400th G-View: Houkago Saikoro Club

At first I was thinking of having my 400th anime review be a special show but because a rumored second season was yet to be confirmed as of the day of this writing I scrapped the idea. Let us instead talk about the next show I finished watching, Houkago Saikoro Club. An anime about a Girls’ Club who enjoy playing board games among others.

Houkago Saikoro Club.jpg

Alternate Title: After School Dice Club

Genres: Iyashikei, School Life, Slice of Life

Themes: Board Games, Card Games, Dice Games

Number of Episodes: 12

G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: Miki is a loner who has difficulty opening up and socializing with others. She also does not know how to have fun (This will make more sense when viewers see her flashback). That all changed when she met Aya near the river after an unusual circumstance. They then joined the class representative Midori (also after an unusual circumstance) to form a trio (later quartet) of friends playing board games during their free time.

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Left to right. Midori, Miki and Aya.

Put simply HSC is a chill show about a group of girls who play board games, dice games, card games or a mix of the three as viewers learn the rules, get a demonstration of how it is played and generally have a good time watching cute girls playing games.As mentioned in the plot summary Miki is shy but thanks to her friends slowly starts opening up to others. Although she is not very assertive at first she is definitely very perceptive, noticing many things quicker than others. Her specialty are memory games. Aya is the genki of the group, always full of energy. Her nearly limitless energy and enthusiasm, devotion to the team and eagerness to play every game presented makes her a very important member. Midori was initially stern but quickly opened up to her soon to be friends. She keeps her team under control but is at times responsible/dedicated to a fault. While more social than Miki she too has some trouble opening up when it comes to something related to her character arc. The fourth girl occasionally pops up in some episodes until officially joining the club in the third quarter. Her character arc shares similarities to Midori’s and Aya’s, more so the former.

When not playing games the girls are either doing cute things or dealing with their character arcs. Some more than others. Without giving anything away, Miki works hard to slowly come out of her shell. Midori has a life goal but must face many obstacles to achieve it. It is related to board games. Once her life goal is revealed Midori suddenly becomes the central protagonist. Miki eventually gets the spotlight back on her. Aya has the least problems of the three but does face a strong obstacle in the fourth quarter of the show.

Hana and Maki

Best side-characters, especially the blonde.

Side-characters are hit and miss. Most of them are likable, especially the above two, but some not so much, specifically two male students and one adult. I guess to me that is three characters I did not like. It can be different for others. Because of them my least liked episodes were 2 and 10 (though 10 had a wonderful moment between Midori and fourth girl). The male students are not crappy people by any means. They simply contributed nothing to the show, IN MY OPINION. The seitokaichou is cool though.

Miki and Midori

The first game of the show.

On to the games. As mentioned the girls, along with a fourth/fifth player or more, play board games, card games, dice games or a combination of the three. Most of the games are of European origin, mainly Germany. Other countries are represented too of course. Midori is usually the one explaining the rules. She loves them and works at a game shop. We then see the game being played. Whether the viewer enjoys seeing the girls depends on two things:

  1. Do they care about non-anime board/dice/card games?
  2. Do they care about the players?

In cases like this I feel the latter is more important because the competition can be fun but if the viewer does not care for the competitors then it is just as bad as not enjoying the competition. I can attest from personal experience that while board/dice/card games are more fun played than watched there can be excitement for spectators depending on how competitive the game is. This being an iyashikei (I think so) series there is usually nothing on the line though there were a few games with stakes. I did not recognize any of the featured games but the girls’ enthusiasm more than made them fun to watch. I imagine another goal of the show was showing that although board games are niche they still have an audience and are fun to play. Mission accomplished.

The presentation is nice. Not much to say. The best parts are in the OP song, which is excellent btw. Other than that it is solid. The soundtrack is chill. As mentioned the OP is great and the ED is quite nice.

On the yuri side there is not much. However, one thing I will say is to keep a close eye on Midori. Her and two ladies I already mentioned. We all know the truth ladies.

