I was shocked when I heard about the second Phi Brain season, absolutely shocked. Just try to imagine what went through my mind when I read that there was actually going to be a third season. I refuse to believe that this is popular in Japan.
I have to admit that the artwork looks really good. The characters are great and they paid a lot of attention to detail. It’s clearly not a budget production. That artwork is by far the best thing about this show.
I barely got through the first season. The first few episodes were exciting, which is why I decided to write about it, but it got really boring after that. It’s always the same stuff; solving puzzles in order to save lives or achieve some ridiculous goal. It’s like watching a football match every week even though you already know the results.
I’m sorry, I just can’t recommend this. It gets really boring after a few episodes. The user-ratings on pretty much any anime community website prove that this show is average at best. Still, using-ratings aren’t everything, keep that in mind.
Plot Summary: In order to restore Jin’s memory, Kaito and his friends go on a puzzle-viewing journey to England. As they’re walking through the underground maze beneath the church, where young Kaito and Rook first met Jin, a mysterious girl appears in front of them.
Jin calls the girl by the name “Raetsel”. It seems they know each other. However, she suddenly disappears and takes Jin with her. What’s more, the traps in the underground maze are activated and start coming after Kaito and his friends.Read More
Remember when I said that the Japanese have a knack for strange endings? Now do you believe that I wasn’t kidding around? This ending almost suggests that there’s going to be a third season, which I highly doubt because the sales aren’t anything that impressive. The show has only been boosting manga sales.
It was kind of disturbing to see Chihaya congratulating Arata so half-heartedly on his well-deserved victory. It’s almost like she’s jealous. Chihaya, to me at least, has always been a pretty puzzle. I could never really guess what that character was thinking about. I guess that’s part of her charm as a female Karuta player, huh?
I never really thought that another twenty-five episodes was a good idea. Thirteen episodes should’ve sufficed, especially if you consider how little improvement there has been during this season. They focussed quite a bit on these new students, which, let’s face it everyone, contributed very little to the story in the end.
Also, and this is what bothers me most, I can’t figure out why they would use the final episode to put Chihaya’s operation in the spotlight. I saw a glimmer of hope when Chihaya was on the phone with Arata, thinking that she might’ve realized that she may have certain feelings for him. No. I was a fool to forget that the concept of love is completely lost on her. It’s like Chihaya got the ambition and her older sister got the love part. I would rather have seen a little bit more romance near the end, as I always thought that romance would do really well in Chihayafuru. It’s a shame that nothing ever really happened.Read More
I ask you all; would I be considered a coward or deranged if I told you that I almost shat myself during the first two minutes or so? That’s right, always start off a review of a great episode with a strange, mentally unstable opening line.
The reason I asked you that in the first place is because I really felt uncomfortable during the first two minutes or so. I saw a lot of Daichi and Chihaya. I was worried that I would once again get to see more of Chihaya and her team than I would of Arata and Shinobu. That thought really sent a shiver down my spine after waiting for this moment for weeks…
Can you imagine the smile on my face when the screen suddenly jumped to their match? When I suddenly laid eyes upon Arata’s awesome play? My smile was huge as soon as I found out that Arata was in the lead. I’m sure most of you would agree with me when said that Shinobu really needed to lose this time in order to get better.
I am really happy with this episode. I finished things nicely between Arata and Shinobu, yet there’s still one episode left. One more episode to give us an equally good ending… I can’t wait! I doubt the ending will be better than the scene where Shinobu lost against Arata for the second time, but it’s hard to imagine an ending that could surpass all that.
Chihayafuru, despite it being focussed on a select few characters this entire time, has made my books as one of the best card game-genre anime. To hell with stuff like Cardfight!! Vanguard or Live On Cardliver Kakeru. Chihafuru surpassed them easily. But it ends here I think. These two season have served their true purpose; to make more people buy the manga.Read More
So close and yet so far away… It’s getting harder and harder to hang in there. There’s really only one match that piques my interest, so watching something else at this point can be hard if they continue to focus on in so much.
Chihaya’s out of the game, right? She lose to Shinobu, right? Why oh why did I have to watch more of her? I was really looking forward to seeing the match between Arata and Shinobu… So why did Daichi’s match take priority? I know a lot of fans would love to see him move up to A class, even I must admit he deserves it. But, please, not at the cost of Arata’s match.
That’s not all, they even focussed a little bit on some unknown character that was busy with his reader exam, hoping to become a certified reader. The fact that he almost coughed up a lung during Daichi’s match must have cost him that exam.
Now, I am done with Chihaya and her team for now. I’ve been watching two whole seasons of it and it’s starting to get to me. I want to see Arata and Shinobu, nothing more and nothing less. Saving the best for last is understandable, but what about the ending? A match between those two cannot be counted as a proper ending, no matter what the outcome of that match. I can only hope that their match ends next week or during the first ten minutes of the last episode. Anymore and the ending is bound to be dreadful, provided they’re not going to continue the story in a third season.Read More
For the love of… Why? Why did they spent almost an entire episode on this crap? Enough is enough already. They’ve been dragging things out for too long now. It’s probably going to be another corny ending if the pace doesn’t pick up.
So they actually focussed the match between Chihaya and Shinobu. Why? Everyone knew that Chihaya didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell, yet they still focussed on it. It didn’t matter, because Chihaya still would’ve lost if she played her in tip-top condition. But to spend almost an entire episode on a match where the outcome was already predicted before it even starting is stupid. There was so much that I’d rather have seen, but no… Chihaya simply had to take the spotlight again. It’s annoying when it’s always the same character.
I also don’t see the point of focussing on Shinobu’s past. We all know why she doesn’t have friends. What’s the point of focussing on it? Are we supposed to watch yet another dramatic struggle as Chihaya does her best to become friends with Shinobu? It’s bad enough that we have to put up with her strange idiosyncrasies.
I really wouldn’t give Chihayafuru another season at this point. Just make the last three episodes count by showing us that match between Shinobu and Arata. Perhaps the last ten minutes could be used to end things with a touching party where everyone gets together or whatever. Just don’t focus any more on Chihaya, please.Read More