The deathmatch shall not begin until Ana has hugged everyone at least once!
|This week’s been very busy for me and next week will be even worse. But I will do anything for Phi Brain! I’d stick my hand in a blender and marinate it with salt and lemon (and maybe some mint for added flavour~) just for Phi Brain! This week’s episode is a bit on the more tame side compared to how unruly things tend to get, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop playing the role of the overly-devoted fan any time soon.|
This week’s episode is alternatively called “how Doubt and Mizerka freak out when they learn the truth.” I expected them to join Kaito’s side in this episode, so no surprises there. The interesting part was watching how they reacted to the news. Doubt is angry, but he doesn’t let it interfere with his sense of duty. He’s so caught up in obeying Klondike, that his loyalty has taken up an almost twisted level of fidelity. Mizerka is devastated that she isn’t a real Phi Brain child, as she puts very high standards on herself. She tries to distract herself by being useful to Melancholy, so it makes sense that when she’s shut down that she would go to someone else to try and get the same sense of comfort. I thought Doubt and Mizerka were both fairly weak characters without much depth until I saw this episode. They’re great characters with a real side fighting to be let out underneath the Ring’s restrictive influence.
The Rings alter their emotions so that negative feelings still remain…even if there is no reason for them. For example, Doubt is still loyal to Klondike, but he never actually vocalizes why he is so loyal. The likely answer to this is that he’s simply forgotten why, and continues to obey him because the Ring has convinced him it was an important promise. The same goes for Mizerka, who actually notices that her hatred for Ana is unwarranted now that Eve has forgiven him. The feelings of hatred remains thanks to the Ring, but they have no reason for existing. Once the Rings are removed, their real personalities start to shine. Mizerka is a woman who wants to be strong and Doubt is a chivalrous guy who always comes through in a pinch. Without the Rings, the extreme level of these traits are toned down so that Mizerka isn’t pleading people to rely on her and Doubt doesn’t blindly keep every single promise he’s made. If anyone’s ever played Disgaea 4, they’ll have the pleasure of knowing Valvatorez – a vampire who made a promise to never drink blood, and is reduced to eating sardines for the rest of his life. Promises can be deadly!
But I digress…back to our lovely pseudo-couple. These two managed to break free from the hold of the Rings almost entirely on their own. Kaito and Ana didn’t have to do much to get their real personalities to shine through. My guess is they’ll help Pinochle at the POG now, and finally act as a real team instead of separate members who bicker all the time. Mizerka will probably visit Eve too, which would make a nice little bonus scene for whatever episode has time to show that. I don’t expect a happy ending where Eve can magically paint again, but I’d love for them to have a quiet talk and maybe get Mizerka into painting. Pinochle is adorable without his Ring, so I’m looking forward to seeing more of the nice versions of Mizerka and Doubt!
Got Them Melancholy Blues
Too bad beauty sleep doesn’t make her beautiful on the inside u_u
So, Melancholy is a bitch. Despite living on this planet about half the time as anyone else on the show, she’s about thrice as bitter and belligerent. Melancholy has been pretending to get along with the Order all this time despite secretly hating them all for being repulsive lab rats, barely even worthy of licking the dirt off her shoes. Yes, Melancholy apparently has a real Orpheus Ring and Klondike…doesn’t. He seemed envious of her Ring as he stood over her sleeping form (yikes, more on that later…) which suggests that he doesn’t have one. He’s just a dude in a snazzy suit who knows how to pull strings from the shadows! This makes me wonder how the hell he’s going to be of any match for Kaito without any brain-enhancing bling on his wrist. Perhaps he’s mastered some Ring-less thinking technique that Kaito will have to try and copy? A sort of backdoor route to being a genius that doesn’t require you to go ballistic in Phi Brain mode? Man, I can’t wait to see his puzzle. The Order is only him, Freecell and Melancholy right now (aside from the members all over the world, like the Uno twins), so it won’t be long until that final showdown…
On a side note, either Klondike is a pedophile and likes keeping sleeping little girls close at hand or Melancholy is actually related to him. Noc suggested this in the comments section last week and it looks like it’s true! …Oh please God, let it be that and not a loli fetish.
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I don’t have a lot to say about this episode, as it just felt like a way to pave a path between Mizerka and Doubt being the Order to them being on Team Kaito. A set-up episode. It was great to see another side of Mizerka and Doubt, but it’s a bit late to get me interested in the MAIN VILLAINS of the show. Now that I like them, I probably won’t see them again until the last episode aside from mini appearances! What a waste! Oh well, better late than never, I suppose. I did enjoy the drama with these two, especially how overly dramatic and lovey-dovey they were. In retrospect, the preview for this episode (shown at the end of episode 20) was pretty spot-on. This was intentional, just to remind us that heterosexual romance is a thing. Because, you know, sometimes you can forget when you’re watching Phi Brain and every single thing with a dick in a 10 mile radius of Kaito is attracted to him.
Preview: Time to learn what’s up with Melancholy and Klondike as Kaito gets up close and personal. Also, wait…what…Kaito’s already facing Klondike in a puzzle?
Next week: Men In Black side arc as puzzle aliens attack.