Anime Reviews: Phi-Brain Puzzle Of God Collection 1

May 14, 2013

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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.

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Anime Reviews-R.O.D. Read Or Die (OVA)!!!!

July 15, 2010

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Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

Now I know I haven’t done an anime review in a while, but I think that this is something worth talking about. In this review, we are going to take a look at the OVA that captured the minds, hearts, and books of anime fans and bibliophiles everywhere Read Or Die. Read Or Die is a series that focuses on an alternate world in which the British Empire has become a major superpower. But the main feature of the series is the British Library in which secures the empires future existence.

The main character of the OVA is Yomiko Readman (AKA:Agent Paper or The Paper), an avid bookworm who works for the British Libraries Special Operations Division. At the beginning of the OVA, Yomiko obtains a rare copy of a German book known as “die Unsterbliche Liebe (The Immortal Beloved)” from a local underground bookstore. Later she is attacked by Jean Henri Fabre, a clone of the famous scientist of the same name (Jean Henri Fabre-Wikipedia Article) attempts to steal the book. However he is unsuccessful in his attempt due to Yomiko’s powers as a paper master in which she is able to manipulate paper to help in certain situations.

It is after this we are introduced to Joseph Carpenter (AKA:Joker), the commander of the British Libraries Special Operations Division and Yomiko’s superior.  He meets up with Yomiko outside the bookstore in which he takes her to the British Libraries headquarters to brief her about her next mission involving the U.S. Library of Congress. Once at the library, we are introduced to Drake Anderson, a former American Soldier who now works for the Special Operations Division as a support operative and Nancy Makuhari (AKA:Ms. Deep), an operative who is able to pass thru solid objects by absorbing them through her body.

Now while Read Or Die has some interesting action scenes with the main characters, we also get some funny and interesting scenes as well. Some examples of these scenes include Yomiko shopping to her hearts content at all of Tokyo’s popular used bookstores, Yomiko and Nancy hanging upon the Statue of Liberty in New York or Drake getting upset over a clay pot, there are a ton of great scenes that makes Read Or Die a very interesting OVA to watch.

Overall Thoughts

Overall I enjoyed Read Or Die because this series absolutely captured my interests relating to books and how fantasy and reality are able to co-exist in a fictional world.

Final Verdict

As for my rating, I give Read Or Die (OVA) a 5 out of 5. Read Or Die is a great series for those of you who enjoy suspenseful anime and for those of you who have a strong passion for books. But overall this is a great series that any anime fan should have in there collection.

That’s all for now, and for those of you whether or not I will be doing a review of the TV series? The answer is yes, I will be doing a review of both the TV series and the manga’s in a future post. So stay tuned and 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.


Anime Reviews-Steam Detectives

December 23, 2009

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Hello and greetings fellow Otaku,

It is time now for another anime review, afc style. This time we are going to take a look at the anime series known as Steam Detectives.

Steam Detectives is a series that focuses on the steam punk genre in which can be referenced by steam powered machinery among other things. The main protagonist of Steam Detectives is Narutaki, a young man who is considered as a genius by some and a public nuisance by others. Narutaki is considered as Steam City’s greatest detective in which he conducts his investigations in a logical and precise manor like the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Narutaki loves Steam City and vows to protect it from danger and despair from evil villains and those who vow to destroy it.

But Narutaki can’t protect Steam City on his own, he has some help from a few close acquaintances. One of them is his assistant Ling Ling. Ling Ling is Narutaki’s assistant and his personal nurse in which she assists Narutaki in his cases and looks over him when he is injured or sick. Though much of Ling Ling’s past is considered a mystery, her personality and charm makes her one of the most interesting characters in the series.

Some of the other main characters of the series include Kawakubo, Narutaki’s butler in which he helps Narutaki with his research in his cases and is the primary caretaker for Narutaki. He is also familiar with older cases of his father. Goriki, Ling Ling’s megamaton in which he provides Narutaki with the strength to take on the toughest of cases. Detective Onigawara, an detective for the Steam City Police Department in which he resents Narutaki’s involvement in cases and has a huge crush on Ling Ling. And Inspector Yagami, a trusted friend in the police department in which he provides Narutaki with information on certain cases and he calls on Narutaki for help when needed.

But while their are hero’s, their are also villains who vow to destroy Narutaki and Steam City as a whole. Some of these villains include Crimson Scorpion, An female thief who uses multiple disguises to steal her prizes which include gems and fine jewelry. Le Bled, a thief who has the same level of intelligence as Narutaki in which he steals rare items in which he feels that he is the only one to appreciate them. And Night Phantom, an villain with a mysterious past in which he hates Steam City in which he vows to destroy it and Narutaki to avenge the death of his father.

Overall Specs   

The series consists of 26 episodes in a six dvd thin-pack. The thin-pack is still available from some retailers such as Amazon and Roberts Anime Corner Store but due to Adv Films closure, the series is no longer being released. The series also comprises of an 8 vol manga which is also available in a limited supply.

Final Verdict 

As for my overall rating, I give Steam Detectives a 4.5 out of 5. Though while I like the series as a whole, I was kind of disappointed that the series did not mesh with the manga in certain aspects. But overall, this is an excellent series however I would recommend reading the manga first to get an general idea of the series as a whole and to understand certain aspects in the manga that you will not see in the anime.

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

Did You Know?

Did you know that Steam Detectives was created by Kia Asamiya, the same author who also created the anime and manga series Silent Mobius. It is another series that I would also recommend watching.