|Written by||Sekina Aoi|
|Published by||Fujimi Shobo|
|Imprint||Fujimi Fantasia Bunko|
|Original run||March 20, 2015 – October 19, 2019|
|Written by||Sekina Aoi|
|Illustrated by||Tsubasa Takahashi|
|Published by||Fujimi Shobo|
|Original run||2016 – 2019|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Manabu Okamoto|
|Produced by||Mitsutoshi Ogura|
|Written by||Hiroki Uchida|
|Music by||Yoshiaki Dewa|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, BS11|
|Original run||July 13, 2017 – September 28, 2017|
Gamers! (Japanese: ゲーマーズ!, Hepburn: Gēmāzu!) is a Japanese light novel series, written by Sekina Aoi and illustrated by Saboten. Fujimi Shobo published twelve volumes from March 2015, to October 2019, under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint. An anime television series adaptation by Pine Jam aired from July to September 2017.
Keita Amano, a high school student and video game player, meets the beautiful school idol Karen Tendō, and joins the school's Gaming Club. After finding it is centered around competitive gaming, he declines her offer. This rejection sets off a chain of events in the lives of Keita and his friends in matters of both video games and romance with several misunderstandings along the way.
In the light novels, each characters take turns narrating the chapters.
- Keita Amano (雨野 景太, Amano Keita)
- Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese); Brandon McInnis (English)
- A plain second-year high school student often playing video games. Although he does not have friends, he uses handheld console or mobile. He considers Karen Tendo to be the perfect girl, but declines her invitation to join the Game Club, because he prefers to play games for fun and not as something competitive. As a result, he is rather untalented at nearly every video game he plays, but still manages to have great insight into them. Keita often thinks of himself as unworthy to Karen (oblivious to their relationship) and initially would prefer to merely be her friend, but is encouraged by Tasuku to accompany Karen by asking her out.LN 1 In later episodes, he reveals that sometimes, he does like to compete to win. He uses two online usernames, Tsucchi and Yama, both of which are based on his mother's maiden name Tsuchiyama. He is a big fan of independent game designer "Nobe", and teams up with online player Mono.Ep. 3 He is very stubborn when it comes to his opinions on games, clashing with Chiaki Hoshinomori regularly over the use of moe characters and other things, even though the two are very much alike.Ep. 3, 5 In the light novel, Keita notes he has a younger brother.LN 1
- Karen Tendo (天道 花憐, Tendō Karen)
- Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto[a] (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
- The most beautiful girl at school and the president of the school's Game Club. She has long naturally blond hair and green eyes.[b] She excels in everything at school from looks and popularity to sports to academics.LN 1Ep. 1 She had enrolled in the school because of the club's prestige, but its senior members had left, so she took it upon herself to revive the club, and she privately recruits members as she does not want it to be filled with guys who are only interested in asking her out.LN 1 At the beginning of the series, she invites Keita to join her club, and becomes upset when he declines her offer, having not faced rejection before in her life. This results in her stalking Keita to try and convince him to change his mind, but she develops a crush on him because he stands up to Tasuku in defending her and the club.LN 1 Following her newfound infatuation, Karen's entire daily routine crumbles apart as she in unable to stop thinking about him.Ep. 4 For a time, she mistakenly believes Keita and Chiaki are a couple.Ep. 3–5 In the anime series, she spontaneously urges Keita to be a couple, but became friends instead.Ep. 6-7 Karen is extremely competitive, often turning the most mundane of activities into some kind of competition. However, she learns to loosen up and live more casually through Keita.
