Disney+ Adorable Wholesome Anime Features Real Life Board Games You Can Play

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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The popular Japanese anime series After School Dice Club is available to stream via the Hulu section of Disney+. The story revolves around Miki Takekasa, a high school student in Kyoto who struggles to connect with her peers until she meets Aya. Together, the pair discover a quaint little tabletop game store called Saikoro Club, nestled in the city.

The Story

Miki slowly starts spending more time at the board game store with her new friend. After School Dice Club chronicles their adventures playing various board games with an emphasis on their friendship and the joy of gaming. The series features real-life games such as Cockroach Poker, Marrakech, Blokus, Elfenland, Incan Gold, Keltis, Ladies and Gentlemen, Spot it!, and Survive: Escape from Atlantis.

A Great Series For Girls, Gamers, And Girl Gamers

After School Dice Club received mainly positive reviews from fans and critics for its portrayal of female relationships, accurate depiction of tabletop games, and balanced narrative structure that blends elements of comedy and drama. The anime originally aired from October 2019 to December 2019, with a total of 12 episodes.

The anime is also notable for its inclusion of a storyline about board game design and one that features a character who meets an American publisher. After School Dice Club is an excellent example of how anime can explore various themes beyond the popular Shonen and Mecha genres.

Beyond Shonen

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Shonen is targeted towards young boys and is characterized by its focus on action, adventure, and friendships. Shonen often follows male leads as they go on epic quests and is known for its high-stakes battles and dynamic fight scenes.

In contrast, Mecha is a genre that features giant robots as the primary focus of the story. It often blends elements of sci-fi, action, and drama to captivate the audience. Neon Genesis Evangelion and Code Geass are among the top anime of this genre.

The After School Dice Club anime series is not a Shonen or Mecha anime. Instead, the series is part of an anime genre featuring high school girls in club activities. These anime, which include Laid-Back Camp, typically highlight the friendships, personal growth, and experiences of female characters as they come together to pursue common interests or hobbies within a school setting.

The Manga

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After School Dice Club is based on a manga written by Hiro Nakamichi. Like the series, the story focuses on a group of teenage girls striving to establish a board game café. It was serialized in Shogakukan’s manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sunday from March 2013 to June 2021, spanning nineteen tankōbon volumes.

Stream It Now

However, After School Dice Club does have some detractors. The series received mixed reviews, with ratings varying across different platforms. On MyAnimeList, it received scores like 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 out of 10 from different voters. Anime-Planet indicates that only 4,327 users are tracking the series. A review on Anime News Network ultimately gave the series an overall grade of B.

To watch After School Dice Club via Disney+’s Hulu section, which is still in its beta version, viewers will require a subscription to both services.