Anime of Tomorrow
Phi Brain – Kami no Puzzle Ep. 1
Final impression – an undercover sports anime (4/10)
Autumn 2011 to winter 2012 (25 episodes) (title literal translation – Phi Brain – God’s Puzzle) (more info)
When you scrape off the surface coating of the puzzle theme, Phi Brain is just another sports anime. You know the kind—arrogant middle school or high school boys with really specific superpowers competing against other arrogant male figures that are evil by the arbitrary distinction of not being the main character. Yes, there’s a small twist to the premise, but that’s totally insignificant. The basic concept has been done a million times, it’s distinctly shounen and by this point people reading this review probably already know if they’re going to like it or not. I’ll concede that not all sports anime are awful and I understand Phi Brain is attempting to mix things up. But it’s not different enough to hold my interest beyond the first episode.