Nobuaki Kanazawa, who transferred to a high school far away, is afraid of getting intimate with his new classmates because of the events that happened from his previous school. This led him to shut his heart. However, he starts to open up during the sports festival's class relay. He and all his classmates received an email from "King." At first, his classmates didn't take what they were told seriously, thinking it's just a joke, but Nobuaki, the only one who knows the real meaning of it, fights against the "death" game that will soon begin…
The rules of the King's Game are as follows:
1. All class members must participate.
2. The order sent by King through email must be followed within 24 hours.
3. A punishment will be given to those who don't follow the order.
4. Quitting the King's Game halfway is forbidden.
Ok, im going to give you the quick rundown.
The biggest problem with this anime is the way it executes a plot that is meant to be filled with dread and sadness. This is a survival anime where a bunch of peole go aginst eachother for survival more or less.
In survival animes the writers are supposed to make you feel for the characters so that when theirs lives are at stake you really get nervous. The characters are supposed to have motives and personalities that are at least a little complex and unique.
That way when they get pitted against each other the battle
that occurs, no matter physical or mindgames get interesting.
This anime fails at all of that and just ends up becoming and edgy, fake-deep, dissapointment.
Do you value your free time? Do you consider yourself of average intelligence? If the answer is yes to both questions, then you should stay away from Ousama Game. I usually abstain from writing reviews, even more so for incomplete anime, but I thought I should warn any person who might be in false hopes that this anime could be good because it has Miyano Mamoru’s name attached, just like my naive past self.
This anime is basically about a classroom that starts receiving orders from a self-proclaimed King via texts. If they don’t obey these orders then the King punishes them, usually with death.
If this sounds semi-interesting to you, then prepare yourself for disappointment because this horror premise is basically an excuse for the author to write copious amounts of nonsensical, perverted situations. The orders are basically Fuck or Die with a heavy dose of NTR. There is nothing the King would gain from sending these orders other than to masturbate at the students’ desperation and consensual cuckoldry.
With this premise, I thought I would feel sorry for the characters. However even disregarding their incredibly bland and archetypal characterization, they always do unreasonable stuff that results in their deaths. If that's 50% of the case, then the other half is them being surprised at things that should be a given at any point. No sign of intelligence or reason here.
Frankly I would give this 1 but it has made me chuckle a few times: it really tries to take itself seriously but it’s so forcibly edgy that it's unintentionally hilarious. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone except for those who might want to laugh at how low the anime industry can stoop.
Don't watch this anime if you can't laugh at how bad it is. The only joy you will get out of this is seeing how bad an anime can get, nothing else.
This show is not dark, something that's dark would be something like Berserk.
This show is not edgy, something that's edgy would be Elfen Lied.
This show is even worse than edgy.
Regarding the technical aspects.
The music is very mediocre, and the sounds are sometimes out of sync.
The art style is acceptable, but the facial expressions can be very ridiculous, and the gore scenes are over-the-top.
The animation is just plain
bad, you can clearly see how low-budget this show is. But I think even that small budget was a waste of money.
Okay, I had to make an account just to write a review for this. The other reviews I read seemed to miss the mark, and in my opinion come from pretty naive point of views.
To me the worst part of this show is the animation and the sound, but it certainly isn't as bad as what haoliners has given us. I find it to be pretty tolerable, and considering animators in Japan are known to be severely under paid, I can certainly forgive it and proceed forward into what other qualities the anime has to offer. But if this is critical to your enjoyment,
I would keep this in mind before starting it.
Okay so now that I've cleared the air of that, I want to get to what I think this anime offers that I haven't really seen mentioned. I believe in another review I read that this was some sort of sick display of a perverted mind, which made me believe that this is the type of anime that will heavily divide its audiences enjoyment based on your world views and if you prefer anime primarily for its escapism or if you enjoy it because you like to see real life elements integrated and practiced out in a fictional world. I am of the latter of the two which may be why I enjoy this anime.
This show has so far absolutely thrown some heavy situations on you within a short amount of time. So far we've dealt with making self sacrificial decisions for the better of someone you love, betrayal, difficult decisions made out of self preservation, false persona's shattered under tension, terrible life tragedies, and getting to watch a relatable protaganist desperately try to keep things together as it all falls apart in his hands.
Obviously we don't have to deal with a mysterious omnipotent power commanding us to our deaths in reality, but we absolutely do have to deal with issues like sexual abuse, infidelity, loss, betrayal, true faces being shown under pressure, and other various situations this show has put on display for us. Personally, I enjoy watching the main character scramble as he tries to keep face in light of all these horrific challenges, because I find that to be absolutely relatable, and it makes me that much more interested in seeing what route they will take for the conclusion.
This show does an excellent job at keeping things on edge, as the viewer learns quickly that the characters lives can be quite short lived. This is both a strength and weakness this element of the story brings. On one hand it makes you value the characters lives when you become attached to certain ones, but in the same breath it doesn't really invest much into why you should be attached to them in the first place. But with that being said, I found myself getting strong feels when characters I hardly knew put on display of genuine relatable emotion, which i don't really see as a easy feat to accomplish.
If your like me and you've been watching anime for 15+ years, you might find this to be a refreshing breath of air. It surely isn't the most original anime, but it definitely isn't the typical, overly done recurring themes we've seen in the industry lately.
When recommending this to others I would give this anime a 7, all though personally the number based off of my own enjoyment would be worthy of an 8. It's nothing profound or game changing, its just a good story to observe. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone without a backbone that isn't looking to have challenging feelings thrown at them, since this is certainly one for a more mature audience with a taste for darker themes.
At this point in time only 5 episodes of the series are out, so this series may very well crash and burn depending on the route they take, but i definitely recommend others to join this journey as of right now.