“I drew you a pony” “THIS IS THE PIVOTAL MOMENT THAT DEFINES MY VERY EXISTENCE AS A CHARACTER”
|Are you having a rough day? Maybe the weather isn’t so great or someone said something not so kind to you. Even if you’re having a good day, it can become even better with just a little magic charm I learned. Howawan~ Fuwawan~. There, now I don’t have to think up comforting things to say to people, because this works for all occasions!|
A Shared Past
Finally, we get the full picture! Eve is Ana’s sister (not a trap! WOWZA!) and best friends with Mizerka. I’m not sure why Ana fell into a rut and needed Eve to cheer him up, but it’s the event that marked the severing of their relationship. Ana tried to mimic his older sister, but he accidentally up-staged her and became even better. It’s unclear when the two of them split ways, but apparently it was on a positive note based on how happy Ana is to see her again. Eve must have kept those feelings inside her for a long time.
Ana loves his sister, and his reaction to hearing Eve’s thoughts is pretty interesting. Phi Brain is usually over-the-top with reactions (slit screens, gasps and dramatic sound effects), but Ana just goes into shock. He says nothing. He just stands there, stunned, unsure of how to process any of this. He has so many things he wants to say, but all that comes out is “howawan, fuwawan” because that’s like an instinct. If that can’t bring his sister back, nothing will.
Let’s not forget about Mizerka, who also shares an interesting past with Eve. Since Ana doesn’t recognize her, I’d hazard a guess and say that after Eve went her own way, she met Mizerka. The two of them became friends, and Mizerka was probably the only one Eve told about her jealousy. The two of them must have been very close. Mizerka seems to have adopted a number of Eve’s traits, perhaps without even noticing it. She hates people who are carefree (like Ana), blindly follows rules without passion, and acts as an older sister figure to Melancholy. She shares the same desire for revenge as well, and so she raced forward to try and break Ana’s arms as promised if Kaito couldn’t solve the puzzle. But he did solve it. Mizerka – the one who is so strict about rules – broke them in order to carry out what she thought would make Eve happy.
Nonoha is Sick of Your Nonsense
I give Nonoha a hard time because she has the potential to be a great no-nonsense character who keeps her swagger in a world full of puzzle-nuts. This week, she deserves some praise. She’s been stuck as the emotional support character for quite some time, and it’s been kind of boring to see her cheer people on without really having much of an effect. If she wasn’t there, I probably wouldn’t notice. However, she does a lot for Ana when he’s shocked from his encounter with Eve. She’s become Ana’s new best friend of sorts, so she does everything she can to protect him. Solving puzzles is Kaito’s way of doing things, but Nonoha steps to the plate and gives Eve a good talking too while simultaneously keeping Ana sane.
You see, Eve’s argument is dumb. You would think having a Replica Ring would make you smart enough to realize a flimsy argument when you see one. Sadly, it just makes you an emotional wreck and exaggerates all your feelings so much that reasoning them out and calming your ass down is impossible. Eve quit painting because someone was better than her. That’s like quitting painting because you saw the Mona Lisa and realized you could never be as good. Yes, I know that because it’s her own brother she’s extra resentful about it – but that’s still a poor excuse to give up on your dream. Nonoha calls Eve out on her bullshit too! Blaming Ana fixes nothing. THANK YOU, Nonoha for schooling Eve!
The truth is still obscured from Eve as long as the Ring is on, but she does try to revert back to normal. However, the new version of the Replica Rings seem to be incredibly strong and actually fight back. Once it takes you over, returning back is nearly impossible unless it breaks off.
An Unhappy Ending
The ending to this episode is a beautiful thing. For one thing, it bucks the usual trend of ending on a cheerful note or a dramatic cliffhanger. It ends in pure misery. Everyone has mended their relationships after their Rings came off. For example, Kaito became friends with Rook again and Chieno is still buddy-buddy with Jikukawa. They all said horrible things and attempted murder while under the control of the Ring, but their relationships were mended. It was like nothing bad even happened. However, Ana has inflicted a permanent wound on his sister, and their relationship will never go back to how it was before. It wasn’t on purpose, but he discouraged Eve so much that she gave up her dream to be a painter. Even with the Ring off, that cannot be changed. She may forgive Ana, but that won’t make her suddenly able to paint with the same passion Ana had. Her skill level remains unchanged, and she hates herself for it. Ana is very perceptive of other people’s feelings, so he knows that while the two of them may get along that Eve will always be filled with a longing for a talent she doesn’t possess.
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Preview: A BATTLE PUZZLE, YES! Kaito faces Pinochle in a 1-on-1 puzzle battle, and learns more about his connection to Freecell. As the supposed “weakest member” of the Order, he’s likely to have some sort of gimmick up his sleeve to secure a win for himself. Kaito’s measurements? Nonoha sweets? A limited edition photo album of Rook? Hmm…