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Ever since Yugi Mutou completed the Millennium Puzzle his life has changed; he's made friends, learned how to play the card game Duel Monsters and has gained more confidence in himself. After his grandfather is beaten in a duel he is challenged by Seto Kaiba, ranked number two in the world, but Yugi beats him regardless. Now, as a result of his victory, Yugi has attracted the attention of the game's creator, Pegasus. Yugi is then challenged to a dual in an alternate reality where magic brings the monsters to life, but is beaten and his grandfather's soul is taken. In order to retrieve it Yugi must now participate in a tournament against the best duelists in the world, defeat the game's creator, and learn more about the secrets within his Millennium Puzzle!
Both of these shows has a type of game where they challenge one another. One has a virtual card game and the other has a variety of life size puzzles. There is a punishment for losing during special games. The main characters even have items that make them better at the game. They repeat the game almost every episode. There is also a villian at points trying to ruin the game or destory the world.
Both of these anime, at their basis, feature some ordinary plaything brought on to a large scale competition with dangerous consequences. Both series can jump back and forth from serious to humorous with thair colorful casts of characters. And of course, the main character is a natural genius at whatever it is the series focuses on.
High stakes games? Taking childrens' games far too seriously? Struggling to solve really simple puzzles and problems for dramatic purposes? Oh yeah, these two are practically the same. Except Yugioh has a lot more card games and ancient egyptian subtext.
Some years into the future, a strange, unexplainable natural disaster has broken off a piece of the Japanese mainland. Known as the Lost Ground, it is now inhabited by people with Alters -- machine-like extensions of their own will. In order to keep the peace on the Lost Ground, the HOLY organization uses its own Alter capabilists to police the region. In the midst of the chaos is a young man named Kazuma, whose life will soon change forever as he discovers his hidden abilities, and how to wield them.
This may seem like an odd recommendation, but hear me out - in my opinion, some of the best recommendations out there aren't based solely on plot, but on the relationship between the main characters. For example, Gungrave and Berserk couldn't be less similar when based on story alone, but the char development and char dynamic is dead-on. The same can be said for these two - Kaito and Gammon's comical and at times serious frenemy relationship in Phi Brain is nearly identical to Ryuto and Kazuma in Scryed. If you enjoyed the dynamic in one, try out the other.
Both shows have characters that love to hate each other and plenty of interesting battles occur because of this. Scryed is a little more action adventure based where Phi Brain goes the puzzle solving school life route but either way I'm sure fans of one would enjoy the other.
Disowned by his father, Juugo Yama has run away from home to the island of Nanae. He begins to live by himself, only to discover his room is haunted by the ghost of Nanana Ryugajo. She was murdered ten years ago, and her killer must be found before she can rest in peace. Before her death, Nanana collected things from all over the world and hid them throughout the island. Using the mysterious powers of these hidden items, they should be able to find the culprit. As Juugo begins his hunt for her collection, however, he discovers he's not the only person searching.
These are both anime about solving various puzzles to gain new treasures. Both anime all involve a large cast of characters that meet and interact because of their mutual desire to solve the puzzles and collect the treasure. Both of these shows have a lot of comedy that they blend into their more serious moments.
The big difference here is most of the characters in Phi Brain like solving the puzzles just for the sake of solving them. In Nanana the puzzles are an obstacle in the way of getting to the treasure. However, both shows have protagonists that are good at thinking outside of the box and coming up with interesting solutions to these puzzles. Both shows also have a strong element of mystery surrounding the puzzles and their treasue.
If you enjoy puzzles and mysteries in your anime then you should check out either of these titles.
While in Phi Brain the main character is the hero-type AND the puzzle-master, in Ryuugajo Nanana no Maizoukin, these roles have been split into two opposing, yet, cooperative sides. Plus, the detective is a girl and she's a cutie!
