Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Game, Fish Out of Water, Office Life
First Aired: Summer 2016, 12 episodes
Summary: Suzukaze Aoba graduates from high school and joins the game development company she’s been aspiring to work at since she was a little girl. The company, Eagle Jump, created a game that has been her favorite since grade school. From her first day on the job she realizes life in the real world is significantly different than high school.
New Game is a seemingly normal anime on the surface by the way it follows a few employees in their day to day life around the office. The majority of the show takes place within cubicle city in the Eagle Jump office. Diving beneath the surface reveals the importance of the characters. The anime focuses on not only the employees but the relationships between one another. It’s interesting to watch how Aoba works with Ko, Rin, Hifumi, and Yun because they all interact in different ways with each other. I could relate with the office atmosphere and the daily problems that come up, even if it’s something as insignificant as the temperature of the thermostat in the office.
You might enjoy this if: You are an office worker or otherwise have to deal with several coworkers on a daily basis. It’s also worth a watch if you are curious about the basic process of video game development. The show does not go into deep detail but does skim the surface.
You might not like it if: You want to watch something more “anime”. As for as anime goes, New Game is fairly tame. The character design is outlandish for a few characters, but most of the office workers adhere to a business casual attire anyways.
Note to the Viewer: New Game is produced by Doga Kobo, the same studio that brought us Himouto! Umaru Chan.
New Game Opening