Warning: This may contain spoilers
Today I’ll be talking about another horror type anime called,“The King’s Game”, also known as,“Osama Game”, that was written by Nobuaki Kanazawa. This is the type of cruel and twisted horror that has no problem sucking you in within minutes of watching it.
It revolves mostly around a teenage boy named,” Nobuaki,” who is transferring from his old school. You can tell right away that something is wrong and he’s waiting for something to happen. He was really scared to get close to anyone and just wanted to be left alone. The only person who tried to really hard to be his friend in the beginning was Natsuko, a cheerful and bright girl who fell for Nobuaki at first sight or so she claims, at least. Not long after he gets there he and rest of his class get a text from the ‘King’ welcoming them to the game and that they must do everything it says or get punished which in most cases was die a horrible and gruesome death.
Nobuaki knew it was coming, so he wasn’t really surprised, but he didn’t know how to solve the problem. So, his only solution that he could come up with is if he doesn’t obey and dies as punishment then the game will hopefully end. Unfortunately, he ends up going through with the order because of Natsuko who in turn isn’t just a crazy two-faced bitch whose survived a previous King Game, but is Chiemi’s twin sister aka Nobuaki’s exgirlfriend.
Now Nobuaki not only has to find a way for everyone to survive, but stop Natsuko from meddling and getting everyone to turn on each other. This show is a rollercoaster of emotions and gets very twisted and very dark real quick. But, I have to point out some mistakes in the show’s logic and unsolved mysteries. One being the sister’s themselves, we never know how the sister’s got separated in the first place but only know that they born in a village that no longer exists on the map and that’s where the original King’s Game was played. According to the story, the first game was played at the sister’s village and 30 years have passed until Nabuaki/Natsuko’s previous games, correct? My question is how is everyone teenagers? They should at least be at their late 20s in college or something, right? So, that little detail is never explained in the show.
The anime never explains how the King’s Game was created in the first place; it only hinted to the fact that Chiemi and Natsuko’s father had something to do with its creation. Also, on how a virus that started on paper became an extremely intelligent computer virus? Was someone still working on it? Modified it somehow? And another thing that got was the ending to this entire insane scenario which was the hidden rule to end the game forever. The hidden message said that if all participants in the game die then the game will end and will not spread to new hosts. If there is a survivor then the game will spread and spread until all of humanity is destroyed. So, how and why did the game virus somehow transfer to someone who is totally unrelated to the current game?
Maybe all these questions are answered in the manga, I only watched the anime so my opinions and views are coming off of that. If someone finds the answer then don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Maybe they plan on explaining it in a second season, I don’t know but I highly doubt a second season is going to come out into the woodwork any time soon because of how it ended. If I had a choose a favorite character in this show, I would have to pick Ria. She was a total badass every time she appeared in the show. Also, the way she died was so cool that I had to give her respect. How can someone be set on fire and act so cool as if nothing was going on is beyond me, but she pulled it off.
Ria had reasons for being the way she was and I’m not going to reveal them. You’ll just have to watch or read the manga in order to find out. I really enjoyed this since I usually go for the horror types of anime. I wouldn’t recommend this to immature people (you know who you are) because there are a lot of sexual and intimate scenes in this and hints of rape as well. Also, if you’re not into horror, gore or very twisted situations and people this isn’t for you. Other than that I really enjoyed the anime overall and if a second season is coming out, I’ll be keeping my eye open for it.