Tomodachi Game (2022)
Yuuichi Katagiri believes that friends are more important than money, but he also knows the hardships of not having enough funds. He works hard to save up in order to go on the high school trip, because he has promised his four best friends that they will all go together. However, after the class' money is all collected, it's stolen! Suspicion falls on two of Yuuichi's friends, Shiho Sawaragi and Makoto Shibe. Soon afterwards, the five of them are kidnapped, and wake up in a strange room with a character from a short-lived anime. Apparently, one of them has entered them into a "friendship game" in order to take care of their massive debt. But who was it, and why did they have such a debt? Could they have stolen the money from class to pay for entry into the game? Yuuichi and his best friends will have to succeed in psychological games that will test or destroy their faith in one another.
Seasons & Episode
After the hard-earned funds for their expensive high school class trip are stolen, sophomore Yuichi and his four best friends are kidnapped by Manabu, a surreal character from a creepy late-night anime show. The mischievous Manabu challenges the students to a series of mind games that the five must decipher and outwit in order to win back their trip funds, uncover the thief, and pay off a huge and mysterious debt.
Yuichi and friends reach the end of Kokkuri-san, uncovering dimensions of trickery in the Tomodachi Game that they hadn't imagined. When they move on to a second game, a socially destructive version of sugoroku, the group struggles to maintain balance as personal secrets are revealed and trust is stretched to its absolute limit.
Dark secrets are exposed as the second game, Bad-Mouth Sugoroku, continues. Yutori is devastated when a traumatic episode from her past is revealed, leading her to suspect the only other person who knew—Shiho. As debts increase, the five friends are driven further apart. With no one else to turn to, Yutori clings to Yuichi for help, and Yuichi pledges his support.
Responsible for the theft of the class funds, the application to play Tomodachi Game, and the exposure of all kinds of dirty secrets in Bad-Mouth Sugoroku, Tenji now tries to alienate Shiho from the others so he can have her all to himself. As a result of his attempts, a rift develops between Shiho and Yutori that threatens to destroy their friendship. But while Tenji is busy sweet-talking Shiho and planning his next move, a "special chance" appears for Shiho that might change the direction of the game.
Shibe reels from the accusation that he has "actually killed a person." Despite protesting that he never did such a thing, he loses the audience's confidence and is thrust into first place. Meanwhile, Tenji finds himself in a distressing situation after realizing Yuichi is the one who wrote the card. Yuichi then makes the shocking announcement that he knows who the traitor is.
Backed into a corner by Yuichi's plan, Tenji is forced to confess that he applied to play Tomodachi Game. Yuichi spells out the traps he set to smoke out the traitor and reveals that he had been manipulating the game from the start. The second game then reaches a breathtakingly unexpected conclusion.
The third game, Friendly Hide-and-Seek, begins. Rival Group K, bolstered by an apparent 'genius' strategist, proceeds with a clear numerical advantage. Eager to regain Yuichi's trust, Tenji volunteers to be Group C's hider, but the couple's plans are strained by the addition of a new female teammate, Mizuse Maria. Yuichi confidently tells Tenji to "just trust me and wait," but then doesn't return for days...
Yuichi, who hasn’t left the starting point in the two days since the game began, suddenly announces his desire to switch to Group K. The Group K members, puzzled by Yuichi’s apparent intention to abandon his hiding teammate, ask their Captain to decide whether or not to let Yuichi in. Meanwhile, Tenji, who has stayed in hiding and trusted Yuichi all along, is finally reaching his physical breaking point.
Finally able to shake his Group K guards, Yuichi succeeds in delivering food to Tenji. After being pushed off the cliff by Yuichi, Maria slowly gets closer to her saviors Hyakutaro and Chisato, but that too is a trap set by Yuichi to destroy the friendships in Group K.
With "true genius" Kei controlling things from the shadows, Group K succeeds in finding Tenji. Facing the "worst thing that could have happened," Tenji makes a phone call to a certain individual. The third game, Friendly Hide-and-Seek, then reaches its conclusion. While the two groups struggled to outwit each other, Shiho, Shibe, and Yutori, who had been temporarily released for the third game, returned to school only to be met with cold stares from their classmates.