Anime Review: Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Details: Also known as Netojū no Susume — Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life. First aired in 2017. Ten episodes and an OVA that are each a little under twenty-five minutes long.

I came into this expecting another cookie cutter anime with the setting of a fantasy role-playing video game, except with a thirty year old female protagonist. I was expecting some action and some comedy. Instead, this is a fairly standard romantic comedy that could easily be made into a live action drama, maybe a Korean drama. Don’t expect any action. Do expect some cute, perhaps cringe worthy romance.

Recovery of an MMO Junkie is about a thirty year old woman who quits her corporate job in order to play an online role-playing video game. Through the game, she meets various people and eventually even finds a potential love interest.

This is classic romance drama stuff. This isn’t shounen anime, this is shoujo anime. In other words, it’s fluffy romance stuff meant for teenage girls. I still mostly enjoyed it, it’s just very cookie cutter. A lot of the scenes are the kind of scenes you’ve seen in your favorite Asian live action dramas. There’s a lot of accidental bumping into each other, awkward scenes where both parties are very embarrassed because of their feelings, a love triangle, etc.

Overall, if you’re looking for something like Konosuba or Sword Art Online, this isn’t it. If you like Korean dramas or other live action dramas from Asia, then this is right up your alley. Again, I mostly enjoyed it despite how frivolous the story was.

Score: 6/10

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