For a club centered mostly around two girls who know absolutely nothing about making and keeping friendships with others, they seem to do a good job at getting along with each other. Looks like we just discovered the next best Kirino-Kuroneko-esque pairing this season can buy after no longer being able to supply our now-nostalgic dose of Oreimo.
This is mostly what you’re going to be exposed on a weekly basis: two girls who befriend a foreign student to create a club that turns non-sociable humans into friend magnets. Only the problem with this picture is that the levels of friendship here are mostly based on Yozora Mikazuki (Marina Inoue) and Sena Kashiwazaki (Kanae Ito) encompassing themselves into competitive games to prove who the better person is. The best part? We actually get to live the video game moments they get themselves involved in. I like where this is going.
– Ryouhei Kimura plays Kadoka Hasegawa, a transfer student who gives everyone the wrong impression and is subsequently perceived as a delinquent in the eyes of the entire school. Ryouhei most notably voiced Shouma in last season’s Mawaru Penguindrum and Hideki in Angel Beats!. Classic whiny but nasally voice does well for this misunderstood kid.
– Marina Inoue as Yozora Mikazuki, yet another high school student who has trouble making friends and eventually succeeds in recruiting Kadoka to make a club for people like her who can’t find any. Marina is pretty popular (imo) from roles such as Rei in High School of the Dead, Laura in IS: Infinite Stratos, and Chiri in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. Deadpan Marina Inoue shines in this latest series.
– Kanae Itou as Sena Kashiwazaki, a wealthy student who can’t seem to make any friends because she’s always being ogled by the male student population, which consequently turns her into the rival of several female students. Secret video game otaku with the voice of Elsie (The World God Only Knows), Ohana (Hanasku Iroha), Sanae (Shinryaku!? Ika Musume), and Ruiko (To aru Kagaku no Railgun)? Looks like we have a winner in my book.
First Impression Rating: 8.5/10. Ridiculously hilarious in-game sequences of the characters’ interactions with one another. Character traits are dynamic enough, albeit still a little cliche, to warrant a few more episodes dedicated only to these three. But still, you can’t beat crazy hard-to-befriend individuals with wild imaginations and too much free time on their hands to play video games.
Likelihood to Blog: 10/10. As long as the show keeps up with its variety of approaches to the competition between Yozora and Sena, then this will be a very entertaining show to follow.