New Game!! (Double Plus) Episode 8: Interns’ First Week on the Job

This episode was centered around Momiji and Tsubame, more so the former.

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There was magic involved.

We joined three of the main four discussing a welcoming party for the newcomers (and I imagine Nene also) as they debated on whether to go all out or keep it grounded. Both sides had their pros and cons. Then Director Hazuki showed up and immediately said they should go to a maid cafe. Some of the ladies didn’t know what it’s like so…

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Office maids.

Fun times were had and Hazuki’s naughtiness was at an all-time high. It was dearly missed. Professional Girls Club aficionados could recognize a familiar phrase one Aoba Suzukaze uttered. The fun times didn’t last long. In fact, it had an end that was both predictable and surprising.

Back to the party. It was decided they would all go to a simple bar & restaurant.

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We got to see Tsubame easily getting along with Nene and her soon to be girlfriend. Of course the latter took some getting used to.

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On the other end the others were having a harder time “breaking the ice” with Momo, especially Aoba. Momo herself wasn’t making it easy for them either.

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Momo’s giant onigiri.

The few tidbits we got from Momo early on was that she loved eating, came from Hokkaido and shared an apartment with Tsubame. Not much else really.

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Aoba contemplating having a relationship with Momo.

Aoba was the most determined to “break the ice” with Momo. When Ko jokingly brought up Momo having a crush on her…Aoba interestingly considered what to do if that were the case, which told me she wouldn’t mind if by some miracle life had the two hook up.

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Hifumi trying to socialize with Momo.

Meanwhile we had Leader Hifumi still doing her best to be a great leader by breaking the ice with Momo herself. We learned that Momo wasn’t really shy or anything, just a “by the books” person. She didn’t really consider socializing with anyone but Tsubame at work. Again Momo made it difficult with her stoic expression. Hifumi tried to help Momo chill by introducing her to Mr Sojiro. Rin then praised Hifumi for the effort she’s putting into her leadership role.

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Momo trying to open up more.

Seeing Hifumi’s efforts and how quickly Tsubame got along with her fellow programmers Momo decided to do her best and open up more to her colleagues.

Momo determined to be a match for Aoba

Momo determined to be a match for Aoba

Later when Aoba and Momo were walking home we got a better idea of what her was with her specifically. We already know Momo sees Aoba as her rival so she wanted to be all serious and stuff with her. When she told Aoba this she was surprised by how relaxed she responded. It was like Aoba did take her seriously but wasn’t going to war with her like Momo was. Basically Aoba saw it more as a competition between great athletes than a war between soldiers, if that makes sense. Also I imagine this episode gave Aoba X Momo shippers more fuel to add to the fire.

To cap off this post, some bonus Hifumi goodness:

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Here we have Hifumi trying to introduce Mozoku to help Momo chill some more, not knowing she already started chilling.

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And here we have her “Don’t mess with me” face, which also serves as raging otaku boner fuel for masochists.

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27 Responses to New Game!! (Double Plus) Episode 8: Interns’ First Week on the Job

  1. Louis Francis III says:

    The sixth picture surprised me too.

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  2. KueKyuuQ says:

    After that glare, it wouldn’t surprise me if Hifumi went and rat out Hazuki to Umiko.
    And I gotta agree with Hazuki, Hajime did look rather stunning in the maid outfit (her “it’s so breezy down there” comment being my win moment of this episode XD Gotta love ’em tomboys).

    Not sure if Aoba’s always been just this open-minded or if she’s slowly being ‘corrupted’ by the yuri levels of her workplace… Probably both, tho.

    I don’t really care for “Momo” too much (yet), but this episode did deliver in many areas that I felt a tad neglected this season so far. And it was a fun one 🙂

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    • Louis Francis III says:

      She’s been “corrupted” ever since she met ko?

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    • OG-Man says:

      Nah. Umiko-kun has ways of eventually detecting Director Hazuki up to her naughtiness.