Overall Houkago Saikoro Club is a fun and relaxing show with a few hiccups that can be overlooked. Everything about it is super chill and I quite liked it for that reason. The main girls are all wonderful and the side-characters, though some nuisances, are more hit than miss. The games themselves all look fun to play. Whether viewers enjoy seeing everyone playing depends on their investment in the games and players.

 

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24 Responses to 400th G-View: Houkago Saikoro Club

  1. Error says:

    400th G-View! Congrats my friend! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Jack Cactus says:

    Midori is hella gay man and she didn’t even try to hide it whenever Miki was around. Although I’m more of a MidoMiki person, I can still hold hands with EmmyDori gang and not to mention Midori has the potential for a harem of cute girls all for herself.

    Oh yeah, Aya’s sister and Kyouko are definitely in on it with each other, can’t deny it.

    Same sentiment about those 2 guys and they barely served any to propel the plot or characters, just there to do A, B or C.

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  3. kitsu260 says:

    This is a great number.
    About the anime, i can say they choice particular chapter with more bonds between the girls

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  4. Little Viktoria says:

    400 reviews! Incredible work, OG-Man! ^^

    Out of the yuri anime I’ve seen, I would have missed 80% if not for you. Thank you again!

    I’m happy that I stuck with this show. I lost interest when the grenade was thrown in episode 2 (… he even looks like a grenade…) but then I returned to give it another chance. The two guys and the loud kid were pointless additions. Sometimes I wonder what anime producers are thinking. Does their audience really want to see more random guys, or just enjoy more of the girls? ^^

    My favourite girl is Midori, and the top scene of the show was the aftermath of the couples shopping game. Delicious. Agreed with Jack Cactus that Midori could have an entire harem for herself. I’d be happy to see her with either Miki or Emmy.

    Now I’m super curious, which show might be getting the rumoured second season?

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    • OG-Man says:

      Much obliged Viktoria-chan.

      I do my best to share with THE INTERESTED. That is a very important part of what I do. You have to be interested.

      The kid wasn’t a big deal.

      Midori is best girl. Her heart belongs to Miki.

      I’ll reveal it when able.

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  5. LuzeP says:

    I really enjoyed this show. It’s very relaxing. I didn’t know there are many board games out there. My best girl of course Midori. She’s gay and beautiful what’s not to like. My next best girl is Maki. So about the boys in this show, I’m glad they’re not doing anything in the last episode. Except calling Aya. I feel like the creator’s intention solely about the girls (and Midori’s gay heart) but they gave the non-yuri fans something to enjoy. Not much, but a perfect amount. Episodes 2 and 10 are my least favorite, but in episode 10 Midori and Emmy saved the show. God bless them. Of course, goes without saying the beach episode is my favorite episode. I would love a second season and will root for Midori so hard.

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    • Little Viktoria says:

      Midori is gorgeous. I want to see her without the glasses, and with longer hair and blunt straight bangs. Daydreaming about that… ^^

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    • OG-Man says:

      Those available in Aruba are a mix of Dutch and Western, though they lost popularity over the years thanks to technology and role playing games.

      Midori is best and Kyouko Maki is excellent. So glad she got more screen time. Very thankful for it. Oh yes.

      They guys weren’t wastes of flesh but ultimately contributed little.

      The small moment in Episode 10 was the only part worth watching of it.

      Beach episodes are gifts of the anime gods and am so glad they will (hopefully) never go away.

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  6. Teagan Blayn Litcott says:

    I usually give my nieces and nephews board games for xmas, so it was a lot of fun to see some of the board games in action that I often see while perusing the available ones. I kept recognizing many on the bookshelves too, heh. I even bought the cockroach poker game and intend to play it with my family.

