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.
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.
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 clichés to find some peaceful, slice of life shoujo anime to watch, my recommendation goes to this anime.