Yet, it’s another MMORPG theme anime series. This MMORPG genre is getting more and more saturated each year. With another similar series, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar, on this same season, how much viewers can Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation attract? Not to mention, it’s a general rule of thumb that any anime series based on games tend to not-so-great i.e. it sucks. After watching few episodes, will it change my opinion on anime series based on games?

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Itsuki Tachibana is a student of Seiga Academy, a co-ed boarding high school with an excellent reputation, located in a suburb outside the city center. On the second day of the second semester, he was summoned by Rina Izumi, Seiga Academy student council president and she’s also Seiga Academy’s school idol. Cute, good grades, get along with everyone and any other traits you expect from a student council president. To Itsuki’s surprise, he was personally selected by Rina as a Seiga Academy student council vice president.

Vice president is a just fancy term of general helper for student council and everyone in student council asks Itsuki for help with anything. Itsuki’s reputation as a general handyman certain contributes to the decision of choosing him as the student council vice president. In addition to that, he has a single and most important task given to him by the student council president, Rina. That’s to play Phantasy Star Online and submit a report of his experience.

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First Impression

As mentioned earlier in the post, any anime series based on a game are usually mediocre at its best. This is the same case with Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation. While it has an original story with background settings similar to the game, it’s lack of direction and unclear where the story is going.

In addition, the first five episodes were too slow in term of pace. Even though they gave some hints here about possible climax or unexpected events, it’s hardly worth your time to watch this series every week.

OP song is not in my top five list of OP/ED of this season. I found it hard to like or even enjoy the OP, however, it’s hilarious to see one of game characters dancing in the ED song. After listening to the ED few times, it’s funny and catchy.

After further research, it looks like the ED song was essentially the ‘official PSO2 theme song’. Check out the game version below. Between the anime version and the game version, I like the anime version better. How about you? which one do you like better ?

Considering how popular PSO2 games in Japan, the anime series didn’t live up to the game popularity but one can’t expect anime series based on a game can ever be ‘that’ good.

So readers, how many episodes did you watch before you drop this series from your winter anime watch list?

Source: MyAnimeList, Wikipedia, ANN