「星ノ守千秋とすれ違い通信」 (Hoshinomori Chiaki to Surechigai Tsuushin)
“Hoshinomori Chiaki and StreetPass Communication”
And now: chaos!
A good story has a way of surprising us, and this is especially true of comedies. I know I say that a lot, which I do because it’s true. What Gamers! does this episode is take it in another direction than probably most of us were expecting, because it’s the less trodden path. It’s also one that’s harder to get right, but if they can keep nailing it: phew. This is gonna get good!
The expected path was two relationship tracks: one centered on Amano, with Tendou and the new girl Hoshinomori Chiaki (Iwami Manaka) battle for the affections of the audience insert nerd, while the other one is centered on Tasuku and Aguri. Instead, what did we get?
Chiaki enters, and before long Amano and her are squabbling more like siblings. But she’s crushing on hot guy Tasuku, which makes Aguri mad, which causes her to go out for tea with Amano, which leaves the newly kawaii Chiaki to walk home with Tasuku, and we all know that the reason he’s leaning over her shoulder is because she’s Mono-san, right? Gamers! likes to screw with our expectations, but the lead-up, with Keita inviting Mono-san to a game right before that scene, is clear. (Also, Tendou is all kinds of losing it already, but she exists mostly as a punching bag right now. Poor girl. *snorts*) It’s all delightful. Chaos! Throw wrenches in every gear, and watch the whole thing break down!
I love this because it’s not the expected path, and because it’s the harder one. It’s also more dangerous, because we could speed past funny misunderstandings and spill into the land of acrimonious cheating real quick. That might not even be the intent, but the subtext can get fierce. This is like the Tasuku and Aguri relationship starting out last episode in a not so good place—potentially fruitful, but a character killer if managed wrong. And so far, all these threads are being managed well! But the wheels could fall off. That edge of danger makes it more fun, and the comedy is still hitting too. Take me wherever you will, Gamers! I’m on for the ride. Keep on surprising us, in the best of ways. Let’s screw with these people’s lives!
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