*sigh* It’s just not a new anime season without just one anime involving a bunch of teens playing online vidya games. Am I the only one getting tired of this? But, wait! This one is actually based on an actual video game! Let’s just get this over with.
Phantasy Star Online 2 the Animation, a Telecom Animation Film original based on the Japan-only MMORPG by Sega, is set in the near future where the eponymous MMORPG is the hottest thing around the student body of Seiga Academy. At the same time, students must deliver progress reports of their in-game activity to the school staff to measure how PSO2 affects campus life.
So instead of adapting the games, Phantasy Star Online 2 the Animation decided to do an original story in a attempt to make a shameless commercial for the actual game and to cater to the Sword Art Online crowd. And you know what? Screw that crowd. Anyway, yeah, this is definitely a commercial for PSO2, which is made blatantly obvious by the face the school is named Seiga academy and it has Sonic the Hedgehog‘s logo on its school grounds. and that isn’t exactly a good thing, since the setting itself doesn’t seem to be able to function properly without PSO2. The show is basically telling me “All the cool kids are playing PSO2, so why aren’t you playing it yet?” No, show. I will not fall victim to your not-even-close-to-subliminal advertising. I will admit, the world of PSO2 looks interesting. Although, I would much rather play Xenoblade Chronicles X instead, a game that takes me at least an hour to design my player character and doesn’t make one with my exact face by simply pressing the ‘Randomize’ button.
Phantasy Star Online 2 the Animation gets 2 presses of the ‘Randomize’ button out of 5