New Game!! is the definition of an anime knowing what it is, and executing it perfectly. It's 'cute girls doing cute things' done fantastically with great characters, and I really do adore it. Season 1 was great, and this season is shaping up to be even better!
After accomplishing her dream and becoming a game developer in the first season, this season continues on with Aoba's adventures with her fellow coworkers.
This anime does get serious at times, but it always keeps that saccharine sweet, warm feeling to it that makes whoever's watching it feel light. The animation is really, really nice and fluid and the art
is gorgeous. Every character design feels unique and looks great.
There's also tons, and I mean tons, of yuri moments. Some of them are indisputably romantic (Rin's obvious crush on Ko being an example.) while others aren't confirmed, but still definitely there, so if that's your thing (it definitely is mine ;D) then you're in luck!
Overall, New game!! is a series to watch to de-stress and grin like a dope at your screen while you do so, because it's just that cute. This season is shaping up to be even better than the first, and I eagerly await the next episode! 9/10.
* Im still getting used to these Reivew things so bare with me if i dont do a good job*
In every seasonal anime you need a palette cleanser or something that you can watch to make yourself feel good. Usually they are rom coms,comedy or slice of life.
New Game!! is a slice of life comedy that does a really good job at doing this because of its loveable characters and animations. In most slice of life animes the mc is super annoying and is surrounded by talented people in every aspect. However in New Game!! the mc is talented in
her craft and is easily likeable. If your looking for something that makes you feel warm and happy after every episode i highly recommend watching this anime. If you haven't watched the first season make sure you do so! If your a slice of life fan this anime is a must watch
A friend of mine saw me watching New Game!! and smugged: "Dude, you sure don't know how a real game-developing workshop looks like." Right. It's not real. This is just some altered reality where designers sparkle with flower patterns, ADs go around smile and talk gently, and coders simply blush over a fatal bug. But who cares if it's not real? Or even, isn't it because of that unrealisticness that we are able to enjoy it so much?
- The art cured my internal cancer.
- Lovely style of comedy.
- A rare case of a "cute-girls-doing-cute-things" slice-of-life anime with actual character developments.
- Talented, pure and hard-working
characters. Make you admire them and adore them at the same time.
- Soundtracks provide good ambience-feeling. Mostly cheerful. The OP/ED is nice, too.
- They actually put in some tension this season. Not too dramatic, but enough for you to understand how hard it is to make videogames, while still having you enjoy the show as a cute slice-of-life one.
- Yuri hints. Yuri hints everywhere. Yuri banzai!!
- Sometimes it feels awkward with the cuteness-overload high-pitched voices.
- Ok, this is personal, but I don't like Umiko's voice.
I think if you can stop being serious and put reality aside, then everyone, from a guy who has no idea how videogames are made to a coding wizard with pitch-black undereye circles, can have this anime put a stress-relieving smile on your face.
If I knew that this anime were heading into a K-on route of nothingness I would have skipped this second season. is not that I dislike it, but it gets boring that at least from my side, we don't get what Initially was an interesting premise: girls programming games while having some comedy and references. in fact I felt it as misleading as K-on was, K-on looked like a music anime, but it turned into a Tea party fest with nothing actually happening but Cute girls doing Cute stuff. in this case, NewGame! got away from the programming side and went into the Cute girls
doing Cute stuff Formula. at least, that's for the 4 episodes that have been released at the moment
At first, it looked like it would go on a serious route, the first 2 episodes went all in into their next project: deciding ideas for the plot, art, characters, etc. even having a clash between members making it look like possible rivals for efficiency. it looked quite good, but then what happened? we get back to the cute girls doing cute stuff with a bit of yuri-bait and 5% of actual plot progression. I had thoughts of how good was the change in Saekano Second Season when they were serious about making their visual novel and how the interactions were really important between each character in order to accomplish their main objective, sadly this doesn't happens here, or at least, not for now. I hope that the rest of this season doesn't turn out to be more of the same with no progression.
