First Impression: Play It Cool, Guys

The story follows four different guys who seem way too cool, what with their aloofness and overall aura. However, what most people don’t know is that these four guys are extremely clumsy and keep doing the dorkiest of things! Each character has his own brand of clumsiness, and each episode focuses on one particular guy and his everyday life. In the opening episode, we first meet Hayate, who is the embarrassed and reflective goof that tends to get discouraged easily. Within the first few minutes, we see him trying to pay for his wallet instead of his drink as he places it on the counter in front of the cashier, which later prompts him to wonder at his own absent-mindedness and question what his future will look like at this rate. There are a few other incidents that occur (with one ending on a hopeful note!), but since this first episode is under 15 minutes, I won’t say more for fear of spoiling his story!

There are not enough words to describe how over-the-moon excited I was to finally see Play It Cool, Guys streaming on Crunchyroll! This anime has been my most anticipated anime this season and I was so heartbroken when it didn’t seem to get an announcement when the new season went live. However, it was more than worth the wait because this first episode was everything I hoped it would be and more! As a huge fan of the manga, I came into this first episode with extremely high expectations and was beyond thankful that this anime is such a faithful adaptation of the manga! It follows exactly as the manga goes with Hayate being the first “goof” we meet. I couldn’t help but smile for the entire duration of this episode at seeing my favorite guy, Hayate Ichikura, animated. The voice acting was perfection, especially with the added touches of kawaii sound effects that only strengthened the charm of this very adorable character. The simple character design and animation only help, as they direct the focus onto Hayate’s charming personality. The opening song is upbeat, but the closing song with the teddy bears makes my heart so happy because it is the perfect representation of all these goofs. 

If you’re a fan of the manga of Play It Cool, Guys, this is a must-watch! It brings the story to life in a way that only makes these characters all the more endearing. And if you’re not familiar with Play It Cool, Guys, this is a perfect anime to watch when you need to unwind with something lighthearted that is not only fun, but also so incredibly relatable with the goofs these guys make. Very highly recommended!

Play It Cool, Guys can be streamed on Crunchyroll.

Laura A. Grace

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