- Chiaki Hoshinomori (星ノ守 千秋, Hoshinomori Chiaki)
- Voiced by: Manaka Iwami (Japanese); Marissa Lenti (English)
- A shy and quiet girl in Karen's class. She has long seaweed hair and purple eyes. She enjoys playing handheld and phone games like Keita, leading Tasuku to try and set them up so he can eventually pair Keita with Karen. At first, she and Keita get along incredibly well because they agree on many things about games, only to declare themselves bitter enemies over their opinions on putting moe characters in video games. She takes Tasuku's advice on improving her appearance, and cuts her hair, inadvertently making her seen as attractive by the student body, but her increased interactions with Tasuku make Aguri jealous.Ep. 3 She is Keita's online friend "Mono" and his favorite indie game developer "Nobe", although both Chiaki and Keita are unaware of each other's online personas.Ep. 5 She is shocked when Keita reveals his gaming personalities to the group, and begins to develop feelings toward him.Ep. 8
- Tasuku Uehara (上原 祐, Uehara Tasuku)
- Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese); Clifford Chapin (English)
- Keita's classmate and a good-looking and outgoing guy. He is an occasional gamer and is skilled at arcade games. A former gamer nerd in middle school, he changed his appearance and attitude when he entered high school to avoid being stigmatized, yet feels drawn to be involved in Keita's life and his situation with Karen that he is willing to help Keita progress in his social life, seeing himself in Keita.LN 1 He is quite proud that he landed a cute girlfriend Aguri, but later learns that Aguri had liked him back when he was a nerd.Ep. 2 He is the first to make the connection between Keita and Chiaki's gaming personas, and then tries to pair the two together as friends, while Keita makes a relationship with Karen. However, he creates a Gamers Meet-Up Club with all parties involved, his efforts and increasing interactions with Chiaki and Karen, lead to misunderstandings.Ep. 5
- Aguri Sakurano (桜野 亜玖璃, Sakurano Aguri)
- Voiced by: Rumi Okubo (Japanese); Tia Ballard (English)
- Tasuku's girlfriend. In the anime, she is a petite girl with pink hair and purple eyes. Unlike any of the other characters, she does not play video games outside of claw crane games, which she frequently has Tasuku take part in so her can get her prizes, as he is far more skilled than she is. She fell in love with Tasuku, after getting a plushie doll from him at middle school, and she changed her appearance in order to get near him.Ep. 2 She becomes upset at Tasuku for accompanying Chiaki, but allies with Keita to help him relate better with Karen. The two end up becoming each other's confidante over their relationship troubles, only for their interactions to have misunderstandings.
- Eiichi Misumi (三角 瑛一, Misumi Eiichi)
- Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese); Howard Wang (English)
- Karen's classmate with a short black hair. He joins the Game Club at the beginning of the series. His specialty is in arcade puzzle games, but he adapts to learning new games and growing skills based on observing how others play. He says that he got into gaming, because he had lost his memory when he was young and playing block puzzles gives him a link to his past.Ep. 1 The last episode in the anime series shows his secretive past in which he had escaped some underground organizations, and encounters his estranged sister Riki in the finals of a game tournament.Ep. 12
- Gakuto Kase (加瀬 岳人, Kase Gakuto)
- Voiced by: Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English)
- A third-year student and a member of the Game Club. He gets serious when it comes to FPS games. He took up gaming because his father was a mercenary who trained him in the family business when he was a child.Ep. 1
- Niina Oiso (大磯 新那, Ōiso Niina)
- Voiced by: Yuna Yoshino (Japanese); Dawn M. Bennett (English)
- A third-year member of the Game Club who specializes in fighting games. Karen considers her the sexy big sister type. She has long brown hair and brown eyes. She does not talk to people, while playing. Karen said she got into gaming in order to win her friend back by trying to defeat her in a fighting game.Ep. 1
- Konoha Hoshinomori (星ノ守 心春, Hoshinomori Konoha)
- Voiced by: Yūki Kuwahara (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)
- Chiaki's younger sister. She is envious of Karen's popularity and is somewhat happy that she cannot compete with her by going to a different school, where she could become a student council president. She secretly enjoys adult games and revels in being in the company of girls.Ep. 8 When Keita visits Chiaki, and accidentally sees the "Mono" and "Nobe" information, Chiaki tells Keita that Konoha is the person behind the accounts.Ep. 9 She tries to help her sister make friends with Keita.
