STORY - 9
ART - 9
SOUND - 8
CHARACTER - 9
ENJOYMENT - 9
The gratifications, the fun learning experiences, and the chances to overcome your personal limits. They're all something game development can give back to you. Now with two exclamation marks in the title, New Game!! continues to be a delight once again, bringing in even more endearments and tight-knit bonds to your screen.
Ding, ding, ding! The second level refreshes a new year and marks the start of a new game for the team over at Eagle Jump. More fun, more entertainment, and this time, the game developing process takes on a more central role so there's
more growth for the characters. Between the productive and merrier days, the story is able to find the right balance and explore them as both friends and co-workers alike. When they pour their hearts to improve themselves, face their own struggles, or express their gratitude to one another, all these aspects are not just some singular details. They combine together into this lovable synergy. More than only attachment, it opens up a path to actually feel and be supportive for them. Their cooperation streams ideas that keep coming one after the other. Their minor drama is a result of each of them having such strong relationships. As a result, I've come to care about seeing their game turn from a mere idea to a final product. Because there is no shortage of chemistry when it comes to these characters, every single interaction, whether that'd be the insignificant hijinks or the emotional connection, is an enjoyable experience that does my heart good. In the end, I can say that I'm proud of what they've achieved together as an enchanting team.
Artistically speaking, that exact enchantment also takes form as a scheme of sweet hues. Doga Kobo has reached my heart once again with their art style that appeals to the emotions. Being lustrous and pleasant in color, the lovely brightness gives off an endearing aura throughout the whole show. It's like they've used a soft brush to gently add some visual subtleties around everything. On the motion side, the animation still radiates emotive energy but as this sequel comes in with more maturity, it doesn't just achieve cuteness. Their feelings are very demonstrative, having expressions and gestures that convey their own character and personal conflict. To augment this, the voice actresses did a great job to bring out rawer emotions out of them while still striking with the same, adorable pitch. It's a nice balancing effect between a work and fun scenario. The calmer soundtracks ease up the atmosphere, making it easier to focus on the characters while in contrast, the opening and ending songs take in energy and convert them into some of the catchiest tunes. These songs are even sung by the voice actresses themselves! That in itself adds even more adorable points. And lastly, I loved seeing how their cutesy game is progressing with the small tidbits of previews every now and then.
Since its boot up, New Game!! never ceases to lose its purpose in showing the more lighthearted sides of game development. It's fun, it's rewarding, and most importantly, it inspires motivation. This second level is a great illustrative sequel and all these endearments that it gave, they're definitely something that can bask one's soul in a lot of joy.
*Please note I watched both the first and second seasons in succession so there may be crossover in this review*
Upon first glance, my assumption was for this to be a moe centered anime, profiting from cute girls, thus I didn't watch the first season when it came out. Seeing that it got a second season, I presumed there must be more to it and decided to give it a watch. My assumption was wrong. This anime really hit home with me, a brilliant artstyle which personally I don't think I've seen elsewhere, lovable characters with a strong sense of character development and an engaging, exciting
and at times emotional storyline.
The story centres around a 18/19 year old character designer named Aoba Suzukaze at a games company, working under her idol Kou Yagami. The story was engaging and interesting, yet easy to follow, going on an idea that as far as I am aware is untapped in the creation of video games, New Game!! managed to balance a serious story, with hints of slapstick comedy and romance.
I am personally a big fan of the artstyle used in New Game!! the main highlight being the eyes, which admittedly are what made me initially assume the anime would focus on being moe, because lets be honest, they're frickin cute. But that isn't the sole feature, the visuals were fantastic throughout the series, the realistic game promos and artwork within the games, everything was exceptional.
I thought that the music for this anime was great, nothing stand out, but catchy tunes and well thought out BGMs, helping to set the mood of different scenes.
