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Kept you waiting huh? Anyways, we are back on New Game! If you recalled the first impressions, I loved the first episode! But was it an enjoyable game through and through?
Rules as always:
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it. Spoilers are here.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW.
3. I am watching the subbed version.
Also, just a quick heads up, I won't be looking at the OVA in this review. I just learned about as I was writing the review, and I don't want to rush it into this. I will look at it sometime in the future.
This is my review of:New Game! Season 1.
The story revolves are Aoba learning to work in a game development environment. The story feels more like we are getting an inside look at how Eagle Jump is developing Fairies Stories 3. We also meet Nene Sakura, Aoba's best friend and as well as the part time debugger for Eagle Jump for Fairies Stories 3.
I have heard that this anime is a "Cute Girls doing Cute Things" Anime. I can see why because this anime(Like a lot of anime that I have watched(I swear it's a coincidence, I don't know too much about them.)) focuses on the characters and the character interactions. I love the bonds between the characters, despite Aoba and Nene being new, they really feel like a family. It's nice to see in both the heartwarming and funny moments.
I would say out of the Leaders(Ko, Rin and Hazuki) Ko has to be my favourite.
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She is the leader of the character team, and her personality is very bubbly and outgoing. According to Hifumi , she did not used to be like that. She was a lot like her. But she wants to change to become a leader. I really think that's admirable, and I understand her struggle as some who is admittedly shy in real life. She is the AD for the next game, so I want to see where that and her relationship with Rin goes.
As for Rin herself, we don't learn too much about her. It's forgiveable in the grand scheme of things, as we learn a lot more about her relationship with Ko than anything else. She is the Art Director, going to be producer for the next game. I want to see if her laid back personality will suit the producer role.
Hazuki is very interesting, but she is also the worst character in my opinion, just because we know next to nothing about her. She is not... boob dragon(I refuse to type her name) bad, as she has some interesting traits, and has genuinely funny moments(search Lap Pillow Rejection and Hazuki's age), but I feel she wasn't needed.
Umiko Ahagon(please don't shoot me) is part of the programming team, and she likes her FPS games and military gear. She likes playing Airsoft in her spare time. She was skimmed over in the first episode, but after episode 7 she is a lot more involved with the team. She leads the debugging team including Nene, who I won't say too much about. She is very kind and heart warming, and that about it. We do get a lot of hints about how they became friends, and to be honest, I think it works! Doesn't waste too much time, and makes the family vibe stronger.
Anyways, lets get to the main 4. The one I found the least relevant to me is Yun. She had a story on going with her weight, which didn't mean much. She often clashed heads with Hajime, a person from the motion team that is working with the character designers. She is a ton of fun. The episode where she goes meow is awesome! I admit development wise, she means less that even Yun, but because she is a really fun character, so I am willing to forgive that.
Hifumi is has been on the character team for the longest time out of the 3 (Aoba, Rin and Hifumi), and she has a arc to where she wants to be able to overcome her shyness, and it's very heartwarming. She has a pet hedgehog named Sojiro, and she confines in him somewhat. It's cute to be honest.
However, Aoba is best girl and I will not take anything other comers here.
She is the one learning what it means through and through to become a part of a company. She is very committed to her job, and is provides the fun when needed. She is just 18 when starting out, and she is now possibly going to take Ko's place as character designer. I really want to see where that goes. She also really want's to become a adult, and these are all really relate able in the grand scheme of things for me. Going to see her game announced and released were life changing experiences for her.
Speaking of, a minor nick-pick I have is that they tend to use one part of the Autodesk name but not the other. Again, I know licences are weird, but come on! Surely it can't cost that much to get a licence for a part of the name? It would, now that I think about it. Use Blender next time, everything is free.
The anime looks like a standard anime, which is fine for me. The game is handed with the 3D instead of 2D, as well as the Autodesk May- Saya interface. The ending theme, called NOW LOADING! is great and I love Aoba's theme entitled CONTINUE..?
Overall, I would recommend this anime to both new comers and long-time anime fans. While I do agree that it is a "Cute Girls doing Cute Things" anime on the surface, looking deeper, there is a lot I love here. This is my favourite anime I have watched so far.
In other news, thanks for the love on the Life is Strange and Bahamut blogs! We are now close to 300 views in a week!
Thanks for Reading, have a great day/night, share if you enjoyed it and take care.
Written By Nana Marfo
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