    I wish they didn’t brought in kendo guy, as well. Blonde guy was at least somewhat tolerable (his role was pretty clear, and I didn’t care about Aya that much from that angle), but kendo guy was literally there only to throw a bone for straight shippers too. They kept giving us more and more Midori x Miki moments, only to shatter it with episode 10. Midori and Miki had significantly more chemistry between them than Midori and Emilia imho… well, at least I can still take solace in the fact that Midori is gay as hell.

    Overall, I did enjoy the show. Miki’s color theme is incredibly pleasant.

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  7. tbiscut74 says:

    I like this one. Watching the dub so I’m only up to episode 9.

    The girls are all cute, especially Aya and fourth girl! With Midori being the sexiest, She’s my favorite character.

    And those 2 side characters. I immediately knew that those 2 were girlfriends when they were introduced. They’re a really lovely couple.

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  8. Mauron says:

    The only thing that prevented Midori from becoming a harem star was Midori herself having eyes only for Miki. She could easily get five girls, myself included.

    I was a big fan of FourthGirl trolling Midori and Miki’s relationship whenever possible, from playing up her role in episode 10’s game to stealing Midori’s moment in episode 12.

    I did like that the show firmly established that Midori was a better spouse than most guys.

    It was a little disappointing that everyone was so oblivious to what Yu-Gi-Oh and bowl cut wanted that they couldn’t get properly rejected.

    I was hoping to see Carcassonne get played, but the closest we got was its score tracker being used as the score tracker for One Room Revision 3.

    I also kinda wanted to see Red Dragon Inn as more than a background object, especially if played to the fullest. fanfiction wheels turning

    Sadly Aya’s exhibitionism didn’t come up enough. She went without underwear for most of an episode, and it didn’t get mentioned during or after.

    Also, when and where can I buy One Room?

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    • OG-Man says:

      It’s best Midori found “the one” rather than form a harem. Naturally she can create one but she isn’t the harem type.

      Didn’t pay much attention to Aya’s exhibitionism.

      Would be cool if One Room were available for purchase.

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  9. Nick says:

    Congrats on the 400th G-View. What a milestone!

    I enjoyed Board Game Club, was a fun and chill show you could easily watch and have good time with.

    OP and especially the ED are very good. ED might be my favorite of the season, it’s so good.

    Characters were nice too. Not sure if I have a definite favorite but they were all enjoyable. Was hoping maybe they’d dive a little more into the relationships of the girls, there were some moments between them, but I guess at the end of the day the focus was always about the games. Still though, Midori had some good moments with Emmy and Miki, just wish they were a little more often. Hana and Maki were great though, totally dating. Love it.

    The guys did throw things off here and there though, Miki was interested in that one dude and Aya liked the other guy, so that did throw a wrench into the yuri dynamics. It’s not like that was a main factor of the show but still they kept bouncing between possible relationships and nothing was ever really solid. Midori was the only one who seemed sure of what she wanted, but like was mentioned already, it’s a show about board games and that’s the main focus of the show. Relationships not so much.

    Good stuff overall though, chill and enjoyable to watch. That’s good enough for me.

    Once again, big congrats on the 400th G-View! That’s honestly really impressive. Keep up the excellent work man! You’re doing great!

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  10. K says:

    Merry Christmas to you man!

    This was an enjoyable watch. The board games were interesting and it was fun to watch them play ’em.

    Miki’s best girl, not that the other girls were lacking or anything. I found her arc very compelling and I felt happy for her when things were looking up for her. Midori’s arc was just as compelling.

    I know that Midori has that harem potential but I think Miki has it, too. Individually though, Miki/Midori is best. Maki/Hana is up there, also.

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    • OG-Man says:

      A Merry Yurimas to you too good sir!

      Oh yes indeed.

      Miki’s a cool girl with a “coming out of her shell” arc, yes.

      Miki’s cuteness is prime for yuri harem potential, true.

      Yup. Those are the two main couples.

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  12. yurimylove says:

    I definitely enjoyed watching the cute girls play games more than i probably would playing those board games myself.

    Like

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