Look, if you don’t take his bloody hand he’s going to take out your ribs and crucify you to them, okay?
|I’ve been getting distracted a lot while studying lately. Mostly because my notes are littered with Phi Brain doodles, and it’s hard to read about neurotransmitters and hormones when Freecell is tap-dancing on almost every single word. Yes, this the heavy burden that I carry. Nineteen episodes in and the Phi Brain obsession continues to thrive within me!|
Freecell’s Ring went through some drastic and very confusing changes. Remember in season 1 when Kaito’s Ring started doing crazy shit like seeing the future? Well, the tail end of season 2 seems eager to do the same thing. It’s still unclear exactly what his Ring does, but I have some best guesses ready. First of all, the Ring was originally a fake created by Whist. The whole reason he could gather data and monitor Freecell was because he installed such a device into it. Like the other Orpheus Order members, he was just another lab rat. I was starting to get suspicious of Melancholy, and it seems like she’s in on the whole thing with Whist. She doesn’t seem surprised to see Whist watching Freecell and collecting data, and Whist doesn’t mind her walking in either. I doubt her Ring is real though, because who entrusts an ancient artifact to a haughty loli?
During Whist’s surveillance, several things happen. For starters, Freecell unlocks a new “rainbow mode” (or as I like to call, the “Pride Parade Mode”) that we’ve never seen before. As he’s recalling his memories, the rainbow effect comes on, suggesting that this mode is specifically related to the wearer’s memories. Freecell says that he suddenly remembers the truth, meaning that this mode actually helps him remember the actual events instead of the twisted one where Kaito killed his mom.
Nonoha is pretty dubious of this and calls him out on it, asking him how she should discern between the fake memories and real memories. When someone commits themself so deeply to one set of facts and then swiftly throws it away and adopts a new truth without any stress whatsoever, then something is wrong. The Ring has never been very good at showing people the truth, so I think this Ring might just be further muddling up the memories. The only way sanity can be restored is by destroying those Rings. Pinochle didn’t realize the truth until his Rings were broken, and I would imagine the same thing applies to Freecell. A real ring is stronger than a fake ring, and so it should follow that the emotional and memory-manipulating aspects should be stronger too.
So, let’s review what the Ring changed. Instead of loving his mom, he apparently hated her. It’s odd, because Freecell has naturally been fluctuating between loving and hating his mother. After Pinochle “died”, he said he hated her despite spending the rest of the series mourning her death. The other change is that he apparently was the one to kill her, which sounds just as unlikely as Kaito killing her. I doubt a little kid has the means to murder someone and have the police not notice it was a homicide case. If he simply exacerbated her condition somehow, then that’s still not really causing her death either. These two changes completely alter Freecell’s perception. He is no longer obsessed with Kaito’s promise to him or his mother’s death – he’s purely obsessed with Kaito as a person. He has blinders on to everything else now, and his only desire is to solve puzzles with Kaito. Not out of revenge, just…for fun. That would be fine if the whole “you die if you lose” penalty wasn’t always in place.
I get the feeling that if his true memories were restored, he’d react with something other than villainous chortles and dramatic hand gestures. Some details are most likely true, but the majority of his tale smells fishy to me. In fact, this change might actually be quite harmful to Freecell instead of helpful. His grudge may be gone, but he’s more likely to accidentally kill Kaito now. He’s a lot smart now that his Orpheus Ring became real! Real Rings don’t have transmitters, so it shut off entirely and left Whist in the dark. Also, it started to glow purple at one point. I think he might have Kaito’s old ability to see the future as well. Instead of focusing on his depressing past, he’s fixated on a beautiful future holding hands with his precious Kaito. Holding hands and going through life-threatening puzzles…
Of course, nothing is certain with Phi Brain, and that Orpheus Ring could be controlling robots and combing Freecell’s hair every day for all I know. These things do everything! If you couldn’t tell by how I dedicated this post entirely to Freecell’s mental state due to the Ring; I really like how ridiculously over-powered these things are. Let me know what you think of the Ring and if his memories are real or fake! I also have one more question for you guys: why didn’t Freecell recognize Pinochle when he was scouted to the Orpheus Order?
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I have to say, this was an excellent episode. Nonoha is the character I always try so hard to like, but rarely find anything to latch onto because of the role they cast her as. Nonoha as the cheerleader is lame, but Nonoha as the support character is great. Whether it’s using her physical strength to punch through solid rock or taking advantage of her photographic memory, I can’t help but nod in approval at every opportunity that she takes to use her special skill set. No one else in the show has this ability. It’s her niche. Nonoha held her own this week by trying to save Kaito and explaining the puzzle layout to Freecell. In addition to that, she used this as a great moment to grill him about his deal with Kaito. As a result, we learned a heck of a lot about Freecell’s past and even saw some freaky new Orpheus Ring modes. I love when Phi Brain lays down these crazyass plot twists! Things are really getting exciting now!!
Preview: Kaito asks Rook for puzzle-training, which involves a little more than those 5 star sudoku in the newspapers. I’m talking Fool’s Puzzles. The kind that eat you up and spit you out if you’re not quick on your feet and twice as fast up in the ‘ole noodle. KAITO FIGHT-O!
I’m more scared of the faces than the spikes…