This is a story that revolves around certain students and one hobby. Amano Keita is our lonely protagonist who has a passion for gaming and is friends with Uehara Tasuku, who is secretly a fellow gamer and is someone who believes his life is perfect. We also have Karen Tendou, the club president of the video games club and Chiaki Hoshinomori, who constantly bickers with Keita. This is a story filled with a non-stop sequence of comedy scenes and misunderstandings. Our chaotic romantic comedy now begins!
Gaming has stuck with me since childhood. Many memories were made from it, and new friends were met because of it. So I thought to myself that as a gamer, this anime would definitely stick out to me. It definitely did, in more ways than one.
Misunderstandings: The Anime has something going for it. Brought to you by Studio Pine Jam .-.
We have our MC, Keita, who seems to be one of the most passionate people for gaming. He does almost nothing but look down on his phone, doing what he does best: gaming.
In Keita, I see myself. Although not as addicted as he is,
I certainly do have a great passion for gaming. We then have our famous blonde, Karen. Seen as the popular girl, but really is something else at heart: She is also a gamer. Seeing that Keita has similarities to her, she then decides to take action and tries get him to join the video games club. Of course, it’s not too easy.
One of things I can appreciate about the series is how relatable it is as a gamer. You have these likes for different types of games, and you proudly show it and try to master such games.
Actually, let’s take a moment to appreciate the opening sequence of the series. The amount of references to games I played is phenomenal and brings back nostalgia. I’m sure some of you who might be reading this might feel the same. Street fighter, Resident Evil, Super Smash Bros, a Tales Game (Phantasia I'm sure), to even PUBG! Of course I haven't played all these games, but I sure do recognize them!
The art is not too appealing, but it’s enough to keep me watching. Of course, it’s a pretty unknown studio doing this, but they’re not doing that bad of a job.
It seems that misunderstandings in the anime will be a main focus in the anime, as expected since it did say that in the synopsis.
Keita is someone that enjoys the games he personally likes, and actually doesn't prefer playing games that don’t appeal to him. Even though he was offered a chance to join the club, he prefers playing games his own ways. That is something I can appreciate about his character. I mean, he was practically forced to play CS:GO. It hurts considering he plays so…badly. But of course, it seems to be his first time with fps. So no complaints.
Overall the main focus of the anime tries to give us clusters of situations leading to misunderstandings. If you don't like that type of thing, I would suggest staying away. Trust me, I don’t like misunderstandings too much either. However, my passion for gaming overloads that concern, and I started watching anyway.
If you like comedy, awesome character interactions, and many gaming references, pick this up.
If you want a complete romance series without any misunderstandings, this ain’t the one for you (unless in the future it somehow changes into that type of anime, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.)
Overall, I really enjoyed this series so far as a gamer and an anime only. Although not the greatest, it gave me what I wanted. I will continue this anime and make a final review once it’s done. It was truly enjoyable and I can’t wait to see more!
If you asked me to describe this whole anime in one phrase, it'd be that it's *damn relatable*. Gamers! captures the complete essence of what it means to be a gamer and this is seen even in the first 3 episodes. Read on to understand how this anime made me go out and write a preliminary review for the first time.
Now I hear you say "10?! You're a fanboy!". Lemme explain, Gamers! has a very very relatable plotline (about how gamers feel in society and how they cope with it), that really ups the ante to a new level. Few anime ever reach this
level as many of them rely on tropes and cliches to appeal the audience. Now this anime *is* also guilty of having a few tropes here and there but that applies to all anime, the point is that Gamers! takes those tropes and changes them to it's own identity. Simply put, the tropes are reduced and existing tropes are changed.
As expected of a Kadokawa assisted project, it's a beauty. The extra effects added when someone gets shocked or happy, etc are pretty hilarious and adds an extra cute touch to the characters too. The OP and ED are also vibrant and inviting along with tons of references to Games only true gamers will catch! It's pretty fun to look at the art but an issue might be with those who watch it in low resolutions like 360p (a common res in non-registered anime sites) and 480p (offered by Crunchyroll to free users) so I recommend to watch it in a high resolution to enjoy as this particular anime gets hard on the eyes of not done so...