The main feature in terms of characters was the addition of 2 new characters, whom initially I didn't like, upon first impressions the new characters seem callous and as though they may disrupt the existing calm environment, however as with the other characters of the show, these 2 characters develop with time and become very much lovable. We get to see the ups and downs of each character, demonstrating emotional instabilities and understanding and showing how different situations effect different characters helping to humanise them, and help the viewer relate. A personal favourite part of this for me, is showing how severe Hifumi's social anxiety is at the beginning of the first season, and being able to see visibile progress across each episode as she begins to open up as a character. And they did manage to get the moe in, all of the characters are cute girls, the hints of fan service that are pretty much essential in this generation of anime, such as Kou's panties, Hifumi's cosplay and any bath or shower scenes, were made in ways to keep from making them the centre of attention, making them whimsical to the story and not having any lewdness to keep the innocent slice of life feel to the show.
This has been one of my best watches in a long time, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the series and may go back and watch it dubbed too, the overall experience tugged at my heartstrings and although the ending satisfied me, I can't help but want another season.
In summary, the New Game! series is great, I would definitely recommend it.
*This is my first ever review so constructive feedback would be appreciated rather than flame*
New Game!! by studio Doga Kobo. This is a brief review just to go over some points as I carry on.
This comedy and slice of life anime, is different from many other that fall into the same or similar category in a very good way.
When I finished season 1 of New Game last year, I realized how it was no ordinary like the other comedic, slice of life anime series; it felt so special to me that I went to make my current account for myanimelist only to give it a score of 10. I was wishing New Game would get recognized by many anime
fans, and was hoping for a second season to be released soon after.
Well... season two came, and I'm so glad many people recognized this anime to be very good and gave it high scores and good reviews.
So what makes this anime special to be appreciated?
New Game series has its outstanding elements such as the character design, being so charming and the colorful art, which together help to create a truly amazing atmosphere that fits so well with this kind of anime.
The animation is fluid and the voice acting was fitting with the characters. This anime is peaceful and bright that watching it at any given time or in whatever mood, it would make you relax and enjoy at ease.
New Game season 2 mainly talks about cute girls working on a new game just like the first season; however, there were somethings made me a little irritated; like when Aoba was distressed to the point she was crying because Ko was a little frustrated in the heat of the moment..?! OK that's cute. But WHAT?!! The reactions in these dramatic moments/situations were too much, making them so unrealistic and you couldn't relate to.
The workplace also lost its solid atmosphere compared to the prequel, and I wish the characters' expressions weren't too obvious so that we are left out to dig in and discover their deep feelings for ourselves a bit.
In the end, I enjoyed watching season 2. But in my opinion season 1 was far better than this one. I give this a 9/10 because it's special to me, otherwise it's an 8/10 compared to its amazing prequel.
I would recommend the series for anyone who is looking for something new or anyone who wants a break from action, gore, or tense anime, as this one is not something serious or thrilling but peaceful and humorous with very cute characters <3 Seriously though~~ Hifumi-Senpai alone is worth watching the entire series :D <3 <3
New Game!! continues where series 1 left off, and adds a very important literary element: conflict.
We've seen conflict in series 1, mainly as a bit of a joke between Ko and whoever is pissed at her at the moment, usually Umiko. Series 2, on the other hand, not only involves Aoba in the conflicts (so the impact hits closer to home), these are serious ones people might face in real-life working situations. Granted, in real life conflicts aren't often solved as quickly or cleanly as in this show, but the suggestion to "Hey, let's talk it over. Let's at least try to solve the problem.
It's probably better than stewing over it for months" is one that I really wish more people would take up. I get the impression that either the manga artist or scenario writer isn't a big fan of drawn-out conflict, because just about every conflict is resolved amicably in the show. Well, OK, every conflict that isn't a competitive rivalry.
Series 2 is also where we see the characters move forward and grow in their careers. Hifumi decides to get over her near-pathological shyness now that she's been promoted, Umiko takes Nene under her wing, etc. I really like how the ending animation/song in the first half reinforced this, ending the refrain with "Susume susume (Let's go, let's go)" and the entire cast marching.
