I started watching Phi Brain. It is absolutely ridiculous in the way any anime based on a game/career/thing can only be. Want to make an anime about tennis? Then the tennis moves must be like MAGIC! Football? MAGIC! Baking bread? One bite will send you to HEAVEN! And in that vein is Phi Brain, where some idiot thinks that puzzles are only beautiful if you die…or something dumb like that. Yeah, most people aren’t going to give up their life for sudoku. I’d rather not lose my head in a freak jenga accident.
At any rate, the anime is fun in the way that most of these underdog stories triumphing over whatever are, but still, I roll my eyes a lot and ask myself why I’m watching. Something else I’m rolling my eyes at is Nonoha. She’s great. She’s strong, she has a photographic memory, she doesn’t solve puzzles, but she brings that sympathetic human element and she takes care of her friend. She’s great, except for the part where she’s intensely jealous of every move Kairo makes in another girl’s direction. I’m really sick and tired of that crap where girls are so jealous, but can’t fess up and just keep cockblocking when there’s no damn reason. And even if there was a reason to run interference, you haven’t confessed, you’re not dating, you’re just friends, get over yourself! Ugh. Hate that shit.
Lastly, I don’t get most of the puzzles. orz Seriously, I just don’t and I am not expending that much effort to even try. I’m basically watching this show because it is pretty fun and goes down easy. I’m not trying to earn a phd in puzzles. But I’ll happily watch Kaito do it. Go go Kaito!