I confess: as far as cute girls doing cute things anime goes right now, I just want it to be January already. I need my Laid-Back Camp short anime damn it…and the movie…and the second season…
Still, I need my CGDCT fix for this Fall season so first off, we have After School Dice Club. It pretty much follows the tried and true formula of “anime girls forming a club together, hijinks ensue” but to its credit, the tabletop gaming theme is refreshing to see. On top of that, the show is focusing on “lesser-known” games and not the super icons such as Monopolyor Scramble. While I would be kind of game for, say, an 8-part Monopoly episode (think of the friendship drama you could have), this approach is bound to be more appealing or exciting to board game aficionados as well as people who aren’t too familiar with the hobby. I personally fall in the latter so and I won’t lie, the game featured in this premiere, Marrakech looked pretty fun. I wouldn’t mind giving it a try (provided that it’s available here in the States).
Of course, you still need characters to keep things engaging. Three of the four main girls have been introduced and their chemistry with each other is actually pretty solid. Miki (Saki Miyashita) is the shy one who wants to take a little more initiative in her activities. Midori (Miyu Tomita) is the smart but socially reserved student council president. The round of Marrakech makes it evident that each girl brings out what the other is lacking. Miki feels more courageous playing the game with Midori helping her out and Midori seems livelier and invested when she’s playing with Miki. Meanwhile, you have Aya (Marika Takano) who doesn’t seem to have a flaw at the moment but where she comes into play is that she’s the one who gets the gang together. She encourages Miki to go a detour around Kyoto with her and her following Midori to the game store she works at leads into her classmates playing a game together. Suffice to say, she has a pretty important role to play in this show.
We’ll see how the CGDCT competition fares this season but honestly, if After School Dice Club turns out to be the only decent one out of the bunch, I’d be okay with that. It has a distinct and refreshing subject going for it and the characters seem likable enough to make the show more than just a moefied look at board games. Unless the watch list is crowded and the competition is so much better or After School Dice Club jumps the shark (and really, this kind of show has to try to do that), I can see myself sticking with this show.
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