Recovery of an MMO Junkie (Fall 2017) – A Fulfilling Romance

Genre: Game, Comedy, Romance
Director: Kazuyoshi Yaginuma
Writer: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu

“Recovery of an MMO Junkie” is a story of a complexity skit love from an everyday gamers perspective. Tells a 30-year-old single woman, Morioka Moriko, who has just been refused from her office. Therefore, she took the next step in the path of her life, being a NEET. Unlike NEET in general, she became NEET because she wanted to. However, she is also not an ordinary woman who is just familiar with an online game she has played a long time for a one and a half year. After the server was closed, she tried playing another popular MMORPG game and Fruits de Mer was the game. In this game, she created a male character with the name Hayashi and tried to complete her first dungeon.

After failing, she met a female character named Lily. With her help as a mage character, Hayashi tries to griding and leveling constantly and defeats the first boss. A few days after stepping on a high level, time passed before Christmas. Determined to give Christmas presents to Lily, she often left Lily so that her intentions weren’t discovered. But, what we have here is Kanbe, a guild leader who gives advice to Hayashi. In general, the world of romance on the internet especially online games is rather ridiculous and impossible. Hayashi finally realized that everyone she met was never as she expected. However, what would happen if their meeting in such online game happened accidentally in the real world but they didn’t know each other?

“Recovery of an MMO Junkie” is actually different from a romance and game genre story in general. Even though this is a comedy-drama as well, this anime is very minimalist even for a romance story too. If you want an action full-packed with romance like “Sword Art Online“, this isn’t the right recommendation. Each character in this anime is very mature and not like the character of teenagers or shounen in general. Moriko Morioka is not a weird name for a 30-year-old woman who still looks young. She is different from Tomoko in “WataMote” which is more socially awkward and cringe-looking girl. Moriko is just a female gamer who wants to vent her feelings and wants to put aside her real world through the online game.

For every other gamer, especially all of us, I even you when playing MMORPG often choose female gender than men. I don’t know if it’s not normal but cases like this often occur. There is no other reason than you want to see your character and yourself were different things. Your reflection on the real world is illustrated through your characters emitted. It’s like Yuuta Sakurai who uses Lily’s character because we are satisfied with it. This anime, besides it’s a gender-bender, has its fan service as its best yet minimalist and not too excessive. Like for example Moriko who is an acute otaku really likes Lily as a cute girl character. Or what about Sakurai, though not very visible, really like Hayashi as a handsome character?

The chemistry between characters is one of the most interesting parts. It’s not like you will get a surprising twist. The twist is like the person behind the avatar they never know. In fact, they are often with them in the real world. That’s not because this anime takes two different perspectives from Moriko and Yuuta. So, what exactly are the points? “Recovery of MMO Junkie” concerning things, in reality, more than its MMORPG. This gives a story that is quite a realist even more. Take it as an example like a loot box, friendship, togetherness, identity, limiting between reality and online games, farming, and other things. Or how does it feel to find someone in the real world who has the same hobby as you? Plus, you never know it turns out you know more about that person.

The idea of ​​the world of games in Fruit de Mar is very familiar or even just ends with a daily gimmick or representation when they talk. Sure, you can take it such as world exploration, parties, dungeons, classes, customized gear, loot box, and so on. This anime only has 10 episodes, which I’m quite disappointed with. Meanwhile, the pacing is a bit monotonous because it ends like a slice of life but it’s a romance. It was finally put together to become a story about an awkward couple with others. Will they be together? Will it be more complex?

Signal.MD is not a studio in general. They are independent. Instead of working on a light novel like “Sword Art Online”, this studio works on a web manga. Very rarely an independent studio gets more recognition than a large studio in general. The artwork when it comes to the opening and ending theme song is one of the best. It’s portrayed all of our favorite culture like one of them is Marvel’s iconic comic book intro. The concept of the ending theme song is also interesting as if there is a world that separates fiction from us as viewers who see each other.

The world in this MMORPG is indeed not like game anime in general. It’s so mediocre I’m not even too concerned about that either. With its minimalist impression, this anime has humor depends on its character expressions. Although there really aren’t many you can find from the comedy as well. The soundtrack is not very memorable but I rather like the riff from “Saturday Night Question” by Megumi Nakajima. The voice actress does a great job especially those who fill two different characters from the game world and the real world.

“Recovery of an MMO Junkie” is not the anime I expect the most but for a romance story and game, this anime is very minimalist. Although the first episode was very monotonous and quite boring, we really accepted what mediocre really was. Unlike the anime MMORPG games in general, this is not your cake. If you want to find something like a story about the main character against the demon lord or something, just carry on. But, I would suggest if you have to watch this series in one marathon. This anime turns mediocrity into something different from the general romance story.