Bus Gamer ep 1 & 2

I have always liked the art style of Kazuya Minekura ever since I saw Saiyuki. The way the characters were drawn and their personalities. I actually have a wall scroll of Saiyuki hanging on my room wall.

Alright, the plot of Bus Gamer.

It basically revolves around the lives of 3 guys – Kazuo Saito, Nobuto Nakajo and Toki Mishiba (Kenichi Suzumura (voice actor) ). They are total strangers who all have their own reasons as to why they wish to obtain a huge amount of cash. A way to accomplish that would be to join the game Bus Game. Soon enough you find out that it is not a game at all, and our heroes are fighting to keep their lives and fighting to obtain the disc that would allow them to enter the next level. As the level increases the amount of cash increases as well. These 3 people were put together in the team due to the fact that their reasons for wanting so much cash was not stated on their application form. All 3 character bear very different personalities.

You soon find out that this game is probably a form of conspiracy. Dead bodies start to turn up (dead bodies of the players who lost) and the police are turning a blind eye to it stating that it was all classified as an accident. However, after watching ep 2 you are introduce to a female police officer who is determine to get to the bottom of these cases.

The rules of the game is basically to obtain the disc that your opponent has, or to protect the disc that you are holding from your opponents. The groups are classified into ‘Home’ and ‘Away’. ‘Home’ being that you are at your base and you have to protect and ‘Away’ being that you are the outside team that needs to obtain the disc. At each level you are given a different task of being ‘Home’ or ‘Away’. And as the level increases the toughness of each team increases and the cash reward increases too.

From the looks of things, 3 episodes is probably not able to complete the whole plot of this series and answer all the questions. Especially since in the second episode new characters are still being brought out.
I have a bad feeling that this would be one of those anime that just throw questions out one after another and never answers them.
I really cannot comprehend the meaning behind those anime, unless they wish to get the audience to buy the manga to read on and find out.
However, Bus Gamer’s manga was only a 1 book thing as well.

In the first ep the team is ‘Away’

At the end of the first ep Saito is in a big pinch and is being held at knife point. ^^

Of course, our dynamic trio clears the first stage safe and sound.

And they have to plan for the next level. This time they are ‘Home’

And at the end of the second ep, the police lady is bringing in our trio for questioning.

How did it get this way? Someone brought a gun in their school bag and it fell out and dropped right in front of her. lol.

Overall it kept me fairly entertained. It was quite a nice anime to watch. Nothing big or huge happening but it was not boring either.

I must say that Saito does get on my nerves sometimes though. Him making so much noise and being the weakest. But it is not something that can’t be tolerated.

It is a short series and a short fun plot. A tad bit of action, good looking characters, and some fun here and there. Nothing too serious or nothing too good either. The beginning of the series was draggy though, especially with Saito going on and on about being team mates. Seemed pointless. In addition to that, the sudden change in the attitudes of the characters were weird too. Like how suddenly they had manage to get all friendly and so on so forth.

Rating…. 6.5/10 for now.

-ra out

oh, and guess who makes a cameo as a game character!


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Posted on March 30, 2008, in Bus Gamer and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’m not familiar with Saiyuki but I recently saw ep 1 of Bus Gamer and I liked it. I can watch it without thinking too much and just enjoy watching it. Saitou was useless and a bit annoying in the first ep. LOL. I’m somehow drawn towards Toki.


  2. Lol, Saiyuki was good when it came out a long time ago, but if you were to go and watch it now… you might find it… kiddish? lol.

    I totally agree that Saitou is useless and I myself am leaning towards liking Toki too. haha.


  3. this is not the kinda show ill watch on my free will but im glad i did. it wuz interestin and i liked it…although(in my opinon) it would’ve been better if it wuz a yaoi anime but it wuz still ghud.


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