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Play It Cool, Guys

Play It Cool, Guys

A sweet slice-of-life anime about cool, slightly dorky guys

7.3

TV Show

Japan
Japanese
Animation, Comedy
2022
Chiaki Kobayashi, Haruka Shiraishi, Kazuyuki Okitsu
11 min

TLDR

Same.

What it's about

Four guys from different walks of life strike a friendship, formed from their shared clumsiness.

The take

There’s a classic male character trope of stoic guys that don’t seem to be fazed by anything. Play It Cool, Guys has an ensemble cast of four of these cool characters, but they aren’t quite put together as others might think. While on the outside, they seemingly handle setbacks easily, the show’s short vignettes and corresponding internal monologues reveal their relatable day-to-day clumsiness. The contrast makes these characters feel so endearing, more so as they get to know each other. As the show progresses with their friendship, the series feels like kind reassurance for all clumsy people out there.

What stands out

Also known as Cool Doji Danshi, the slice-of-life miniseries understandably doesn’t have any unique, never-before-seen situations, but the vignettes depict each sequence in such a short and sweet way. With only 11 minutes allotted for each of the 24 episodes, the series has to win its audience over in such a short amount of time. The show does it through its excellent economy of story. While slice-of-life might not be to everyone’s taste, fans of the genre might find a quick and sweet treat in this comedic josei anime.

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