We also get to see the game creation process at Eagle Jump from concept to release. What's cool about this is that in between her tasks as animator, Hajime ventures out as a fledgling designer herself, so we get to see the playtest cycle in action.
Series 2 is sort of 2 arcs in one. The first arc is Aoba's first steps as lead character designer, and the second is the introduction of 2 entirely new faces, Momiji and Tsubame. The pace picks up in the second half to accommodate the climactic moment not long before game release, but credit to the production staff, writers, etc: it did not feel rushed. Or maybe it did, and it matched the Death March (TM) pace at the end of the release schedule.
I don't know if they expanded the soundtrack over series 1, there wasn't any music that really stood out to me as new. I think I like the new OP over series 1 (I know it looks out of character, but OMG Hifumi is adorable in her mini solo!).
In conclusion, I would love to have a poster of Aoba's illustration piece.
Now, you may find my review short and biased, as I am not a long-time anime watcher, so if you are looking for review from some experienced, check somewhere else.
But this anime is awesome. Best thing about is is pacing. It's perfect. Both seasons. No silly situation was stretched trough the entire episode like in stupid sitcoms. You laugh at them, not feeling cringy.
Characters. Sure, it's just cute girls doing cute things, but god, they are ALIVE, I lived lives of everyone of them. They grow, they change, they live a live. It's the thing you expect from this genre, and
yet it surprised me so much. Also, besides living, they love. It's the love without kisses and words. Purest love possible. It's so good.
Season 2 was extremely good, and it's even better when tied together with season one (standalone, it's ~8, but together they make strong 10). I love how it's started just like season one, just to bamboozle viewers (and cut this joke after few minutes, because stretching it would be stupid, but, as I said, pacing is perfect). At first I was little skeptical about two new characters in season two, but they integrated just fine, and they also were somewhat interesting in the end, but for me, both of them are just step stones for Nene and Aoba.
I recommend anime this to everyone, who want extremely kind, pure (but with bit of fan service in form of panties), and not so silly story to rush trough because it's so good.
New Game!! is the 2nd season of the New Game! series. When I first watched New game! last year, I was really motivated. The anime was really good and it helped me a lot when I used to be a game developer. The second season of this series is even better; it has a lot of improvement over the first season.
While the first season focuses on comedy and some problems that game designers have while developing a game, the second season shows more of these things and focuses more on the problems that game developers and programmers have while working on a project. One more
big improvement that the second season has is, the developing in the drama part of the anime. The second season shows a clear improvement over the first season.
The second season of the anime hit me right in the heart. It might not be the same situation for all people. However, for me, as I used to be a game developer, the anime hit me really hard. This anime had and will always have a special place in my heart.
Overall, for all the people who love to know more about producing and developing a game, I highly recommend this anime. It has a really nice, cute story and a good sense of humor.
New Game!! comes back for a second season and what we get this time is more of the same. This isn't bad for the most part as season one was great and keeping the show somewhere near that level makes sense. The little gripe I had was that overall the show wasn't as entertaining as season one had been. However the way the finale was executed made for a great conclusion to the story and balances out the missing entertainment value for me. I want to quickly point out that this season felt like it had more yuri-bait but that didn't really bother me in
The story is very similar to season one but this time a new game is being worked on and Aoba assumes more responsibility in the production of the game. It's still very much a Slice of Life anime but it does manage to have some very emotional and dramatic moments every now and again between the comedy, even more so than season one.
The art is in that gorgeous moe style you would have come to expect by now. The characters are as lovable as ever and there were additions to the cast later on in the series that I think will do great in the future but they don't really have that much importance this season.
New Game!! was an enjoyable ride for yet another season and hopefully we can experience that feeling again soon.
