Anime Remix-Does The Internet Make Us Stupid?

May 23, 2013

OopsieCheeb

Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

So the other day at work, I received an e-mail from a listserv called “Library Link of The Day” in which I received a link to a YouTube video entitled “What the internet is doing to our brains”. So I had some time this evening to check it out and I was quite surprised with what I learned. So for this edition of anime remix, I would like to share my thoughts about this issue.

So as I was watching the video, I learned that all of the time we spend checking our e-mail’s, playing games on Facebook and watching cat videos on YouTube, we tend to ruin our brains in which we manage to lose valuable information that makes us more culturally aware and that the more time we spend on these distractions makes us lose more information that we learn overtime thus making us nullified zombies.

Thus I hate to admit this, but before writing this post, I spent about 30 minutes playing Facebook games instead of spending that time coming up with this post. I guess you could say that I might be turning into a zombie myself. But don’t take it from me, watch the video and see for yourself how the internet might make us more stupid than we thought.

So until next time, remember that there  is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.

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Anime Reviews: Phi-Brain Puzzle Of God Collection 1

May 14, 2013

phibrain

Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

Now as I teased yesterday on Twitter and mentioned for the last month or so I said that I was going to review the anime series Phi-Brain: Puzzle Of God. Well as promised, here is my review of the series absolutely 100% spoiler free.

General Information

The series revolves around the main protagonist Kaito Daimon, a gifted high school student who is a genius when it comes to solving puzzles in which he will implement different strategies to help him solve it such as using student desks from a classroom to visualize the solutions. Because of this he is given the name of “Einstein”. However his close friend from childhood Nonoha Itou, feels that the name given to him sort of sounds like a weirdo even though she is good at other things such as sports along with a photographic memory in which she accompanies Kaito when goes out to solve puzzles in which she is not too good at it. Even her cooking is terrible in which Kaito refers to her “Nonoha Sweets” as “Weapons of Mass Destruction”. Odd relationship, I know but there are others that play an important role in the series itself.

Gammon Sakanoue who is know as “Galileo” who tries to beat Kaito to the punch when there is a puzzle with a prize involved. Cubik Galois AKA: “Edison” a intellectual genius who can invent anything under the sun and far more into mathematics than puzzles. Ana Gram AKA: “Da Vinci” who is actually a boy “Accidentally refereed to as a girl” who is able to hear puzzles talk. and Sojui Jikukawa AKA: “Newton” who later becomes “Minotaur” is head of the puzzle club who enjoys drinking boxed apple juice from a straw.

Then there is Rook Banjo Crossfield who is head of the organization know as the P.O.G. and a close childhood friend of Kaito who is out to test Kaito and push him to his limits.

Episodes

Each of the episodes revolves around Kaito and his companions solving a puzzle provided by the P.O.G. known as the Philosophers Puzzle which has a prize attached. However the puzzles are not as easy as they seem ranging from magic squares, sudoku to cracking codes, each puzzle that is given by a giver (An agent of the P.O.G.) has it own unique set of challenges in which is enough to keep us the viewer entertained and also figure out another way to solve them. Do keep in mind that the first few episodes of the series are a little dry but once you get to episode 9 onward it gets interesting and it will only get better.

Final Verdict

3.5 out of 5

Overall I give Phi-Brain Puzzle Of God Collection one a 3 and a half out of five. I had to dock a few points because of the first few episodes being a little dry but once you get further on into the series, it is really enjoyable. I guess you can call the series Yu-Gi-Oh for adults in which the puzzles are more geared to adults and really gets your brain in gear for the challenges that you experience in this series. Overall it is definitely worth picking up if you like puzzles and want a little more spice in your anime collection.

That’s all for now, we got a lot more coming including more Phi-Brain in the days to come so stay with AFC. So until next time. Remember that there is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.


Afc Editorial Reply’s-The Internet Sales Tax: The End Of The Retail Anime Industry As We Know It?

May 1, 2013

shopping

Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

Well I don’t know if you have been following this at all or not, but recently Congress is currently in the process of passing new legislation in which you buy anything online whether thru Amazon, EBay or any online anime retailer you will be subject to paying your local states sales tax along with any shipping and handling to have it shipped to your home. This new piece of legislation going thru congress is enviably called “The Internet Fairness Act”.

So what is this all about you ask? Well according to the legislation supported by Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) states that internet online retailers would be required to collect sales tax on each and every purchase you make online from 9,600 state tax agency’s including local municipalities. That means that brand new box set or figurine might cost you a pretty penny more if this legislation were to pass.

Now technically, we are supposedly to fill out an use tax form each year to claim sales tax that we owe on good purchased online. Now I don’t know about you, but this is just utter garbage!!!!! This legislation that if it were to pass will affect not only how we purchase our anime and it will hurt retailers with a major headache of keeping track of all the different tax rates, it will just be a major mess overall.

Now I don’t know about you but this legislation is just another preverbal nail in the coffin for the industry as we know it. So I encourage you folks to write to your congressmen and senators and tell then you do not want this legislation to pass. Do it not to only save the retail anime industry, but to save our hard earned money and the hard working anime retailers who support our hobby as a whole.

For more information about the “Internet Fairness Act” and how to contact your members of congress, click on the links below. Also please share your thoughts in the comments section!!!!

Internet Fairness Act

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324493704578432961601644942.html?mod=WSJ_article_comments#articleTabs%3Darticle

Congressional Directory

http://www.house.gov/

http://www.senate.gov/

So until next time, remember that there is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.