August 14, 2016

New Game

So our heroine, Aoba, has graduated from high school and gotten a job as an artist at a game company. That's our story.

We've seen it before: "The people creating your entertainment are a bunch of fruitcakes". It turns out that all of Aoba's coworkers are nuts in one way or another, at least based on the first half of the first episode, which was all I could stand. Then I gave up.

These kind of "industry insider" shows seem a bit masturbatory for the people creating them. First one I ran into was "Animation Runner Kuromi" which really, really reeked IMHO. That cured me of being interested in the genre.

There was one last season or the season before it about seiyuus trying to break in. I don't remember the name, and I didn't watch any of it.

And I probably wouldn't have watched any of this one either, except that Fapservice decided it was worth a post. (NSFW) I suppose I should have picked up on the fact that they only managed to get one post out of four episodes. Still, it gets points for not being about high school girls. (Variety is the spice of life, and life doesn't end in third year of high school.)

But in the end I found it tedious and uninteresting. Thumbs down.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 11:54 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Let's imagine, just for the sake of an argument, that someone made an anime in "the genre", that was very good - easily in top-10 of all time, across all genres. Would not it be a great shame for you to miss it just because of preconceptions about "the genre"?

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at August 14, 2016 10:52 PM (XOPVE)

2 Heh, technically, Gate is in that genre, approximately. Remember Risa's job.

Posted by: Brett Bellmore at August 15, 2016 01:30 AM (l55xw)

3 Risa is a side character and what's most important about her in story terms is her relationship with Itami.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 15, 2016 09:00 AM (+rSRq)

4 I've always had similar feelings about that kind of show - anime about making anime, or manga about making manga, is a bit cheap.

I don't know if that applies to New Game inasmuch as it's anime about game design, and doubly because it's not -really- about game design per se; yeah, that's what they're doing, but if they were engineering well-heads it wouldn't fundamentally change anything in the show. It's a low-key moe Dilbert rather than Shirobako. But it doesn't have enough Dilbert humor, really...

Good enough to have on while I do other stuff, but if it had a lot of competition I'd drop it. Fortunately for it, it's available Monday and before Sweetness and Lightning, so it's "put it on while I do morning-ish stuff" here.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at August 16, 2016 02:10 PM (/lg1c)

5 I'm more concerned that NG turns into an aimless blob, covered with the fig leaf of "SoL".

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at August 16, 2016 03:54 PM (XOPVE)

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