It can’t be over like that, can it? Tomodachi Game Episode 11 has to follow up on the show’s best episode. How was Yuichi able to dig his way out of this one? Let’s find out in this review!
Tomodachi Game Episode 11 Overview
Tomodachi Game, or Friends Game in English, is a psychological strategy anime belonging to the Death Game genre, a kind of anime that pits several characters against each other in a bid to make one of them outlast them all. It is based on a manga written by Mikoto Yamaguchi and illustrated by Yuuki Satou. This episode of the show is also referred to as Friends Game Episode 11.
The anime adaptation is developed by Studio Okuroto Noboru, a studio with only two full-length anime adaptations in its catalogue, Special Training in the Secret Dungeon and the second season of How Not To Summon A Demon Lord. The show is directed by Hirofumi Ogura, the director behind several well-known shows such as Black Butler and Cells At Work. You can read our review of the previous episode here!
– Friends Game Episode 11 Review does not contain any spoilers –
Tomodachi Game Episode 11 Review- A Sign Of Life
First things first, the show was absolutely able to maintain the quality that it showcased in the previous episode. As the ending approaches, we are finally able to see this show’s potential, and it is great that it is able to showcase some of its best qualities before fizzling out like the rest of them. It took a lot of time to get going, but get going it did. This episode, in particular, put together all the tiny details and obvious facts together in a way that made total narrative sense in an example of phenomenally cohesive storytelling.
We ended the previous episode by seeing the “captain” punch Yuichi in what was a red herring by the show to make the audience believe that’s how the game was going to end. Believe it or not, that isn’t how it happened. The show gave us three twists (yes, I went back to count) in the first minute before even the opening theme had played and turned the entire situation on its head. Not only that, but the solution was so elegant and simple that it made you wonder how you didn’t notice this was the plan all along. No matter what Yuichi tried to avoid, it would always come to this moment in time.
The theme of narrative cohesion also continues after the game ends, with the camaraderie and sportsmanship established between the opponent group carrying them even after the game ends. Not only that, but Yuichi was able to establish his kind nature even after having to do something as vile as he did. He claimed to do something towards the start of this game, and even though he wasn’t able to accomplish that, that spoke more about the dynamics that the opponents shared than Yuichi’s abilities. The show’s called Tomodachi Game, after all. Friendship is going to come on top at least a few times.
However, the troubles for our main team weren’t over quite yet, as even though the show seemed to have forgotten about the other three friends who didn’t participate in the game, they still play a massive part in the story. Yuichi’s threat to destroy the game from the inside out wasn’t an empty one, but it is apparently going to cost him a lot just to put his thoughts out there. He might be the ideal candidate to do so because he doesn’t have any family, but he does have something more important, his friends.
It tries to be serious, but the adaptation is extraordinarily goofy at heart. What else would you call Yuichi’s threats of violence being followed by a single weak punch that looked like it came from a place of love? All of this even came after someone called him a monster, by the way. The show’s heart is in the right place, and it had a lot of great emotional moments in this episode. We still aren’t completely aware of who to believe in this scenario, and the story is far from over, but it just being able to make you want more from it is a huge accomplishment.
Tomodachi Game Episode 11 was fantastic. It fulfilled all of the promises that the previous outings made and was even able to generate new interest in the plot, something that’s usually very hard at this stage.
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