Let’s continue puzzle time!
|This is my favourite anime of the season. No, I’m serious. That “no, I’m serious” wasn’t sarcastic, either. I honestly don’t know how to tell people Phi Brain is a spectacular show without having them take my enthusiasm as an ironic joke. Phi Brain is something I get dangerously excited about, and waiting all this time for season 3 has been so worth it. I may not be able to convert the non-believers, but I know those of you who also like Phi Brain…really, really like Phi Brain.|
Ana immediately reminds everyone that he’s a boy despite his silky, hairless legs
Everyone is back for more puzzles, giving us a huge cast of colourful characters to enjoy. At first I was a little worried that having characters from both season 1 and 2 would get too hectic, but I was actually rather pleased to see Freecell and the gang. Rook is also an obvious fan favourite, as his relationship with Kaito just gets more and more flamboyant. It’s oddly satisfying to see these ex-villains go through “rehab” in their own way. They were once yandere psychos lusting for blood (and Kaito’s dick, let’s be honest) and now they’re meek, obedient balls of fluff. Furthermore, Freecell is so traumatized that he doesn’t want to solve puzzles anymore. That’s a twist that will probably coincide with the overall theme of hating puzzles. With so many characters hanging around, Enigma and Ratsel could potentially scoop up any one of them and get them to turn on Kaito. It’s happened before so I don’t see why it can’t happen again.
Seeing the old characters is just as exciting as meeting the new ones due to the break between the end of season 2 and now. I’m freaking out over their updated outfits alone. Nonoha in a short shorts? Kaito with a new jacket? Rook looking 10x as pink as usual?! I love it. I love how shamelessly (yet quickly) they rotate through the old cast introductions to get you back into the swing of things. My impression of the new villains is fairly good as well. Kaito’s harem was getting so big that it was reaching a threshold, so having a girl makes things easier. We all know Kaito just ignores anyone of the XX chromosome variety, so Ratsel poses no threat of pushing Kaito’s harem into being too large. But seriously, I’m glad they have a cool girl in there even if she will inevitably be the target of hundreds of sexist jokes much like Nonoha was in the past. I bet she sucks at puzzles.
Enigma is cool solely because he is voiced by Jouji Nakata – but otherwise I get him woefully mixed up with Baron since they’re both cool, older men. It will take a while for us to get to know them, but so far so good. I especially like this season’s concept of puzzles potentially being…EVIL?!?! It’s hilarious that Ratsel is a bad influence for telling Jin that puzzles are bad for killing people. That’s right, the villains are people with normal logic. The beauty of this set-up is that Kaito must somehow convince people with the opinion that life-taking puzzles are bad – the opinion every normal person in reality has if they possess half a neuron – that they are wrong. This will hopefully lead to bizarre conversations where Jin will say “but that buzzsaw nearly cut you in half!” and Kaito will reply “but the puzzle man, I feel it. It needs my love!”. Oh God, I can’t wait to see how they make up this conflict.
I’m not even done getting excited about these anti-puzzle villains yet. Their motives are totally different from Rook’s and Freecell’s in a way that makes things totally fresh. We no longer have the Orpheus rings to rely on for making people evil, so the villains have to have actual motives aside from just “the evil piece of jewellery made me do it.” This means that to maintain the same level of nonsense, they would need something else. But what? Ahhh, yes, to make the villains completely insane! I lied when I said they possess the logic of a normal human being. That logic only extends to the concept of puzzles being inherently terrible due the possible side effects of, you know, death. Their method of countering puzzles is not quite as sober. Instead of dismantling these safety hazards, they are re-activating them and trapping smart people in them.
oh god, put the cloak back on…
The villains want to kill all smart people. I wish I were joking (not really) but that is the goal. KILL ALL SMART PEOPLE. I lost it when a man ripped off his mysterious cloak to reveal a clown suit and threatened them for being smart. I just…what? You want to kill them because puzzles are bad, so they must be too? WHAT? Clowns? On one hand the villains have this huge potential for bringing up some serious loopholes in the whole puzzle-loving logic the show revolves around (and create a black hole in the process). On the other hand, a clown escaped from Yu-Gi-Oh! or Hunter x Hunter and is throwing bombs onto little boys for fun. Phi Brain…you know how to entertain. You really do. The more nonsense the better and booooyyyyyy oh boy is this season going to be ripe with nyansense. :3c
This is everything I wanted. Puzzles, unnecessary drama, buzzsaws, and clowns. I will never get over that clown. Anyways, this really isn’t much of a surprise for us Phi Brain fans but I’d love to inflict this upon an uninitiated otaku who hasn’t seen ANY episode of Phi Brain in their life. It had the right level of crazy mixed with stuff that was actually, genuinely good in a way I can’t explain. For one thing, the animation budget is kind of great now. Or rather, it’s not terribly derp. The seiyuu cast continues to grow exponentially to the point where I’m certain we’ve wrangled about half of the industry. All we need is HanaKana and we’ve won the game. She’d probably voice another trap because lol girls aren’t in Phi Brain. Another fun bonus I just want to fangirl about is the ED song, which features a slideshow of ships. The first picture if Kaito and Rook chasing each other on a beach. I am sO DONE WITH THIS SHOW. …..See you next week.
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Preview: Kaito finishes the door puzzle, meanwhile his buddies are stuck battling an insane clown. It’s always fun to see Ana, Gammon and Cubic on their own without Kaito so I’m pretty excited!
Calm down guys. We have all season for homoerotic subtext! No need to go full throttle so soon…