“English Server Please” Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation Review and Recommendations

“Open the door to a new world.”

Worlds collide in Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSO2) The Animation, as the real world (mainly Seiga Academy) is placed in jeopardy due to the possibility of the Darkers (monsters from PSO2) being able to enter the real world and abduct humans. The whole premise for this show is a glorified advertisement for the game Phantasy Star Online 2 published by Sega. There are many questions surrounding how these types of productions fare in the end, and PSO2 the Animation did a pretty good job at it.

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With a mix of both school and slice of life along with the action that comes with the game, there is a pretty good balance in demonstrating the life of those playing the game, mainly through the main protagonist that is Tachibana Itsuki. The other characters in the show also remained quite diverse in their backgrounds as opposed to their in game characters, which was nice too see as it was quite realistic and reflected society well. Their interactions with each other was also pretty clear in maintaining a positive attitude towards anything, which actually created a positive atmosphere while watching. It also touched on the area of how games may affect students, and it was nice too see that games and study could be coherently done at the same time, during a given time period.

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The animations within the show generally reflected a game as well, with all the different classes of characters and many, many flashy skills, it was nice too see both a mix of CG and animated scenes. With both being switched back and forth it allowed for an easy undertaking of situations, knowing the difference in what has happening in game and in real life. The animations were actually quite bright and the use of colors to signify sadder or more “duller” times were used quite well.

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Rina Best Girl!

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OP/ED: The OP was actually sung by the Itsuki’s seiyuu, Aoi Shouta, it provided a nice depth and added bonus towards the whole series. This created the feeling that everything was truly from Itsuki’s perspective. The ED on the other hand was more of a dance routine, with pretty colors and animations. It was quite funny to see that Rina’s character (SORO) was used to demonstrate the dance, along with the mascot characters.

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Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation Was it Good?

For what it’s worth, its a pretty good adaptation or “advertisement” for the game PSO2. It did provide a lot of different information in regards to gaming terminology as well as the game itself. It created a good balance of slice of life and action, in which touching on certain areas in how gaming and society are reflected realistically made it quite nice to see.

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Recommendations: The most appropriate recommendations are those anime in which are reflective of a game already existing, or the entering of a game world by the characters. Though PSO2 the Animation did a good job in its slice of life and gaming elements, thus I recommend the following:

  • Log Horizon
  • Sword Art Online
  • Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation
  • Blade and Soul
  • Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation
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