More office ladies working at a video game company and being gay for each other. That is all well and good but is there more to the sequel than that? Let us find out as we take a look at New Game!! (Double Plus), aka New Game season 2.
Review of the first season HERE.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Drama
Themes: Video Games, Office Lady, Fanservice, Yuri
Number of episodes: 12
Plot Summary: After the success of Fairies Story 3 the women of Eagle Jump are back and hard at work on a new project called PECO. Aoba and some of her colleagues will face new obstacles as they start moving up in the workplace and also meet brand new faces. Will they be up to the challenge?
Readers wondering why I gave the 2nd season the extra title of “Double Plus” it is because there was a huge clamoring from fans for the season to be titled New Game! + due to how obvious and fitting of a sequel title it is. We instead got two exclamation marks. HOWEVER, both have pluses instead of dots…and there you have it.
Describing NG!++ is quite simple: Everything that made the first season great times a hundred. What this means is the workload is greater, the fun times are even more fun, the sexy scenes are sexier, the office drama is deeper and most importantly the yuri power is doubled. The show has some nitpicks here and there but we will slowly get to them.
Let us first go over the character development and deeper drama. See, while both were present and accounted for in the first season it feels even stronger this time around, for better or worse depending on who one asks. What I mean by this is that compared to last time where it mostly felt like the story was about “Aoba and Ko and friends”, this time it felt like EVERYONE had their time in the spotlight facing greater professional and personal obstacles than before. Some of the ladies got promotions and had to face the challenge of whether they were ready to step up or not. Others wondered whether they really contributed anything after all their time working there. Then there are the newcomers who had their own challenges to overcome. Put simply, while the video game development part of the show was still fun and lighthearted the character developing drama was stronger than before. Expect to get the feels on multiple occasions…unless the viewer is a cynic/internet critic then I do not know. Again it all depends on how the viewer feels about the show taking its character much more seriously than before.
As I said though it is not all work and no play. Far from it. The other parts that made the show great are still present and stronger than before. Hifumi in particular got to shine brightly on both a personal and professional level, making fans of hers love her even more. The same goes for most of the girls who did not get much development last time like Yun and Hajime.
The animation is similar to the first season but again like everything else it looks better, is more colorful and the sexy scenes are sexier. The soundtrack, OP and EDs are nice and cute.
Next up let us briefly go over the veterans and newcomers. As mentioned above almost everyone goes through A LOT of development on the show. Then there are the newcomers, some who get more time than others. The two newbies who get the most screen time are the interns who debut somewhere in the 2nd half of the season Narumi Tsubame and Momiji Mochizuki. The best advice I can give peeps is to be patient with them, especially Narumi. They make solid first impressions but from the second episode they are in and onward…again patience is key. One drawback to the interns’ addition is that while most of the veterans got plenty of time to shine in the first half it was at the cost of less screen time in the second half in favor of the interns getting to develop then. Some veterans still get the spotlight during the second half but others not so much.
That is until we get to Rin. Out of all the veterans she was the one who got the least time to shine. Apart from more of what made her likable last time she spent most of her time as either assisting Director Hazuki with her work or providing moral support for everyone. Other than that not much else. HOWEVER, at the cost of not getting much screen time she had arguably one of the most powerful moments in the season…we just had to wait a long, long time to see Rin get her defining moment. Trust me though, it is worth the wait.
Lastly we come to the yuri which had the strongest evolution of all. What do I mean? The show went from being about “Ambiguously gay and some lesbian office ladies” to “Lesbian office ladies who have difficulty confessing their feelings to the respective coworkers they have a crush on”. It may not sound like much but trust me it is huge step up. Of course for the peeps I like to refer to as “counter culture doods” they can still apply the Yuri Yuri “anything goes” shipping principle if they so wish.
Overall New Game!! (Double Plus) is everything that made the first season great times a hundred. Some of it will not please everyone, like the more emotional drama, but for everyone else who loved the first season this is an easy recommendation. Girls Club aficionados will also find plenty to enjoy here.