had to explain what Phi Brain was about, I’d probably just show them this episode. It exemplifies their insane love for puzzles. Like…insane. They see puzzles everywhere. EVERYWHERE. I swear this is a new mental disorder, where people see puzzles everywhere and go crazy trying to solve them all. I’d hate to see them go in puzzle withdrawal. Thank you Phi Brain, for finally acknowledging how ludicrous this puzzle-loving world is with this glorious satire! I think Nonoha is the only one who doesn’t agree, although she has her own sports obsession. I like how she actually swam all the way there, wow. Maybe she’s not exactly as sane as we’d like to think after hanging around with these guys for so long.
I find these shots to be super cute for some reason
Beach episodes are known for their fanservice, and Phi Brain fanservice is…very specialized. The girls were basically ignored for puzzles (and a trap…). Most of the screentime was spent looking at guys in swim trunks instead of girls in bikinis. This is why I love Phi Brain…so much thinly veiled BL while the girls all cry in a corner together and wish their love interests would give them some attention. XD My only complaint is that Gammon has no 6 pack. Come on, guys. Jonah from Jormungand is ripped and he’s a little squirt…Gammon should be way more muscular! I’m so sad D: If only Rook was in the beach episode, with his crazy muscles. I will admit…when I saw POG etched into the archway of the building, I was like “HOLY SHIT, ROOK’S GONNA BE IN THE BEACH EPISODE!!” but then he wasn’t. I..need to calm down about Rook’s appearance. Patience, Overcooled! Patience!
Overall, the funniest Phi Brain episode you will ever encounter. A must-watch!
I Wanna Play Too!
Elena has been popping in and out of the story more than a whack-a-mole, which hasn’t really given her a good chance to shine. She had a mini arc (if you can even call it that) once, and only ever showed up afterwards in random scenes. Her limo would just conveniently roll by and she’d hand out some advice when needed before wheeling away. Not a very good role, right? It looks like they’re finally giving Elena some more screentime now that she’s attending the same school as everyone. I still think she’s a bit of a filler character, but I don’t mind her presence. Are any of you really happy she transferred?
Now, Elena is a character with multiple masks. She has a cheery perorinnnnn mask for her fans and a cool and haughty mask for everyone else. She’s a tsundere, but the dere she shows her fans and the tsun she shows her friends aren’t really accurate depictions of her real personality. Elena is actually more of a mix between the two. She’s not a complete ditz, but she does crave some personal contact. She probably transferred because she was lonely and wanted to be involved more. Her crush on Gammon probably helped aid her decision too. Anyways, seeing her join the ranks of the Phi Brain children probably means she’s going to start opening up more and being friendly. Why else would she offer a bunch of people to her island than to fill up something that was missing in her life? I think her intentions were more along those lines than just showing off her wealth. Speaking of which…she makes LOT of money for an idol, holy crap.
Key to the Puzzle Room:Show ▼
Preview: HOLY CRAP, WE’RE STILL ON THE BEACH! Someone pinch me, I must be dreaming. The fun in the sun continues as Nonoha takes centre stage to make up for her measly amount of screentime this week. She’s getting into puzzles too? Wow, she must REALLY have a complex about being useless to Kaito if she’s resorting to training her puzzle skills. Don’t worry, Nonoha. You’ll come to some convenient conclusion about how you support Kaito. I just hope there’s not too much romance (of the non-BL sort) in this upcoming episode.