Aside of cute girls designs, I liked how the art of both games showed on this season look, they explained right how specs works when making a game and the physics of it, So I will give points for that. so far this is the only thing right on this second season
Nothing really relevant to this point, soundtrack for comedic relief is okay overall
at first, it looked like the characters were going to have a nice development, for example the relation between Aoba and Yagami was interesting, since the character design team were having a clash on character design that made it look like an interesting rivalry between the Master and his pupil (ever heard of "The apprentice overcomes the teacher"? ) sadly that is thrown away when we got back into the "Cute girls doing cute stuff" plot, I hope that they don't turn this just "cute girls doing cute stuff" and kill the development by the end of the season
As I said above, is not like I dislike it, but it could have been better if they didn't go K-on all over again with doses of "cute girls doing cute stuff" (for fucks sake, how many times have I said that?) yet if that remains, I'm afraid that this season will be nothing new in comparison of the first season.
if you are willing to watch cute girls doing cute stuff, keep watching, but if you were expecting more plot, this second season just doesn't deliver, at least not yet
TL;DR:A new sensation,a good start or a bad beginning?(Updated)
Please beware that new game season 2 has changed a lot,I could see a tremendous change when comparing season 1 and 2 and it's more meaningful,life-encouraging and realistic.
-The intense game-making environment
At first,I thought this would be a pretty poor idea for putting a serious environment into a tittle that should be relaxing,yet I was totally wrong about that.
After I have looked for more episodes,I feel this show is more realistic,since New Game season 2 has given us a feeling of working in a game company.You would be in charge of character designing in a limited time,feeling
lack of ideas and hopeless,all the stress and pressure that you would be received from a job environment.The word "realism" plays an important role in New Game season 2.
-Teamwork and Encouragement
Don't forget at your back,you'll have a group of teammates,who are willing to help your working process and give you new ideas.When you are hopeless,there'll be people encourage you.Even when Aoba and Yagami are in rivalry,friendship walk first and they'll help each other.Ideas couldn't be think off,if there is only one person,it'll be better if there're more people to help.The word "Friendship" also plays a large role in New game season 2.
These are parts that season 1 doesn't show off,yet season 2 improves a lot and take the game development to the heat.Speaking of the story messages,it fulfils all my expectations that a game-making anime should have and it definitely spot on.
-Character inner feelings
Characters inner feelings are also a main reason why you should watch season 2.Other than the detailed story,he new season has deepened the description of characters.When Aoba is trying to give out ideas when her model is being turned into 3D,she feel herself is useless as she is totally inexperienced in it,while others are joining into the discussion.But even Aoba knows she is inexperienced,she is willing to learn and doesn't give up or relying on others.As you can see,the elements of story also connect to the characters perfectly.Thats why season 2 is more eye-catching than season 1.
For those who wants to know more about game-making environment and a life-encouraging story,this new season should fit you the most,yet what season 2 is lacking of is the hilarious moment,if season 2 is trying to add more funny moments to the story,this will be flawless and impeccable.
Last but not least,the animation in this show is pretty promising,it keeps the "kawaii" environment and the diversity of animation backgrounds from season 1,which would probably satisfy most of the fans.However,the usage of soundtracks is still not very notable,because in most of the time,voice acting covers the background soundtrack,causing less enjoyable and a more silent environment.Fortunately,op and ed are pretty relaxing,sound effects in op and ed are pretty cool and fits the anime properly,so it isn't too bad in general.
+More tends to characters and seriousness
+Story become more consistent
+Continues cool animation
+cool op and ed
+More realistic and meaningful
Right, so my second attempt at a review, so bear with me.
So this is the second series of NEw Game. Same great cast, back again.
This is just a continuation of the first season, they are all back for their next project. In terms of development, characters haven't necessarily matured, but some have found new positions in the company and so need to take on new roles and responsibilities. But this is generally the same as the first as I have said.
The art is just as Moe' and colourful, if not even brighter than before.
If you haven't seen the first season of this
series would definitely say to watch it. No real difference but would add a bit more depth and history to the characters and how they interact with one another. Otherwise you could actually just start with this season and pick up or at least understand what is going on.
Overall would say 8/10 *(As of episode 5) It is just a nice chill, wind down anime. Easy to watch and digest. usually the same 2 halves each episode. 1 minor task or story and then another part of the day. before you know it, Ed is rolling through.
The second season is somewhat decent, don't get me wrong but I believe I would enjoy it better if they had proper translations because the subtitles don't make sense at times [often]. They often refer to the characters as 'he' but as far as I'm concerned their is not one male in the anime unless you count the kids during the magical girl scenes. And not to mention the translation for what was supposed to be something like 'oh, shoot' was 'cabbage' .......why?? Sometimes I can't stop wondering why does this make sense to people but not to me. I can't even get past the
first episode of this season because of the translations are so poorly done.