004: New Game!
Aired: Summer 2016, Summer 2017
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Ecchi, CGDCT
Date watched: Nov 25 2018 – Nov 26 2018
Series watched: New Game! (12 ep x 24 min + 1 ep x 22 min), New Game!! (12 ep x 24 min)
Why I started watching: After I lodged complaints, the person who recommended Uchuu Patrol Luluco recommended a number of more mainstream titles he thought I’d like, including this one. I decided this one looked interesting.
I liked this show, however it wasn’t without its problems. This was the first show with ecchi that I had watched, which in this case meant a copious amount of panty shots, a lecherous boss, and things like that. Most of these were actually explained away within the story well enough for the most part that I could accept its presence, for example people doffing their pants when they were staying at the office overnight, but there were other occasions where it definitely left me with some discomfort watching it. I remember a maid outfit incident in particular, which failed a world-building/realism check so it never really made sense in the world and was just there as blatant fan-service.
The story was generally really good, portraying a group of girls working as a team within a larger corporate environment and the challenges they faced, with many fun interactions and side stories as they build their friendships. There were again occasional moments of discomfort here, because they romanticized long hours and working overnight and on the weekends, without talking much about the social and familial impact of doing so, and even the character who was mainly voicing concerns at first eventually ended up doing the same thing after a nice character arc or two.
The main characters were all interesting and had their own stories, and the workplace structure was quite interesting because the four main characters working in the cubicle were all young and recent entrants to the workforce, whereas most of the supporting characters around them were older veterans who could give them mentorship or advice as needed, especially to the lead character. However, while I generally enjoyed the story and characters, the second season introduced some characters out of nowhere, and both the timing of the introduction and the length of time of the ensuing drama was weird and very off-putting to me. It felt like they spent half the second season either setting up for a third season, or rushing through the character arcs of the newly introduced characters, ignoring the main cast for no good reason.
This was also unfortunately the first anime where none of the OP or ED songs captured me well enough to enter my music stash. Not to say the anime was bad overall, it was a fun watch and was also the first anime to make me shed a few tears. In the end though, it was more firmly in the camp of “I would be mildly interested in a followup season” than “I absolutely need a followup season right now!”
Final Score: 8/10