|No.||Title||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|1||Keita Amano and Youth Continue|
Amano Keita to Seishun Kontinyū (雨野景太と青春コンティニュー)
|March 20, 2015||978-4-04-070533-0|
|2||Karen Tendou and Surprise Happy End|
Tendō Karen to Fuiuchi Happī Endo (天道花憐と不意打ちハッピーエンド)
|July 18, 2015||978-4-04-070534-7|
|3||Chiaki Hoshinomori and New Game of First Love|
Hoshinomori Chiaki to Hatsukoi Nyū Gēmu (星ノ守千秋と初恋ニューゲーム)
|November 20, 2015||978-4-04-070753-2|
|4||Aguri and Unconscious Critical|
Aguri to Mujikaku Kuritikaru (亜玖璃と無自覚クリティカル)
|March 19, 2016||978-4-04-070754-9|
|5||Gamers and Annihilated Game Over|
Gēmāzu to Zenmetsu Gēmu Ōbā (ゲーマーズと全滅ゲームオーバー)
|July 20, 2016||978-4-04-070969-7|
|6||The Lonely Gamer and Love Confession Chain Combo|
Bocchi Gēmā to Kokuhaku Chein Konbo (ぼっちゲーマーと告白チェインコンボ)
|November 19, 2016||978-4-04-070970-3|
|7||Gamers and Kiss of Dead End|
Gēmāzu to Kuchizuke Deddo Endo (ゲーマーズと口づけデッドエンド)
|March 18, 2017||978-4-04-070971-0|
|8||Konoha Hoshinomori and Reversal Back Attack|
Hoshinomori Konoha to Gyakuten Bakku Atakku (星ノ守心春と逆転バックアタック)
|July 20, 2017||978-4-04-072369-3|
|9||Keita Amano and Youth Skills Reset|
Amano Keita to Seishun Sukiru Risetto (雨野景太と青春スキルリセット)
|January 20, 2018||978-4-04-072370-9|
|10||Karen Tendou and Surprise Update|
Tendō Karen to Fuiuchi Appudēto (天道花憐と不意打ちアップデート)
|May 19, 2018||978-4-04-072371-6|
|11||Gamers and First Love Multi End|
Gēmāzu to Hatsukoi Maruchi Endo (ゲーマーズと初恋マルチエンド)
|October 20, 2018||978-4-04-072900-8|
|12||Gamers and Youth Continue|
Gēmāzu to Seishun Kontinyū (ゲーマーズと青春コンティニュー)
|October 19, 2019||978-4-04-072901-5|
|1||March 23, 2017||978-4-04-105446-8|
|2||June 26, 2017||978-4-04-105771-1|
|3||November 25, 2017||978-4-04-106308-8|
|4||March 26, 2018||978-4-04-106717-8|
|5||September 25, 2018||978-4-04-107363-6|
|6||February 25, 2019||978-4-04-107816-7|
|7||October 26, 2019||978-4-04-107817-4|
An anime television series adaptation directed by Manabu Okamoto and produced by Pine Jam was announced. It aired in Japan from July 13 to September 28, 2017. The opening theme is "GAMERS!" by Hisako Kanemoto, Manaka Iwami and Rumi Ōkubo. The ending themes are "Fight on!" for all episodes except for episode nine and ten which is "Koi no Prologue*" (恋のprologue*, "Prologue to Love"), both performed by Luce Twinkle Wink☆. Crunchyroll streamed the series, while Funimation had licensed it in North America and streamed an English dub. Following Sony's acquisition of Crunchyroll, the dub was moved to Crunchyroll.
