It’s time to celebrate Pi Day!
|After just about everyone died last week, it’s time to see how the survivors are faring. They have left behind their dearest friends, and yet they still must face the very same puzzles that took them away. With all this weight on their shoulders, the world must still be saved. What better way to depict this than a slumber party and a festival?!|
I love when Phi Brain has silly, dorky episodes. The “so bad it’s good” sense of humour and nonsensical plot progression makes the shenanigans of all the puzzle addicts all the more fun. However, now is not the best time for that sort of thing. Three people just died, and they were some of Kaito’s closest friends. His initial, depressed reaction is fine…but he’s quickly snapped out of it by meat on a skewer. Raetsel and Nonoha throw food at him and he forgets the fact he watched his friends die before his very eyes. If they wanted to have shocking deaths for the sake of being dark and edgy, at least run with that idea! If the main character is no longer shocked and doesn’t care, then the viewer isn’t going to treat it as a big deal either. As a result, there’s a huge amount of whiplash from last week to this week as they completely abandon all responsibility for killing off a good chunk of the cast. It’s just bad writing.
Makes you wonder why Kaito even bothers tying his hair up in a skimpy rat’s tail
I guess they realized what a horrible idea it was to let Urobuchi Gen go nuts last week and kill off characters, and now they don’t know what to do. It’s like they’re making up for it by having everyone be inexplicably happy and adorable. It’s not the most normal reaction to death – the first deaths in the series. Most of the characters are placated by Baron’s lies, so that could technically explain why they’re so confident. But in that case, Ana and Jikukawa should be acting more depressed since they see through the lies. But in the end, none of them act any differently based on whether they believe their friends are alive or dead. If there’s any way to disrespect a character after they die, it’s forgetting about them and throwing a party immediately after.
For the record, I’m still doubtful that they’re dead. If they really are dead and this is the best send-off they get (Kaito moping for a few seconds in a shower) then this show has really lost sight of itself. I would hate for Phi Brain to end with pointless deaths as if someone was picking ideas out of a hat at random and just rolling with it.
Nonoha approves of kidnapping.
On the plus side, this episode brings out a ton of cuteness and Phi Brain nonsense. It’s frustrating that everyone is partying at such a time, but the actual antics are enjoyable if you ignore the fact that we’re near the finale. Putting all aspects of a sensible plot aside, you have to admit that some cute stuff went down. Raetsel having a heart to heart with Kaito was sweet, especially since she should technically be going psycho with that Orpheus Ring on. The sleepover was definitely the highlight of the show, since they actually carried Raetsel away and forced her to party with them. Ana being included in the girl’s party is a running joke that I never get bored of. Then you have the ending scene which has red petals floating around for NO REASON and horribly awkward camera angles and pauses in dialogue. It literally felt like a crappy soap opera where you knew someone was offscreen just dumping buckets of fake petals onto a fan.
There’s really no substance to this episode unless you consider all the girls cooking and hitting each other with pillows while giggling madly to be substantial. Speaking of cooking, I had to shake my head at the fact that the girls were once again pigeonholed into the role of the housewife. The only role they have is to cook for the guy and cheer him on? That’s their job? The most recent episodes of this show are entertaining, but really quite frustrating when you think about it for more than 5 seconds. I’m a little disappointed in how things have turned out.
On the bright side, the final puzzle looks perfect. I felt like yawning when they announced that it was just a regular, area-capturing puzzle. But it was quickly revealed that the memory-evoking powers of Orpheus would be put into use to trap them into the maze of their own past. It’s a perfect way to finish things.
Bishop tries to be strong for Rook’s sake, but it’s hard when Nonoha doesn’t get very…excited…when she’s shown puzzles. I dunno man, it just looks like you laid out a bunch of cut-outs from an old newspaper and Cracker Jack boxes to me. Wait, that’s not even a joke because that is literally what these things are. They took some vintage puzzles from those crazzzy folks in England and expect everyone to be amazed. Although they may be rare and expensive in this era, it’s still funny to me that they’re showing these slips of paper immediately after a GIANT TOWER PUZZLE THAT MAKES THE USERS TRAVEL THROUGH TIME. It really takes the edge off of my enthusiasm for paper puzzles, you know?