Two reasons why this show is great are standing right in front of you
|As soon as I saw that Rook was in this episode, I scrambled to watch this episode as soon as possible. I’ve been waiting so long to see my favourite villain again, that even 2 minutes of screentime was sufficient. What else happened this week? Pfft, hell if I know. If I was still doing summaries, I’d just write 5 overly long paragraphs explaining what Rook and Bishop did with one line about Jikukawa. Priorities, people. You need to have priorities.|
AHHHHHHHHHHHH ROOK IS BACCCKKK!!!! He was only there for a little bit, but it was glorious. He’s traveling the world with Bishop, defeating Orpheus Order members, solving crimes, and looking fabulous. Seriously, Bishop looks great too! That was enough to make me hyped for this episode and this season as a whole, because if the POG is working on busting the Order as well then this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Rook and Bishop. Thank you for bringing back some good S1 memories, Phi Brain!
But really, this episode is about Jikukawa. He’s a lot more..boring…than I thought. I thought we’d see his deep, dark inner thoughts but he saw grinning like an idiot the entire time. No matter what happens, he’s always happy…to the point where it’s kind of eerie. Things only started to get exciting when he went to solve the puzzle laid out for him by the Orpheus Order. We’ve had enough of Kaito facing the Order itself for now, so it’s a nice change of pace to have his own friends turn on him. I’m very eager to see what Phi Brain mode Jikukawa acts like and the extent of his puzzle-solving skills. It’s an interesting turn of events, although I’m not so fond of the path used to get there. I didn’t like all the time spent on the elections. I don’t care about Chieno and the puzzle dorks, so please don’t waste my time going back to lame jokes. It’s a bit depressing that the pitiful attempts at humour are back when the first beach episode proved that Phi Brain was capable of much more. What a waste…
Overall, an average episode…but Rook is in it so it gets 5 stars.
The Bad Apple
Which rope do I pull to become a frickin badass?
Jikukawa is a hard guy to pin down. He approaches every situation with a smile and a breezy attitude, no matter how grave it may be. It’s difficult to tell whether he is just really good at coping with all the crap life has thrown his way, or if he is choking back his misery and putting on a facade. Even when he’s alone in his room or thinking to himself, he uses the same jovial tone. These are usually the times when we see a glimmer of a character’s true feelings, but his optimism is present even in his own inner-monologues. Yet for a second – just a brief second – Jikukawa faltered. When the Minotaur (probably just Whist talking through a voice changer) hinted that Jikukawa really wasn’t satisfied in his position outside the group of Phi Children, his mask dropped. Just for a moment.
I think this poor boy has told himself “I’m okay with not being a Phi Brain” so many times that he’s started to believe it on the surface…but we all know something much darker swirls below the surface. When he’s speaking to Kaito, he even admits that he’s actually a selfish person despite how he seems on the surface. He has a good life, but falls just a few inches short on so many things. His parents are big-shot puzzle-people (forgive me, such a profession does not exist in our world so I have no adequate word to describe such a…glamorous career choice) that leave him alone in his house all the time. He gets everything handed to him, yet seems to earn nothing on his own merit. All of his victories are hollow, as he knows he doesn’t have the puzzle skills of his friends and never will. He says he’s content just helping Kaito but…well…I don’t think that’s true. I may be over-extending a bit here, but my overall diagnosis of his mental state is that he wants more. He wants to prove his own worth as an intelligent Giver/Solver and be of use to his friends.
I’m hoping his new, silver bracelet actually reveals some of his more ugly thoughts. Jikukawa may say he’s in control, but we’ve all seen just how ‘in control’ people get when they slap this vicious thing on their arm. I’ll be really surprised if he’s not secretly bitter (at least a little bit). Otherwise, why would he wear the Orpheus bracelet? Why bother answering all those messages? I know he said he wanted to research the prototypes, but why would he go through all that if that was his goal? Wouldn’t he just…immediately accept? Anyways, I doubt Jikukawa is revealing everything he’s thinking or feeling at this point. I guess unlike those cheap earrings and rings, this prototype won’t snap off if Kaito solves his puzzle. Otherwise…uh…they’re not gonna be able to study it very well.
If this is a more permanent thing for Jikukawa, and the armlet remains on for a long time…we’re in trouble. He was smart before, but now he’s going to be a beast. He put on the bracelet with 18 seconds left on the clock…meaning he solved the puzzle in under 18 seconds. Yikes. I guess this is the first of the Order’s attempt to get people to betray Kaito. I wonder if more people will try to be double agents, only to have their minds controlled by the power of Orpheus.
Power of the Order
I’m going to go out on a limb and assume Rook and Bishop are still going around the world. This would mean that the Order isn’t just the group of creepers working with Freecell…they are a huge organization of creeps spread around the world. That means they’ve already begun to mass-distribute armlets to a select group of people. The Order is a lot more of a big deal that I originally estimated. Not only are they big, rich and taking over like cockroaches…but they’re getting better at what they do. They’re pumping out new prototypes all the time, despite moving their labs constantly to dodge being shut down by people from the POG. These guys are insane! I can only imagine that the prototypes are getting better and better too…So the next person they use as a guinea pig might just be smarter than Freecell and pals combined. And nastier too. These guys are scarier than the POG for sure…
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Preview: Jikukawa challenges Kaito to a puzzle fight. He claims that the bracelet isn’t controlling him but…eh…we’ll see…
I’m totally okay guys! I’ve just got a minor case of..uh…red eye.