Tomodachi Game – Friendships, Lies and Mind Games

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe and healthy. I’ll be honest I was attracted to this anime the first time I saw its poster because of how the characters looked and while the first episode seemed disappointing, the ending of the first episode had me hooked. MILD SPOILERS AHEAD because I barely controlled myself from going on and on.

Katagiri Yuichi is a person who was taught as a child to treasure his friends over money. Even though he is not rich, he has a group of 4 friends at school and that keeps him happy. He shares this strong bond with the rich kid and idiot, Shibe Makoto, the smart and serious Mikasa Tenji, the shy, nice girl Kokorogi Yutori and the serious and righteous Sawaragi Shiho. However, when the fund collected for their class trip which amounts to 2 million yen is stolen and they are pulled into playing a game that will help them clear the debt but will test their friendship through challenges. Forced to play the Tomodachi Game, Yuichi and the others in his group fight to make sure that their group wins and is freed from the debt. However all is not how it seems and Yuichi as well as the others in the group all hide dark secrets, all of which will be used in playing the Tomodachi Game. Will their friendship survive or will they betray each other? That is what you will find out.

This is another kind of series that has seemingly straightforward characters that slowly reveal their true selves and gain complexity. There’s the hardworking and friend-loving MC Katagiri Yuichi who at first seems like a nice guy but when he shows his true colors, he is a master strategist but he isn’t pure evil or pure good, his grey morality is the best thing about him. Shibe Makoto is a cool and airhead guy who struggles at reading people and situations. Sawaragi Shiho, a serious girl and smart guy Mikasa Tenji who have a connection to the Tomodachi Game. There’s our nice girl Kokorogi Yutori but how nice is she? All of these characters gain a certain amount of depth when their pasts are revealed and as we see how they deal with them. All I’ll say is that expect the unexpected with these characters.

Here’s the thing about Tomodachi Game, it deliberately puts the characters in a situation that forces them to think about their morals and creates mistrust. This causes the audience to doubt which path each of the characters will take and reveals more about them in the process. The show manages to set the tone well and there’s a good presentation of the psychological aspects and the inner thoughts of the characters. There’s good mystery in the show and it manages to keep it all fresh by constantly throwing new plot twists but these twists all actually make sense and add more to the story and make it even more exciting. What the anime lacks is pacing, it isn’t really bad but the pacing could be better which I hope is the case in the manga.

Tomodachi Game manages to show a lot of things such as how the things we see and assume are not always that way but rather are sometimes far from the truth. it also shows how we are conditioned to react to certain people and things in certain ways and human behavior, as well as manipulation, is certainly shown well by the MC Yuichi but what I want people to understand from this is how powerful and yet how sinful money is. Money is what can get these characters out of their situation and yet money is what got them there in the first place. Money is the root of all that happens in the series however money like almost everything else is neutral, it depends on how it is used.

The anime has 12 episodes currently and while I hope for a season 2 I know that I will jump into the manga very soon as well. The finale is really well done. I was excited and also kind of scared but I won’t spoil it here at all. The ending left off on a cliffhanger and hence I’ll be moving to the manga. I rate it an 8/10.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Published by Harshit Sagar

I am a 18 year old teen who has a passion for writing and loves anime.

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