An urban legend states that those exceptionally gifted at gaming will be sent a special game invitation, and the winners of the challenge will be whisked away to another world. When Sora and Shiro, two hikikomori NEETs who happen to be both siblings and notorious gamers, receive this invitation, they defeat it with ease. And like the legends tell, they're transported to another world where conflicts, peoples' lives and even country borders are decided by competitions and games. Always up for a challenge, the pair quickly take on the obstacles that come their way, whether it be restoring lowly humanity's good name compared with the other races or helping influence who will become the next king.
Both shows are about extremely smart characters who bet everything on games, or puzzles in particular.
One thing to note is that the shows have very different pacings however, Phi Brain is longer whereas No Game No Life is faster.
If you are looking for more crazy games give it a go :)
They are both puzzle-bazed anime. The way of thinking of the characters are amazing and you simply can't predict what's the next mouve of the characters. The action is filled with life or death situations.. This is a must watch anime :)
The mystery of "The Blade Children" is a secret which has remained well-hidden, and has cost some their lives. After Narumi Ayumu's brother disappears in a search for the answer, Narumi is forced to unravel this mystery for himself. Join him in his investigation which will lead him to the secrets of the Blade Children, and to tests of skill which may prove to be fatal.
Bunzou High School is welcoming its new first-year students. One of them, Koshiyama Shiki, is chosen to participate against his will in an impromptu fast-buzzing quiz meet by the president of the Quiz Bowl Circle. As a quiet boy who loves reading and doesn't want to stand out, Shiki is overwhelmed, but his classmate, Fukami Mari, is able to hit the buzzer and answer questions before the full question is given. As he watches her, Shiki realizes that there's a point in each question where the answer becomes certain.
Both shows have a group of students using their brains to figure out puzzles (phi brain) or word quiz questions (nana maru san batsu). Phi Brain is more life and death scenarios than the tame school life of Nana Maru San Batsu but I'm sure fans of one would enjoy the other.
After proclaiming himself to be the illegitimate son of Prime Minister Iinuma, Akira is in hot water with not only the other Selecaos, but also Chiguse, the Prime Minister’s wife. With several Selecaos now out of the game and the identity of Mr. Outside still unknown, Akira, Saki and the members of Eden of the East must continue their quest to get to the bottom of things and build a better future for Japan.
In the year 2010, on a day called ‘Careless Monday', ten missiles hit the cities of Japan; miraculously, there are no casualties and the event quickly fades from public memory. Some time later, Saki Morimi decides to visit Washington, DC on her graduation trip to America, but that day begins a series of bizarre events. After getting into trouble with the police, she's rescued by a young man who is completely naked save for a gun in one hand and an even stranger item in the other - a phone credited with 8 billion electronic yen and a female voice on the other end called Juiz who will fulfill his every wish. Having no recollection of his past and calling himself ‘Akira Takizawa', the young man accompanies Saki back to Japan in the hopes of discovering who he is. Akira's enigma quickly proves fascinating and Saki decides to help him rather than reunite with her family; but what neither realizes is that Akira is embroiled in a dark game of life and death linked to the Careless Monday missiles. Has Saki just made a terrible mistake, and can Akira unravel his own mystery before they both lose everything?
After saving Japan from a missile attack, Akira Takizawa erased his own memories and disappeared, leaving a simple message for Saki: he’ll be waiting in the place where this all started. Having searched for him for some time with the help of Kazuomi, Onee and the rest of the gang, Saki finally determines that Akira is in New York City and heads there to find him. However, the rest of the Selecaos are also looking for Akira, and not everyone is happy about his impending rise to become the King of Japan...
Six thousand years before Sora and Shiro were even a blink in the history of Disboard, war consumed the land, tearing apart the heavens, destroying stars, and even threatening to wipe out the human race. Amid the chaos and destruction, a young man named Riku leads humanity toward the tomorrow his heart believed in. One day, in the ruins of an Elf city, he meets Shuvi, a female exiled "Ex-machina" android who asks him to teach her what it means to have a human heart.