It’s apple time, bitches.
|I feel like the love of Phi Brain is gradually spreading! …kind of like rats! Or the plague! :3 The fandom is really tiny, so each new addition is noticed almost immediately. I’ve gotten Krizzlybear (blogger of Baka Laureate) to watch it and he seems to be able to stomach it at the very least. I even managed to get one of my real life friends to watch it, because he’s a real life puzzle-lover. What I’m saying is…it’s up to YOU to corrupt your friends and teach them about the majestic nature of puzzles!|
Huh, that was quick. Jikukawa’s stint as a villain was over as soon as it started. Seeing him under the malicious control of the ring was interesting because of his acute lack of evil characteristics. Even when completely consumed, he didn’t seem that different from his regular self. It was that uncanny feeling of seeing him ever so slightly off that made it more eerie. Once he started getting desperate and his expression twisted ever so slightly to hint at the intent to destroy Kaito, I started to get creeped out. The range in reactions to being controlled by the power of Orpheus really does vary from person to person. Jikukawa’s desperation to win was something he always felt naturally, and the Orpheus bracelet just took that and intensified it.
The fight against Kaito wasn’t just great because we finally got a glimpse at some of the more selfish thoughts coursing through Jikukawa’s mind, but because the puzzle was surprisingly intense. I really appreciate the effort put into making these puzzles tailored to each character. A puzzle you need solving and giving skills for was perfect. I stand by my statement that versus puzzle are almost ALWAYS better because the involvement needed from both characters is higher. The bomb thing I could have done without though. That was just kind of dumb. Nonoha and Ana sat in a classroom finishing up work instead of screaming “THERE’S A BOMB!!” at Chieno. People generally won’t ask if their secret crush was involved in a special experiment with mind-controlling bracelets when a BOMB is brought up in a conversation. They wouldn’t exactly be giving anything away. :/ Did anyone care about the elections either? I really didn’t give a toss.
Two seasons in and we still are learning more about these darned Orpheus thinga-ma-bobbers! Much like the episode where Freecell explains his past, my reaction went from “Wow!! I don’t believe it!” to “Wait, that’s dumb.” Phi Brain somehow tricks me into thinking ludicrous concepts like bracelets feeling jealous are totally legit. Every single time! At least for every dumb moment (HURR HURR IT’S HIS INITIALS!!! It’s not like that was the first thing everyone thought when they saw S.J. at alllll <_< ) there is usually a brilliant twist to even it own. The ending of S1 threw so many crazy curveballs at us, I can barely even imagine what these replica rings will be capable of by the end. My bet is that they’re transformers and will suddenly morph into tiny, tiny robot rubix cubes with lasers.
Overall, an exciting puzzle with some lulzy drama…but it’s allll gooood.
Applebottom-kun Loses It
I really feel for Jikukawa. He’d be better off if he could let off of steam and speak his mind – it does him no good to keep all of his troubles to himself. It’s going to be hard investigating The Order without any help too. Even after being completely controlled by a bracelet and going psycho for a moment, he refuses to admit the truth…except in a text. =_= However, we (the viewers) do get to see a bit of what goes on inside his head. We see how desperate he is to obtain the Phi Brain mode and how forcefully he pushes his body to the limit so that he can beat Kaito. He’s sweating and about to pass out for the entire match, but he keeps going further. That’s not just for the experiment. Part of him wants to actually win against Kaito and prove his worth. In the end, a fake with a fake bracelet can never the original. I think Jikukawa realizes that he shouldn’t be selfish at the end, and purposely holds back from trying to prolong the match with a comeback move. Of course, he realizes this by stepping on apple juice, which is…..kind of pathetic. Do apples really mean that much to you?
One Ring to Rule Them All
What have we learned this week, folks? The replica rings somehow have sentient features and are actively seeking out Kaito (and probably other Phi Brain children as well). If they manage to slap a replica on Kaito or one of his other buddies who are well-endowed in the IQ department, then there is the potential that these replicas will become as good as the real thing. While Phi Brain makes it sound REALLY FREAKING COOL, I’m not sure that a piece of jewellery having a mind of its own is something I’d be so quick to just blindly accept. Even in the realm of Phi Brain logic. If anyone has a different, more sensible interpretation of Jikukawa’s text…please tell me.
I know the Order wants to distribute armlets to everyone, but they haven’t specifically been trying to get Kaito to wear one. “Lose this puzzle and we’re putting an armlet on you!” would have been a suitable threat. I know they wouldn’t just force him down and slide it on him with brute strength, because that would just be silly when puzzles exist. The Order appears to be targeting Kaito for a different reason than Jikukawa stated. Perhaps someone higher up like Whist or the secret leader of the Order knows about the special effects of managing to get a Phi Brain kid to wear one. It’s not like these armlets are just scuttling around and pouncing on Kaito when they see him.
So far these things have only been worn by those who aren’t Phi Brain children; people like Airi, Chieno and Jikukawa. They’re just as fake as these replicas. I wonder if they’ll manage to get someone more..formidable…to wear one soon.
Apple-picking: Show ▼
Preview: A number of heart-stopping new teasers appear in the preview, leading me to believe that episode 14 will be the BEST ONE YET. First of all, that annoying guy who replaced Rook for a while in S1 is back and it looks like Rook, the Orpheus Order AND Kaito’s group don’t like him very much. From what I can tell, it’s Orpheus Order vs Evil Kinevil and Kaito vs ???. Can you guys tell? Ah well, I don’t care about the details because this means MORE ROOK!!! Our S2 villain Freecell also gets some lovely screentime in the process of an emotional breakdown. There’s nothing I love more than watch the villains in Phi Brain teeter on the edge of insanity and soul-crushing depression. Forget the new season of shows, IT’S ALL ABOUT PHI BRAIN!
*strategically avoids calling him by name because I completely forgot it*