Oh, come on. Don’t me you thought someone who thinks about puzzles 24/7 was sane.
|I was so hyped up for this episode that just about anything could have happened and I would have been ecstatic regardless. Thank goodness it was actually a good episode too, or else people would start to question my judgement. That is, if you can question the judgement of someone who likes Phi Brain as much as I do any more than you do now. I realize there is a saturation point somewhere, and I may have reached it ages ago.|
There was a little bit of everything mashed into this week’s episode. On one hand, a lot of cool things happen, but on the other hand, it’s kind of messy. Screentime is split between The Order, Kaito, Rook and returning baddy Herbert. The Order is practically in shambles at the moment, as their lack of unity has only grown after their loss to Kaito’s group. Freecell’s painful obsession with Kaito has made him hostile, and that scares the other members. The Order all agree on one thing though – they hate their new leader.
You know you’re scum when the main villains of the show call you out for being a dirty weasel. Herbert basically slunk his way from one evil organization to another once he was fired. Finding refuge wasn’t enough though, so he got his filthy paws on a genuine Orpheus Ring and obtained some impressive puzzle-solving skills. He beat Doubt without even entering Phi Brain mode. He still relies on cheating and throws hissyfits all the time, but he’s smarter. Again, you know you’re scum when a insanity-inducing Ring has zero effect on your personality.
I’ll save talk about the rings for later. I don’t like how this episode has no unifying theme, but I do kind of like how quickly they’re breezing over these facts now. Whist’s talk with Freecell was very short and Herbert showing his ring was also just a quick flash. Phi Brain doesn’t try to get you to pause and gasp for every little reveal. A lot of this is kind of unnecessary (hands up if you think Herbert gets kicked out of the Order too…) and a bit stupid, so I’m glad it wasn’t a big part of the episode. Better to downplay it until they’re ready for some big twists. Afterall, a lot of what happened was just for fanservice – not for the plot. I really hope Phi Brain can find a good balance of making good story decisions and doing everything it wants to do with the older characters.
Next on the buffet list of things that were crammed into this episode: the puzzle Kaito and Nonoha had to solve. It was the same boring puzzle we’re used to, displayed in an even more boring manner than usual. No, I am not impressed by watching moving heads on a grid for that long. S2 isn’t bad, but it has some of the worst puzzles in the entire series. Which is a HUGE SHAME because there were so many other good things going for it! Rook jumped in, Nonoha got to battle, we had some new villains involved…it was really cool! If the puzzle itself was exciting, things would have been perfect. Nonoha actually had to participate in an important puzzle battle. I saw her use her memorization skills on the first move which had me cheering for her. YOU GO GIRL! YOU AIN’T A LIABILITY! Then…my worst fears came true and she proved that she was worthless once again. She couldn’t even follow Kaito’s orders and just carry out her moves quickly. I really want Nonoha to be less of a cheerleader and more of a useful character – I really do.
I may be a bit sad that Nonoha didn’t get to be useful, but not to the point where I’d rather her successfully help Kaito as opposed to GLORIOUS ROOK SCREENTIME!!! Yes, Rook and Bishop are here as permanent new members to the Super Puzzle Force X. After traveling the world, they’re settling back in Japan to help Kaito fight against the Order. I’M SO EXCITED! Rook may not be a psycho any more, but he is absolutely adorable. My love for Bishop has been growing in leaps and bounds too – especially after he pulled a Spiderman this week to save Elena.
Overall, a must-watch episode that squishes everything good (and a bit of bad) into one episode.
Sorry to interrupt your potentially suicidal thoughts, but I….actually no, I’m not really sorry.
The question here isn’t “WHO IS IMOUTO?”, but “WHICH RING IS FAKE?”. I thought it to be mighty suspicious that the entire Order came across Orpheus Rings so easily, especially considering that they work for an organization that mass produces fakes anyways. Whist tells Freecell straight up that everyone in The Order has fake Rings this week, aside from him. Freecell is the only one who has a real one, because he’s special. I may just be stubbornly clinging to my theory of everyone having a fake, but I’m going to go ahead and say Whist is lying and everyone has a dud. Setting Freecell up to think he’s important may just be a plan to use him as a pawn, and then introduce someone with a real Ring instead at the end to deal the final blow to Kaito. Klondike’s “experiment” might actually be on The Order as opposed to all those extra Replica Rings. Not that those aren’t important research variables as well.
Whether or not you believe Whist, there is a big problem with anyone in the Order having a Ring. Orpheus Rings fall off when you feel you’ve lost (I’d say the same applies to real ones, which is how Kaito and Rook got rid of theirs) and the Order have lost matches and felt like they’ve truly lost as a result. Freecell in particular had a very severe reaction to losing against Kaito, yet his Ring is still there. I guess Jikukawa’s explanation isn’t 100% accurate, or they haven’t given up entirely. I guess that means more crazy Freecell for us! Yay!
So…WHICH RINGS ARE FAKE? There are so many goddamned Rings in play right now (even the Uno twins have them!) that it’s hard to tell what’s fake or not. What do you guys think?
Worst Boss Ever
Anyone less fabulous than me is fired! The same goes with anyone who dares to be more fabulous than me!
Was Herbert always this good-looking? He looks rather dashing when he’s not smashing things into smithereens. Err, what I meant to talk about here was how the hell this sleazeball came to command the Order. It appears that Klondike has some very specific steps he needs to take for his master plan, and it involves Herbert somehow. I’m guessing that his Ring is actually real if he was able to beat Doubt without breaking a sweat. Klondike may have given it to him because he thinks Herbert might provoke something out of Freecell. He’s known for coming VERY CLOSE to killing Freecell’s dearest Kaito, and seeing his object of affection in danger might trigger something in him.
How he became boss is one thing, but what he’ll do as boss is another. The Order hate him, so I imagine he’ll be overthrown soon enough. For now, I think he’s going to use the Uno twins and any other two-bit characters he can get his hands on. Apparently, he’d rather use DOGS than Freecell and pals. The Order will probably get testy about not having their precious puzzle time sex orgy with Kaito. This bad blood won’t end well for someone, and it’s probably gonna be Herbert.
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Preview: I think the Order is barking up the wrong tree here…
I AM THE HARBINGER OF ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION AND SOMETIMES SQUEAKY TOYS