Phi Brain 11 – Puzzle Guardian Barrier
December 12, 2011
Episode 11 of Φ Brain (AKA Phi Brain, Kami no Puzzle) does a good job of explaining just what this show is about. It describes the eternal struggle between those who would protect the world’s treasure and those who would take it. The treasure has been secured behind puzzle barriers. But the Puzzle Givers and the Puzzle Solvers have two very different perspectives. The Solvers see the puzzles as challenges that must be faced, but the Solvers, particularly the organization of Puzzle Givers known as the P.O.G. (Puzzle Of God), view the puzzles as something that must remain unviolated. Forgetting the puzzle, they have started to put their efforts towards eliminating the Solvers, by any means necessary. Thus the delicate balance between Giver and Solver has been disrupted.
For the second time, Phi Brain stresses the importance of Puzzles as a friend to a lonely child. Whereas the puzzles kept Kaito company after his parent’s death, Elena sees puzzles as validating her existence after she was abandoned by her mother. To Elena, if she didn’t have puzzles (especially her identity as a Puzzle Giver), she would be nothing. The POG were able to use her diminished sense of self worth in using her to attack the show’s heroes.
Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the leader of POG’s East Asian division has been deposed by Rook (or Luke), an old childhood friend of Kaito’s. Will this mean that POG will return to the true path of puzzles? Or will Kaito and friends face another dangerous puzzle next week?
On other matters
It turns out that this is my 350th post here at the Abandoned Factory. I thank everyone who reads it for stopping by, and I even extend my thanks to those that aren’t reading this, but that have supported me in the past. Anime is great fun, and I have deepened my enjoyment of the medium by putting together these posts. Keep watching anime!