She’s been practicing.
|Ahhhh, Phi Brain. What more is there to say? We were promised Raetsel coming to Root Academy to spice things up and Jin going nuts. That’s…pretty much what happens. Although there is a bit of a twist at the end. Phi Brain likes to be predictable, but only up until a certain point where it decides to throw logic to the wind just to mess with ya.|
Root Academy is getting mighty crowded. Not only is Jin hovering around, but now Raetsel is there to constantly stir up trouble. The irony is that she’s actually not there to try and assassinate Kaito. Instead of working on evil plans to carry out her goal of killing all puzzlers, she just fawns over Jin. Yes, she’s really just there to be closer to her childhood friend. These Master Brains can pop up to try and kill people at any time, so transferring to the school really isn’t much of a strategic advantage for her. When you can just fly in one day with a mini airship and Kaito just obediently hops on, you really don’t need to do any ice-breaking first.
Outsmarting these 3 isn’t a very daunting task…
This says a lot about Raetsel’s intentions. Like most Phi Brain main villains, she’s just ~misunderstood~ and ~confused.~ She’s blindly following the orders of Jin because he’s all that matters in her life. Ana is almost always right and he says that Raetsel is in love, so she must have gotten extremely attached to Jin over that one year or so of time with him. I’m assuming he saved her somehow and that’s why she’s so hung up on him. I doubt it’s for his good looks since he wears an XXL t-shirt and sandals like some sort of vagabond.
I think we’ll end up seeing that Enigma is the real bad guy here. Raetsel has more sentimental reasons for doing this whereas it seems to be cold, hard business for Enigma. As soon as Jin likes puzzles again, Raetsel will too. It will be a lot harder to convince someone like Enigma who seems to be doing it for other reasons. The Master Brains are doing it for money, but Enigma is rich. Why on earth would he care about eliminating puzzlers? There’s clearly a lot more to learn about him and his secret motives. The fact that he wears an ascot means he’s even richer than the luxurious dinners suggest. Ascot-level richness is unfathomable! What else could he want?!
I love how each week has a different type of cuisine and Raetsel always dresses up for it
It was kind of nice to see Raetsel get angry when Masaka Jin (my subs couldn’t find an english equivalent of that joke, but that name roughly means “No way, it’s Jin!” or “I can’t believe it’s Jin!”) posed as her precious friend. This season is already proving to be less cut and dry, with villains who are more in that moral grey area mixed among the complete nutters. So far the grunt of the week has always been flamboyant and insane, and I am totally okay with this being the trend.
Masaka Jin’s puzzle was standard, but still fun. The sliding maze was like a harder version of the first episode (Season 1) maze that Minotaur built. Nice to see them constantly upping the ante! Another thing I like about these new lackeys is that they cheat all the time. Even if you’re good at puzzles, someone is gonna mess you up by playing dirty. This adds some extra tension to the puzzles, and makes Kaito have to solve them in impossible ways. I love when Kaito has to pull a solution out of his ass. The maze obviously wasn’t supposed to be solved by jumping from a moving segment before it plummets into the water, but Kaito worked it out somehow. It wasn’t a hard puzzle by a long shot since Kaito didn’t have to stop and think, but it was exciting because of all the cheating. Oh, and it was in the air. That was pretty sweet.
Unfortunately, a lot of the time that wasn’t spent solving puzzles was a bit dull. I’ve lost interest in one-time use characters like Chieno, Airi, Elena and the puzzle club bros and all attempts to give them more screentime is just annoying. Even the main stuff surrounding Jin was a bit irritating to watch. Kaito and Gammon bring out the bitchiest sides of each other, and it’s so frustrating to see them fail at having a normal conversation. Gammon’s normal volume is accusatory yelling while Kaito would rather give you the cold shoulder than explain even a tiny bit about what he’s thinking. The miscommunication between them just adds unnecessary drama. Yes, we get that everyone is conflicted about who Jin really is…but there are better ways of showing us this than having eceryone yell “YOU’RE WRONG” at each other.
On that note, having a fake Jin was a really dumb way to trick us in last week’s preview. Ugh. Then again, seeing Jin pull a Kaito face at the Baron while Gammon stares in full-on horror was one of the best parts of the episode. Alright, Masaka Jin, I suppose you served a purpose. If we get a Masakanoue Gammon or a Nisemononoha in a future episode I’m not going to be happy though…
Preview: More shenanigans, basically. There’s a BBQ that somehow turns into a puzzle battle against a guy with an ugly moustache. Not that there is such a thing as a pretty moustache. His opponent is Cubic, which is exciting since he usually doesn’t get to do much despite being a child prodigy. Even better, THEY BOTH HAVE ROBOTS. I know the end battle is s sudoku thing but…are you thinking what I’m thinking? UH HUH, ROBOT PUZZLE BATTLE!!!!! Oh, and some stuff about Raetsel’s past with Jin. Yeah, whatever. LOOKIT THE ROBOTS!
He auditioned to be in Valvrave, but didn’t quite make the cut