Gamers! – Anime Preview
Synopsis: “Would you like to be with me… in the Gamers Club?” Amano Keita is a perfectly mediocre loner with no particular distinguishing features other than his love for games. One day, his school’s prettiest girl and Gamer Club President Tendo Karen suddenly calls out to him. That moment changes Keita’s life forever, as he now finds himself in the midst of a romcom with beautiful girl gamers… or, well, that’s how it usually goes. Not with him, however. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Gamers! has a laid back, slice of life quality to it. It’s not terribly boisterous, or fast paced, content to allow its story to build in a generally lackadaisical manner. But there’s a low key level of quirky comedy that keeps the show lively enough, including a fun 4th wall breaking quirk that makes little quips about the character’s futures.
Linny: Those fourth wall breaking visual pop ups help to inject not only comedy but also tease and build the future direction of the show and characters. Gamers! does have a fair amount of cliche features, such as the most beautiful girl in school conveniently being into a somewhat ‘nerdy’ hobby and for whatever reason becoming obsessed with recruiting our male lead, Amano Keita into the club she started. However, it also does go about using these cliches in some unique manners, like how Amano is definitely in awe of her beauty, but he doesn’t let it completely sway him into blindly joining the group.
Tom: Amano Keita is a fairly classic, meek, yet likable main character. He’s the friendless loser of the class who mostly keeps to himself and enjoys a hobby that makes it difficult to burst out of one’s shell. What makes Amano likable and stand out from other very similar MCs is his awkward mannerisms and freak outs when he’s feeling uncomfortable. He’s also the main way in which the series subverts expectations and crafts a surprising finale for its premiere. Amano is what makes this first episode so memorable.
Linny: One of Gamer’s biggest pull is definitely how it utilizes its lead to subvert expectations. On a side note, his VA is female and maybe it’s just me, but this fact is very evident whenever he speaks. It’s not an uncommon practice in anime but if you dislike it, you’ll have to bear with it here. Also, the episode introduces another character named Musumi Eiichi who looks a lot like Keita Amano from certain angles which causes momentary confusion in certain sequences and shots where the two become near indistinguishable.
Tom: Overall Gamers! does enough to subvert expectations, and provide such a cute and funny atmosphere that it feels charming. That charm has me hopeful the series will continue to subvert expectations while providing a more laid back comedy/romance as these quirky characters gradually end up gaming together. It’s not spectacular a series, but is enjoyable enough that I think it’s something to keep an eye on.
Linny: Gamers! may not pop out at you from the start but its more subtle nuances do a great job of making it feel entertaining and unique enough to make it enjoyable. At first glance it’s yet another school club romance comedy, but there appears to be enough potential here to make it an entertaining watch for those who are willing to give the set up a chance.
Gamers! is available for streaming via Crunchyroll