Amano is a gamer, so when he gets an offer to join a gaming club from Karen (the school idol of sorts) he finds it hard to explain why he'd turn her down. Karen won't give up due to her personal interests. In addition three others at the school end up caught in an increasingly complex web of romance and misunderstandings.
I didn't have high expectations of Gamers. The premise of a guy involved with the prettiest girl in school who is a closet gaming nerd is the plot basis for about a quarter of anime made every year for the last decade. however Gamers goes off this track (mostly) fairly quick, which made this anime more enjoyable than its basic formula would suggest.
The key aspect boosting this anime are the characters and their interactions. It starts with Amano, who is fairly typical for a male anime protagonist. He lacks depth in his personality, but the show is candid that he's basically just like an anime protagonist; making it into a sort of joke. Initially it seems like Karen is the school beauty keen on having another club member, but it turns out she's grown to have a crush on Amano and her awkward and very weird tendencies tend to leak through her perfect image - which is very cute and amusing.
Two other characters spice things up a lot though. Uehara is a good looking and semi popular guy, but it turns out a few years ago he was a total nerd. He reformed his image, but inside he's still a nerd. At first he becomes involved to spur what he considers amusing drama between the aforesaid two, but things go off track the further it goes. Aguri was my favorite girl though, she projects the image of a cute somewhat air headed girl. In fact she used to be a wallflower, but adopted a stylish image to nab Uehara. What's endearing about her is how steadfast and unwavering her heart is towards Uehara, knowing he used to be a nerd and dedicated to him. A third girl rounds out the group, as a timid geeky girl who is seemingly Amano's soul mate, but oddly no one else except Uehara realize it.
The core of Gamers is a love pentagon due to a number of misunderstandings, and each of the characters only having a differnt part of the whole picture, but coming to the wrong conclusions. There isn't a whole lot else to talk about, but it's so much fun I didn't mind. The only drag on the show is towards the end it succumbs to the more regular tired anime romance stuff, which I've seen more than enough of and wasn't into. Also Karen is increasingly sidelined as the story progresses, which sucks because she's one of the show's best features.
While it's still in the middle of it's story, it's hard to say where Gamers will go. It didn't end on a high note, but I enjoyed it a lot as a whole. The future of the show depends if it can extend the love pentagon shtick and keep it going, or if it will continue to progress into a more typical romance. Hopefully it won't go there, but Gamers is a solid comedy worth checking out as it stands.
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