I said it before and will say it again, I would have probably skipped this second season if I knew that this sequel were more focused on fan service than plot itself, more than half of this season is just cute girls doing cute stuff. Of course, there isn't a problem with this at all on a SoL anime, but I expected more as a Sequel rather than having an anime that FINALLY starts moving after 7 episodes, the first 6 where 75% of cute girls doing cute stuff and 25% of actual plot. Let's not forget that they also included new characters halfway in
the season. If you don't get yet what I mean, is that most of this show went for filler and that can be a bit boring at times.
TL;DR: If you like SoL Anime and cute girls doing cute stuff then this might be a good sequel for you, but if you expect more plot and development, then you might do well on skipping it.
Honestly, some episodes could have been easily bundled as OVA's on a BD release or something like that since they are not that necessary, but considering than the actual plot of this show wasn't that big, I guess it was needed in order to expand it to 12 episodes.
Lets get to the details!, New Game!! starts off giving new roles to the staff as they interview their employees of what do they think of Eagle Jump and what are their goals now, while they decide what ideas are good for a new game. After settling up their roles and deciding the lead, we are set up for an incredibly slow and boring plot progression filled with "cute girls doing cute stuff" for quite a while until the plot finally starts moving somewhere. Here we will have some clash between staff members, some rivalry feelings, the need of improvement their skills, etc. And then, when the new characters are introduced, the plot finally is heading somewhere after 7 episodes. You see, I couldn't even properly explain what this second season has to offer, because on half if this season there isn't much to say about rather than just cute girls on their natural environment, the slow pace for the story doesn't help that much unless that you want to see cute girls doing cute stuff rather than expecting a plot. 6/10
The animation department of this anime is probably the best thing this show has to offer, watching girls dealing with bugs or being creative with their job is quite a nice watch if you are into gaming stuff, they make good use of the definition of game physics when it comes to animation. I'm not gonna bother that much with the character designs since they don't have major changes... maybe the inclusion of new characters, but that's pretty much all. 7/10
I wasn't originally a fan to any OP/ED of both seasons, but is not like they are bad, they are just not of my taste, its okay overall. I do feel that the soundtrack on this second season didn't have that much of an impact, well, I guess that on few scenes the soundtrack was good but not enough to be completely meaningful. 7/10
Characters, like the plot itself is also one of the lowest things this anime has to offer, there isn't much development aside from few characters that had some development. The inclusion of new characters isn't that meaningful, but it helps to add more drama, comedy and fan service to an anime that were overusing the same cute formula over and over again. 6/10
Now, even if I said that the show was a bit boring and has a slow pace, it manages to give me some laughs and making me smile at times, it might lack on plot and many other things, but if you don't actually watch this for the plot, you will probably have a good time watching this for moe induction. 7/10
Now don't believe that scores of 6 or 7 for this anime is hating on it, I actually believe that rating this more than 8 is actually overrating a show that doesn't really improve that much and just offer more of the same. I do think that they just didn't want to risk that much and decided to KISS (Keep it simply stupid) but that's okay if the goal of this anime is to please the fans by giving them more fanservice and farming the money out of them. a 7/10
Minor spoilers ahead, though this show is not really story driven, so that is not taht big of a deal.
I actually feel a little bit let down with the sequel of New Game!. While I absolutely loved the first series, being my first SoL rated >8, I cannot praise New Game!! as much as I wish I could. First part was great due to the characters, interactions between them and their struggles and development. And at first, New Game!! continued on this premise, with it's first couple episodes being equally enjoyable as it's predecessor. Unfortunately, something broke around the middle of the series, with introduction
of new characters. The first series told a story of Aoba, her relations with Yagami and her new collegues, there have been a fair amount of Yagami x Rin, with Ahagon, Hazuki and Nenechi adding to the comedy ascpects of the show. But Aoba's struggles and game development was in the centre of things all the time. This time around, the show left this premise at some point and never really returned. The game progression feels completly unimportant, later in the series there are barely any scenes involving any chemistry between Aoba, Yagami and the rest of the character design team. Instead, more emphasis is put on Nenechi and the programming team, which does not really make any sense whatsoever. Additionally, new characters are completly undeveloped, there are barely any interactions between them and Aoba's team, honestly there is barely any Aoba and Yagami at all leter on in the show. You just get the feeling that the story goes nowhere. Having more then 10 characters in a show that lasts 12 episodes and trying to focus a little bit on everyone is doomed to failure and that is what happend later on.
