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Took me a while, but I'm back on the New Game hype train! I loved Season 1, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. But how does the next Season stack up?
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.
4(New rule I should have made for animes with more than 1 season). If you are reading this, I expect you have watched New Game season 1, or at least read my review on them.
Time to make some more games! This is my First Impressions of the second season of New Game!!
It's Spring. And practically a year to the day that I joined Eagle Jump. I'm used to the company by now.
Aoba heads to work on the day that marks a year that she first joined the company. She is ready to be a good example for the new hires, but is saddened when she finds out that their are no new hires this year. The team is currently relaxing and helping other teams out, as Hazuki can not descide what she wants her next game to be about, and it's setting.
STEP by STEP UP IS AWESOME AND I LOVE IT. It so fun and up beat! The visuals do have some new characters that we have to be introduced to, but I love the fun that New Game brings to it's intros!
This episode features a lot of call backs and references to the first episode of Season 1. While I do like this, it also makes this episode feel a bit "rehashed" in certain aspects, and does drag down the episode quality a little bit for me, as it's also similar in structure.
Which is a shame, because a lot of the setup here feels natural. Hifiumi has in part learned to mesh better with the team, but she says in an interview that she wants to totally conquer her social anxiety. It feels like a natural continuation of the storyline that was going in Season 1, where she wanted to smile more.
There's also Yun, who wants to feel more part of the team. This feels like a good arc to take her down, but besides clashing heads with Hajime, I don't know where this really came from. Still, it will be good to see where this arc goes.
That's a GOOOD question, Aoba. They actually provide a good reason for this(AKA the reason this a "Cute Girls doing Cute Things" anime), which boils down to Hazuki's preferences, which in universe, makes sense.
Anyways, before all the interviews, Umiko goes to meet with Nene, and she's actually learned to program her own small game! However, she has a few problems, which Umiko helps her to fix. She also know the feeling when programmers pray that there are no bugs, which I know too well. You see why I love this anime a lot?
Umiko also says that when ever Hazuki agrees to change the specks, she has to get her forehead flicked. Uh oh, Hazuki's in trouble.
The group go to a cherry blossom viewing(it is spring in Japan, after all), and Rin is ecstatic when Ko complement her cooking. In Season 1, it was implyed that Rin had romantic interest in Ko, but I can tell it's going to be more of thing a here.
The episode ends wit Hazuki announcing a character design competition, and Aoba realising this is her chance to become a chatterer designer, just like her idol, Ko.
I won't comment again on the visuals, since it's the same from season 1, but I can say that I loved this first episode, as it was a lot of fun, despite the re-hashing bringing it down for me a little bit for me.
Finally, I'm back to this anime! Can't wait to review for you all! I have another anime first impressions planned for this month, before moving on to a few reviews. Look forward to it!
But for now, thanks for reading, have a great day/night, share if you enjoyed it and take care.
Written by Nana Marfo
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