New Game!

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New Game!
New Game! volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of New Game! volume 1 by Hōbunsha featuring the character Aoba Suzukaze
ニューゲーム
(Nyū Gēmu)
Genre Comedy[1]
Manga
Written by Shōtarō Tokunō
Published by Houbunsha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat
Original run January 28, 2013 – present
Volumes 7 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshiyuki Fujiwara
Written by Fumihiko Shimo
Music by Hajime Hyakkoku
Studio Doga Kobo
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, TVA, MBS, BS11
Original run July 4, 2016 September 19, 2016
Episodes 12 + OVA (List of episodes)
Game
New Game! The Challenge Stage
Developer 5pb.
Publisher 5pb.
Genre Visual novel
Platform PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Released
  • JP: January 26, 2017
Anime television series
New Game!!
Directed by Yoshiyuki Fujiwara
Written by Fumihiko Shimo
Music by Hajime Hyakkoku
Studio Doga Kobo
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, TVA, MBS, BS11
Original run July 11, 2017 September 26, 2017
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
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New Game! (ニューゲーム, Nyū Gēmu) is a Japanese four-panel manga series by Shōtarō Tokunō, which began serialization in Houbunsha's seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat from January 2013 and is licensed in English by Seven Seas Entertainment. An anime television series adaptation by Doga Kobo aired in Japan between July and September 2016, with a second season airing between July and September 2017. A video game developed by 5pb. was released in January 2017.

Plot

Having been inspired by the character designs of a particular video game when she was younger, Aoba Suzukaze, a high school graduate, begins working as a character designer for the game's developer, Eagle Jump. As she works on modelling and designing characters for games in development, she becomes acquainted with her fellow colleagues in the character design department, as well as those from across the company.

Characters

Aoba Suzukaze (涼風 青葉, Suzukaze Aoba)
Voiced by: Yūki Takada[2] (Japanese); Megan Shipman[3] (English)
A high school graduate who joins the Eagle Jump games company as a character designer, as they made her favorite game. Due to her small stature, she is often mistaken for a middle school student.
Ko Yagami (八神 コウ, Yagami Kō)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[2] (Japanese); Michelle Rojas[3] (English)
The lead character designer of Eagle Jump. She spends a lot of time at the office, often sleeping there overnight in her underwear, and has a laid back but stern attitude. She was the character designer for the game that inspired Aoba to become one herself. After two years pass in the story, she goes to work at a games company in France alongside Wako's sister.
Rin Tōyama (遠山 りん, Tōyama Rin)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano[2] (Japanese); Kristen McGuire[3] (English)
An art director and head of the background department. She is close friends with Ko and tends to get jealous when others get close to her. Unlike Ko, she is organized, well maintained and also a bit shy.
Hifumi Takimoto (滝本 ひふみ, Takimoto Hifumi)
Voiced by: Megumi Yamaguchi[2] (Japanese); Jill Harris[3] (English)
A character designer. She is shy talking to others and prefers to speak via e-mail. She has a pet hedgehog named Sōjirō and secretly enjoys cosplay.
Yun Iijima (飯島 ゆん, Iijima Yun)
Voiced by: Ayumi Takeo[2] (Japanese); Leah Clark[3] (English)
A character designer who designs monsters and often dresses in gothic clothing. She has two younger siblings.
Hajime Shinoda (篠田 はじめ, Shinoda Hajime)
Voiced by: Megumi Toda[2] (Japanese); Tia Ballard[3] (English)
A motion designer who works in the character design department as there are no open seats in the animation department. She later takes on the additional role of game planner. She enjoys sentai shows and owns various prop weapons.
Umiko Ahagon (阿波根 うみこ, Ahagon Umiko)
Voiced by: Chitose Morinaga[4] (Japanese); Caitlin Glass[3] (English)
A programmer who often gets annoyed when she has to fix errors and is embarrassed by her surname. She is a military fan and has several airsoft weapons in her workspace.
Nene Sakura (桜 ねね, Sakura Nene)
Voiced by: Madoka Asahina[4] (Japanese); Bryn Apprill[3] (English)
Aoba's friend from high school who is currently in university. After working a summer job as a debugger for Eagle Jump, she takes an interest in designing games herself and soon joins the company as a programmer in Umiko's department.
Shizuku Hazuki (葉月 しずく, Hazuki Shizuku)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura[4] (Japanese); Carli Mosier[3] (English)
A game director with a strong interest in cute girls, hence why her department is entirely female. She is often told off by Umiko for sneaking from her workstation and making impulsive changes to the game design. She owns a cat named Mozuku.
Wako Christina Yamato (大和・クリスティーナ・和子, Yamato Kurisutīna Wako)
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka[5] (Japanese); Elizabeth Maxwell[6] (English)
A half-French producer who works at Eagle Jump's publishing company, Houbundo. Although often having a strict appearance, she is shy around others. Her sister works at a games company in France.
Momiji Mochizuki (望月 紅葉, Mochizuki Momiji)
Voiced by: Arisa Suzuki[5] (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)
A girl who joins Eagle Jump as a graphic artist during the story's second year. She lives with Tsubame, who calls her "Momo" for short, and considers Aoba to be her rival.
Tsubame Narumi (鳴海 ツバメ, Narumi Tsubame)
Voiced by: Hitomi Ohwada[5] (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado (English)
A girl who joins Eagle Jump as a programmer during the story's second year, nicknamed "Naru".
Hotaru Hoshikawa (星川 ほたる, Hoshikawa Hotaru)
Voiced by: Manaka Iwami[5] (Japanese); Madeleine Morris (English)
Aoba and Nene's friend from high school, who was part of their school's Art Club. She is a skilled artist but has a weak condition. She is currently studying at a fine arts college in order to become a professional illustrator.
Chinatsu Hidaka (日高 ちなつ, Hidaka Chinatsu)
A teacher in Aoba and Nene's high school, who is good friends with Hotaru. Despite being an advisor for the Art Club, she has no drawing skills of her own and often prefers to play baseball.

