Have you ever wanted to make a video game? If you are a gamer, then I’m sure you have thought about it many times. I know I have, for many many years, as I was making my way from the NES to the PS2. Then, I got too old and left my dreams of creating video games behind. But many people don’t. They cling to their dreams, they accept their purpose, and hang in there until they make it or fail trying. In New Game!, Aoba is a small girl with big dreams. Right after graduating from high school, she gets a job at a video games production company. Now, she gets to realize her dreams and create games that people will enjoy playing.
MANGA.TOKYO is here with 10 anime that are in some ways similar to this slice-of-life anime. We don’t think about it too hard when it comes to similarities and differences. These are titles we think you’ll enjoy if you liked New Game!
New Game!, and its sequel New Game!!, were both part of our weekly anime reviews here on MANGA.TOKYO. Read our series reviews below:
Stella no Mahou is a ‘workplace’ anime produced by Silver Link for the Fall 2016 anime season and one of the first anime that came to mind when I was searching my anime mind palace for titles similar to New Game!.Before I started reviewing the series, I thought it would be something between Aoba’s story and Shirobako (also part of this list) but it was something totally different, full of colors and cuteness. Yet, it is about video games and a group of girls who want to make their very own doujin (indie) game to present at Comiket! Each of the girls is in charge of a different aspect of the game with protagonist Tamaki Honda set in making exquisite drawings, improve her skills, and create a game she can be proud of.
Season 1: Spring 2009
Season 2: Spring – Summer 2010
I have to admit that I love anime that combine cute girls with pop-rock music as much as I love anime that mingle cute girls with video games. In K-On!, Hirasawa Yui decides to join the music club. The problem is that she can’t play any instrument. Yet, that means nothing to the other three members of the club who desperately want Yui to join so that the club won’t be disbanded. And they need a four-person band for that. I mean, how hard is to learn rhythm guitar?
3. Sore ga Seiyuu
The voice acting scene is booming worldwide. Actors lend their voices to movie dubs, advertisements, video game characters, and, of course, to the characters of our favorite anime. Sore ga Seiyuu follows the life of Futaba, who wants to go pro in the voice acting business. She and her two friends, Ichigo Moesaki and Rin Kohana, are trying to brave the not-so-gentle waves of the business and make it to the top.
Futaba and Aoba are both passionate about their work. They focus on what needs to be done to both improve their skills and climb the stairs of hierarchy in their profession. Their line of work may be different, but both New Game! and Sore ga Seiyuu have similar themes.
4. Girlish Number
University student Chitose Karasuma dives into the voice acting industry full of dreams, hopes, and ambition – but what is the reality that awaits her? She joins more young women with wildly different personalities and backgrounds as they try to survive in this highly competitive environment. They find themselves as friends and competitors, but sometimes, they may need to join together to find the fame and fortune they all crave for.
Girlish Number is not as cute and carefree as New Game! and instead takes the ‘working life’ a step further and criticized the industry by taking a look at its darker side.
Girlish Number was part of our weekly anime reviews for Fall 2016. Start reading them here:
5. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka? (Is the Order a Rabbit?)
Season 1: Spring 2014
Season 2: Fall 2015
In Gochuuman Usagi Desu Ka we take a break for reality to follow Kokoa Hoto in a very cute story about her new school life and her life as a waitress in her new boarding house. Rabbit house will give her the chance to learn more about how to properly balance her school and work life, and the opportunity to make a lot of new friends!
Both Kokoa and Aoba are in a similar situation. They find themselves in an unfamiliar environment in which they must learn how to behave in an effective and efficient way. They must also find a way to communicate with their new friends and colleagues.
Not all people want to become artists. Some just want to help artists get their works to as many people as possible. In Mangirl!, a group of girls wants to learn how and then create the greatest Japanese manga magazine there ever was and ever will be. Of course, making a magazine is not that easy, and they run into all kinds of problems as they try to learn the ropes of manga editing.
Like Aoba and her colleagues, Tsugumi and rest of the girls have a similar goal in a not so different environment. They must learn how to do their job properly and improve their skills. They also have to learn how to properly communicate with their colleagues and work efficiently.
Sakura Quest is part of part of P.A. Works‘ ‘working’ anime series. Koharu is looking for a job in Tokyo, but instead ends up with a one-year job in a small town in the countryside. The ltown wants to revive their tourism by making the town a ‘mini-nation’. Five girls join forces and ideas to make that dream come true.
New Game! and Sakura Quest both follow a group of women who work together towards a common goal. They have to learn how to make full use of what they have and put their skills to good use. In the meantime, they must learn that their colleagues are also human with weaknesses and quirks that need certain handling.
8. Yuru Yuri
Season 1: Summer 2011
Season 2: Summer 2012
Do you have a dream? Is there something you’d want to spend your life doing? It doesn’t have to be something related to work. Take Akari, Yui, Kyouko, and Chinatsu for example. All they want is to keep on doing what they love the most, drink tea. Do you think that’s trivial? The girls love drinking tea so much that, at first, they created a tea club. When that club was disbanded, they created a new club that its purpose is to provide entertainment to its members. Guess what that entertainment includes.
Fall 2014 – Winter 2015
We all make dreams when we are young. Some want to be astronauts, others want to become lawyers and doctors. The five members of the Kaminoyama High School animation club want to work in the anime industry and help their favorite titles come into reality. They have even created their first amateur production during high school. To stay true to their promise, they move to Tokyo to get jobs in the anime industry. They do, but the reality of anime creation is not the same as what they’d imagined in their school days.
Shirobako, also part of P.A. Works‘ ‘working’ anime series, follows Midori, Aoi, Shizuka, Misa, and Ema in a difficult journey through the reality of creating an anime series. Overtimes, deadlines, sweat and blood, everything is part of the daily life of their new job. If you want a glimpse on how anime production works, this is the anime you’d want to see.
Shirobako Official PV:
10. Sansha Sanyou (Three Leaves, Three Colors)
In Sansha Sanyou, three girls with three distinct and unique personalities will learn how to ride life and become more appreciative of what it has to offer them. Futaba, Teru, and Youko come from different backgrounds but have similar problems on how they approach life and their relationships to others.
I left Sansha Sanyou last, because unlike the rest of the titles in this list, the connection with New Game! is not apparent. You just have to give it a few episodes and you’ll see that both series emanate the same kind of cuteness and cheerfulness. We may have school instead of work, but the challenges the girsl go through are pretty much the same.
Let’s Make A Game!
Not many people are lucky enough to know what they want to spend their lives doing. Finding a passion (or, even better) always knowing your passion) is so hard that many people give up on it even before they start searching. Aoba and her friends are already following their dream. Do you have one you want to follow? Are you already on the path? Do you know of more anime like New Game!? Let us know in the comments!