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Recovery of an MMO junkie – First Impression

Among the abundant teenage protagonists and regular superpower themed animes, Recovery of an MMO Junkie is a breath of fresh air. It is refreshing, mature and puts NEETS in a whole new light, at least in my eyes.

A short introduction!

A short introduction to the story is due. So we have Morioka Moriko who is an elite NEET, meaning she has dropped out of the real world of her own choice to fully devote her time to the online world. She is in her thirties and is, or rather, was a working professional before she decided to quit her corporate life to become a full-time NEET. She opts to play a guy online named Hayashi who meets another girl avatar named Lily. They both become partners and Morioka finds more friends online but what awaits her is a nice twist to the story.

What works for the anime?

As I mentioned in the introductory para of the post, the anime is a breath of fresh air. Not many times do we get a female protagonist playing a NEET. To top that, she is pretending to be a guy online which only complexes things further making for a riveting storyline. Secondly, she is a woman in her thirties. The series deals with an older protagonist and shows to us life from an older person’s perspective. In fact, as an adult myself, Morioka Moriko is so relatable that it only makes it a good watch.

What I like about the anime – First Impression

What I mostly like about the anime is that it doesn’t have a storyline pertaining to one thing, instead it branches out to talking about personal aspect of an adult life to romance to gaming culture and social responsibilities.

This picture basically sums up my life as an ani blogger

Then what I like is how the series puts forward the reality of online life. In Japan and around the world, being a NEET and having an online life is looked down upon. But in reality, it offers us an escape from the mundane brouhaha of real life. Plus it finds us friends, whether for long or not, that is conditional, who are a different set from people we usually meet in our daily lives.

To make a confession, I have a crush on Sakurai Yuta. He is everything you can ask for in a man. He is gentle, smart, working and handsome. I don’t understand why Morimori chan turns him down for a date!

The sheer credit for the success of the series goes to Morioka for having the guts to quit her suffocating corporate job and become a full-time NEET of her own accord. She is so relatable as a reserved NEET that there are times where I yell out, “I would do the same!”

What fails miserably for the anime! Things I didn’t like

The biggest plot fail for MMO junkie is that Yuta turns out to be Harth too. I mean just how many coincidence can one have in life! It was okay and believable that Lily was Yuta and Hayashi was Morioka. It is okay to have one coincidence. Coincidences make for a riveting storyline but MMO Junkie has stretched it a bit thin by proclaiming that everyone Yuta gets close to online is always Morioka. If Yuki would have been someone else, it would have added some depth to story as well as Yuta’s character. To make it worse, even Kanbe is the guy from the grocery store. The online world is supposed to be random and vast, something our writer seems to be unaware about.

Secondly, the humour of the anime falls flat on its face. MMO junkie tries very hard to provide some comic relief but fails miserably at it. If only the comic scenes would have been better, I would have given this anime a good rating but sadly I can’t.

These two take apologizing to a whole new level

Stars – 3 out 5

In conclusion, the Recovery of an MMO Junkie is still an interesting watch. It is serious and playful at the same time. Though I’ll admit due to lack of any real pace at times, makes it bit of a bore to watch, it has its moments. So anyone looking to take a break from the shounen world of action and clich├ęs to find some peaceful, slice of life shoujo anime to watch, my recommendation goes to this anime.

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Gintama Silver Soul Arc – Episodes 342 and 343 Review

Well what we learned from these two episodes is that

And also don’t mix hot sauce and Mayonnaise together or you will end up pooping your pants!

To start off, the silver soul arc brings in a lot of emotions. I’m excited to finally see some Gintama action but it comes along with a sense of bereavement since it is the last arc of the series. Ever since the arc was announced I have been anticipating it with a ball of emotions and it is finally here for me to see. 

So we finally know Utsuro’s ultimate plan. He wants to start a war engulfing the entire universe and leading to the destruction of Earth. Gintoki along with his friends teams up with allies to save the planet from total destruction.


