Can we draw inspiration from disparate media? Can the pillow shots of Ozu Yasujiro inspire anime? Can the descriptive-epithets of Homer and the makura-kotoba [pillow-words] of waka poetry inspire anime? Can we depict that which is invisible, like wind, by that which is around it? Can impressive background art inspire writing? We’ll meander through these questions and more in this week’s review of last week’s episode of the currently airing Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!.
There’s a gag in New Game!, a cute-girls-doing-cute-things anime about videogame development, where director Shizuku (right) presents whimsically unreasonable change requests to chief programmer Umiko (center). It’s amusing, until you’ve worked enough gigs where customers innocently request major changes even after deadline. Then, you empathize with Umiko. Some adjustments are fine. When seemingly-innocent requests actually require extensive research, dev-time, and rewrites, the customer isn’t always right. Showing these career nuances makes watching New Game! worthwhile.
Season 1: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
Season 2: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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