That said, I still enjoyed the show, despite it being inferior to it's predecesor. The art was good, the characters did not suddenly become worse and I am generally in mood for SoL series to begin with. It is just that it did some unnecessary things that did not work out.
A very nicely animated and somewhat accurate depiction of a software company. If you are in the computer software industry, you'll probably get a bit more out of it than the standard layman, but even if not, it can be seen as an entertaining series.
The animation is good, with a fair bit of extra detail where needed (especially in the game viewing sections). The title and end credit music is okay - nothing particularly memorable though.
Voice acting was good.
The storylines themselves were also good - going through a simplified development cycle, the problems and stress that can occur as the release date nears.
a third series does happen, it would be interesting to see how they handle the failure of a project rather than being continually successful.
Story: so the company eagle jump is back and it has been a year sense fairy tales was released so now they gotta work on a new game (which ends up being Peco) but with Aoba she wants more and she decides that she wants to be the lead character designer (she does end up winning beating Yagami for it) so what happens with Aoba is almost like with getting anything new or higher up with a company she has longer hours the work can be stressful and of course wondering if she was even right for the job to even begin with.
Art: the art
here is really good even on par with the first season and loved the art from the 1st season so the art is really good maybe not the greatest but again still good)
Sound: So the Op was actually really good here really liked as for both ED (never honestly understand why anime's sometimes change songs on ending even halfway though the anime for that matter but whatever) both of the were actually really good not that bad at all also i watched the dub of the anime and the dub was actually really well done.
Character: Aoba is the only 2 of mains of the anime and well she is a honestly a pretty go lucky person in the anime all ways being cheerful but also can have her moments of feeling down and sad a really good character. Kou is the last main character (i plan on reviewing more than just these 2 by the way) she is the she is pretty much the senior to the character design team she well she can be cherry eye and what not but also forget a lot of stuff as well but she is a good character in all honesty. Hifumi is a supporting character and well she is really shy when it comes talking to people the point of running away she does kinda develop in this season with talking to people but i don't think to a large scale also she is a cheerful one a nice and good character. Hajime is another supporting character she is apart of the animation team and she is a pretty big person of a fan when it comes to action figures and well she is a total nerd again another nice and cheerful person. Yun is another supporting character and works in the Character design team she well no idea how you can describe her she kinda has a little bit of a attitude but in more of a nice way but again another nice character (sorry for not describing her the best). Umiko is another supporting character and is the programming chief when it comes to work honestly even outside of it she can be pretty strict when it comes to both but mostly work she will even scold the employees as well but in nice kind of way. Nene is another supporting character and the friend to Aoba she ends up coming back to eagle jump (wont say why find that out for yall selves) but she is almost like Aoba she is bright full and cheerful. Rin is another supporting character and she is art director for the company like many others has the nice and cheerful personality.
Enjoyment: Things that i liked: the comedy was really good in this anime (towards the end not really that much) but again the comedy was damn good also that the characters do kinda develop here and there also that this added some more serious moments in this was a really good touch for the anime and that it was really a enjoyable watch. Things that i didn't like: sometimes the comedy can be there and when it is its really damn good but when it isn't its kinda meh honestly probably my really only complaint that id give this anime.
Overall: im giving this a 8 id say i thought this season was better than the first season for sure the comedy was better here and also that some of the characters develop here also that it again was just a really enjoyable anime and also that this anime went with some more serious moments in this and it worked really well easily a second season worth watching for sure.
