Do you like video games? There are so many kind of video games, from casual smartphone rhythm, puzzle, and card games to competitive FPS and open-world fantasy epics! In Gamers!, the lonely Keita Amano, who loves to play video games, meets the school beauty and head of the games club who asks him if he would like to go out with her and join the games club. In the course of the anime, Keita meets gamers who all have their own gaming preferences. What follows is a romantic comedy with too many gaming references!
The following 10 anime are similar to Gamers! in more ways than one. Most of them have a similar gaming theme or center around a club where the protagonists are interested in a hobby. What they all have in common, however, is that they are comedies full of gags and fun.
1. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata)
Tomoya loves everything otaku. He is a fan of anime and he wants to share his love with the rest of the world by making a video game. Unlike some truly talented exceptions (I look at you, creators of Undertale and Stardew Valley), making a video game is hard work and needs people with different talents to form a team and create it together. That’s exactly what happens in Saekano. Just like in Gamers!, the characters are drawn together because of a shared passion, video games.
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat was part of MANGA.TOKYO’s weekly anime review for Spring 2017. You can read our series review here:
New Game! has more in common with Saekano than it does with Gamers! but the love for video games is apparent in both. They all feature characters who love video games, but New Game! relies more on its comedy gag scenes and slice-of-life situations. What both Gamers! and New Game! have though (except for the exclamation mark) is an unparalleled cuteness. New Game! has an all-girls cast and tells the story of a team working in a videogame company.
Both seasons of New Game! were part of our weekly anime reviews for Summer 2016 and Summer 2017. You can read our series reviews below:
This is the oldest anime on this list, having aired more than 13 years ago. Despite its age, the similarities with Gamers! are evident. Genshiken tells the story of Kanji Sasahara, a college student who is trying to fit in to this new environment. Eventually, he becomes a member of a weird uni club called The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, or Genshiken for short. The purpose of the club is to promote otaku culture. Both shows feature clubs full of people with similar interests who are trying to find a place to really belong to.
4. The World Only God Knows (Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai)
Season 1: Fall 2010
Season 2: Spring 2011
I don’t know if you count dating sims as real-life dating experience, but the protagonist of The World Only God Knows certainly does. Keima Katsuragi is a master of dating sims who finds himself in the position of trying to win the heart of a real girl. Gamers! and The World Only God Knows both deal with video games, but it’s their romantic comedy aspects that are more similar.
In D-Frag, Kazama Kenji wants to take over his school with his three-member gang. Yet, Roka Shibasaki and the Game Creation Club prove to be more than a match and they find themselves joining her club. Both anime are comedies about clubs who have their members go through hilarious ordeals. Both anime are full of game references and their characters seem to detach from the usual anime archetypes we usually get in slice-of-life comedies. D-Frag is one of those rare comedies that will actually make you laugh.
One of the most recent anime on this list, Fastest Finger First takes the usual club trope and puts it in a fresh context. The Quiz Study Group is all about those useless trivia we have in our heads and could only prove useful in a Quiz competition! Did you know that there is a world of competitive quiz games? Neither did I. Get your buzzers ready because if you liked Gamers!, you will also enjoy Shiki’s adventures.
7. This Art Club Has a Problem! (Kono Bijustubu ni Wa Mondai ga Aru)
Mizuki Usami loves her art club. She is serious about it and does everything to promote it but there is a problem that bothers her: she is the only one that seems to take everything seriously. Trade video games for art and you have an anime very similar to Gamers! They have the same kind of school comedy that revolves around everyday shenanigans.
8. Magic of Stella (Mahou no Stella)
Tamaki Honda is a first year high-schooler who has no particular ambitions in life except for the one thing she has in common with her best friend Yumine: drawing. Stumbling upon a weirdly named doujin game school club, Tamaki is reminded of the joy she derived from designing simple board games to play with her friends. She decides to join the club to improve her drawing skills and create a video game that everyone can enjoy.
Magic of Stella is an adaptation from a 4-koma manga, and you know what that means: comedic bits of unconnected events that revolve around a group of overly moe girls trying to create a doujin video game.
Magic of Stella was part of our Fall 2016 weekly anime reviews. You can read our series review here:
9. Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret (Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu)
Season 1: Summer 2008
Season 2: Fall 2009
Another romantic comedy with otaku elements, Haruka Nohizaka’s Secret is all about being proud of your interests. Haruka is not. As a student of the prestigious Hakujo Academy for the elite, she only strives to be the best of the best. But she has a secret that her classmate, Yuuta, discovers one day at the library: Haruka is an otaku. While the characters in Gamers! are embracing their interest, Haruka is going to do her best to hide them.
10. And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? (Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta)
I have a confession to make. As a former WoW addict, I empathize with the protagonist of this anime, Hideki Nishimura. The online world is sometimes better than the real for him. It is full of action and gives him more thrills than what awaits him outside the game. Yet, online avatars are not the most accurate reproduction of our real selves, and when Hideki decides to meet with his virtual friends, he find out that the people behind the avatars are very different than what he imagined them to be.
I don’t think I have ever thought of the gender ratio in online games as the title of the anime seems to suggest, but people who liked Gamers! are going to appreciate the light-hearted comedy and the amazing visuals of this anime.
Do You Love Your Hobbie?
Gamers! and the rest of the anime on this list are about people who are fond of their interests and gather together in clubs and create friendships that will, hopefully, last forever. Do you have any hobbies you love? Are you a member in any clubs? Maybe, you have a few anime recommendations to share with us? Let us know in the comments!