Anime Spotlight - New Game!

by Chih-Chieh Chang,

On air starting July 4, 2016

Key Staff

Director: Yoshiyuki Fujiwara
("Plastic Memories")
Series Composition: Fumihiko Shimo
("Fairy Tail" as script, "The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (movie)" as screenplay, "Amagi Brilliant Park" as series composition)






Introduction

Working is adolescence.

"NEW GAME!" is a popular comic strip running in "Manga Time Kirara Carat" and is now a much-anticipated TV anime!

Graduating from high school, Aoba Suzukaze starts working at "Eagle Jump", the game production company that created the game, “Fairies Story” she was engrossed in when she was young. There, she meets Ko Yagami, the character designer for that game.
Aoba, now working for someone she idolizes, hesitates with her first work projects, but with help from Ko and the other unique employees, she matures bit by bit. The big-hit working girls' comedy drawing out everyday life of girls working in a game company is about to begin in July 2016!

Story

After graduating from high school, Aoba Suzukaze starts working for the game company Eagle Jump that created Fairies' Story, the game that she was engrossed into playing when she was a child. Aoba, on her first day in society as the rookie employee, arrives at Eagle Jump after riding the packed morning commute train. She stood before the company and hesitates, wondering if she should just go in or not, unable to take that first step. Just then, a senior employee, Rin Toyama, calls out to her, and Aoba manages to be escorted into the Eagle Jump office...

Characters

Aoba Suzukaze (CV: Yūki Takada)

Rookie employee at the game company Eagle Jump. She gained employement with them right after graduating from high school. Always serious and earnest in everything she does, but sometimes is a bit lacking. Assigned to the character department as part of the graphics team. A fan of Fairies' Story, Eagle Jump's mega-hit role-playing game. She idolizes Ko Yagami, who was the character designer for that game.

Birthday: February 2
Height: 149cm
Zodiac: Aquarius
Blood Type: O
Likes: Japanese sweets such as rice crackers and red bean jelly, Salisbury steak
Dislikes: Spicy food, bitter food, stimulating things, all athletics
Traits: Always thinks positively
Originally from: Tokyo

Ko Yagami (CV: Yōko Hikasa)

Just like Aoba, she entered Eagle Jump right after graduating form high school. Her skills are authentic as she was chosen as the character designer for Fairies' Story when she was still a rookie. Not specific and sometimes very careless, but when it comes to work she is serious and doesn't hesitate to spend the night at the office. Works as the leader of the character department that Aobba is in as well as the character designer.

Birthday: August 2
Height: 164cm
Zodiac: Leo
Blood Type: A
Likes: Rin's handmade food
Dislikes: Crowds, places with much noise
Traits: Can sleep anywhere at anytime
Originally from: Tokyo

Rin Toyama (CV: Ai Kayano)

Employee at Eagle Jump, who entered at the same time as Ko. Been associating with Ko for a long time, and often follows up on Ko who tends to lack life skills outside of work. A serene person who is always the kind big sisterly figure, but when she gets drunk her personality changes a bit. Within the graphics team, she is the art director who has the important job of supervising all graphics.

Birthday: December 3
Height: 158cm
Zodiac: Sagittarius
Blood Type: B
Likes: Western food, such as pasta
Dislikes: Directions (slightly directionally impaired)
Traits: Mathematical calculations, dealing with people
Originally from: Aichi

Hifumi Takimoto (CV: Ai Yamaguchi)

An employee at Eagle Jump, and senior employee to Aoba within the character department. Reticent and doesn't like speaking to others, but suddenly becomes eloquent when using text-based communication such as texting and e-mail. She can talk to her pet hedgehog Sojiro about anything and everything without hesitation.

Birthday: January 23
Height: 162cm
Zodiac: Aquarius
Blood Type: AB
Likes: Rice, sake
Dislikes: people
Traits: quickly typing texts
Originally from: Niigata

Hazime Shinoda (CV: Megumi Toda)

Employee at Eagle Jump. Still new, as this is her second year. Part of the motion department, but since they had no space left, her desk is in the character department booths. Her desk is adorned by numerous figurines and replica blades, which is both her hobby and practical pieces for work.

