New Game!! is back with yet another episode this week: PECO is on time and the team overall is doing splendidly, and, of course, we have the usual dose of office drama and random mischief.
Japanese Original Episode Title: どんどんリアリティが薄くなっていくんだよ
As Tsubame does more and more programming work for PECO, she is paired with Hajime to work on a mini game. Hajime keeps sending her back to the coding room with more and more spec changes, until Tsubame starts freaking out over how these delays are going to be affecting her deadlines, and thus her image as a new recruit. Hajime decides to cover her and take responsibility for the delays.
In the meantime, Nenechi is finally finished with her rolling ball game, and is attempting to enhance it with the most extravagant, slightly pointless features (except from the random generated maze, perhaps), when Umiko comes along, and announces that Nenechi’s work on the minigame is sufficient and that she should now go back to debugging. Nenechi, even though a bit frustrated to be testing again, will be getting an opportunity to be tutored some programming while debugging.
Later, after everyone is gone, Ko gives Rin a new watch as a gift, thanking her for all her support during their mutual careers. Ko seems a bit melancholic and Rin wonders why.
Tsubame’s Redemption: NOT. Still annoying, still bullying Nenechi, still caring more about how she comes across rather than getting things done the right way. Thankfully AO-BOSS was also there to deliver some serious critique while Hajime was dealing with her.
Hajime’s Starvation: I love Hajime but she needs an accountant to manage her spending in toys and direct it towards things like… food and stuff. She might end up exchanging her otaku toy stash for a slice of toast.
Nenechi’s Hand: Twist and talk, twirl and talk, blah blah blah, I’m planning to do this and that and that… I don’t know about you, but I’m totally convinced.
Yagami’s Secret: Okay, we get it, there’s something serious going on with Eagle Jump’s shining star… In my opinion, one of the two following things are happening:
She has a terminal contagious disease and has contaminated everyone in the company so all of the PECO team will be dying shortly after its release.
She’s planning to resign soon.
I honestly don’t know what is worse.
Themes & Trivia
Hot Pot: Also known as the Asian feast of the Gods, hot pot is a pot of boiling stock of different flavors in which the dinner attendants can dip beautiful food, wait for it to cook and then kindly consume it. It is, admittedly, the most enjoyable and productive thing to do with friends.
Ball-in-a-maze game: Descendant of the ‘Pigs in Clover’ game, invented by the late 18th century American toy maker Charles Martin Crandall.
Which side are you on, Ko?
What is she up to? Who knows! Maybe she wants to get back to the corporate idiots that made her draw the key visuals instead of Aoba. Even though I’d hate to see her go, I believe her departure is imminent.
WILL SHE DO IT? Let’s find out next time! See you next week with another New Game!! episode review on MANGA.TOKYO!