「亜玖璃と通信エラー」 (Aguri to Tsuushin Eraa)
“Aguri and Communication Error”
I don’t know how long Gamers! will be able to keep this up, but I want to find out. Because the spectacle is fantastic!
Every episode (last week excepted), the web of misunderstandings grows more and more tangled. By the end of this episode, every straight couple is assumed by someone, and once those were exhausted, we moved onto same-sex ones. Which is great! If anyone could talk to anyone else properly, this would be all ironed out instantly, but everyone is so bad, and it’s all mined for comedy over drama (the drama is only there to serve the comedy), that it hasn’t yet tipped over into frustration. It’s just too above and beyond to be taken seriously, and it’s hilarious as it all spins out of control!
It is spinning out of control, though, and I worry that Gamers! won’t change tacks before it all crumples. I don’t doubt them, necessarily; both the source material and the anime studio has earned quite a bit of faith so far. But they’re playing with fire. This show is so fun so far because it’s doing something difficult, and it’s doing it well, but not many are able to get even this close precisely because it is difficult. When will it all shake apart?
So far, the only time the lack of communication has verged on puzzling or annoying is between Keita and Tasuku, because they’re the only ones who can actually talk to each other properly. Sure, they’re battling Keita’s terminal case of no self-confidence (flea this, flea that), but you’d think Tasuku would ask what’s going on with Amano and Aguri? Though, asking your friend if he’s involved in an ilicit relationship with your girlfriend is, well. A little uncomfortable? To say the least.
Everyone else is terrible at basic human communication, from Keita to Keita to Keita. And the others too. (Don’t trust his skills too much, Aguri.) Tasuku still steals the cake for me though, because he’s trying to create a romcom between Amano and two beautiful girls, and screwing up his own life in the process. I appreciate that someone’s trying to orchestrate the whole thing for once; that he’s failing is the cherry on the comedic pie.
There’s a limit to how long the misunderstandings can go, before all the spinning plates crash down and the show crashes and burns. Hopefully it’ll move onto something else by then, once Tendou’s reputation is thoroughly trashed, Tasuku has learned to appreciate Aguri, and Chiaki and Keita realize just how damn similar they are. Maybe too similar? Sometimes it truly is that opposites attract. Though she’s his favorite freeware game designer too! I agree, Uehara-kun. Just how much more star-crossed can you get!?
- She’s even cute when she’s ugly-pouting.
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