Birthday: January 1
Height: 157cm
Zodiac: Capricorn
Blood Type: O
Likes: Meat, fast food
Dislikes: hates novels and things with many letters
Traits: All sports
Originally from: Tokushima

Yun Iizima (CV: Ayumi Takeo)

Joined the company at the same time as Hajime, so this is her second year. Part of the character department. Speaks the Kansai dialect, and wears frilly, lace-trimmed clothes as normal clothes. Brings tea utensils to work, and treats people to black tea and sweets during breaks.

Birthday: December 6
Height: 151cm
Zodiac: Sagittarius
Blood Type: A
Likes: Ramen (but is holding off)
Dislikes: Natto, athletics (can't swim)
Traits: Sewing, all household chores
Originally from: Mie

Nene Sakura (CV: Madoka Asahina)

Aoba's close friend. Currently a college student. Aoba and she call each other "Aocchi" and "Nenecchi". Looks basically as young as the baby-faced Aoba, and often is mistaken for a child. Worried about Aoba entering the work force a bit before her, and calls Aoba often.

Birthday: May 5
Height: 144cm
Zodiac: Taurus
Blood Type: B
Likes: Cola, potato chips, sweets
Dislikes: getting up in the morning
Traits: Full of energy
Originally from: Tokyo

Umiko Ahagon (CV: Chitose Morinaga)

Employee at Eagle Jump. Programmer on the program team. Originally from Okinawa and has tanned skin. A fanatic of anything military, and adorns her desk with multiple model guns.

Birthday: July 20
Height: 162cm
Zodiac: Cancer
Blood Type: AB
Likes: Curry, spicy food
Dislikes: Bugs (especially centipedes)
Traits: Gun shooting
Originally from: Okinawa

Shizuku Haduki (CV: Eri Kitamura)

Employee of Eagle Jump. Keeps all staff together as the director for the Fairies' Story series. Loves cute girls, and often wanders to the character department booth and chats with Aoba, Hifumi, and company.

Birthday: May 22
Height: 161cm
Zodiac: Gemini
Blood Type: AB
Likes: Chocolate
Dislikes: hot food (burns tongue easily)
Traits: memorizing profiles of cute girls
Originally from: Tokyo

Mozuku

Shizuku's pet cat. While Shizuku is at work, it spends its time within the Eagle Jump office.

Cast

Aoba Suzukaze
Yūki Takada
Ko Yagami
Yōko Hikasa
Rin Toyama
Ai Kayano
Hifumi Takimoto
Ai Yamaguchi
Hazime Shinoda
Megumi Toda
Yun Iizima
Ayumi Takeo
Nene Sakura
Madoka Asahina
Umiko Ahagon
Chitose Morinaga
Shizuku Haduki
Eri Kitamura

Staff

Original Story
Shōtarō Tokunō (serialized in "Manga Time Kirara Carat" by Houbunsha)
Director
Yoshiyuki Fujiwara
Assistant Director
Ryohei Takeshita
Series Composition
Fumihiko Shimo
Character Designs
Ai Kikuchi
Executive Directors of Animation
Ai Kikuchi, Yūichi Oka, Manamu Amasaki, Senri Kikunaga
Prop Design
Eri Nakajima
Art Director
Shunsuke Suzuki
Color Coordinator
Kei Ishiguro
Director of Photography
Takafumi Kuwano
Editing
Daisuke Hiraki
Sound Director
Masaki Tsuchiya
Sound Effects
Yasumasa Koyama
Sound Production
Delphi Sound
Music
Hajime Hyakkoku
Music Production
KADOKAWA
Animation Production
Doga Kobo
Produced by
NEW GAME Production Committee
Opening Theme
"Sakura Skip" by fourfolium (Yūki Takada, Ai Yamaguchi, Megumi Toda, Ayumi Takeo)
Ending Theme
"Now Loading!!!!" by fourfolium (Yūki Takada, Ai Yamaguchi, Megumi Toda, Ayumi Takeo)

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