And now, at last, the series has finally come to an end. The last episode took quite a while to finish with cast and scheduling issues, but I really think this episode is worlds better than the others as everyone grew into their roles more and I had more of a sense of where each character was going when writing the scripts.
In this episode, the end-of-the-year tournament is approaching, when a mysterious contender from a nearby university challenges Hiroshi to the ultimate duel. Between Junichi's bitterness over being Kazumi's wingman, Aiko's arrogance over being chosen as the promo model for the Competitive Gamers Society, and President Akihiro forcing everyone to go for a round of horrendous karaoke to a popular fighting game song, no one would've imagined what they got themselves into the moment they picked up a controller.
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[ Episode 1: A Story of Competitive Gaming
Thank you so much to Sasuya for this art of Kazumi!
Kazumi Imuro is a smart student and aspiring biologist in her senior year of high school who develops an interest in the reclusive Hiroshi. He's the highest ranked member of the Top Gamers' League---an exclusive team of the best five gamers at Nara High School, chosen to represent their school in districtwide tournaments for the fighting game "Dragon Star". Normally the pro gamers there have no problems getting girls, but Hiroshi just never seems interested in anyone. While Kazumi assists his best friend Junichi with his biology homework, Junichi jokes that a girl would have to be a member of the Top Gamers' League herself to ever catch Hiroshi's attention. So she joins the Competitive Gaming Society at school and trains with her brother at the arcade where they work, but it proves to be harder than she thought, especially with another girl competing who really knows the game.
Cast & Character Descriptions
Kazumi Imuro (voiced by Haushinka)
A high school senior with a love for biology and a determination for everything she does. She's kind and fairly easy to get along with, although her need to get her own way sometimes hinders her. She works part-time at the local arcade, which is where she was first introduced to fighting games.
Hiroshi Tanaka (voiced by Kirbopher)
Hiroshi is the highest ranked player at his school, but is emotionally distant. Despite his vast knowledge of advanced techniques, he prefers to keep to himself, and the only person who seems to know anything about his life is his best friend Junichi.
Junichi (voiced by Sonicmega)
Hiroshi's closest friend. Takes biology class with Kazumi and usually copies her homework. He's a pretty nice and normal guy, although sometimes that leads him to be taken advantage of or blamed when things go wrong.
Akihiro Yoshida (voiced by Sukisho)
President of the Competitive Gamers Society. Kind of a pretty boy, and calls everyone "Mr." or "Miss" before their first names. He likes to make a big dramatic show of every club meeting and event.
Aiko Kaneda (voiced by Aprizzle)
The only female in the Competitive Gamers Society, before Kazumi joins. She's cute and good at games and knows it full well, so she tends to be openly catty and condescending, especially to Kazumi. But as the "alpha female", she knows how to get what she wants, and everyone's pretty much too afraid of her to tell her off.
Masao (voiced by Y. Chang)
Ranked fourth in the Top Gamers' League. Unlike a lot of the other pro players, Masao is a humble and sincere person and wants to see others succeed at Dragon Star.
Daichi (voiced by bninjah)
A cocky newcomer to the Competitive Gamers Society. He's always beaten his friends in Dragon Star, so he knows he must be pretty good... and if he doesn't win, he'll be quick to get mad. He likes to constantly challenge everyone he comes across in hopes that he'll win money or just get an ego boost.
Dokuo (voiced by DarkWolf)
Overweight gaming nerd who lacks proper hygiene and spouts technical information about the game as a substitute for normal socialization with other club members. Has a hopeless crush on Kazumi and as a result will give her any information she needs, even about Hiroshi.
Game Announcer (voiced by D-Mac)
You know those cheesy announcers you hear in every fighting game? It's pretty self-explanatory.
Sato (voiced by BladeBlur)
The second highest rank in the Top Gamers' League, beaten out only by Hiroshi. He plays all sorts of video games besides Dragon Star so he came from a competitive background. Because he was raised by his brothers, he's been playing since he was a child.
Shuji (voiced by AMTRAX91)
The third-ranked member of the Top Gamers League. He has a life outside the Dragon Star community and doesn't get as wrapped up in the technical aspects as much as the other players do, although he's still good. His strategy? "If I can hit you with it, I will."
Ryuichi Hanzou (voiced by Ryuta-kun)
Top player from the rival school, Minami High. Very arrogant, but unlike Daichi, he can back it up somewhat. He's always been popular with the ladies although he can never seem to decide on just one.
Tatsuya Imuro (voiced by Gamr)
Kazumi's older brother. He's a manager at the arcade, which is how Kazumi got a part time job there. He's always been good at games, though he doesn't play much anymore.
Yumiko (voiced by Mippa)
Reporter for Inside Gaming and commentator for the Grand Tournament.
Kazumi's Mom (voiced by Aimi)
Fairly strict, and wants her daughter to succeed in school.
Miya Nagesawa (voiced by Fairuza)
A pro Dragon Star player who absolutely hates being referred to as a "girl gamer" or anything of the sort.
Taru: RC Slithers
Karen, Miko: Rina-chan
Crowd extras: AxMan, BladeBlur, CerisePanda, DarkWolf, Dragonboy, Ellie, Fadedphantom, Fairuza, GeneralIvan, Haushinka, Jakonen, Korey, Mippa, RC Slithers, RubedoKukai, Ryuta, Sasuya, ShadowRanma, ShiroKaisen, Shortround, Sonicmega, Wolfwings, YingFaStar
Kana Nishino - "Make Up"
OC Remix - "Flying With The Stars"
High and Mighty Color - "Rain"
Mika Nakashima - "My Medicine"
Kana Nishino - "Style"
Road of Major - "Taisetsu Na Mono"
BoA - "Spark"
Shizuka Itou - "Power of Flower"
News - "With Me"
The Pillows - "Back Seat Dog"
BoA - "Moto"
High & Mighty Color - "Days"
Glay + Exile - "Scream"
Glay - "Winter, again"
Nana Kitade - "Utareru Ame"
X-JAPAN - "Rusty Nail"
Exile - "Generation"
Flow - "Rising Dragon"
Ryu - "Setsugekka"
The Pillows - "Rush"
Charcoal Filter - "Kodoku na Taiyou"
Junichi Masuda - "Hibike"
4-EVER - "Momoko, Nyotsi Sakari"
SNSD - "Run Devil Run"
Kinya Kotani - "Suresure Naru Kisetsu"
DJ Hero - "Shout"
Touhou - "Ghostly Eyes"
The Pillows - "Pain"
Characters, story and concept (c) 2009-2010 by Aoi Sora Productions. All songs copyright to their respective owners.