With yet another title that implies nudity, this week’s New Game!! episode comes with some actual nudity, along with the assumption that all college students are competitive maniacs. Having wasted the best part of my life in college, I can kind of verify that.
Japanese Original Episode Title: シャツくらい着なよ!
The episode starts with a rather pointless look into Hajime and Yun’s past (and by pointless I mean one that has very little to do with the show’s actual plot, but nonetheless entertaining). We find out that while Hajime was a typical girly high school girl with long hair and striped shirts, Yun was the class’s underdog, and an absolute outcast nerd. They both reinvented themselves when coming to Tokyo, and are now having a little laugh about how much they have in common. They also get matching glasses. Apparently, they make you look smarter. And that’s the first part of the episode.
Back at Eagle Jump, Momiji is showing off by letting everyone see the game she made for her class project, succeeding in getting herself some 3D assignments by Ko and Hifumi. Umiko is assigning similar tasks to Tsubame and Nenechi, then leaves them alone, ordering them to keep noise to a minimum. They obviously chat their lives away and Tsubame finds out that Nene got her job thanks to knowing Umiko (which is, by the way, not the case). She goes on full bitch mode and completely humiliates her, then acts perfectly normal when Umiko shows up. Nenechi takes this very seriously and promises to make Umiko proud.
Later this afternoon, at Momiji and Tsubame’s place, after some unnecessarily long shots of boobs and thighs, and the assumption that all girls walk around naked when on their own, a cockroach shows up, and Tsubame is left to keep her trapped wearing nothing but a towel, while Momiji goes to bring insecticide. Tsubame wakes up sick the next morning, and without her to help her get ready, Momiji shows up at work wearing pyjamas.
Hajime and Yun’s dark past: Even though it’s not offering much to the actual plot, I guess it did help making both characters more relatable. I’m sure they’re not the only ones to reinvent themselves after school, even though their change was pretty dramatic. I wish I’d seen Hajime with some crazy makeup and blonde hair though, that’d be hilarious, even though I definitely prefer her otaku mode.
Glasses make you look smarter: I hate to admit it, but this is so true. They can change a style so dramatically. So if maturity, intelligence, and sophistication is what you lack, make sure you own several pairs. The larger the better.
College interns: Compared to how nice everyone around Eagle Jump is, the new college recruits are both so… horrible. Momiji is messed up, fair enough, but what the hell was that scene she caused with poor Nenechi. Let me just state here that Nene is definitely one of my favourite characters, in spite of her high pitched voice, that usually is an instant turn-off for me.
Unclear and not true: And by the way, the reason why she was hired was NOT because she knew Umiko. She met Umiko while working as a part-time debugger for Eagle Jump. She was hired by her for showing dedication and potential in her work. So suck on that, Tsubame.
Fan service, no, seriously: I guess I could have watched this episode without having to stare at Momiji airing her breasts in front of a fan. By the way, if it was hot enough for her to do this, how the hell did Tsubame get ill by wearing a towel? Boo.
Themes & Trivia
Insect 5: Standard colored Power Rangers inspired gang of five that fight evil. With an insect twist!
Otaku taboo: Not the first time I come across anime characters hiding their otaku natures, possibly criticising the whole otaku stigma fans are carrying in Japan.
Meganekko: A very standard anime character archetype, usually mysterious and smart. Personal favourite. I’m afraid neither Hajime nor Yun fit the description.
Mongolian barbecue: A stir fried dish that was developed in Taiwanese restaurants beginning in the early 1950s. Meat and vegetables are cooked on large, round, solid iron griddles. Despite its name, the cuisine is not Mongolian, and is only loosely related to barbecue.
These recruits needs some humility lessons
Because they’re getting on my nerves. I can feel it coming though, someone’s gonna be shouting at them real soon – probably Umiko or Ko. Looking forward to that.
Hope you all enjoyed this episode, see you next week with another New Game!! episode review on MANGA.TOKYO!