…I guess Cubic is more of an orange juice kind of guy.
|Hello, and welcome to another week of…of…BAWWWWW only 2 more episodes and then Phi Brain is overrrr!!!!! *sobs incoherently* After a year of Phi Brain in my life, I don’t think I can survive without it now. I know all about withdrawal symptoms, and I’m going to be hit hard. Shaking. Hallucinations. Irritability. Lack of Sleep. Lowered Immune System. Mass puzzle-theme murdering sprees. But let’s put that aside for now and savour the derp of Phi Brain while it is still here. I’ll save curling up into a fetal position and clawing at the wallpaper for after the finale. :3|
Jikukawa-senpai returns with some valuable info about Freecell’s mother, Silita. After breaking into her house and rummaging through all her things (I really hope this is the only house he broke into – abandoned or otherwise) he found her diary, which fully explains how the Orpheus Order came to be. It started off as a cult that had an ideal, but didn’t really try to force their own religion on other people. It was only once Klondike stepped in and suggested a more hands-on approach that they decided to revolve around fitting the world with Orpheus Rings. Interestingly enough, Klondike was never the original leader. He just joined and managed to convince everyone to listen to him instead. Right from the beginning it was all for his personal gain though. There’s no corruption we can blame on the Ring – he was just a bad apple right from the start.
The first batch of Replica Rings seemed to have very severe side effects. Silita suffered the usual emotional rollercoaster rides associated with the Ring, but my guess is that the reason she died was also because of the Ring. It’s been shown that these Rings deteriorate one’s health at an accelerated rate, so this could very well solve the issue of Freecell pondering over who killed his mom. It was probably that buggy prototype Ring! What we know for sure is that both of Freecell’s memories are actually correct. As a boy he was probably too naive to notice that his mom harboured feelings of ill will towards him, but the Ring gave him the power of hindsight to realize that she hated him. Perhaps black eyes are for the future and rainbow ones for the past? I think he really loved his mom as a boy, but the Ring let him see the truth of Silita’s hidden feelings so that he started to partially hate her now that he’s older. So Silita hates/loves Freecell and he hates/loves his mom. This is what Rings do to people…
Not only is the Ring notorious for warping emotions, but it’s got this odd little habit of telling the future for those who are true Phi Brain children. The “rainbow soup” eye has been replaced with a gaping black hole that sees into all eternity. Melancholy was scared of Freecell when he was in his normal state, so this terrifies her so much that she tries to rip off her Orpheus Ring. She never was attached to her Ring in the first place, unlike Klondike. However, the result is the same and both Klondike and Melancholy are effectively de-Ringed by Freecell’s overwhelming power. Pretty beast, eh?
The upgrade from rainbow to black must mean that Freecell has somehow gotten even stronger, and will be a huge obstacle for Kaito. In fact, I’m not sure how he’s going to win this if he runs to the puzzle as is. He never actually solved that big issue of not being able to reach Phi Brain mode any more. But he’s going to go to the puzzle anyways. Kaito never turns down a puzzle, and he’s surely going to follow Freecell all the way to a snowy mountain top in order to free him. This would be fine if Freecell didn’t mention that it was going to be a GOD’S PUZZLE which means…wait, what? What the hell does it mean?! We saw that the God Scroll was destroyed, meaning that the world is safe from imploding with knowledge.
Next time be more careful so megane-lovers like Pinochle can loot those rad shades!
A God’s Puzzle is just when two extremely talented Phi Brain children engage in a one on one Solver/Giver puzzle battle, like what Rook made for Kaito at the end of season 1. However, what does this achieve, and how is it any different from a normal puzzle battle between them? Is it just that crazy stuff happens when two really smart people try and outwit each other in a puzzle? God’s Puzzle sounds ominous the same way Darkbad does. It is just some words that are put together, but we don’t know what the hell that insinuates. If I’m getting this all wrong and there is some deep significance in their battle being a God’s Puzzle instead of a regular puzzle, then please enlighten me! I wish to know.
Oh, and Whist switched sides, but he’s a little snake anyways so whatever.
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This week’s format is a little different from the puzzle-of-the-week schtick, introducing a battle of wits instead. The POG and Klondike have a battle of simply outsmarting one another and planning ahead in a more loose format where anything can happen. This isn’t a puzzle with rules, turns, and strict time limits. It’s a free-for-all. There were some genuinely good moments in their little cat and mouse game, but Phi Brain still accels more when it’s just showing puzzle battles. Some of the counters were predictable, such as Klondike having secret buttons that conveniently do everything he would ever need on his desk. It’s a wonder a trap door didn’t open and send Doubt and Pinochle falling into a pit, only after comically pumping their legs in the air while suspended in time like Wile E. Coyote.
However, something new was attempted, and I appreciate the attempt because it was at least partially entertaining even if there was no “FUCK YEAH” or “OH SHIT” moment to really hammer things home. I also found it hilarious that the main POG members were being focused on, yet they weren’t actually the ones doing the hacking. They kept asking Diceman how the hacking was going and he would just smile and hold up dice, like he thought that was actually how hacking worked.
Learning about Silita was great, although I found myself getting a bit bored. I honestly forgot about Freecell’s past, mostly because he’s now raging mad and has a glowing eye that sees the future. THE FUTURE! The closure was needed before the final face-off though, so I had to re-focus my mind away from psychic powers for a moment. Alright, BACK TO THOSE PSYCHIC POWERS! I love how they ditched he rainbow eye in favour of a black hole eye that peers into souls and makes them cower in fear. Melancholy’s reaction was priceless, and seeing one simple shot of Klondike lying there lifelessly like he was just mugged by 5 thugs was much more effective than if we had seen the entire puzzle. The whole scene with Freecell confronting those two was excellent, and (thankfully) marks Freecell as the main villain of the show.
Preview: …Somehow the previews are funnier than the actual show. Anyways, Freecell and Whist kidnap Nonoha to lure Kaito to their God Puzzle in the Himalayan mountain tops. Kaito broods during the plane ride and Nonoha has a long chat with Freecell, who is reunited with his old necklace. Whist looks suspicious as per usual. 2 episodes left! Stay tuned, Phi Bros!
Secret twist: this is actually Canada, and Freecell is luring Kaito there to get officially married