Not a lot of anime can leave a positive yet bittersweet feeling behind. Especially when the topic is related to boring reality -- working.
First off, I just want to state that New Game II took a slightly different direction, one filled more with co-worker interaction and goodness of fit rather than individual struggles and the need to finish your projects before those dreadful deadlines.
Nevertheless, the key elements that made New Game what it is can still be seen throughout the episodes. That occasional comedic moment. That serious moment of stress. The cute moe characters. The innocence of the Original Four. And of course, can't forget
about the memorable pervy boss, our fav shippings and the lazy cat meowing around.
This shows that there was a progression in the timeline where Aoba lives in. An advancement. Different times for different plotline and the course of this anime did an excellent job.
※ STRENGTH ※
- Strong character development. Everyone has or should have a goal. Especially in the work culture where it is competitive and you want to make a name for yourself. Whatever it is, each character has their own unique goal that they want to reach and that part of strong character development definitely make you feel something.
- Different personality. This can clearly be seen with the introduction of the two new characters, seemingly to give off a Darwinistic type of view. Work can be fun but only if you open yourself to new possibilities and see others as friends. It was definitely enjoyable to see the two slowly adjust to their new work environment.
- Novelty. New Game. New plotline. New set of characters. New type of conflict. New type of resolutions.
- The strive for self-improvement. Everyone is trying to fit in. Whether it may be trying to hide your otaku self or trying to become the best character designer. Goals and willpowers are especially worthy to be mentioned.
- Makes you think. This can be whatever resonate with you. For me it was the funny moment when the boss explain his reasoning to hiring only girls. And made me slightly envious of the work culture that they have. Or perhaps the reality that people come and go. Whatever it may be, my brain was wearing a thinking hat throughout the show.
- There's a lesson. You can take something away from watching it. Whether it may be needing to improving yourself to be the best you can be or finding yourself a role model you can follow. I felt that I took away something from this anime and can apply it towards my life. And animes who do this are a big plus.
※ WEAKNESS ※
- Less screen time for your favorite characters. If you were to compare to previous season, you can clearly tell that some of your favorite characters screen time were cut time. Whether it may be your ships, miss cosplay senpai or Yagami, I felt that there was less of it.
- Different arcs. I felt that there was a different set of progression for the first few episodes compared to the last few, especially after the newbies join. There was a slight rough transition there but it was not that big of a deal.
Did I get the feels? HELL YEAH. NINJA BE CUTTING ONIONS IN FRONT OF ME.
Would I recommend? YES ITS A MUST IF YOU WANT TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF AN ANIME.
I personally love the ending twist, given that different people have different priorities in their life. It's almost as if seeing someone finally graduate and move onto a new phase of their life. It can be bittersweet but ultimately, it's for the better!
I love the first season, now I love the second season.
This is unique and so far the first anime about gaming career I have watched.
It's a harmony about girls in a company working hard to develop "NEW GAME", one season with a new game basically, on perspectives of arts and coding. How everyone in the same group or different group works hard and takes care of each other.
I feel happy for them when everyone gets what she deserves from her work.
It is perfect if you are looking for something simple but will make you happy all day long.
New Game!! is the perfect example of slice of life done right. Made by studio Doga Kobo, which specializes in this exact genre, it is a great improvement over the first season, and turns the plain concept of slice of life into a genuine story about endearing characters.
Like the first season, New Game's slice of life (SoL) niche is focusing on game development. This time, the team at Eagle Jump develops a game from scratch, which gives us, the viewers, the opportunity to see how game development works in real life. Like in the first season, this concept is just as interesting.
What this second season
does better is focusing on multiple character relationships and showing us how they progress as events unfold.
The main ones are the mentor-student relationships between Yagami and Aoba and between Umiko and Nenechi. We see how Aoba grows in the eyes of Yagami, as she develops into a worthy successor, and how Nene evolves her skill thorough hard work and earns Umiko's approval.
