Never let Gammon pick where to go for a date
|What’s up, puzzle dandies? I have 3 essays and a midterm this week so the last thing my brain wants to do is write. It doesn’t want to do much of anything, really, aside from maybe shut down for a week. Excuse me if this post is not quite up to par with my usual writing as a result. But then again, it’s not like I need to do much deep analysis for a show like this. It should be fine, so bear with me!|
Can you believe Kaito is onscreen for only one scene? This time the spotlight is on Gammon, who never fails to delight. Honestly, you could get away with just having his voice present as a narrator and I’d be happy. In a show where everyone is flamboyantly dorky to the point where they have no shame about their puzzle obsessions, Gammon is the cool kid that you can’t help but love. After defecting to the POG, it’s easy to see him relapsing into the villain territory again. He’s Kaito’s rival, he’s fiercely jealous, and he’s got the reckless personality to pull off an impulsive turn to the dark side without remorse. It all adds up. Since then, he’s kind of been playing on our expectations and appearing to go rogue again when he’s actually just being a big old softie.
Like a really, really BIG softie. Christ, he’s tall.
Gammon travels to Amgine to be Kaito’s “shield” of sorts and try to save the day without anyone getting hurt. You’d expect something a little more suspicious from a guy who left without telling anyone, but he’s really just protecting his pride. It’s actually pretty cute. In the process he gets an Orpheus Ring slapped on his arm and the automatic reaction is to gasp and say “oh no…he’s evil again!”. I know I did. It would have been a neat way to pad out the last few episodes by forcing Kaito – yet again – to pit his wits against his own friends.
But Gammon’s evil days are over so he just growls, flexes his biceps, and saves the day. He is so jacked that the nerd portion of the Orpheus Ring is repelled by what a jock he is. It’s amazing. Gammon wins with his biceps and gets the girl! Phi Brain really becomes quite a different show when Gammon is in charge, doesn’t it? It’s like watching the captain of a football team whereas Kaito is more like the greasy philosophy major with a ponytail who frequents the chess club.
Muscles, sparkles and roses. Nothing goes together better.
Gammon was wonderful during every moment of screentime. Elena? Not so much. She has been reduced to the rich girl with convenient privileges who has a crush on Gammon. She used to be incredibly sassy and willful. She used to be a master Giver who nearly thwarted Kaito many times before. She used to be one of the only girls on the show allowed to be involved in the boy’s club of puzzle solving. Now she’s been given the Nonoha-level puzzle exile! It was sad that Elena became nothing more than an object for Gammon to save. She was there only because she had a pretty dress that matched Gammon’s hair and they wanted to draw her jumping around in heels. Don’t give me the excuse that Givers suck at puzzles either because Freecell and Rook totally redeemed themselves before.
I’ve always been kind of “eh” about Elena, but now I just feel sad for what they’ve done to her. You’re trying to tell me every girl in the show has a job to just cheer on the guys and help them do better? EVERY GIRL? Even the ones who used to have their own stupid TV show where they made puzzles each week? Raetsel is an anomaly at this point and I’m so glad she exists. The sexism in Phi Brain is usually just sigh-worthy with how blatant and dumb it is, but this week it actually managed to annoy me.
Not sure what Gammon will do now that dinner is over and he just kind of walked out on the final boss. Regroup with Kaito? Sit and wait for the right time to strike? Go back home? See a doctor about those whacky future visions? Whatever he does, I kind of hope he stays in the spotlight justttt a bit longer. Him and Ana. More Ana please! Unfortunately, that’s a bit…unlikely. Gammon’s predicting a final showdown between Kaito and Orpheus, and that looks pretty inevitable at this point. It’s only a matter of time.
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Preview: Raetsel appears to be the next subject for a mind puzzle in the sky. The next episode looks like it’s all over the place so who know what to expect? Well, you can expect giant sunflowers and melting clocks. That’s a start.