Almost all the characters have perfectly matched voices with their personalities too. One issue I had was with the voice of Amano. His character and voice just don't feel right to me. He sounds too much like a girl. Apart from him, every other character seems nice especially Tendou and Tasuku in their voice and expression.
Ah, here is where the anime shines. The relatable characters. I'll individually label them and explain in detail
Amano: His character as a protagonist is around in the middle of cliche anime and best MC. On one side he isn't a Yuuki Rito who gets flustered each time a girl talks to him (to a certain level) but then again he is dense,.a typical anime trope which might never end... His motivations and interests resonate among many people as he wants to play games for the fun of it.
Tendou: This anime's answer to the "Perfect Girl" trope, Tendou typically falls head over heels for Amano (something pretty obvious from the start) and constantly chases him comically in every episode and cries when he ignores her. She is a cross between a bit Tsundere and a bit DereDere. Nevertheless, she is one of my favorite characters from the start in the series but unfortunately she doesn't get much attention save for the first episode till now (although the fourth episode tried to throw some light on her) I might change this as the anime moves on but for now I'd close it like this.
Hoshinomori: A character introduced from the later episodes (2/3), Hoshinomori is your typical female gamer. This anime's answer to the "Shy dere" type. She relates a lot with Amano and is practically very fun to watch when with him. It feels as if they're a perfect match (though in personal opinion I ship Tendou more, but that's just an opinion). Hoshinomori is a person who can't keep up a conversation and is an introvert at best, thus boosting her relatable status to the highest point of the anime too.
Personally as a gamer, I really enjoyed this anime so far and am really interested in what happens in the future too. It's relatable nature (how many time have I repeated that word? Well, that's the anime's strong point anyway) is one most frustrated anime watchers can enjoy for a change from the cliche filled other anime out there. I loved it.
Overall I'd put this at a 9 for now. It still has some jarring issues with tropes but comes around beautiful with the characters in the end. It isn't perfect, but it is certainly a very enjoyable anime which many would love in the future. Anime of the year would be too much of a title to give the anime, so I'd say this is one of the best anime of the Summer season 2017 (aside from Aoyama-kun). Recommended to all gamers!
Typically I can't even decide if I'll like an anime after just 4 episodes but this time I NEED to write this review in order to persuade people into watching this.
So, first time I saw this I was convinced it's some kind of copy of "Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?". They're both basically about the same thing (slice of life in a video game club) but their execution is way different.
This anime basically completes netoge in some areas and it seems to explore the social aspect of video game geeks. At the same time, it seems to be a manifesto for
playing games the fun way. Nowadays, with the popularization of eSports a lot of people have started to play games in a competitive manner that, in my and apparently this anime's opinion, spoils the fun.
I'm a sucker for good romcoms that don't have a linear, boring boy-meets-girl-they-fall-in-love-funny-stuff-happens, and this seems to hit the right spot. It's kinda underrated in my opinion, but it can be argued that this anime formula is already overused. Still, I believe it's worth your time.
The center of videogame stories are almost often gaming prowess of some schmuck who can go hayaku. But there is another important aspect that is not usually touched on: how videogames affects our day to day interactions and how it opens up a whole new way of forming bonds. There's a reason why MMO players say "Came for the game, stayed for the community." It's a beautiful sentiment that captures the often unheralded but nonetheless important aspect of gaming in today's society.
I'm happy to say that Gamers understands that aspect and struggles to make it the core of the series. While the characters right now
may feel like it'll just fill the check-boxes of typical high school stock models, this series can get by with simplistic characterizations because its potential lies in the character interactions more than anything. This is a celebration of gaming as a community after all.
So far, however, Gamers is an anime you wouldn't feel bad missing out on. It has shown lopsided execution with a penchant for slapstick humor that can grow old easily, especially if its not your type of humor. The artstyle is less-detailed which enables more fluid animation but it's largely centered around the aforementioned slapstick comedy and the OST is nothing standout.
But the anime is not without potential, despite its abysmal first episode which I feel I must warn you about. How it goes about fulfilling that makes or breaks the series.