|No.||Title[c]||Original air date|
|1||"Keita Amano and Chapters of the Chosen"|
Transcription: "Amano Keita to Michibi Kareshisha-tachi" (Japanese: 雨野景太と導かれし者達)
|July 13, 2017|
|Karen asks Keita to join the club. Though being upset he is not the only one, he plays first-person shooter games with other players. However, he leaves the Game Club as he prefers to play games for enjoyment instead of competition. This rejection forces Karen to leave Keita.|
|2||"Tasuku Uehara and New Game +"|
Transcription: "Uehara Tasuku to Tsuyokute Nyū Gēmu" (Japanese: 上原祐と強くてニューゲーム)
|July 20, 2017|
|As Keita's rejection of Karen's offer causes a stir among his classmates, Tasuku sees Keita at the arcade and ends up playing various games with him. Keita runs off when Tasuku's friends appear, feeling he does not interfere with his hobby, but Tasuku pursues him, revealing he is putting on a front as he was bullied for being a geek in middle school. After the two come to a mutual understanding and part ways, Tasuku notices Karen seems to have fallen in love with Keita, before accompanying Aguri. Having only been dating her without a reason, Tasuku believes Aguri falls in love with him when he was a geek, changing his entire perspective of her.|
|3||"Chiaki Hoshinomori and StreetPass Communication"|
Transcription: "Hoshinomori Chiaki to Surechigai Tsūshin" (Japanese: 星ノ守千秋とすれ違い通信)
|July 27, 2017|
|Wanting Keita to talk properly with Karen, Tasuku encourages him to converse with Chiaki. The two manage to quickly strike up a friendship over their similar tastes in games but soon get into a fight over trivial gaming matters. As Tasuku tries to mediate between the two, he unknowingly causes Aguri to worry that he is making moves on Chiaki, particularly when he compliments her after she cuts her hair. Keita pursues Aguri in hopes of clearing up any confusion, but things only get worse when Aguri sees Tasuku and Chiaki outside.|
|4||"Karen Tendo and Slump Days"|
Transcription: "Tendō Karen to Suranpu Deizu" (Japanese: 天道花憐とスランプ・デイズ)
|August 3, 2017|
|Karen's increasing obsession over Keita starts to have a serious effect on both her life and her gaming ability. On the weekend, Karen invites Keita to the arcade and challenges him to a battle of coin games. Surprised to find that Keita cares about winning sometimes, Karen finds comfort in his belief that playing to win and having fun need not be separate things. Despite becoming motivated by Keita's words, Karen finds herself only becoming even worse at video games.|
|5||"Aguri and Communication Error"|
Transcription: "Aguri to Tsūshin Erā" (Japanese: 亜玖璃と通信エラー)
|August 10, 2017|
While Keita is with Aguri, Tasuku discovers that Chiaki is both Mono, Keita's online friend from his social game, and Nobe, the developer behind some of his favorite freeware games, leading to the moment where Aguri makes her misunderstanding. Feeling Keita and Chiaki willmake up with each other, Tasuku decides to create a Gamers' Meet Up Club, inviting Karen to join in. Despite a healthy discussion about the games Chiaki is developing, the misunderstandings involving them and Aguri only seem to increase. The next day, Tasuku tries to convince Keita that he is made more progress with Karen than he thinks he has, only to wind up giving Chiaki yet another misunderstanding.