      Who can say? Maybe as both Arca J and Philipbaxton said it may not be that surprising because of her soul mate Hifumi and her never having shown any resentment towards lesbianism.

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  3. philipbaxton says:

    Not too surprised Aoba wouldn’t have a problem dating a girl since she already has a gf. Now that I think about it everyone one in the series seems pretty ok with same sex relationships. While they call Hazuki out for being clingy it’s more out of embarrassment and everyone knows and accepts Rin’s crush on Ko. Honestly everyone accepts it because they are all gay.

    We all know Hifumi’s stare actually meant “back off Aoba is mine”

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  4. ArcaJ says:

    So, does Eagle Jump have a separate fund to pay all of Hazuki’s lawsuits? Aside from that, we found out Momo is a very serious girl in front of others, while with her roommate, she cuts loose and makes some cute expressions. She’s also one of those creatures who can eat and not gain weight. (Enjoy it while you can, Sister! Once you hit 30, it’s all over!)

    I figured the belligerent crush would show up, boy howdy! This must be the week for tsundere. I wasn’t really surprised with Aoba’s attitude about same-sex relationships. She seems like the kind of person who wouldn’t hate someone over that.

    Hifumi’s really moving forward in her leadership roll. That includes feeling out the newbie. I, of course, think you’re all naive, and Hifumi is a lot more sly than you give her credit for. She could smell the lily-tinted scent of one who loves the Aoba! She was performing reconnaissance on the competition. She knows Momo could be a threat, because taciturn girls who are hard to talk to are totally Aoba’s type!

    In other news, Nene seems to be in a holding pattern with Umiko. I get the idea that Umiko’s sense of propriety won’t let her ask Nene out until she’s a full-time employee. She probably doesn’t want to ask her out if it looks like her job status depends on it.

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    • OG-Man says:

      If Hazuki ever sued Umiko-kun I doubt she’d win the case.

      Girls/women with Bottomless pit stomachs are delightful.

      You’re right about that. Aoba’s never shown any resentment toward lesbian relationships.

      Basically a more detailed description of philipbaxton’s theory on her glare. Well said, both of you.

      Yup. Umiko-kun’s probably waiting for the right time to ask her out. Most likely after PECO’s finished.

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  5. chikorita157 says:

    I have to admit that this is a very fun episode. I never expected maids with cat ears and Aoba saying “Moe Moe Kyun.” That is too nostalgic given that it’s 8 years old that phase was born. Too bad Hifumi didn’t join in on the fun. She would look super cute in a maid’s outfit.

    Aside from that, it’s nice to see Hifumi getting used to her role. As for Momo, I still enjoy her character sill and have high potential. As for Momo taking Aoba away from Hifumi is unlikely. Then again, Momo has Narumi, so…

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    • OG-Man says:

      Wow. It’s been 8 years already…time sure flies.

      Yes. A shame Hifumi wasn’t in the mood.

      Even if Momo tried, as others have said, Hifumi wouldn’t allow it. Nobody will take away her Aoba.

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  6. Reapy_s0ul says:

    These rebels are trying to topple the Aoba x Hifumi empire that I’ve poured my blood, sweat, and tears into, my very soul depends on this wonderful gift existing.

    If they try and take this from me, I will forever consider them to be enemies; I sincerely hope that I can amass an army to spam the team working on New Game with countless Aoba x Hifumi doujin art and manga until they submit to the master race and canonize it, despite the fact that it goes against the source material (probably, I haven’t read it).

    Filthy anarchist belligerents are declaring war on my OTP and it’s giving me c o n n i p t i o n s.

    You don’t want to see me when I’m in c o n n i p t i o n s.

    Anyway, I enjoyed the episode despite gaining c o n n i p t i o n s, since we got some amazingly adorable Sojiro pics, and we all know Sojiro is the REAL protagonist of this series as he silently supports the Aoba x Hifumi ship from the background, not unlike a spy valiantly collecting intelligence to help in the war effort and see to it that his country attains glory in battle.

