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Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle

Alternative Titles

English: Phi Brain: Puzzle of God
Synonyms: Phi Φ Brain: Kami no Puzzle
Japanese: ファイ・ブレイン 神のパズル

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to Apr 1, 2012
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.341 (scored by 19684 users)
Ranked: #20412
Popularity: #710
Members: 46,971
Favorites: 127
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Synopsis

Kaito Daimon would be a completely average high school student except for one thing: he's a 'demon' at solving puzzles. Kaito is so brilliant, in fact, that when he's asked to take some 'special' tests of his unique ability, he immediately suspects that the test itself is a test. Kaito suddenly finds himself caught up in a lethal Philosopher's Puzzle made by the sinister group POG, a murderous maze of trap upon trap, where failing to solve the secret correctly will result in death! Fortunately, Kaito's skills prove up to the first test, both for himself and his childhood friend Nanoha, who is also caught up in the deadly scheme. But now that he has been designated as a Solver, he is pulled into a new life where he must travel the world with other Solvers, attempting to solve the latest deadly riddles left by POG. There's a new conundrum around every corner and each deception could lead to death, but once a riddle has been posed, you can count on Kaito to unfold, unravel and unlock it!

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Phi Brain: Saigo no Puzzle, Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle
Sequel: Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle - Orpheus Order-hen

Characters & Voice Actors

Crossfield, Rook Banjou
Crossfield, Rook Banjou
Main
Sakurai, Takahiro
Japanese
Sakurai, Takahiro
Ayres, Greg
English
Ayres, Greg
...
Daimon, Kaito
Daimon, Kaito
Main
Saito, Chiwa
Japanese
Saito, Chiwa
Asanuma, Shintaro
Japanese
Asanuma, Shintaro
...
Galois, Cubik
Galois, Cubik
Main
Miyata, Kouki
Japanese
Miyata, Kouki
Emerick, Shannon
English
Emerick, Shannon
Gram, Ana
Gram, Ana
Main
Yukino, Satsuki
Japanese
Yukino, Satsuki
Karbowski, Brittney
English
Karbowski, Brittney

Staff

Sato, Junichi
Director, Storyboard
Endou, Hirotaka
Episode Director, Storyboard
Omata, Shinichi
Episode Director
Higuchi, Tatsuto
Script



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Oct 27, 2011
moonlightgirl
Phi Brain has one of the widest gaps between an astoundingly moronic premise and a brilliant execution that I've ever seen in an anime series.

The series can be summed up as "basically a less merchandise-driven Yu-Gi-Oh, but instead of HEART OF THE CARDS it's UNDERSTAND THE FEELINGS OF PUZZLES". Denouements for each episode are easy to see, especially if you've ever seen any other anime series in your life. The animation is bad by 2011 standards and the character designs are amateurish. By all accounts this show should be awful and a waste of time.

And yet, it is neither, due to its dedication at read more
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Sep 3, 2012
Infinite
Phi Brain is all about solving puzzles, however if you think that you'll be able to solve puzzles along with the protagonists, then I'll put that hope to rest now; you're not. Whilst you'll get the occasional glimpse at the whole puzzle, they are for the most part exclusively for the characters.

The character designs are very brash and crude, very much like the show itself, and whilst I am hesitant to call them outright bad they are certainly below average. This is a low budget anime, and so the animation and art is poor, expect to see many off model shots every episode, which are read more
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Oct 10, 2011
kota-chi
To put 'Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle' in a nutshell, imagine watching a game of chess between two supposed grandmasters, with the added bonus of being able to hear snippets of the players' thoughts. There is just one catch: you cannot see the chessboard.

Story:
Phi Brain's concept is not out of this world: a genius highschooler taking on a dark organisation by relying on his wit to solve some of the most difficult of puzzles known to man. And the show could have been a hit, if not for the fact it decided that viewers do not need to know how the puzzles were solved. read more
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Oct 19, 2011
artist-retired
Isn't it weird that a show about puzzle solving "geniuses" turns out to be one of the dumbest anime to date... But it's all in good fun if you don't take it seriously.

*This review goes up to episode 4, and will update as more episodes come along*

STORY: Yeah, it's puzzle time! We get a lot of mystery anime involving solving shit coming our way and a lot of them are, well, blegh. That's the response you would get from any character in this anime, despite the "fact" that they are "geniuses" and they can solve puzzles, it isn't a mystery to say that Phi Brain read more
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Recommendations

The summary of the show greatly reminds me of the storyline for Spiral.
The main characters love puzzles and are challenged by different people in an episodic fashion. In both series, the protagonist receives an ancient artifact that in a way takes over their mind and solves the puzzle for them (not so much in Kami no Puzzle as the artifact awakens the boy's true power, whereas Yugi actually becomes possessed by the spirit). In both series, the characters risk their lives in solving puzzles. It also has a mention of Egypt and pyramids and how the puzzles began there, which is another factor present in both. I would also recommend YGO Duel Monsters (original Japanese of course) as it has the theme of protagonists being lured into some shady competition against their will. But all in all, this first YGO series is more similar to Kami no Puzzle (and also focuses on various games, unlike Duel Monsters which focuses on just that), though certainly has a much darker and creepier atmosphere.
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Both protagonists put their lives on the line, solving death-laden puzzles that would easily kill ordinary people.

Both series also feature traps...in more ways than one, if you know what I mean.
Both of these Anime involve a dark storyline from the start. While Mirai Nikki doesn't have actual puzzles, the characters have to figure out a kind of mental logic puzzle when it comes to the other players in the death game. As for Phi Brain, while the death games aren't as drastic, the main characters have to solve the puzzles so that they or other people won't die.
The most striking similarity between Nobunagun is the fact the characters use names of historical characters to identify their abilities. This however is not the only similarity these two series have. Both use a dark color scheme highlighted by bright colors and the plot line is dark. The characters in both series are eccentric in their own ways and the plots have a non-stop progression through the entire series and they both have a fast plot progression. There is also a bit of “willing suspense of disbelief” for both series as well.
Both are about a genius MC who loves playing games and gets involved in a story where he can play even more games. Both stories involve playing various games for serious causes. Both are entertaining and colorful.

Opening Theme

"Brain Diver" by May'n

Ending Theme

"Hologram" (ホログラム) by Natsumi Kiyoura

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