Underrated Gem of the season. Wholesome, the anime.
Houkago Saikoro Dice club is not an anime that will blow you away in terms of quality, plot, direction, etc. However, what it excels at is being a very relaxing and enjoyable time, which is why it earns a 10 from me. I base my ratings on my overall enjoyment of a series, I don't care about super complex things that you may see in other reviews. Now that that's out the way, let's get into explaining the series.
Dice club starts off with Aya having recently moved to Kyoto and looking for new friends, she ends up encountering
Miki, the MC of the series, who although a Kyoto native has struggled to make friends and connections. The two of them end of becoming friends and bonding, while out one day, they stop by a game shop to check out the contents of the store, due to this they become friends with Midori, the class rep and fall in love with the art of board games.
Each episode follows the group as they hang out, go through school and find out about new board games. That's basically the plot so far, and while it may not seem like much, what I find really interesting and why this got a 10 from me, is the fact that i can learn about so many new games and hobbies through this series. I actually have got into playing shogi and cards as a result and as someone who has suffered through depression myself, enjoying a nice relaxing anime is such a cool change of pace.
The art is gorgeous and really bright, music is well done, character designs are great, a lot better than the manga and overall I really enjoy the series. Think of this series as the senko san of this season, not much in the way of actual plot, but it's moe fluff, and if you ask me, we can all use a bit more of that these days.
Surprised this isn't higher than it is. While sure it's not an 8, a 9, or a 10. But it's certainly a 7 in my books. A simple concept of board games can be real interesting.
Again, it could be just tastes. But this is a lot better than the rating it is given. The characters are rather cute with how their portrayed and look. With relatable characteristics you see in every day life honestly, that aren't annoying in any stretch that could ruin the experience. As it doesn't here. From shy and timid, to one that is energetic and so on. Great characters overall.
also has a great way of how the story is told through playing these games, and how the characters develop through playing these games together. It's a real heart warming feeling and I love it.
The games themselves shown in the show are rather interesting too! I'd love to play them myself! From just a simple fun card game, to a simple board game that honestly looks a world of fun. I'd honestly play them with my friends and family if I could haha. After all, who doesn't love a good board game.
The art of the characters and games is very pleasant and well done. It's a great looking anime. From the detail on character looks, to the covers of the games themselves. To even the pieces in the games. It's well done.
Should you watch it? I'd say yes. While the concept of playing board games might not sound interesting. But it's the way it's done that is really enjoyable. I'm very interested in seeing how it progresses further.
Welcome to my review of Houkago Saikoro Club! This review contains minor spoilers!!
Miki are a very shy and insecure girl who rather keep to herself! Sadly she got bullied in her early years. And later in high school she rejected invitations on social activities with her classmates. And because of her odd behaviour, and that she try to close herself in!! Avoiding places where people are gathering and are unwilling to take part of the world outside, I think she may suffer from a mild form of autism!!
Aya on the other-hand are a very enthusiastic social and positive young lady! She have recently moved
to Kyoto where this tale take place!!, A mighty grand city!! Once capital of Japan!! Know for its beautiful and breathtaking cherry blossom! And the imperial palace garden!!
One day when Miki are walking home from school.! Taking her safe route that usually are people free!!But this day it's not!! Aya are ridding on her bicycle ,The brakes stops workings and to avoid to crash right in to Miki she goes right in to the lake!! After some talking they venture together to see more of Kyoto!!
After some unexpected event and getting lost! Miki react like people with mild type of autism often do, when they are put in those kinds of unexpected situations. She panics and start crying!! Aya understands what is going on and most importantly she understand what Miki needs!! And because of that they bond and Miki gets her first real friend, and with Aya at her side, Miki feels safe, and together they face more of the outside world! And stumble in to a board game shop where their class representative Midori works.After playing some game with the owner a new window are open up for Miki,. And now she wants to take part of the social activity of playing board-games with her new friends!!
This anime revolves around this high school board game club! A lot of different games will be introduced ,And the cute girls will hang out and play them together!!! But this anime are so much more! The board games are just a setting!! It's more about getting friends and understand each other!! But mostly about Miki! And Her growing in to a more secured person that don't isolate herself! And Aya are very protective and will not allow any more type of ill behaviour against Miki!!! Later on more girls will join in!!
The animations are not the best but still doing it's job . Love the warm vibrant colours and the animation makes me feel comfortable and relax!And works well with the females but the males sticks out and the cute style making them look weird and very ill-fitting!!
The characters feels a bit flat to be honest! Noting interesting neither unique!! And the anime fails on concentrating on the girls and focus to much on frivolous support characters. It take away important time which should be used to build the girls.And therefor the girls doesn't feels as warm and captivating they usually do in this kind of anime!! The support characters are not support! They are in the way and totally fails on supporting the main characters!!
The characters development are extremely shallow and poorly like the characters themselves .Its more the less only about Miki becoming a bit less shy!!The anime neither care or takes it time with it
Cute Girls Doing Cute Things is a wonderful concept! one of my favourite genres! And I have high standards on those kind shows. And I'm not going to sit and watch when my girls gets defiled by males! This is more a Irritating Males Being Loud And Trying To Climb The Cute Girls Show, Then a CGDCT!! And for that it goes to my trash pile where it belong! And I don't recommend this anime!! Keep away from it!!
