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Spy x Family Season 2 Review

Spy x Family Season 2 Review

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Spy x Family Season 2

More of the Same Old Thing

Spy x Family Season 2 is not the same as Spy x Family Part 2. At least, not technically. Spy x Family Part 2 is the second cour of the first season of the anime. It follows Spy x Family.

This review is of Season 2, which follows Spy x Family Part 2. Got it? I’m sure you do. But, I know the search engine algorithms are going to struggle with that. I’ve already seen it firsthand with Mushoku Tensei. And, this is why we should get rid of this “Part 2” nonsense.

Okay, but also, Season 2 is the “same” as Part 2 because that’s how this series is. There’s no real development at any point in Spy x Family. At least, there hasn’t been, so far. That’s why I’m not interested in it anymore.

Yor, Loid, and Anya on a train from the anime series Spy x Family Season 2
Yor, Loid, and Anya on a train

Why do we need what’s effectively three seasons of the same exact thing? I wouldn’t say the plot has progressed at all. The characters definitely haven’t developed and are still pretty one-dimensional. And, the series continues to fall back on the same jokes and gags instead of trying anything new.

I thought the first season as a whole was good. The second cour definitely started to drag as I realized nothing new was happening. But, even then, the series was still novel enough to keep me mostly interested. That novelty is gone. Throughout this season, I was always dreading having to watch the next Spy x Family episode.

Now, I also want to point out that this season didn’t introduce any new characters. Well, none that seem like they’ll be recurring, supporting characters. So, it didn’t even get a novelty boost from that. Introducing a new character is an easy way to mix things up.

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Cruise Arc

This was such a bland season that I honestly don’t remember most of what happened in it. I remember that bond saved another dog from a fire. Damian & friends survived in the wilderness. And, there was the cruise arc. The cruise arc is the most prominent feature of this season.

Yor has to go on a “business trip” aboard a cruise ship. The cover is that she’s wining and dining some important people. But, in reality, she’s protecting the family of an informant as they flee the country. This means she’ll be fighting plenty of other assassins.

Anya also wants to go on the cruise, which, as you can assume, is bad for Yor. She can’t have her family there just in case something goes wrong. What if they happened to see her fighting? How would she be able to explain that away? She wouldn’t.

Yor Forger from the anime series Spy x Family Season 2
Yor Forger

Well, unfortunately for Yor, Loid decides to turn this cruise into a family vacation. Though, it’s really only a vacation for himself and Anya. Yor’s going to be working the whole time. And, while she does that, Loid and Anya are going to be enjoying themselves on the ship.

So, this arc has two pretty distinct halves. On one side, there’s a lot of Yor action content, which is good. I felt like we hadn’t been getting enough of that. And on the other side, there’s the Loid and Anya slice of life content. That’s not as interesting because it’s similar to the content we usually get.

But, I’ll admit that the fact that this arc takes place on a cruise ship is a slight bonus. Yes, all the complaints I brought up in the previous section still apply. However, at the very least, the setting of this arc is different.

How Long Can Spy x Family Last?

With the first season of the anime, Spy x Family became an international sensation. In only two years, it got three cours of TV anime and a movie. That’s a lot of animated content for one series.

The only other series that really compete with that are long-running shounen series. Think of things like One Piece. Some anime with multiple seasons get one season every two years if they’re popular. And most others have even longer breaks between seasons if they get more seasons at all.

But, is this the path Spy x Family is on a sustainable one? I don’t think so. And, there are a few things I’d like to point to to prove why this is the case. There’s the pace of the releases, the reception, and the mangaka’s feelings about the series.

Loid carrying Yor and Anya while they sleep from the anime series Spy x Family Season 2
Loid carrying Yor and Anya while they sleep

Okay, so to start off, as I said, the release pace is fast. That’s not inherently a bad thing. But, to me, it seems to be signifying how the producers view the series. Spy x Family was very popular on release. So, capitalize on that popularity while it lasts by pumping out content.

In general, sequel seasons of an anime receive higher ratings than their predecessors. That’s because people who don’t like the series drop it. So, those reviewing a sequel are more likely to be dedicated fans. We don’t see this with Spy x Family, though. Every season is rated lower than the previous one.