The newcomers to the show, Momiji and Narumi, are there to show in parallel Aoba and Nene's progress respectively.
Additionally, we get to see more in-depth the relationships between Yun and Hajime, and Yagami and Rin, as well Hifumi growing into a more confident person.
It's clear that the show was going for character development, and it managed to do it really well. You will definitely be more attached to the characters after this season compared to the first.
As for the art and sound, studio Doga Kobo's colorful and cheerful approaches once again make it the perfect SoL experience. The artstyle draws you in with how happy and fun it is, and the soundtrack (especially the openings) get you in the mood to see more of the cast interact.
The only major complaint I have with the show is that the adults portrayed behave like high schoolers. It makes sense in context, as most of them are 19 or 20, and Eagle Jump is very relaxed company, not to mention that the entire point of slice of life is to present a relaxed atmosphere, but it was still strange.
All in all, this show was very enjoyable, and it definitely makes me want to see a 3rd season. I believe it's a slice of life worthy of your time, I am glad I decided to watch this show to its completion. It's is definitely one of my favorite SoL shows from now on.
New Game is back in action for a second season, and this time, it focuses on the development of PECO, with art by our favorite purple haired employee, Aoba!
Story: Much like the first season, New Game!! focuses on an episodic formula. Although most episodes have events that are separate, some do impact the overall end of the season. Episodes usually vary between the workplace, and episodes that encompass days off, such as the episode where the cast goes to watch a show. Episodes that are at the workplace show the majority of New Game's storybuilding and character development. Story-wise, the content itself is not deep,
and serves mostly to progress the characters. However, as you would most likely be watching for the characters, this shouldn't be much of a problem. What story it does have, the show handles fairly well, although a few certain points may feel a bit lacking and in need of a little more. For instance, we don't really get to see much of character thoughts when it comes to certain instances.
Art: The art in this show is easy on the eyes and uses soft, but bright colors. This really helps compliment the mood of the show, since it's a laid-back show with slight yuri undertones. This artstyle is effective in its selling point as it matches character designs, which I may add, are all unique and contrast well. The moe-factor within this show is amplified with the character design and art. However, shading is a little awkward with the faces, as there really isn't any when the characters are at work. However, that isn't too much of a problem, because the faces they do make are extremely varied and show lots of emotion. This can be seen as you compare the Hifumi death stare to whenever Ko goes chibi.
Sound: The background music in this show is true to the premise. This show uses music that you can tell are video game inspired, reminiscent of older gen consoles. Voice acting is great, as usual, and the opening is also great. In terms of anything else, the show gets it right.
Character: This is what New Game puts its emphasis on, and it can be seen. Characters aren't just a shallow addition, even if they're supporting. Most of the cast shows a growth or change throughout the show, and backstories are given for most of them too. Even Hajime gets some sort of backstory, even though she doesn't change during this season. You see a real development when it comes to position changes with the show. As Aoba adjusts to her role as art director, she becomes more open towards people in the company and also starts to stand up and lead. Ko shifts from the easy-going person she was used to being to becoming someone who wants to continuously keep getting better, with Aoba being her rival. The biggest change has to be with Hifumi, and her speaking ability growing each episode in this season. Although some aspects are flawed, the character portion within this show is enough to make it a strong selling point.
Enjoyment: There were some times that I was wondering "where will this episode go", and was a bit worried that the episode wasn't going to go anywhere. This, I would say, was resolved fairly quickly as the episode's premise would usually take a scene that doesn't feel like it's progressing the plot, and change it so that it's actually developing characters. Most of the time, the show was great at what it did. Would recommend 10/10
Overall: New Game!! took the formula from the first season, and improved it in certain areas, while keeping it the same in others. If you enjoyed the first season, there is no excuse not to watch this season.
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.