Ian Garland Archive

New Game!! Anime Review Episode 10: Back to Basics

After a dalliance with fan service, episode 10 of New Game!! returns to the series’ roots. Gone are the meandering subplots, rampant fanservice, and drama for drama’s sake. Instead, this week’s episode shows the reality of games design, …

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New Game!! Anime Review Episode 9: Fan Service Sells But at What Cost

An unfortunate over-reliance on fan service Although episode 9 of New Game!! raised some interesting points about how workers perceive themselves, an over-reliance on fan service hampers it. This is something that has become increasingly prevalent as this season …

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New Game!! Anime Review Episode 8: Rocky and Disappointing Start

Meaningless Moe? With New Game!!’s plot finally beginning to move forward at a steady pace, it’s a shame to see it slow back down again in episode eight. The first ten minutes were simply an excuse to dress …

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New Game!! Anime Review Episode 7: Logical and Satisfying

This week, New Game!! focused heavily on the theme of aspiration. Episode seven managed to not only tie up all of the loose threads from the previous episodes but also introduce a new source of conflict with the introduction of …

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New Game!! anime review episode 6

New Game!! Anime Review Episode 6: Conflict and Confidence

For the first time this season, New Game!! addresses workplace conflict with episode 6. Conflict was bound to happen. What is interesting is the way in which Eagle Jump’s employees handle it, particularly Aoba, who has been submissive …

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