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Old 2011-08-20, 13:36   Link #21
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This is seriously not getting enough attention. The second PV looks awesome and with Sato Junichi directing I have a lot of confidence that the story will be delivered well.
This isn't the kind of show that gets much attention around these parts, what with apparently being focused on puzzles and such and lacking a girl like Catherine to pull people in. Plus all the people are probably looking towards Horizon and Gundam Age instead. The former seemingly cause it has lots of well-endowed chicks and quirky character design in a sci-fi/fantasy world and the latter cause it's....well....Gundam. I'm sure people over in Japan have taken some notice of Phi Brain though. It really is looking interesting as of the second PV.

Tiger & Bunny started off with very little attention being paid it's way here on AS compared to right now and took a couple months (till about late May) to build a sizeable audience (I'd argue it was the Dragon Kid episode that finally drew a stable audience here ) through word of mouth so maybe this show will need to manage the same. That's just kind of what it's like when you try something a little less common in the anime world.

edit: Oh and it's probably the character designs more than anything that are working against the show. I personally have no problem with them, but they are pretty uncommon and different looking and that's probably a turn off for many.
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Old 2011-08-20, 14:01   Link #22
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This is seriously not getting enough attention. The second PV looks awesome and with Sato Junichi directing I have a lot of confidence that the story will be delivered well.
At least this still has SLIGHTLY more attention than Lupin ...
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Old 2011-08-20, 14:42   Link #23
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Well, at least it already is 2-cour so I don't have to worry about the story not being told completely and never being picked back up due to lack of popularity.
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Old 2011-08-21, 13:36   Link #24
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Well, at least it already is 2-cour so I don't have to worry about the story not being told completely and never being picked back up due to lack of popularity.
Agreed, I think that's a great sign for a puzzle/mystery series like this.
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Old 2011-09-19, 19:36   Link #25
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ANN posted some additional info on the show. They even translated the trailer.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feat...2011/phi-brain

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Kaito Daimon
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Protagonist, age 16. After returning from England, he transferred to Root Academy as a first year in the high school division. After solving the Philosopher's Puzzle he receives the title of "Einstein". As one who loves to solve puzzles more than anything else, he is a natural-born Solver. The harder the puzzle he faces, the more concentration, intuition, and insight he is able to employ. He also possesses the sensitivity to perceive the puzzle creator's intentions. He's not fond of Negi and the sweets that Nonoha makes.

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VA: Jun Fukuyama
Age 16. The rival Solver who appears before Kaito. He holds the title of "Galileo" and his ability to face puzzles matches that of Kaito. He claims, "my brain makes me money," and often acts self-righteous and grandstanding. However, underneath that outlaw facade, might he actually have a tender heart...!?

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One of POG's central Givers. He's a talented boy who was placed in charge of POG Japan in his teens, but early life is a complete mystery. He holds a particular fascination with Kaito, and there seems to be some reason behind why he continuously throws Puzzle Battles against him.

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Age 15. Kaito's childhood friend, and a bright classmate of his at Root Academy. She's a bit tomboyish, and when it comes to Kaito her hand can often move before her mouth does. She's a great athlete and her memory is outstanding, but she's completely stumped when it comes to puzzles. Her hobby is making sweets.
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Old 2011-09-19, 19:46   Link #26
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I wonder if this mean AGE and Phi Brain will be simulcasted. Well, it isn't a surprise I guess, all Bandai-sponsored Sunrise projects are simulcasted these days.
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Old 2011-09-23, 10:26   Link #27
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- the opening is already available (both the song and the animation, though you get to hear May'n introduce the song after the introduction). I like what I'm hearing, as expected of May'n!
- Youtube has really interesting interviews from a NHK show with Fukuyama Jun and Morikawa Toshiyuki (part 1, 2, 3) who have roles in the anime. The videos show some animation not featured in the trailers, but may also be of interest to anyone who's curious about the production aspects of anime and whatnot - you get to see part of the recording process and how the director & sound director may play a part in it.

... and with all of this, I am more intrigued than ever. Even though I've learned not to expect much from NHK shows anymore, this might just turn out to be quite fun?
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Old 2011-09-23, 10:40   Link #28
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I'm now definitely gonna watch this, mainly because FukuJun's role is a little different from his usual and yet somehow similar. Gonna be fun to see him pull off his high tension/crazy voices as someone with Gamon's build.

... Oh right, I'm also in it for some potentially nice puzzles.
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Old 2011-09-23, 16:43   Link #29
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I do like puzzle-type anime. Kinda similar concept to stuff like Liar Game and Akagi/Kaiji. As long as the puzzles are complex enough and the competition interesting enough, I'll most likely watch this.

edit: (O.O ) Okay I just watched the trailer. I'll DEF be checking this out =03. The music and animation easily pulled me in. The char art reminds me of Tweety Witches/Mahou Shoujo Arisu.
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Old 2011-09-23, 18:40   Link #30
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Video dump:
- the opening is already available (both the song and the animation, though you get to hear May'n introduce the song after the introduction). I like what I'm hearing, as expected of May'n!
- Youtube has really interesting interviews from a NHK show with Fukuyama Jun and Morikawa Toshiyuki (part 1, 2, 3) who have roles in the anime. The videos show some animation not featured in the trailers, but may also be of interest to anyone who's curious about the production aspects of anime and whatnot - you get to see part of the recording process and how the director & sound director may play a part in it.

... and with all of this, I am more intrigued than ever. Even though I've learned not to expect much from NHK shows anymore, this might just turn out to be quite fun?
The vid on dailymotion isn't showing the video content for me, only sound...
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Old 2011-09-24, 01:15   Link #31
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The vid on dailymotion isn't showing the video content for me, only sound...
Because the animation of the opening theme sounds generic or just the interview ?
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Old 2011-09-24, 02:43   Link #32
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I've cut interview and reuploaded OP to the YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y-o1IXxtCg
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Old 2011-09-24, 19:27   Link #33
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Kinda similar concept to stuff like Liar Game and Akagi/Kaiji.
I'm surprised that someone else shares my sentiments.
However, the comparison to Kaiji might come as a negative note, since like Kaiji, I'm not that interested with the premise.
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Old 2011-10-02, 17:12   Link #34
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Awesome OP and OST

But what is even better - the shonen hero finally obtained a deviсe to use his brain. Been waiting for this for the last 10 years I guess.
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Old 2011-10-02, 20:13   Link #35
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Well, first of all,

WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST WATCH?

With that out of the way,

The first episode didn't impress me at all. I am surprised I am not dropping this right away.
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Old 2011-10-02, 20:40   Link #36
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It was interesting enough for me to watch another ep for now. So is that bracelet the phi brain. More interested in knowing more about this contract that even Einstein couldn't complete. It looks like minotaur is the president of the puzzle club. Surprised to see that this was listed as 25 eps on MAL.
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Old 2011-10-02, 20:46   Link #37
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To me it feels like indiana jones but in a japanese highschool.
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Old 2011-10-02, 23:01   Link #38
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But what is even better - the shonen hero finally obtained a devise to use his brain. Been waiting for this for the last 10 years I guess.
You know... It's times like this that makes me wish that all the harem leads have this device...
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Screenshots taken from EP1

Do you guys know how to solve these?

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Old 2011-10-03, 00:07   Link #40
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Do you guys know how to solve these?
Yes!! With my Mary Sue intellect and withholding information from the watcher by flashing it for a split second!

All and all, I enjoyed the first episode a lot, save for the character designs. I'll probably keep watching for now.

The only thing I have to ask is, who the hell has this sort of time to create all that crap just so it can collapse in a second?
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