Posted by psgels on 30 April 2012 with categories: Phi Brain

You know, the actual goal of the orpheus order isnt’ bad at all. If they can figure out the kinks in the Orpheus bracelet and remove the parts that destroy the wearer’s brains, it could mean a very good way for humanity to evolve, and it’s certainly better than “let’s have humanity evolve by killing everyone.” It’s just that their methods are questionable, having them resort to use involuntary human guinea pigs who can easily die when things go wrong.

Also, this episode broke up the formula that the first episodes tried to set already: Gammon prevented his sister from getting brainwashed. Still, you could say that this all was part of the plans in order to challenge Kaito to a puzzle. This episode pretty much failed for the Orpheus order, because the reason why Kaito nearly became “Phi Brain” was by putting him under constant stress. That’s very hard to do with five of them together like that, supporting each other. Also, this episode revealed all of their names, and they are indeed as weird as the rest of the cast. The main villain of this series is a random card game.

In any case, the bad thing of breaking up this formula is that we didn’t really get to see much more about Gammon’s sister. The most logical solution for this will be that the Orpheus order will find some other way to use her. Can they keep these methods fresh enough for the entire side-cast?
Rating: * (Good)

3 Responses

  1. Blue Bomber says:

    In a way, this season reminds me of the Black Rose arc in Utena. I like Phi Brain’s version a lot more, though (that part of Utena mostly felt like filler).

  2. imredjimmy says:

    I’m really liking the second season so far. The new ennemies are nice and I feel like Phi Brain is still trying to expand its mythos rather then fall into pointless and eternal fights with no story progress.

  3. Anca says:

    I really hate this episode. A whole brand spanking new Order of Cliche Take Two (it even includes the token goth loli!), and suddenly they ALL have Orpheus Armbands? When last season it was so rare that it was a HUGE revelation that Rook had one?

    I suppose this sort of ‘twists’ are necessary in shonen to keep the power levels even, but I still hate it. I much prefer when the series gives the character a set-back (like being sent to the future in KHR) instead of upgrading the villains like this. Or at least gives a reason why the villains wouldn’t have been around for the lower level fights (like the barrier around the Makai for YYH).

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:30 AM)
    There was also a small section where it focused on how when people are faced with real life consequences that make feel powerless they then look into power fantasies to reconcile that in their mind. This was portrayed with the mecha and FPS scene.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:29 AM)
    Anno is a good animator. I will give him that but I hate it when people claim that there’s some higher meaning to his work. I honestly believe that end of Evangelion was created with the intention to say a giant fuck you to Eva fans.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:27 AM)
    @Aidan: that’s what I mean, I’m not digging in for answers in the dark that WAS the main theme of the piece.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:26 AM)
    @Bam, I got that. It was fairly obvious. Figured it out within the first minute. It was so obvious that I was like “Nah, can’t be that simple” and tried to find something else in it.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:26 AM)
    Now unto watching PP2 finale and get on your guys’ level, with very low hopes riding in.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:14 AM)
    I know Anno enough from his works and interviews to know which parts are just for show, and this had some bits that were just that, but the overall package was certainly thoughtfully produced.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:13 AM)
    Plus ME!ME!ME! certainly had a premise to it, and it’s not “oh fan-service is bad” but instead the theme of how the overfocusing on virtual gratification and pleasure can detach an individual from their environment and trap them in an abstract fantasy of their own which then leads to them loosing the things that really mattered in the first place.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:05 AM)
    @Aidan: it’s not the subject matter that makes him great but rather his directing and animating skills and experience. His cinematography is iconic. and although overdone. he’s still the guy that brought it. He owns those high-angle shots and perspective distortions, cuz even though it’s been done before chances are that 90% of Japanese animators using it now learned it from him rather than some unknown Danish film.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 01:43 AM)
    So in the end…Psycho pass 2 was a filler arc? I honestly think you really could remove it and nothing would change. Sure there was that thing with Mika…but if she ends up a better character in the movie then you can pretty much treat this season as though it never existed.
    But Christ that last episode was terrible.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Dec 18. 2014 10:51 PM)
    But seriously I only watched this sequel because I was told to. From now on if I don’t like something at a glance of its plot summary/promo material I won’t watch it.

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