Media

Manga

The original manga by Shōtarō Tokunō began serialization in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine from January 28, 2013. Houbunsha has published seven tankōbon volumes between February 27, 2014 and March 27, 2018.[7] The fifth volume, subtitled The Spinoff!, takes place prior to the main series and features content not included in the magazine serialization.[7] Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the series in North America.[8]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 February 27, 2014[7] ISBN 978-4-8322-4414-6 March 27, 2018[9] ISBN 978-1-626927-76-6
2 March 27, 2015[7] ISBN 978-4-8322-4546-4 May 29, 2018[10] ISBN 978-1-626927-85-8
3 January 27, 2016[7] ISBN 978-4-8322-4656-0 September 25, 2018[11] ISBN 978-1-626929-00-5
4 July 27, 2016[7] ISBN 978-4-8322-4720-8 December 4, 2018[12] ISBN 978-1-626929-62-3
5 July 27, 2016[7] ISBN 978-4-8322-4721-5 March 26, 2019[13] ISBN 978-1-642750-14-0
6 June 27, 2017[7] ISBN 978-4-8322-4847-2 July 23, 2019[14] ISBN 978-1-642751-05-5
7 March 27, 2018[7] ISBN 978-4-8322-4929-5
8 October 25, 2018[7] ISBN 978-4-8322-4986-8

Three comic anthologies have been released as of August 26, 2017.[15]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 August 27, 2016 ISBN 978-4-8322-4740-6
2 July 27, 2017 ISBN 978-4-8322-4859-5
3 August 26, 2017 ISBN 978-4-8322-4867-0

Anime

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation aired in Japan between July 4 and September 19, 2016 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[16][17] The anime is produced by Doga Kobo, with Yoshiyuki Fujiwara as the director and Fumihiko Shimo as the series' script supervisor, featuring character designs by Ai Kikuchi.[18] An original video animation (OVA) episode was made available for those who purchased all six Blu-ray/DVD volumes of the series, released between September 28, 2016 and February 24, 2017.[19] The opening and ending themes respectively are "Sakura Skip" (SAKURAスキップ, Sakura Sukippu) and "Now Loading!!!", both performed by Fourfolium (Yūki Takada, Megumi Yamaguchi, Ayumi Takeo, and Megumi Toda). A second season titled New Game!! aired in Japan between July 11 and September 26, 2017 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[20][21] The second season's opening theme is "Step by Step Up ↑↑↑↑" while the ending themes are "Jumpin' Jump Up!!!!" for the first six episodes and "Yumeiro Compass" (ユメイロコンパス, Dream-colored Compass) for episode seven onwards, all performed by Fourfolium.[22] The series is licensed in North America by Crunchyroll, and Funimation dubbed and released it on home video.[23]

Video games

A visual novel developed by 5pb., titled New Game!: The Challenge Stage, was released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on January 26, 2017.[24] Characters from the series also appear alongside other Manga Time Kirara characters in the 2017 mobile role-playing game Kirara Fantasia.[25]

References

  1. ^ "Game Company Comedy Anime "NEW GAME!" Premiere Set for July 4". Crunchyroll. June 13, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Yūki Takada, Yōko Hikasa, Ai Kayano Star in New Game! TV Anime". Anime News Network. March 27, 2016. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "New Game! Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Anime Spotlight - New Game!". Anime News Network. July 11, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "New Game!! Anime Season 2 Reveals 4 New Cast Members". Anime News Network. May 22, 2017. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Summer 2017 SimulDubs on FunimationNow!". Funimation. August 19, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "New Game!" (in Japanese). Houbunsha. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Seven Seas Licenses Made in Abyss, Nameless Asterism, Soul Liquid Chambers, Getter Robo Devolution Manga". Anime News Network. July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "New Game! Vol. 1". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "New Game! Vol. 2". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "New Game! Vol. 3". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "New Game! Vol. 4". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "New Game! Vol. 5". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "New Game! Vol. 6". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "New Game! アンソロジーコミック" (in Japanese). Houbunsha. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  16. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds B-Project, New Game!, Bananya, Hitori no Shita the outcast". Anime News Network. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  17. ^ "Product|TVアニメ『New Game!』オフィシャルサイト" (in Japanese). Doga Kobo. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  18. ^ "'Engaged to the Unidentified' Team Animates 'New Game' Show at Doga Kobo". Anime News Network. January 23, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  19. ^ "New Game! TV Anime's Blu-rays/DVDs to Offer Public Bath OVA". Anime News Network. September 14, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  20. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream New Game!! Season 2, In Another World With My Smartphone Anime". Anime News Network. July 11, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  21. ^ "New Game!! Anime Premieres on July 11". Anime News Network. June 2, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  22. ^ "New Game! Anime Season 2 Reveals Anime's Theme Song Artist". Anime News Network. May 10, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  23. ^ "Crunchyroll and Funimation Reveal New Slate of Home Video Releases". Crunchyroll. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  24. ^ "First Screens Of New Game! The Challenge Stage! Show Aoba, Hifumi, Kou, And Shizuku". Siliconera. July 20, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  25. ^ "Houbunsha Reveals Kirara Fantasy Smartphone RPG". Anime News Network. June 25, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.

External links

  • Anime official website (in Japanese)
  • New Game! (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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