|6||"Gamers and Wipeout "Game Over""|
Transcription: "Gēmāzu to Zenmetsu Gēmu Ōbā" (Japanese: ゲーマーズと全滅ゲームオーバー)
|August 17, 2017|
|Keita and Aguri spy on a conversation between Tasuku and Chiaki, missing the first part of their conversation and assuming Tasuku is cheating with her. Both Aguri and Tasuku encourage Keita to ask Karen to be her friend, with Tasuku setting things up so that many students will bear witness to his request. In the run-up to the event, Tasuku, Aguri and Chiaki, start to have wild assumptions of what the reactions of each other can entail in their terms, while Karen assumes that Keita prepares to reject her. Hovever, Keita completes a dating sim the previous night, and inadvertently blurts out a love confession taken from the game, which Karen immediately accepts.|
|7||"Keita Amano and Karen's Best Entertainment"|
Transcription: "Amano Keita to Tendō Karen no Saikō no Goraku" (Japanese: 雨野景太と天道花憐の最高の娯楽)
|August 24, 2017|
|After an accidental confession to Karen, Keita contemplates if he can cancel it, due to assuming she and Tasuku had a problem. Keita invites Karen on a date at the entertainment center, where they play an arcade kart game with Chiaki. Though Keita loses the round, he makes things enjoyable and the two had some cheerful discussion.|
|8||"Erogamer and Watching Mode"|
Transcription: "Erogēmā to Kansen Mōdo" (Japanese: エロゲーマーと観戦モード)
"Gamers and Half their Life Game"
Transcription: "Gēmāzu to Hansei Gēmu" (Japanese: ゲーマーズと半生ゲーム)
|August 31, 2017|
|Konoha overhears Keita and Misumi at the game shop, taking comfort in Keita recommending an old game she has a fondness for. Later, Keita, Karen, Chiaki, Tasuku and Aguri play a Love Love Game of Half-Life board game together, becoming even more awkward as a result of the oddly specific spaces they land on. Before Tasuku and Aguri clear up some of the misunderstandings between each other, Chiaki believes Keita was her online friend and the one supporting her freeware games this entire time.|
|9||"Chiaki Hoshinomori and Account Hack"|
Transcription: "Hoshinomori Chiaki to Akaunto Hakku" (Japanese: 星ノ守千秋とアカウントハック)
|September 7, 2017|
|Feeling conflicted about her recent revelation, Chiaki goes to the convenience store and comes across Keita, who left the ticket last night. Upon returning to her apartment, Chiaki inadvertently shows Keita her computer and phone linking her to Nobe and Mono and, in her panic, claims that Konoha is the one behind both of those aliases. While feeling something amiss about this reveal, Keita sees Konoha meeting up with Chiaki, who receives a strange call from Tasuku that the others interpret as a confession.|
|10||"Gamers and Next Stage"|
Transcription: "Gēmāzu to Nekusuto Sutēji" (Japanese: ゲーマーズとネクストステージ)
|September 14, 2017|
|As Chiaki feels conflicted over Tasuku's "confession", Keita invites Aguri to join their Gamers' Meet Up Club to discuss the matter, but finds himself unable to bring it up, instead stating his determination to buy a new game from his favorite series. That night, Konoha encourages Chiaki to sort out her feelings for Keita. The next day, Aguri gets dragged to an awkward meeting with her friend, Sarina, taking offense when she starts mocking her gamer friends. Meanwhile, Karen asks Chiaki and Tasuku to accompany her as she talks about Keita seemingly liking games more than her, leading to yet another complication when Aguri sees them together. As the others manage to clear up the misunderstanding, they are surprised to find Keita prioritize coming to help Aguri over buying the game.|
|11||"Gamers and Youth Continue"|
Transcription: "Gēmāzu to Seishun Kontinyū" (Japanese: ゲーマーズと青春コンティニュー)
|September 21, 2017|
|Concerned about the relationship between Keita and Aguri, Tasuku suggests to Karen that they prove their respective relationships by inviting them on a double date to an amusement park. While Keita and Aguri assume Karen and Tasuku are trying to cover up their alleged cheating, Konoha brings Chiaki there to intrude on their date. While the others explore a haunted house, Konoha sets things up for Chiaki to spend some time alone with Keita. As Chiaki decides to withhold expressing her feelings, the date proves to be a success for the other couples.|
|12||"Gamers and Billing System Talk"|
Transcription: "Gēmāzu to Kakin Tōku" (Japanese: ゲーマーズと課金トーク)
|September 28, 2017|
|At the training camp, Aguri questions whether expensive games are fun for, particularly in regards to downloadable content. While the argument apparently confuses her further, Keita's fondness for a bad game his parents bought for him helps her understand it a little.|
The anime ranked fourth in popularity on Crunchyroll in summer 2017, an unheard of ranking for a show that was not a long-running Shonen Action series.
- ^ "LN" is shortened form for light novel and refers to a volume in the Gamers! light novels.
- ^ "Ch." is shortened form for chapter and refers to a chapter number of the collected Gamers! manga
- ^ "Ep." is shortened form for episode and refers to an episode number of the Gamers! anime
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