ϕ Brain — First Impression

This wasn’t bad, per se, but I’m underwhelmed.

The premise is dumb but interesting at the same time. Our heroes, (non)-members of the puzzle solving club, solve puzzles with life or death stakes. The puzzles look interesting, even if the means of solving them are completely outside the audience’s hands. I feel that if you’re going to make a show about puzzles, you should at least make it possible for the audience to think about the puzzle and solve it themselves.

The biggest problem is the characters: none of them particularly interest me. It looks like our usual shounen school setting, filled with wacky hair styles. Our protagonist is full of himself. He has a violent childhood friend. The mysterious student council president is hiding something. I don’t really care about any of these people.

The way they develop the protagonist’s motivations and talents is especially pathetic. He made a childhood premise with what looks like his father to “free the puzzles.” Hilarious. Then to convince us of how smart he is, the creators have him solve a Sudoku puzzle. And everyone in the puzzle club is amazed. Seriously, guys? Is everyone at this school an idiot? It even took the person who wrote the puzzle an entire day to solve. How is that even possible?

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12 thoughts on “ϕ Brain — First Impression

  1. I was pretty disappointed with this one so far, though it wasn’t the characterization that did it for me. Well okay, it was, but I was most disappointed that they didn’t actually show us the main character solving puzzles. Some of them look really interesting, but if the show is just going to have him solve them off camera or through whatever magic the bracelet has, what’s the point? I don’t know, things might be better but I can see Phi Brain getting an early drop if this keeps up.

    1. Agreed. If you’re going to have a puzzle, at least make it possible for the audience to solve with the information available.

    1. Dropped…not really interested in the 99,000th tsundere childhood friend. Plus the rest of this doesn’t look great. At least C3 was good for a couple laughs.

      The sudoku puzzle had 4-5 numbers in most of the quadrants…if you’re given that many numbers to start, it is very easy (IMO).

      1. Yeah. Back in high school when I had nothing better to do I practiced these way too much and could have solved it in under a minute or two.

        1. The trolling is pretty good (where all the characters are named Einstein, Orpheus, Edison, etc…). Plus the OP is exciting.

  2. The story would be interesting if he’s solving puzzles for a cause other than solving the puzzles. I like the character design though. I’ll watch a bit more of it and see if it will be better. It’s a bit unfair to drop it right away.

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