    Also, you’ve probably anticipated this, but I was actually hoping with utmost desperation that the maid scene would lead to some sort of yuri revelation sent down to us by the supreme pantheon of yuri deities, but I was sorely disappointed.

    Anyway, that’s it for today, my body requires rest.

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  7. Mauron says:

    Momo definitely has a crush on Aoba, and Ko was refreshingly perceptive in noticing (or is still clueless and just joking). Aoba on the other hand, would prefer Momo to have a crush because a straightforward rejection is easier to handle.

    I’m not sure where I stand on Momo and Narumi. They’ve got a great setup for potential a relationship, but I’m not sure I’ve seen it yet.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Most likely the latter.

      Let’s keep an eye on Momo X Tsubame for the time being. Ya never know.

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      • Mauron says:

        I definitely will. I hoping it shows up.

        I can relate to Momo’s need to keep a secret list of names. I lose track of names in shows with large casts, or small casts, or that one name someone told me ten seconds ago.

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  8. cirno9fan says:

    Personally (time to be shot at from many directions):
    I’m open to AobaxMomo and NenexTsubame. But AobaxNene is still pretty great. I just don’t really see much(anything at all?) to say that Aoba has the same feelings for Hifumi. I’m sorry. The NeneXUmiko thing has more bearing, but I still feel like it hasn’t gotten as much as Aoba and Nene have gotten. Course, Yun and Hajime are above that, and KouRin is just soaring. I’d even say HazuUmi has equal (if not more) to the Nenexumiko ship.

    Anyway, a much more laid back ep compared to what we’ve been going through since this season started, but quite welcome. And quite amusing ~

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  9. themarrowbook says:

    The one who said the “familiar phrase” in maid outfits eight years ago has now become Aoba’s boss and mentor (I mean, her VA). I personally found that scene to be quite symbolic.

    Hifumi’s being great in every single episode, especially in Season 2!

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  10. yurimylove says:

    so that’s why my coffee isn’t as tasty as I’d have liked…

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  11. automaticimperfection says:

    I LOVE New Game!! I’m reading the manga and I have to say I’m impressed at how well synced it is, more important, the new girls are so awesome, specially that one who reminds me of Nishikino Maki ❤ eh what’s her name.. Momo? I’m so bad with names. Hifumin-senpai is still the best tho!
    I wish we can see more of Ko-chan and Rin!!

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    • OG-Man says:

      Don’t pay attention to “accuracy” between manga and anime myself. Not my style. It is a really good series though and everyone is wonderful.

      Yup. More RinKo scenes would be nice as they’ve been lacking this season. On the bright side we got other great moments with the other couples and even ships for the “counter-culture” peeps.

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  12. K says:

    Hazuki had a lot of fun dressing the girls up as maids, even getting Aoba to utter the magic words of extreme. Hifumi, however, was having none of that and just ‘noped’ out of there. Momiji wasn’t as averse to Hazuki’s shenanigans, if only because she wanted to show Aoba up.

    The Programming Team was hitting off well at the welcoming party. The Design Team took a while but it wasn’t a disaster. They just need to gel some more.

    So, Momiji isn’t exactly like Hifumi. She’s fine with conversing, just needs to be used to people she doesn’t know and indeed, putting names to faces can be a pain sometimes. Still, it was nice that Hifumi tried to break the ice with her.

    Beansprouts for dinner, you say? I know a certain Senran who would be all over that.

    With that conversation at the end, you can say that the Aoba/Momo rivalry is officially on! I Hoping Momiji doesn’t begrudge Aoba too much.

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    • OG-Man says:

      As some of our peeps have theorized perhaps Hifumi’s death glare had an ulterior motive…if you know what I mean.

      Yup. It was nice seeing how everyone tried getting along with Momo and the same on her side.

      Oh yes indeed.

      It will be an interesting rivalry to say the least.

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