OP: 「Present Moment」 by Tomita Miyu
「知らない世界」 (Shiranai Sekai)
“A New World”
Houkago Saikoro Club is the story of three cute girls who do a cute thing: in this case, playing board games. There’s Miki (Kouno Marika), the shy girl who’s bad at having fun. There’s Aya (Miyashita Saki), the energetic girl who doesn’t think much and is clingy. And there’s Midori (Tomita Miyu) the class rep who’s a stickler for rules but secretly has a heart of gold. I’m not going to talk much about Miki because honestly, she’s fine, but I’m too damn
old seasoned for another turn at the “shy girl’s struggles” roulette. The first episode story around her was told well, it is what it is on the surface and not much deeper, ’nuff said.
Likewise, the other two girls are mostly what they seem. I do hold a fondness for Aya-chan, as I also find getting lost to be an excellent way to learn a new city and happen across some fun. If you’ve never tried it, I highly endorse it (in safe areas/cities/situations, of course). Serendipidity is a wonderful thing. I also liked Midori lapsing back into Kansai-ben when they won. Was it expected? Oh my yes, I saw it coming a mile away. But she’s a good girl, and I love me some board games nerdery.
Which is what this show is really all about! Hougako Saikoro Club is like watching Wil Wheaton’s TableTop with cute anime girls. It’s like Dagashi Kashi only not as funny (first season/so far, at least). You watch it because you want to pick out board games you’ve played in the background of an anime. Is that Codenames I see?? I’ve played that! Ahh, sweet validation.
The comparisons to Wil Wheaton’s TableTop & Dagashi Kashi were deliberate, because the primary joy is in learning about new games. Did you know Marrakech is a real game? I didn’t either, but now it’s in my board game wish list because I have a disease, and the only cure is the sweat embrace of death. But buying another board game beats back the dark tide for a time, and this show is giving my that fix. *shoots custom d6’s right into his veins* Ahhh, that’s the good stuff.
My point is, the real joy in this show is in the board games. Do you like board games? Watch this series in proportion to how much you like board games. The math on that isn’t easy, but it is simple. I doubt I’ll continue blogging it, but I will be watching it, so let’s roll the dice and see how this one turns out together.
- “Every game I play, I play for real. Even if my opponent is a child or a high school girl, I don’t hold back!” Cliched scary shopkeeper is my hero. I subscribe to this rule ruthlessly. Do you know how many years I spent getting whooped by my parents and older brother at games? Well the shoe is on the other foot now. It is *I* who is the master, and all young children in the family who fall prey to a board game with me will suffer until they grow strong enough to triumph. MuahahaHAHA!!
ED: 「On the Board」 by Kouno Marika, Miyashita Saki, Tomira Miyu