Anime Review: New Game!

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Adapted from a manga of the same title
Studio: Doga Kobo
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
Number of episodes: 12

 

Summary:

The main character Suzukaze Aoba graduates from high school and joins a game company. The person who made the game that Aoba loved as a grade-schooler just happens to be Aoba’s senior at the company. The story follows girls who work and aspire at the Eaglejump company. (Source: ANN)

Main Characters: 

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From left: Aoba Suzukaze , Kou Kagami,

 

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 moons

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Breakdown:

New Game is adapted from a 4-koma manga, and needless to say, because I have a addiction to 4-komas, I read it long before the anime was even announced. Sadly, I wasn’t drawn to the manga as much as I liked and briefly skimmed through the first few chapters before putting it down and completely forgetting about it.

It was then, when it came to choosing our anime for the First Impression : Summer 2016 post that I remembered that it even existed. So I went back and read it again, and still did not like it, but decided to give the anime a chance since there are plenty of anime adaptions that straight out beat the original manga flat.

I was really glad that I gave it a chance because I truly, truly enjoyed it.

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Story – 6/10

The story itself is simple to understand, straightforward and uncomplicated, like most anime that was adapted from 4-komas (Tanaka-kun Itsumo KedarugeHimouto Umaru-chan and Sakamoto desu-ga to name a few). I would like to say that the story-line is unique and original, but unfortunately, these kind of “working environment” anime has been used countless of times. However, the idea to set it in a game company is really a fresh twist to the genre.

Those who are looking for a deep and touching story-line, I am sorry to say that New Game!, is not the one you are looking for. Like I mentioned earlier, its plot is simple and uncomplicated. New Game! is not seeking out to be an emotional anime, but it is a rather light-hearted one; something that you would watch when you are down/depressed or need a pick-up.

The whole plot is basically *moe* *moe* girls doing cute and silly things. There is not much to say about the plot because what I already said is exactly what it is. The comedy in the show, on the other hand, is not over the top. It’s funny but not THAT hilarious, but it does make you smile. How do I put this? It’s airy and makes your heart feel lighter when you watch it. I imagine a commercial for it would go something like “New Game!, makes your heart go *fuwa fuwa* ~~” haha

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Character – 7/10

The characters are so so so sososososososo cute!!!! They are the epitome of moeness, or at least, to me anyway. The main heroine (Aoba Suzukaze) is your typical hyper, cutesy, bright kind of heroine. I know there are some people who are irritated by these kind of characters and her personality may turn you off by the description BUT, I think her character is really well done because her hyperness is not overbearing till the point you feel like scratching the characters’ face, your face or anyone’s face around you off.

I also really, truly love their personalities and their interactions with each other. Maybe it’s because their personalities are all so crazy that they match really well with one another. Like in most anime, you do have your stereotypical kind of characters but that did not in any way deter me from watching the series. Instead I found it rather pleasant, which is weird since I really don’t like stereotypical characters.

One thing that I truly found weird is that there are absolutely no male characters introduced in the show. In fact, the only males you see are those background characters which are just there for decoration. No guys in a game company? Highly unlikely. HIGHLY, HIGHLY unlikely.

Apart from my rants that there are no male characters in the show, there are slightly yuri (girl on girl) undertones in the anime. Nothing too explicit and nothing that you would be ashamed if you were caught watching it too. It’s just an undertone, less yuri than Kiniro Mosaic and more like K-ON.

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Visuals + Audio – 8/10

 The visuals and the audio are the really what drew me to watch it in the first place. The studio in charge of New Game! is none other than Doga Kobo, who has experience in adapting 4-komas such as Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Himouto Umaru-chan and Yuru Yuri, so you know that the anime was in good hands from the start.

The character designs are adorable, and before you say that the characters look wayyyyy tooo young to be working adults, the whole show knows that they themselves (the characters) look way younger that their age. So, the studios did not goof up or anything. The characters’ are suppose to look younger.

Besides that, the background art is simply so pretty! When I first saw the first episode I was seriously blown by the quality of the art. It was just amazing! 4-komas adapted anime usually have clean and simple background to blend in with the simplicity of the story and characters. Needless to say, it was a pleasant change of scenery (no pun intended :P)

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The opening “SAKURA Skip” was catchy and all, which suits the anime a lot but I wasn’t in love with the song. It just wasn’t stuck in my head as easily as other songs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like i hate it or something, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. The ending song “Now Loading!!!!” was sang by fourfolium whom also sang the opening. The ending was mellow, serving as a perfect song to end every episode but like the opening, it wasn’t stuck in my head. Doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it tho.

The BGM is lovely but nothing special or unique. None of it amazed me or just made me go all sparkly eyes (or ears). Even though I didn’t find it amazing, I know some of my friends who really enjoyed it. To each its own I suppose.

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[TL;DR

All in all, a light-hearted series that has no complicated plot or twists. A perfect anime for a rainy or depressed day and a pick-me-up to get your mood bubbly again. The humor is not over the top and the characters are not the overly “happy” annoying kind; a huge plus for me. The art is really pretty, although the visuals did not draw me in as much I would like to.

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