Japanese Title: Net-juu no Susume
Aired Date: October 2017 to December 2017
Season: Fall 2017
Episode Count: 10
Genre: Comedy, Game, Romance
Source: Web Manga
Studio: Signal. MD
For the first time since graduating high school, 30-year-old Moriko Morioka is unemployed—and she couldn’t be happier. Having quit her long-standing job of over 11 years, Moriko quickly turns to online games to pass her now-plentiful free time, reinventing herself as the handsome and dashing male hero “Hayashi” in the MMO Fruits de Mer. With the pesky societal obligations of the real world out-of-the-way, she blissfully dives headfirst into the realm of the game, where she promptly meets the kind and adorable healer Lily. Befriending each other almost instantly, the two become inseparable just as Moriko herself becomes more and more engrossed in her new “life” as Hayashi. Eventually, Moriko adopts the reclusive lifestyle in its entirety, venturing out from the safety of her apartment only when absolutely necessary.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Moriko, a timid 28-year-old corporate worker named Yuuta Sakurai has also logged onto Fruits de Mer from the other side of town. Coincidentally bumping into each other at the convenience store one night, both write off their meeting as no more than just another awkward encounter with a stranger—however, fate has more in store for them than they think – Source: MAL
Before anything, I’m not a fan of romance and comedy, the genre “RomCom” is not the one I will normally go for, however I was really curious about The Recovery of an MMO Junkie, curious enough to actually look forward to watch it and you know what… I really don’t regret it.
The title of the show might make one think it’s would be heavily base on video game, however it’s not really the case, here the video game unless serve as medium to let the character to meet each other, even if they already meet in real life. Yes we will see them going through dungeon, but it’s really not the main point of the game. The game “Fruit de Mer” is mostly used as meeting place.
The series is a simple show, not too complicated, easy to watch, something I could watch just to unwind after a day of work, relax and enjoy the moment.
One of the thing I really enjoy from the series it’s how relatable the character were. Unlike the majority of the character we see through the season, the main character of the series are adults in their late twenty, beginning of their thirty, I could related to them since I’m close in age with them. I saw myself through the main female, Morioka Moriki, more than once. I fangirl with her over how adorable Lily was (and even more once we had the confirmation Lily was in fact the second lead character, Sakurai Yuuta) The clumsiness in their interaction reminded me of myself.
Even if the show was quite predictable, there was still some interesting moment, like when Koiwai-san become the best wing-man a friend can have, even if some of the viewer came to despite him cause of how he was in general, always making fun of Sakurai. I like see him setting these both totally awkward being together. If he had left the matter between their hands nothing would have happen. Seeing the two together in the end was one of the best conclusion the show could have, even if I would have like to see more.
The Recovery of an MMO Junkie is a show I wouldn’t have watch if I was only listening to my taste in anime, which usually go for the shounen type, however thanks to my curiosity I watch it and really enjoyed it. This series is one have the few series I regretted seeing it ending, I would definitively took more of it.
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