Animes I have been watching: The Games Edition

Keita Amano holding a controller

As much as I love Final Fantasy XIV just writing about it can be tiresome. So I thought I'd do something different this time and write about the animes I've been watching recently.

They all happen to have a theme of games too so this make it even more interesting to write about.

As of the time of this writing I am not sure if I want to make this a regular feature or just this one post. It is something I will need to think about.

Anyway, here are the series I've been watching:

Gamers

Tendou Karen and Amano Keita talking in a games store
I want a PZ4 too!

Gamers is a romantic comedy about a highschool student called Amano Keita, a loner, without any friends who spends all his free time playing games. One day Tendou Karen the most popular girl in the school invites him to join the Gamers club, of which she is the president of. From there on his life changes dramatically.

This may sound like the beginning of Ye Old Harem anime but it is actually different than that. The comedy on this anime comes from the total misunderstanding between the relationships and feelings between each of the main characters.

The games in this series serve more as a plot device to bring the characters together and to define each other than being central to the plot. That doesn't mean the anime plays lip service to games though, quite the contrary. The characters obviously love games and even though the games have fictional names (for copyright reasons) it is pretty easy to figure out which one they are meant to be stand-ins for if you played games long enough, specially the ones from Japan.

New Game!

Yagami Ko and Suzukaze Aoba talking about the game Fairies Story
The title may not look like it but Fairies Story was a fantasy RPG. At least I think it was. *ponders*

This show is a light comedy about Suzukaze Aoba, a girl who just graduated High School and joined a game development company as an artist. As the show progresses she learns a bit more about the development of games, from the an artist's perspective, and about being a working adult.

New Game! is pretty much focused on the development side of games. It may not be very realistic but it does have an earnest admiration for the people who work in that industry.

Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Hayashi and Lily talking by the beach
I want to play this game too!

Recovery of an MMO Junkie is a romantic comedy about Morioka Moriko, a woman on her 30, who just quit her job to become a NEET and play MMOs all day. As she starts on a new game she decides to create a male character called Hayashi. The only problem is that she has a real difficult time beginning on this  game, dying repeatedly in the beginning. Then a really kind and cute girl, called Lily, shows up and helps her out. From then on they start a great friendship. The only thing is she doesn't know that Lily is actually a man in real life nor does Lily knows that Hayashi is actually a woman.

The name of this show may make it look like it is passing some judgement on MMOs but that is not the impression I get from it. In fact, it seems to show MMOs as a good way to deal with the stress of real life. It makes me wonder if it is one of those cases where something got "lost" in translation and the japanese title is actually meant to be something different.

On the other hand it doesn't seem that Moriko is completely happy or comfortable with her current lifestyle either. There are also some hints that her previous job was really horrible.

At the time of this writing there are only 6 episodes available so I could be completely wrong in my evaluation.

This might also be my favorite of the bunch as being in a similar situation as Moriko I can really relate to her anxieties and dilemmas.

P.S.: I didn't make a typo on the title of this anime. That is how they translated it.

Magical Circle Guru-Guru

Nike and Kukuri talking while on the road
Kukuri is just adorable!

This is an oldie but goodie parody of JRPGs. The story is about Nike, a boy whose parents are obsessed about the whole "Hero's Journey" but since they lived in a time of peace couldn't do it. Now that the Demon King has reappeared they decided that Nike will be the chosen hero and force him to go into a journey.

He won't be going alone however. His companion is a girl called Kukuri who happens to be the last survivor of the Migu Migu clan who can use the powerful magic of Guru-Guru. The only problem is she is a bit of a slow learner and doesn't know many magic spells.

I watched the first episode of this anime a long, long time ago but at the time, I think it was back when we had to get our fansubs on tape. Unfortunately at the time I couldn't watch the rest of it so I am glad I can  do it now. 🙂

It is a really silly, light-hearted show that pokes fun in a good-natured way at every trope of JRPGs.


These are the ones I am currently watching. What shows, be it anime or otherwise, have you been interested recently? 🙂

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