The arc starts off with Hasegawa doing what he does best. He makes us laugh but this time a bit differently. He invokes hope with all that is going around in Edo. By collecting loose change, he hopes to bring back the Yorozuya to save earth from the tyrant liberation army.

It is nice to see how the Yorozuya is the beacon of hope in everyone’s life in Edo and how everyone is anticipating their timely return.

Next up is episode 343 and it is beyond funny. The whole episode is about poop without any poop jokes! It is funny as hell.

Well taking away Nobunobu’s freedom to poop is one way of getting back at him for everything he has done. 

It is especially hilarious in comparing disembowelment to something as powerful as nukes. The entire episode is beyond hysterical and I have no words to sum up how I was cracking up laughing. 
So it is a great start to what is going to the the most tearful ending of the most hilarious anime. I, for one, is definitely going to be sad for I have looked forward to watching the anime for years with much anticipation and fervor. 

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Gintama Gets Serious – Shogun Assassination Arc

Before I dive into reviewing what is possibly one of the best arcs of Gintama, I’d like to warn you that you are in for some major spoilers if you haven’t watched it yet so beware.

Like I said, the Shogun Assassination Arc is one of the best arcs of Gintama and there is just no denying that. Gintama has always been known for its comedy so seeing it go serious for a change was a nice surprise and the way the action fiesta was handled, it only made me love the series even more. 

As the name suggests, the entire arc is about Shogun’s intended death and all throughout it, you’re left wondering if he is really dead. The whole plot has been so cleverly written that the drama keeps you on the edge and at no point can you predict if Shigeshige has really been assassinated by Zenzou or the ninja tribes or any other bully out for his blood. 

The twists and turns are especially riveting. From Zenzou’s apparent betrayal to Kamui’s smacking of the enemy behind Kagura etc are very well handled and proves that Hideaki can do much more than just comedy. 

The major draw of the arc, however, is the action and mind you, it is top notch. The advantage of watching shounen fights is that the action sequences are always very well executed. The writers always seem to understand the nuances of what makes a fight nail-biting and Hideaki Sorachi is not far behind. Every fight, be it Gintoki vs Takasugi, Kagura vs Kamui, the Gintoki parade vs the Yato clan or Zenzou vs Kiheitai, is dynamic and very fascinating to watch.

The action takes off with Okita facing Kamui. Both are insanely strong and coincidentally both revel in violence. No wonder it makes for a gripping match. To top it, the solid animation and the sadist personality of Okita up the excitement ante. 

I would specially like to mention the part when Okita bluffs Kamui into believing he had lost his arm when in reality he uses the deception to severely injure Kamui’s hand. 

We also unravel a new side to Kagura in her sibling spat with Kamui. We have so far known her as a super strong, gluttonous girl but with Kamui around, she is mature. She talks about bringing him back and about Yorozuya being her family. It is heart-warming to see her lecture her brother in that cute, childish voice of hers.

 

The sibling spat is closely followed by the most anticipated fight of all, Takasugi vs Gintoki and gladly, it doesn’t disappoint. The fight is gruelling, raw and savage. We see the resentment that was bottled up in Takasugi due to Shoyo’s death finally bubble up to the surface in the form of incessant punches. 

I love how Gintoki talks about saving Takasugi ‘s soul and faces the brunt of his anger head on. We also, for a flitting moment, foresee redemption for Takasugi. 

Don’t teach him any more non-sense!

Another exciting fight was between the Yato clan and Shogun, Gintoki gang, Hijikata and Kondo. I love how they are far outmatched in sheer numbers by the Yato, yet they outperform the enemy with combo attacks and watching each other’s back. 

The plot is augmented by the flashbacks and past sequences of the bond forged between Shigeshige and the ninja tribes when they were kids. The part especially talks about Zenzou’s friendship with Shigeshige and how he wants to fight alongside his friends for the peace of his country. 

