The only show where getting smarter gives you the ability to break through brick walls
|When I was first watching this episode, there were dogs barking loudly outside of my house. My neighbour has a scrappy little dog named Duchess that barks up a high-pitched storm whenever someone passes. However, I thought there was a dog in the background approaching Kaito’s group and got excited. “Rook has arrived,” I thought to myself, “and he brought his adorable pomeranian too!” Rook isn’t in this episode. Rook doesn’t even have a dog. THEY WERE IN A FOREST. *sigh* I guess we all have moments like these, don’t we?|
Herbert’s attempts to “straight up gangsta fly” did not sit well with the rest of the Order
What’s better than one Orpheus Ring? Why, two rings of course! The big shocker of the week was seeing Herbert sport two different coloured rings. We know for sure that one is fake, but it’s unclear whether his gold one is real. Whatever the case may be, having two of any ring-type on just one person spells out DANGER in glowing red letters. Klondike probably had no intentions of forgiving Herbert and just wanted to use him as a guinea pig to see how someone would cope with 2 rings. While it ostensibly doubles his intelligence and problem-solving agility, it also greatly suppresses the emotional centres in the brain.
People with one ring let out their dark, ugly emotions, but people with two rings turn those feelings into a completely separate personality. This is the first time we’ve seen a sort of alternate personality take over an unwilling host. For example, Rook was evil, but he wasn’t aware of this until the Ring was removed. Herbert is completely aware that what he’s doing is wrong, but he cannot stop it. This is much worse and much more terrifying, because the Rings are basically splitting you into two people and sealing away control completely. Trying to break someone out of that with the power of friendship alone is highly unlikely.
As the Order finds more unique ways to create beefed-up versions of the Rings, I wonder if they’ll use them on the other members. I like how two rings cause two red eyes, so I’d be alright with Melancholy or Mizerka sporting the ruby-eyed style. Over the 2 seasons this show has aired, we’ve discovered a ton of different side effects from the Rings. They alter emotions, harm the body, rewrite memories, increase your intelligence and even tell the future. What will be next? Will these fakes be able to see the future too? Freecell has a crazy rainbow-eye in the preview for next week’s episode, so I doubt we’ve seen everything these Rings can do. I love it! The more dangerous these Rings prove to be, the more Mizerka and Doubt seem to grow suspicious. They might be the ones to help overthrow the Order. Melancholy is so cruel that she might actually be in on everything with Klondike. At the very least, she doesn’t seem to care about who dies as long as she gets to crush people’s confidence by beating them in a puzzle.
Angels and Demons
You can actually play a simpler version of this week’s puzzle on the “free demo” section of the Professor Layton website (or in the game if you have it). It’s a great puzzle because the rules are very easy to understand, and I think most people are familiar with it from Professor Layton or even from school. Herbert’s version is actually solved rather easily, and without any apparent time limit. His goal was probably just to get everyone in one area and then crush them all with explosives as opposed to making a hard puzzle. Kaito is hinting that if Herbert focuses less on sneaky little traps, he would actually be a formidable Giver. All of his puzzles (including S1) involve using a lot of logic and keeping track of many concepts mentally before coming to a specific conclusion. I like how each Giver in this show has their own special style of puzzles.
Back to the puzzle, I liked how each character got their own role. Cubic was God: is the creator of the humans (i.e. his robot!). Alternatively, he is basically the godmode character who solves everything for Kaito and pals with his computer expertise. Seriously, this shota gets shit done. It also makes sense for Nonoha to be the angel, because she’s the only normal one who doesn’t murder people with puzzles -__- Her title is that of the sweet, saintly Nightingale, so this makes sense. Gammon is Kaito’s rival, so it makes sense for him to be opposite to Kaito as the Arch-Demon. This might also be a nod to how he joined the evil POG in S1 as well. So that leaves Kaito as the Arch-angel to be opposite to Gammon and the counterpart to Nonoha. The arch-angel leads the angel, which makes sense since he always protects her. Usually it’s not from being eaten, but whatever. Speaking of which, those “eating” jokes were so…incredible. You just don’t hold back, do ya, Phi Brain?
The Order promised to leave Kaito alone, but they’ve done everything but leave him be. Naturally, Kaito is pissed and finally decides to bust into their new HQ and set things straight. I mean…really…If they don’t stop when they lose in a puzzle, what will stop them? That’s the only method Kaito knows! Anyways, it’s good to see the puzzle-gang take initiative and try to actually stop the bad guys instead of just waiting to see what puzzle they’re invited to next. I’m looking forward to that talk with Freecell, if it ever happens. Phi Brain has been making us more and more suspicious about the Order’s shady dealings lately, and it’s really making me hungry for the truth!
This week’s puzzle was pretty great too, mostly because I’m rather fond of those “crossing the river” puzzles. Herbert revealing his other Ring was exciting, and I loved the crazy effect it had on his body and his mind. I was really convinced he was healed with the power of friendship at the end (because that was the case last week with Pinochle), which made his sudden betrayal even better. It works especially well for a show like Phi Brain where villains instantly switch sides due to the slightest display of kindness. Very nice! This is also a great set up for next week’s episode, which looks really good as well. It’s a good time to be a Phi Brain fan with the plot moving forward, a sudden burst of exciting puzzles, and the same usual jokes. It’s not every day a dude breaks through a wall because they just got smarter.
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Preview: Kaito is stuck somewhere under all that rubble, and I’m guessing Nonoha and Freecell share the mutual interest of digging him out of there. I’m not sure exactly what happens, but I think we learn a lot about Freecell next week…Freecell and his rainbow eye that takes both his puzzle-solving powers and his flamboyancy to the next level.
The crack pairing ship has set sail.