Title: Darwin’s Game
Original Title: ダーウィンズゲーム
Directed by: Yoshinobu Tokumoto
High school student Kaname Sudou receives an invitation from a classmate to play Darwin’s Game, a mobile game he has never heard of. However, as soon as he opens the application, a green snake suddenly pops out from his phone screen and bites his neck, leaving him unconscious. Waking up in the infirmary without any signs of a snake bite, he is told by the school to take the rest of the day off. Although he is puzzled by what has happened, he dismisses the surreal experience as a hallucination and boards the train home.
Unfortunately, his curiosity gets the better of him and he uses the application once again. As the application appears to be just like any other battle game, Kaname breathes out a sigh of relief and decides to start his first match. However, the pleasant surprise is short-lived, as his in-game opponent unexpectedly appears right in front of him and attempts to hunt him down with a knife.
As he desperately runs for his life, Kaname puts two and two together and realizes that Darwin’s Game is not an ordinary game, but rather, it’s a brutal fight for survival.
I always liked the “Death Game” genre in general but I really liked Darwin’s Game for the fact that it adds incredible fights and super powers to the classical elements of this genre.
Interesting characters with cool powers will mix strategy and tactics to give life to incredible fights.
I was so much into this anime that it took me a bit to notice that the first episode was like forty minutes long and after it I started watching one episode immediately after the other until I finished it.
I really liked all the analogies to mobile games, like the gatcha mechanic and the shop. They were really interesting details.
The ending is another amazing series of events that hyped me a lot for a possible sequel… but after looking into it I saw that at the moment nothing has been announced, so… I decided to read the manga!
Soon I will start to read it and review it on the blog chapter per chapter until we break even with the latest release! So stay tuned!
P.S.: Also… maybe… I got hyped a lot from this anime by something that is related to my nickname… lol