I’m kind of disappointed by both the current reviews (except the first one - “wholesome” this show is, indeed) and the LACK of ‘current’ reviews. Thing is: ‘topping off’ at the 4th episode, why isn’t this show garnering more attention and reviews further than that? I’m very confused by this, and you can bet I’ll darn-well explain why:
So, firstly, I don’t expect my review to change between this point in the season and ‘by the end of the season’. It has been extremely consistent and, frankly, I’d almost bet my life that it’ll continue to uphold its standards of storytelling, animation, (mediocre) sound design, whatever
else, and just its overall feel. (I’ll edit this bit and the intro out when the show is done since, lel, I’m certain it will be a “keeper” for me).
I’m sure I’ll rewatch this show for funzies when I’m in the mood to re-live my “newbie” passion for board games - something I’ve only ‘cracked the surface of’ (Dungeon Pets is my intro to board games :3. Check it out! It’s a top 10 of sorts, ya know!) whilst refuelling my ambition to play board games with more people!
Thing is: I can relate to this show quite a lot. I’m an older guy (urgh... 25+, k?), and having moments of ‘intellectual connectivity that’s “inconsequential”’ is really fricking hard to come about in normal ‘attempts at “bonding”’. ... Board games are something special here. They are an ‘inconsequential, intellectual activity’ for adults to ACTUALLY ENJOY. ... Board games are MASSIVELY underrated!
I’ve talked enough about the setting if this review—so let’s talk about the actual show/anime.
50% of the show is about board games and their ‘novel poetic-complexities’—the other 50% is about showing the beauty, the artistic zeal, and the compatriotism you feel during an ‘intense board game’ as you slowly become familiar with the personalities of those who you are “sharing the experience with”; you see, the ingenuity and limitations of ‘board games’ leave an opportunity for your ‘own’ personality to leave its unmistakeable mark! Houkago Saikoro Club gets the core facets of this hobby across to all those uninitiated in the drunken nature of ‘imagination’ + ‘innovation’ + ‘limitation’ that a board game carefully guides you upon. So many times whilst watching this did I want to order whatever game they were playing (especially ‘The Island’ in episode 7).
Houkago Saikoro Club is more then just an advertisement of Board Games. It’s a love-letter to the hobby that SIMULTANEOUSLY deals with the stigma AND ‘common stereotypes’ of those who play/would enjoy board games.
Well: though I phrase it like that, our Main Character is very real and isn’t all that “tropey”. I really like this as she grows in an acceptable manner (that’s a total plot twist for a show meant to be just about ‘board games’) as she finds herself through the relationships and interactions she forms through these board games. It’s extremely unexpected that any character participating in such a show would have sooooo much depth—I mean, I did say it was 50:50, right? That’s the point: if thus show is that dedicated to ‘showing its art’, then just imagine just how much time we get to see each and every character grow alongside each other. :3
Thing is: I have a personal agenda to talk up the ‘board game’ aspect—however, the character-‘personal and meaningful’ prospect of Houkago Saikoro Club takes the spotlight over the board-gaming side... Even if I’m super proud of how they’ve addressed the ‘art of boardgames’, the characters are ANYTHING but ‘last-minute throw-ins’! Heck, even though our MC is but 1 character to experience growth out of the many that do: the board games are ‘literally a supplement (of many kinds) of growth’ towards our angelic protagonist - which is so extremely well-devised by the author(s)/screen-writers that I’m extremely disappointed by how many people aren’t moved ~like I~ by this precise work of art!
Fact is: the quality is consistent, the character-building is continuous and unpredictable, the artwork is very fair and pleasing, the ‘messages’ are wholesome and realistic (philosophically speaking!), and the show builds up from simple games to hard games, but also from simple relations to complicated relations - all which involve the growth and self-discovery of our main character.
Seriously: how is this show not an utter ‘cult-masterpiece’?! 9/10 - only because it is, technically, ‘inspired and unique, as well as perfectly arranged and presented’, but... it isn’t a ‘masterpiece of the ages’ if I’m to compare it to other ‘blockbusters’—however: it never intended to be this, and it was always in a different ‘zone of ambition’; so, in other words: for what it tried and wanted to be (aka probably a ‘7/10’), to narrowly miss the criterion for a 9/10 (for how well it culturally supported and propelled its medium - board games), it’s absolutely incredible what Houkago Saikoro Club has managed to pull off! ... Be it an 8/10 or a 9/10, I very-much have to gift it ‘bonus points’ for accomplishing something that none of its ‘competitors’ could hardly ever come close to...
Rightfully so: 9/10. This won’t change. An amazing show that’s absolutely ’inspired’ from beginning to end! Well... How’d you feel now for a game, perhaps? :D
First and foremost, this is a typical "cute girls doing cute things" slice of life anime. While it's not an absolute CGDCT series due to a few male supporting characters in the cast, the vast majority of the series revolves around three and later on, four cute schoolgirl characters.
In my opinion, the main character's moe factor is off the scales. She is initially shy and a loner until she makes friends through the playing of German board games.
Each episode, they play a different board game and the rules of the game are explained before they play so you can follow along.
There's not much of a
plot or character development other than the MC's overcoming of shyness.
The art is very colorful and well done.
All in all, this is a pretty heartwarming series and checks all the boxes on what you've come to expect from a typical CGDCT series. It's not a K-ON!, but if you're a fan of this slice of life sub-genre, you'll likely enjoy it. If you're not really a fan the sub-genre, then I would pass on this one since you'll likely not appreciate this series.