Gamers! Review | Playing Misunderstandings Like a Pro
Hi everyone and welcome to my place!
Well, I’m currently watching Gantz as I told you last week, but I still wasn’t able to watch it all, hope I can get that one out next week… Fingers crossed.
So, you guess it, today it has to be a “filler” review XD
Just want to comment that while browsing my watched Anime list I realized (again) how bad my memory is… There are Animes there that I don’t even remember the main plot… I’ll have to rewatch them to be able to review them in the future lolol
However, I did watch Gamers! not so long ago and I think the show is still more or less present in my brain 😛 Let’s begin shall we?
The story begins with a normal day to Amano Keita who is a mediocre loner with no particular distinguishing features other than his love for games. This normal day is basically him being alone all the time and taking every free time to play a MMO in his cellphone (although he proceeds to play in other systems when he is home). However, one day, the prettiest girl in his school (and the girl Amano has a crush on), Tendou Karen comes talk to him (which for all class is like something completely outstanding and everyone stares in disbelief ) and proceeds to invite him to join the Gamers Club.
Amano visits the Gamers Club, spends the day playing games (Call of Duty is the one that I remember the most) and in the end decides not to enter because he loves games for their development and creators’ effort and not for the difficulty and competition… (Personal note – What? I mean he IS always alone, now he has the opportunity to be with people who have the same interests as him and decides to tell no… Ok).
From here you think, ok the Anime is going to be about gaming and feel completely out of the World because you are also a gamer and you would love to watch an anime with gaming competitions or something similar right? Well, sorry to disappoint because the gaming part is not really going to be the focus of this Anime.
From here, Amano starts to meet more people and making friends (none from the gamer club… at least not the main ones… I don’t really understand why the gamer club is there to start with… But ok…) He ends up making a group of friends composed by: A couple – Aguri and Uehara, his crush Tendou and a girl who has everything in common with Amano but they just don’t get along because he likes Fanservice and she does not (… lol) called Hoshinomori.
And from here, the Anime drops the focus on gaming completely and goes for a slice of life romantic comedy… And well… They go too far! The basic idea they use over and over again is the misunderstanding cliché…. And no! It’s not only between Amano and Tendou… it’s with everyone! The show pushes it to the extreme of everyone thinking that everyone is cheating or in love with somebody else than the correct one.
Do not take me wrong, there are some events that are really fun. For example, there is an episode that Amano is going to confess to Tendou and ask her to go out with him (and everyone in school knows about it) and basically every each one of the characters are thinking completely different things regarding the way this conversation goes. I can’t even explain really well lolol But basically everyone is taking notice to the others reaction due to their own presumptions. I laughed A LOT with this episode!
However, like 80% of the Anime is about misunderstandings… Which for me is A LOT!
The gaming part ends up to be just only some references, which is a bummer… But it worked for me non the less. I like this kind of Animes and having gaming references in all episodes was just a plus! Of course I would prefer an Anime focused more in the gaming part… But it was ok!
The characters are easy to recognize by their traits. The only ones that are really similar are Amano and Hoshinomori (besides the Fanservice thing OF COURSE). These two are the loners, who prefer playing games than talk with people. Then you have Tendou that is like the perfect girl, pretty and smart. She’s basically the cliché “kaichou”, but in this case she is the president of the gamer club and not the council. You have Uehara which his more towards the punk side and then you have Aguri, the girl who seems a small child (although you will have the opportunity to see her in a more serious stance when she talks about her background).
All of them have backgrounds, from what I remember, being the ones from Aguri and Hoshinomori the ones that created enough impact to make me like and better understand the character.
The Anime is from last year and the animation is pretty good. However I do feel it’s the standard for the Slice of Life Animes coming out nowadays.
More than that, you can feel that they were careful towards the details. For example, each character has their own distinct physical traits which makes them easily recognized. Other thing that caught me my attention from the bat was the video game cases, which were really well designed.
They also did a good job with the more silly animations for the funny parts 😛 But those always get me so I’m a little biased regarding that 😀
The voice actors did a really good job and they were really comfortable working with each other (a must for these type of Animes) and this passes through the show! Only by hearing their conversations you feel the characters being relaxed with their friends (or not, depending the scene)… I think what I want to say is, only by their conversation you feel they are friends!
The opening has a really catchy music! And I don’t normally like the opening musics! (For the ones one mobile you can watch the video here):
So, to wrap-up… The Anime didn’t really deliver what seems to promise in the first episode, and even for a romantic silly Anime it pushes the misunderstanding card way too much, but, in the end I enjoyed a lot and I would recommend if you are a fan of slice of life. The gaming part is just in the background, but it made me happy to see all the references such as for Star Ocean and Persona 4 Battle Arena 😀
I Give Gamers! 4 Awkward Moments out of 5 Game References
That’s it for today everyone! 🙂 Hope you liked this review! Comment down below what do you think of Gamers! or if you are thinking on watching it! 😛