This implies that for most viewers, the novelty is wearing off fast.

Finally, as you may know, the Tatsuya Endou, the mangaka, doesn’t exactly like Spy x Family. It’s not the series he wanted to make. But, he knew it would be profitable. So, even the mangaka isn’t very invested.

Final Thoughts

This is going to hurt some people. But, Spy x Family Season 2 is a 5/10. It exists. It’s fine. And, on a technical level, it’s good. However, the quality of the animation and things like that don’t matter when the content itself is stale. And, that’s why I have no intention of watching the movie or any future seasons.

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The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You Review

The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You Review

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The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You

One of the Best Anime of the Year

The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You (Kimi no Koto ga Daidaidaidaidaisuki na 100-nin no Kanojo / 君のことが大大大大大好きな100人の彼女) is a really long title. So, for the rest of this review, I’ll be calling it Hyakkano for short.

If you read my article on the Top 5 Anime of 2023, you’ll know that I consider Hyakkano one of the best anime of the year. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. But, it definitely deserves the ranking I gave it.

There are many great things about Hyakkano. The two most important are that it has a lot of cute girls and that it’s genuinely funny. I’ll talk more about the cute girls later in this review. So, for now, let’s focus on the comedy of the series.

Hakari and Karane gushing over Rentarou from the anime series The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You
Hakari and Karane gushing over Rentarou

I haven’t laughed at an anime as much as I laughed at Hyakkano in a very long time. Not every character is funny. But, Rentarou, Hakari, and Karane definitely are. Rentarou’s comedy tends to come from his absolute love of his girlfriends. And Hakari’s comes from her obsession with Rentarou. And Karane’s comes from her tsundere nature.

Some of the less funny characters include Shizuka and Kusuri. But, they still have their moments. For example, the way Shizuka says things can be funny. Like, how instead of saying she can’t swim, she says she’s not skilled at naval combat.

And, the funniest thing Kusuri ever did was when she created medicine for the other girlfriends. Specifically, the medicine she made for Karane was “bust-biggening medicine.” We never got to see Karane take this medicine. But, the fact that it’s what Kusuri made for her was funny on its own. Also, you know, the name “bust-biggening medicine.”

The Purest Form of Harem Anime

I’ve seen some other people mention that a new age of harem anime is upon us. In these new harem anime, there’s not one girl who ends up winning. And, there’s not some ambiguous ending in which none of the girls are chosen over the others.

Instead, every girl is the winner.

Hyakkano falls into this category. Rentarou’s harem isn’t a group of girls who are all competing for his affection. They’re all his girlfriends. He loves them all, they all love him, and they’re fine with this arrangement.

But, why? Why does Rentarou have multiple girlfriends and why are they okay with it? Don’t worry, there’s an in-universe explanation for all this. God messed up and accidentally gave Rentarou 100 soulmates. When he locks eyes with one of his soulmates, it’s all over. They’re destined to be together.

Hakari, Shizuka, and Nano at the pool from the anime series The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You
Hakari, Shizuka, and Nano at the pool

Some people might not like this format of harem anime where every girl wins. But, it’s kind of ideal. No matter which girl is your favorite, you don’t have to worry about her losing. Your favorite girl will always win. But, that’s not the only benefit of this format.

Because every girl wins, it means there’s a lot more variety. We get great content for all of the girls. You don’t have to settle for just one. Let’s say that Hakari is your favorite, but you also like Karane and Nano for different reasons. You won’t miss out on that Karane and Nano content.

Now, I haven’t watched it, but I’ve heard that Girlfriend, Girlfriend also falls into this category. However, there are some major differences between that and Hyakkano. That only has four girls to choose from — this has 100. And, that’s animated like a slideshow, while this isn’t.

Ranking the First Six Girlfriends

Hyakkano Season 1 features the first six of Rentarou’s girlfriends. So, let’s rank them from best to worst.

It’s hard for me to choose a best girlfriend. But, I’m going to go with Hakari Hanazono. She’s one of the first two girlfriends of the series. She’s also one of the funniest girlfriends and has my favorite personality of the group.

In second, I’m putting Karane Inda. Depending on the day, I’d put Karane in first place. She and Hakari are that close — it’s hard for me to choose between them. Karane’s physical appearance is more my type.

Hakari and Karane are also in a relationship with each other, which only makes them even better.

Rentarou and his first six girlfriends from the anime series The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You
Rentarou and his first six girlfriends

In third, I’m going with Shizuka Yoshimoto. Shizuka is one of the two tiny girls of the group. She’s not exactly what I’d look for in a girlfriend. But, she’s cute and pretty entertaining — especially during the pool episode.

Hahari Hanazono comes in fourth. Not only is she an older woman, which is a plus. But, she’s Hakari’s mother. Rentarou isn’t just dating six girls by the end of this season. Two of his girlfriends are mother and daughter. That’s pretty great.

Kusuri Yakuzen is fifth. Along with Shizuka, she’s one of the tiny girls. However, this is only one of her forms. She takes medicine to make her look this way. And if she takes reversal medicine, she goes back to her “big” form. I think the best thing about Kusuri is how she enables the other girls.

Nano Eiai is the worst of the first six girlfriends. She doesn’t really have much in the way of personality. She’s robotic and looks like a white-haired Komi-san. So, she’s not my type in any way.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Hyakkano is an 8/10. If you’re a fan of harem or rom-com anime, you need to watch this one. It’s both one of the best of the genre and one of the best of 2023. And, I’ve also heard that the author is committed to implementing all 100 girlfriends.

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Shy Review

Shy Review

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Shy

The Shyest Superhero

Shy (シャイ) is a new superhero anime that’s nothing like My Hero Academia. To some of you, the fact that it’s not like MHA might sound like a positive. But, it’s actually not. It’s like if you took all the good parts (the cool fight scenes) out of MHA.

Of course, a lack of cool fight scenes doesn’t make an anime bad. Most of my favorite anime are drama anime. Those usually don’t have cool fight scenes. And, Shy is a drama anime, as well. Though, it’s still not what I would call a good drama anime.

Anyway, the series is about Teru Momijiyama, a high school student in Japan who’s also a superhero. Her hero name is Shy, which I have to say is a pretty bad name. Did she name herself that? We don’t know. But, it’s an extremely accurate description of who she is.

Iko Koishikawa and Teru Momijiyama from the anime series Shy
Iko Koishikawa and Teru Momijiyama

Teru doesn’t do well in public settings. She’s not good at talking to people and doesn’t like to be the center of attention. And yet, she’s a superhero. But, it’s not like she chose to become a hero. Instead, this role was forced upon her.

Despite this, Shy is proud to be a hero. She might find wearing her hero uniform in public embarrassing. However, she’s happy that even someone like her can help others. She likes being a role model for children. This is why she wants to get stronger. She wants to be able to help and inspire more people.

There’s one little problem with Shy being a shy and weak hero, though. She’s the only hero Japan has. I guess it’s a good thing that Japan has such a low crime rate compared to some other countries. But, what if there’s a major disaster?

Every Country Gets One

Shy being Japan’s only superhero isn’t unique. It looks like every country gets a single hero. And, I shouldn’t need to point out how strange that is. I mean, even if we’re only looking at a country the size of Japan, how is one hero enough?

Throughout this first season of the series, we meet a few other heroes. Most of these heroes come from countries much larger than Japan. Spirit is Russia’s hero, Meng Long is China’s hero, and Stardust is the United State’s hero. And, then there’s Lady Black, who I believe is Germany’s hero.

Alright, let’s talk a bit about these other heroes. Lady Black is a decent hero. Her ability has to do with healing and there’s not too much more to say about her. Meng Long is similar in that he (not she) isn’t that important to the story. His ability has to do with putting people to sleep.

Pepesha "Spirit" Andreianov from the anime series Shy
Pepesha “Spirit” Andreianov

The problem I see with the heroes really shows up with Spirit and Stardust. Though, I want to say that this issue could still apply to Lady Black and Meng Long. But, to me, the issue is far more apparent with the Russian and American heroes.

So, what’s the problem? They’re caricatures of the countries they come from. Pepesha Andreianove, or Spirit, the Russian hero, is named after alcohol. She’s also an extreme alcoholic who drinks entire bottles of vodka like it’s nothing. This kind of characterization makes it hard to take the series seriously.

David Wonder Jones is the American hero Stardust. He has the best hero name. But, he too is a caricature of the US. He’s a Hollywood movie star, a rockstar, and a self-professed psychopath. Now, that’s not as offensive as the Russian being an alcoholic, but still.

Villains and Weird Framing

The heroes aren’t the only ones I have an issue with. There are also the villains, led by Stigma. We don’t know that much about Stigma at this point. He looks like a young boy and we know he wants to turn the world into a children’s paradise.

To do that, he messes with people’s hearts. And, he seems to have even created manifestations of what he finds in those hearts. For example, one of Stigma’s artificial allies is Tzveta. Tzveta is a manifestation of Pepesha’s regrets surrounding the death of her mother.

Speaking of Tzveta, I thought it was a little weird that she was so important. The second half of the season is really all about Pepesha thanks to Tzveta’s existence. Now, this is only the first season of the series. But, precisely because it’s the first season, I expected it to focus more on Shy, the protagonist.

Teru "Shy" Momijiyama from the anime series Shy
Teru “Shy” Momijiyama

Overall, Tzveta is a fine antagonist. I don’t have much of an issue with her. But, then there’s Kufufu. Kufufu is another artificial ally of Stigma. And, her whole thing is that she’s a jester. She fights via slapstick comedy — which really doesn’t fit when the series is trying to be serious.

Finally, there’s one other issue I had with this series, the weird framing. I don’t mean how the story or characters were framed. I mean how the images we saw on-screen were framed. Like, there would be random overlays that made it feel like I was watching a TikTok on Youtube.

Okay, let me try to explain. Let’s say we have a scene of Pepesha and Teru talking. We’ll see them talking in a vertical slice down the center of the screen. And, the extra space will be the same content, blurred. It’s weird.

Final Thoughts

I ended up giving Shy a 5/10. It’s perfectly average. It doesn’t do anything particularly well. I didn’t find the characters all that compelling and there were some odd directorial choices. But, it also doesn’t do anything terribly wrong. It’s not bad, but I can’t say I’d recommend it.

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The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess Review

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess Review

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The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess

Not the First Shut-In Vampire

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess (Hikikomari Kyuuketsuki no Monmon / ひきこまり吸血姫の悶々) is a comedy series about the weakest vampire in the Mulnite Empire. This vampire, Terakomari Gandesblood, is also a hikikomori. And, this is where the pun in the Japanese title comes from.

“Hikikomari” is a portmanteau of Hikikomori (a shut-in) and Terakomari (the protagonist). This is an example of a Japanese title that simply doesn’t work in English. How are you supposed to translate Hikikomari into English and have the joke still work? You can’t — at least, not that I can think of.

Something else I want to mention is that this isn’t the first anime about a shut-in vampire. Specifically, it made me think of Ms. Vampire who lives in my neighborhood. But, that doesn’t mean these two anime are similar in any other way. That series is a CGDCT slice of life anime.

Terakomari being wary of Karen from the anime series The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess
Terakomari being wary of Karen

With all of that out of the way, what’s Hikikomari actually about then? As I said, Terakomari is the weakest vampire in the Mulnite Empire. Unlike the other vampires, she can’t use magic and she finds drinking blood disgusting. This is despite her being from the powerful Gandesblood clan.

In this world, there are something like six major nations that are all in a constant state of war with each other. But, their wars are a bit different than what we know of as war. This is because, when you die, the dark core revives you after a few days.

Terakomari became a shut-in because of how weak she is and her fear of dying. But, in an attempt to get her to leave her room, her father gets her a job as one of the seven Crimson Lords. These are the commanders of the Mulnite military.

Terakomari of the Seven Crimson Lords

So, how does the weakest of the vampires become one of the Seven Crimson Lords? If you guessed that Terakomari isn’t actually weak, you’d be correct. In fact, she’s one of the strongest vampires, if not the strongest. She just doesn’t know it.

Terakomari believing she’s weak is a bit of a problem, though. In the Mulnite empire, the strong survive and the weak are killed (and then revived). There’s no way the soldiers under her would follow a weak leader. If they smell the faintest hint of weakness, they’ll overthrow her.

And so, this is where a lot of the comedy of the series comes in. Terakomari constantly has to act like she’s strong even though she doesn’t believe she is. She has to talk a big game and make excuses when it comes time to show off what she can do.

Villhaze and Terakomari from the anime series The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess
Villhaze and Terakomari

In some cases, Terakomari gets extremely lucky. For example, the first time she meets her men, one of them attacks her. Surprised by this sudden attack, she slams the door shut on the soldier, killing him. The other soldiers see this as intentional on her part and applaud her combat prowess.

Other times, it’s Terakomari’s maid, Villhaze, who makes Terakomari appear strong. Villhaze will work behind the scenes to ensure Terakomari wins any fight she happens to get into. Sometimes she does this by laying traps beforehand. And, other times, she’ll do things like assassinate Terakomari’s opponent.

This is the kind of content I was hoping would be the majority of this series. But, that turned out not to be the case. There was a lot of it, for sure. And there was a lot of comedy revolving around Villhaze’s love of Terakomari. But, Hikikomari tried to be serious, too.

Serious Plots in Comedy

It feels like the majority of comedy anime, at one point or another, get serious. I guess the thought process is that comedy alone can only take a series so far. Surely, the viewers (or readers) will get bored if there’s no meaningful conflict.

I disagree with this assessment of comedy series. Oftentimes, once the series becomes serious, that’s when I lose interest. And, that’s exactly what happened with Hikikomari. Introducing the antagonist organization that wants to destroy the dark core is fine. But, nothing about it was funny. That’s the issue.

If I want to watch an anime with serious plot points, I’ll watch something that isn’t a comedy. I’ll watch a drama anime. Why? Because if what I want is a serious plot, the drama anime is going to be better. And the opposite is true if I want to watch something funny.

Terakomari shocked by something Villhaze said from the anime series The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess
Terakomari shocked by something Villhaze said

After the first few episodes, the majority of the time I was watching this series, I was looking at my phone. It’s just not an interesting series when it’s not focused on the comedy. And, like many similar comedy series, it’s less and less about the comedy as it progresses.

By the end of the series, I was sitting through the episodes just so I could finish it. I didn’t care about the plot. And I definitely didn’t care about all the other characters introduced. There were quite a few new characters who appeared in the last four or five episodes.

If these new characters introduced anything new to the series, that would be one thing. But, overall, they didn’t. The only reason they were there was so each of the nations could have their own representative. Like, what did Zutazutasuk Prohelia (voiced by Aoi Yuuki) even do?

Final Thoughts

I’ll give The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess a 6/10. It was fine. It had its good moments. But, as I said, the series tried to become serious, and I don’t think that paid off. If there’s ever a second season of this show, I doubt I’ll watch it.

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16bit Sensation: Another Layer Review

16bit Sensation: Another Layer Review

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16bit Sensation: Another Layer

Konoha the Gal Game Enthusiast

16bit Sensation: Another Layer (16bitセンセーション ANOTHER LAYER) is an anime about bishoujo games. In case you don’t know what a bishoujo game is, think of a dating simulator. They’re visual novels in which the player develops relationships with cute girls.

The protagonist of this series is Konoha Akisato, a bishoujo game enthusiast. She’s obsessed with cute girls. And, we can see that by the game and anime product placements all over her room. From this, we know she’s a Fate/Grand Order fan. And, we know she likes Lycoris Recoil, among many other anime.

Konoha loves bishoujo games so much that she even works at a game company as an artist. But, unfortunately, she doesn’t get to work on the games she wants to make. And, rather than drawing cute girls, she often has to fill in backgrounds, instead.