In addition, laced with Gintoki and Takasugi’s fight are the flashbacks of how all three of them, Gintoki, Takasugi and Katsura came to know Shoyo and what was it about him that compels the three so much to pursue their respective agendas. We also get to see the chemistry between the three friends and why they play such important roles in each other’s lives.

But the most heart wrenching was Gintoki’s story. It wrecks me to think he as a kid ate on the battlefield field with dead bodies lying around until he was found by Shoyo. Then to make it worse, he is forced to either save his friends or his sensei who practically brought him up. Of course, Shoyo wanted gintoki to save Takasugi and Katsura and gintoki knew it well. It is tragic to see how powerless Gintoki chops his beloved sensei’s head as Takasugi in the background screams for him to not. This puts in a lot of things in perspective and we finally understand why Takasugi us obsessed with power and the reason behind the equation he shares with Gintoki. 

Never trust the sadist, Toshi

Despite of it being more of a serious and mature arc than what usually Gintama caters, there were enough comedic moments to keep the laughter kicking. It is hilarious to watch Gintoki pretend to be Shogun’s double. Then there is the revelation of Momochi’s real identity which tickles the funny bones. There are enough moments to provide that much needed comedic relief. 

In conclusion, I loved this shift in content genre that Gintama had. This arc was incredible for it was full of action, comedy as well as emotions. I loved watching Takasugi reflect on his decision to turn evil and the fight with Gintoki was, needless to say, awesome. Everything about this arc was perfect. And in the end I just want to say, Shigeshige you were the only Shogun for us and we will miss you. We love you. Sayonara! 

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The Laugh Riot that Gintama’s Live Action Adaptation is!

If you thought Gintama, the anime was hysterical, you ought to see its live action version!

That’s exactly what it does to you!

It is just as hilarious, if not more, as the anime and shoots down its haters with some major sass. No wonder the movie has made the kind of box office collection the way it has.

The comedy is just as crazy as the anime!

Honestly I was afraid to watch the movie since I was afraid it might not be able to live up to the reputation the anime has garnered over the years. But alas! It indeed does and how!

What I surprisingly liked about the movie is that the plot is faithful to the anime, something that made me cringe in other live action versions. The movie directly translates everything from the manga inculding the humor. One of the plus points is that it retains the kind of humor Gintama has and takes it a notch further as the live action.

The plot is simple but I feel the introduction of the characters was a little rushed. Anyone unfamiliar with the anime may have had a hard time keeping up with all the characters the movie introduces. The movie is faithful to the Benizakura arc but also assimilates the beetle hunting arc which sets the tone of the humor early on. It is needless to say every character is well portrayed. I especially like Katsura’s introductory scene where he beats the shit out of Shinsengumi single-handedly.

Go Zura! Get that action

When the movie was announced last year, I was anxious since I worried how the plot of aliens and Amanto will be handled but Yuichi Fukuda has done a great job of adapting the movie. He made sure to keep in mind every little detail that generally a fan would, like Okita’s eye mask or Hijikata’s mayo lighter or even just randomly filling the screen “justaways”.

The CG and special effects are good if not at par with those of hollywood. In fact some scene like when Takasugi stands below the full moon are very well done. While in other scenes, the CG helps bring out the over the top humor of the comedy. I would especially like to mention the megane flying scene which was hilarious.

Then is Elizabeth or should I rather say a man wearing the customer of a weird penguin looking character. At one point the character in the movie itself mentions about how it is a man underneath! Eli adds to the already messed up storyline of strange looking Amanto and flying spaceships.

Sadaharu is also pretty well done and it nowhere looks out of place in the movie. Kudos to the director!

The Benizakura arc is nicely done tying up all the loose ends neatly in the end. The action is solid and it is very well directed. The fighting scene between Gintoki and Nizou is breathtakingly crisp.

The comedy, given it is so close to the original work, is the biggest plus of the movie.
All in all, regardless of whether you follow the anime or not, gintama will have you in splits.

I give the movie a good 4 stars out of 5!

It is definitely recommended!

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