Studio: Pine Jam
I decided to watch this series because I love video games and heard about the many different titles that actually appear in the series. I also wanted to try watching a slice of life kind of anime and something along the lines of light-hearted.
Keita is a loner but is an avid gamer who enjoys RPGs, mobile games, obscure games, and dating simulations. One day, Karen, the most popular girl at the school they attend, invites him to join the gamer club, but he declines due to it being more competitive to his liking. He prefers to play games for fun.
He also finds other friends along the way like Tasuku, who is a good looking classmate of his who used to be like Keita. He also befriends Tasuku’s girlfriend Aguri who doesn’t like games but can relate to him. Finally, he befriends Chiaki, a girl who is also a loner and a hardcore gamer.
Over the course of the series, they all get involved in what is a “love pentagon” also while enjoying playing video games.
This was surprisingly very good. I actually loved watching it not just for the video game references, but the story too. Each main character was very charming in their own right. I laughed a lot at all the silliness. I actually didn’t want the series to end. It’s a really fun anime within 12 episodes.
I really loved some of the references to video games like Persona 4 Arena, Super Smash Bros., BlazBlue, Street Fighter, Super Mario, and more. They cover the different kinds of gaming too like mobile gaming, console, arcade cabinets, PC, and redemption games.
I didn’t feel as if the series concluded well in the last episode. I felt like it was a bit rushed and unless there’s another season, it leaves the viewers thinking about what’s next. I felt that it could have lasted an extra episode or two to officially conclude. The last episode didn’t even feel like a last episode.
I learned that games can be enjoyed by all kinds of people from the casual to competitive to the hardcore. Video games are something enjoyable that can be shared with different kinds of people as long as you have a passion for it.
I liked it more than when I thought about watching it. The series actually brought me joy. It’s a feel good anime that anyone could enjoy.
Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic