Gamers Episode 1: Loners Going to Lone



“Would you like to be with me… in the Gamers Club?” Amano Keita is a perfectly mediocre loner with no particular distinguishing features other than his love for games. One day, his school’s prettiest girl and Gamer Club President Tendo Karen suddenly calls out to him.

– From Crunchyroll.


There’s this thing I really hate about stories where they make out that being alone is the single worst thing that can happen to a person and the loner is almost always ‘cured’ when someone or something reaches out to them and helps them see themselves in a new light and gives them some confidence. While some people are alone and desperately want someone to reach out to them, there are genuinely people who are happy with their life being pretty spartan in terms of interactions with other people. So where does Gamers come into this? As a first episode it was going directly down the path of so many other stories, and then Amano turned the pretty blonde down.


Admittedly, I don’t think his rejection is actually going to stick given its kind of clear he is going to join the club, but it was so nice for him to assert that he was happy playing games on his terms. It means, when he inevitably does join the club, this show doesn’t have to be about transforming him as some sort of charity case. More importantly, it gives his character time to figure out whether he really wants to join and why rather than being dragged into it by the pushy blonde which is the set up of so many other stories.


I’m really sitting on the fence with this story. I’m not really into high school anime about clubs but I do love the sound track so far (gaming sound effects are releasing strong nostalgia vibes) and there have been enough moments of genuine amusement to make this seem like a promising pick up for the season. Still, this one is a wait and see.

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Karandi James.


14 thoughts on “Gamers Episode 1: Loners Going to Lone

    1. I’m defintiely enjoying some parts of it and a few moments have had me laughing out loud which isn’t a bad effort for a comedy really.

    1. I rather disliked him for the facial expression than his mentality. Heck, I liked his way of thinking “enjoyment first”, though I can’t really agree of never trying to improve yourself.

      1. and i dont necessarily disagree. ive known plenty of people who appreciate different things in games than i do, such as the world or the aesthetics. what bothered me is kind of the “us vs. them” idea. i tend to enjoy competitive games, but there are many times when i just want to play something casually.

        1. Sorry for the delayed reply, I was sinking into depravity because of heat and broken fans. For “us vs them” you mean “either play for the fun or play to win”? In that case, it’s indeed weird, as normally not everyone is black or white, but has times in which one wishes to simply enjoy and others when one wants to improve.

  1. I also love playing video games and I have a total of 13 game systems. Now I’m interested to watch Gamers because I play video games but I still get friends. Keep up the excellent work Karandi! 👍

    1. THe show has taken an odd direction in the next couple of episodes. I’m still enjoying it but I’m not sure yet what the show actually wants to focus on.

  2. I have seen the first episode for this one as well, purely a bit for nostalgic reasons. I used to be a gamer (and a pretty fanatical one at that), and it’s sometimes nice to take a trip doen memorylane. That said, I am a bit on the fence with this one myself. It certainly wasn’t bad, but it was not incredibly awesome either. It could turn into something cool though, it certainly has some potential 😊

    1. Having watched the next couple, I’m enjoying the show but definitely more for the nostalgia and personal joy rather than the actual story being delivered. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t that great either.

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