Konoha Akisato being loud and annoying from the anime series 16bit Sensation: Another Layer
Konoha Akisato being loud and annoying

When this series first started airing, it got a lot of hype. People identified with Konoha’s obsession with cute anime girls. But, to me, it became apparent pretty quickly that Konoha is very annoying. She’s a complete otaku who can’t go a few sentences without bringing up games.

Her voice is also pretty grating. Though, I don’t want to blame Aoi Koga, the voice actor, for that. Aoi Koga is a very good voice actor. She even voices Kaguya Shinomiya in Kaguya-sama: Love is War. But, the issue with Konoha’s voice is that it’s the same as Kaguya’s “baby voice,” as I call it.

When Kaguya speaks normally, she’s great. But, when she goes into “baby mode,” I can’t stand her voice. That’s how Konoha sounds all the time. No matter what she says, there’s a whineyness to it that drives me insane. I don’t know why this was the voice direction for the protagonist.

Back to the Future

The twist of 16bit Sensation is that it’s actually a time travel anime. The present in this series is 2023. But, Konoha jumps back in time to various other years in the 80s and 90s throughout the series. You know, the golden age of bishoujo games.

So, how does Konoha do this? With magic copies of retro games, of course. Konoha purchased a bunch of old bishoujo games from a random shop. And, when she opened the case of one of these games, she got sent back in time.

Eventually, we learn how these magic games work. The release year of the game she opens is the year she gets sent to. So, if she opens a game that was released in 1988, she goes to 1988. But, she can only use each game once. After being opened, the game disappears.

Konoha Akisato opening an old game from the anime series 16bit Sensation: Another Layer
Konoha Akisato opening an old game

How does Konoha go back to 2023? A strong whack to the head. Every time we see her get sent back to the present, it’s after she gets hit by something. She’ll then wake up in 2023 wherever she was when she got sent back in time. So, is she really going back in time?

It kind of seems like her going back in time is all a dream. After all, if she opens a magic game in a coffee shop, she’ll reappear back in that coffee shop in the present. It doesn’t matter where she was in the past.

And, on top of that, she always wakes up in the present after falling over. So, it seems like she’s just dreaming of the past and then being jolted awake. But, that’s not what’s happening. And, we know that because the things Konoha does in the past have direct impacts on the present.

Late-Stage Capitalism: The Anime

I think my favorite part of 16bit Sensation might have been what became of 2023. After Konoha messed around in the past too much, she caused some serious damage to the present. She changed the course of bishoujo game history — and thus the history of gaming in Japan.

Thanks to a game Konoha helped make in the past, the future of bishoujo games wasn’t centered in Japan. Instead, it became centered in the United States. All major bishoujo game releases came from the US. And, the term “moe” was even replaced by “kyu,” which is short for cute.

Konoha herself even earned herself the title “Original Kyu.” This is in reference to her being the one behind this bishoujo game revolution. But, because she went back to 2023, the whereabouts of “Original Kyu” were unknown for decades.

16-bit Konoha Akisato from the OP of the anime series 16bit Sensation: Another Layer
16-bit Konoha Akisato from the OP

What’s funny about the Original Kyu timeline is how familiar yet different everything is. And, the biggest example of this is Fate. Fate/Grand Order no longer exists as we know it. Instead, there’s Fate/Gears of Order, made by an American company. It’s like the FGO we know, but the art style is edgier and Artoria fights with her fists instead of Excalibur.

Obviously, the name Fate/Gears of Order is also playing off the Gears of War franchise. That’s the state of moe, or should I say kyu, in this timeline. The bishounen games Konoha knows and loves are either gone or almost unrecognizable.

But, it gets worse. Because the US holds a monopoly on the gaming industry, we get to see late-stage capitalism at work. Games are no longer “created” by creatives. Instead, creatives are put in large tanks and their brains are used to pump out content 24/7.

Final Thoughts

16bit Sensation: Another Layer is a 6/10. It’s just not as interesting as you might think. If you want to watch an anime about a girl who wants to make games, I recommend watching New Game! instead. It’s better, has more cute girls, and has two seasons.

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