New Game!

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New Game!
New Game! volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of New Game! volume 1 by Hobunsha featuring Aoba Suzukaze
GenreComedy[1]
Manga
Written byShōtarō Tokunō
Published byHoubunsha
English publisher
MagazineManga Time Kirara Carat
DemographicSeinen
Original runJanuary 28, 2013August 27, 2021
Volumes12 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
New Game! (season 1)
New Game!!
(season 2)
Directed byYoshiyuki Fujiwara
Written byFumihiko Shimo
Music byHajime Hyakkoku
StudioDoga Kobo
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, TVA, MBS, BS11
Original run July 4, 2016 September 26, 2017
Episodes24 + OVA (List of episodes)
Game
New Game! The Challenge Stage
Developer5pb.
Publisher5pb.
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Released
  • JP: January 26, 2017
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New Game! (stylized as NEW GAME!) is a Japanese four-panel manga series by Shōtarō Tokunō, which was serialized in Houbunsha's seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat from January 2013 to August 2021 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[edit]

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 colleagues in the character design department, as well as those from within the company.

Characters[edit]

Aoba Suzukaze (涼風 青葉, Suzukaze Aoba)
Voiced by: Yūki Takada[2] (Japanese); Megan Shipman[3] (English)
A twintailed 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.
Kō 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 panties, 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 game 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 Kō and is implied to have feelings for her; thus, she tends to get jealous when others get close to her. Unlike Kō, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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". Her family owns an inn in Hokkaido, and they initially disapproved of her decision to enter the game industry.
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. She also studied in France for a time.
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.
Towa Catarine Yamato (大和・カタリーヌ・十和, Yamato Kararīnu Towa)
Christina's sister who works at the Blue Rose game company in France.
Waon Sophie Yamato (大和・ソフィー・和音, Yamato Sofī Waon)
Christina and Catarine's younger sister, who lives with Catarine in France.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The original manga by Shōtarō Tokunō began serialization in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine from January 28, 2013. Houbunsha has published twelve tankōbon volumes since February 27, 2014.[7] It will end with volume 13.[8] 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.[9] Three comic anthologies were released from August 2016 to August 2017.[10] The series ended in Manga Time Kirara Carat's October 2021 issue on August 27, 2021.[11]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 February 27, 2014[7]978-4-8322-4414-6March 27, 2018[12]978-1-626927-76-6
2 March 27, 2015[7]978-4-8322-4546-4May 29, 2018[13]978-1-626927-85-8
3 January 27, 2016[7]978-4-8322-4656-0September 25, 2018[14]978-1-626929-00-5
4 July 27, 2016[7]978-4-8322-4720-8December 4, 2018[15]978-1-626929-62-3
5 July 27, 2016[7]978-4-8322-4721-5March 26, 2019[16]978-1-642750-14-0
6 June 27, 2017[7]978-4-8322-4847-2July 23, 2019[17]978-1-642751-05-5
7 March 27, 2018[7]978-4-8322-4929-5October 29, 2019[18]978-1-642757-11-8
8 October 25, 2018[7]978-4-8322-4986-8February 18, 2020[19]978-1-64505-205-0
9 June 27, 2019[7]978-4-8322-7101-2May 12, 2020[20]978-1-64505-455-9
10 January 27, 2020[7]978-4-8322-7153-1November 17, 2020[21]978-1-64505-766-6
11 August 27, 2020[7]978-4-8322-7209-5June 1, 2021[22]978-1-64827-108-3
12 March 26, 2021[7]978-4-8322-7262-0November 30, 2021[23]978-1-64827-353-7
13 September 27, 2021[7]978-4-8322-7306-1
No. Title Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1New Game! Anthology Comic 1
New Game! アンソロジーコミック 1
August 27, 2016[10]978-4-8322-4740-6
2New Game! Anthology Comic 2
New Game! アンソロジーコミック 2
July 27, 2017[10]978-4-8322-4859-5
3New Game! Anthology Comic 3
New Game! アンソロジーコミック 3
August 26, 2017[10]978-4-8322-4867-0

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation aired in Japan between July 4 and September 19, 2016 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[24][25] 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.[26] 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.[27] 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!! was announced in February 2017,[28] and aired in Japan between July 11 and September 26, 2017 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[29][30] 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.[31] The series is licensed in North America by Crunchyroll, and Funimation dubbed and released it on home video.[32]

Video games[edit]

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.[33] Characters from the series also appear alongside other Manga Time Kirara characters in the 2017 mobile role-playing game Kirara Fantasia.[34]

References[edit]

  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 k l m n o "New Game!" (in Japanese). Houbunsha. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  8. ^ "New Game! Manga Ends in 13th Volume". Anime News Network. March 26, 2021. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ a b c d "New Game! アンソロジーコミック" (in Japanese). Houbunsha. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "New Game! Manga Ends on August 27 After 8 Years". Anime News Network. July 28, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  12. ^ "New Game! Vol. 1". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "New Game! Vol. 2". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
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  16. ^ "New Game! Vol. 5". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  17. ^ "New Game! Vol. 6". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  18. ^ "New Game! Vol. 7". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  19. ^ "New Game! Vol. 8". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "New Game! Vol. 9". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  21. ^ "New Game! Vol. 10". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  22. ^ "New Game! Vol. 11". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  23. ^ "New Game! Vol. 12". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  24. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds B-Project, New Game!, Bananya, Hitori no Shita the outcast". Anime News Network. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  25. ^ "Product|TVアニメ『New Game!』オフィシャルサイト" (in Japanese). Doga Kobo. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  26. ^ "'Engaged to the Unidentified' Team Animates 'New Game' Show at Doga Kobo". Anime News Network. January 23, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  27. ^ "New Game! TV Anime's Blu-rays/DVDs to Offer Public Bath OVA". Anime News Network. September 14, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  28. ^ "'New Game!' TV Anime Series Gets 2nd Season". Anime News Network. February 12, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  29. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream New Game!! Season 2, In Another World With My Smartphone Anime". Anime News Network. July 11, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  30. ^ "New Game!! Anime Premieres on July 11". Anime News Network. June 2, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  31. ^ "New Game! Anime Season 2 Reveals Anime's Theme Song Artist". Anime News Network. May 10, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  32. ^ "Crunchyroll and Funimation Reveal New Slate of Home Video Releases". Crunchyroll. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  33. ^ "New Game! Inspires PS4, PS Vita Game Slated for January 26". Anime News Network. July 29, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  34. ^ "Houbunsha Reveals Kirara Fantasy Smartphone RPG". Anime News Network. June 25, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.

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