Anime Basics: Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Recovery of an MMO Junkie
Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life (JP)
Netojū no Susume (JP)

Genre: Slice-of-Life, Online Gaming
Season: Fall 2017
Premiere Date: October 10, 2017 (JST)

Introduction

Recovery of an MMO Junkie began as a manga in the comico app in 2013.

Story

Moriko Morioka, 30 years old, single, unemployed. A dropout from reality. Seeking a place of respite, she arrives in the world of the worldwide web.

“This world is worth crap.”

Moriko Morika became a NEET (someone not employed or in education or training) after leaving her job. Looking for a more fulfilling life, she departs on a journey into the internet! She finds herself starting to enter the world of online gaming.

In the online world, Moriko begins her life anew as an eloquent young man with gorgeous hair named Hayashi. Although she almost dies in the game as a newbie, she is saved just in time by a beautiful girl named Lily.

“Holy crap, this girl is an angel!!!!”

By meeting Lily, she is able to make allies she can trust and start her satisfying life in the world of the net. However, in the real world, she has a fateful meeting with a handsome, elite businessman named Yuta Sakurai.

Will his changing her reality affect her life in the online game as well!? What will happen to Moriko’s “satisfying MMORPG life”!?

Seeking true “fulfillment,” it’s time for you to log in to the world where the net and reality intersect!


Characters

Moriko Morioka
Voice: Mamiko Noto

A single, 30-year-old woman who became a NEET after quitting the company she worked at since graduating high school. While biding her time for better things as a NEET, she spends her days in the world of online games in order to gain some kind of fulfillment in her life she so desperately craved.

She speaks in a polite manner and is a fairly quiet person, but in her head, she talks to herself with heaps of energy. While she is pure enough to feel happy over something small, she is also negative enough to get depressed over little things.


Yuta Sakurai
Voice: Takahiro Sakurai

An elite businessman working at a trading company who ended up meeting Moriko through a chain of events. He has blonde hair and blue eyes due to one of his parents being British, and this causes people to stare from time to time.

For some reason, he feels a certain connection with Moriko, and often worries about her. He’s not good at having to be social with others, and when he’s not working, he becomes timid.


Homare Koiwai
Voice: Tomoaki Maeno

Sakurai’s co-worker. He was part of a different department at the same company as Moriko when she worked there, and enjoys teasing Sakurai, who has a connection to her, as well as Moriko herself.

Though he appears to be quite indifferent to the matters around him, he is also able to analyze situations with a calm mind when needed. He has a strong personality that drags others along to meet his pace in social situations.


Kazuomi Fujimoto
Voice Actor: Takuma Terashima

A college student who works at the convenience store near Moriko’s house. He’s a serious, considerate, and quiet store clerk when he’s at work, but he actually has a candid and bright personality.


Hayashi
Voice: Ryota Suzuki

The male character Moriko uses in her online game. She designed him to be as handsome as possible, but because it’s still the low-confidence Moriko that’s using him as an avatar, he ended up being kind of a wimpy guy. His class in the game is “Knight.”


Lily
Voice: Reina Ueda

A girl who was the first player Hayashi ever met inside the online game “Fruits de Mer.” She speaks with such beautiful words, has such a cute appearance, and is so caring of others that Hayashi calls this seasoned player an “angel.”

Lily is controlled by a player who is a working adult that spends real-world money on the game. Her class in the game is “Conductor.”


Kanbe
Voice: Yuichi Nakamura

The Master of the guild “@Home Party.” Kanbe is a reliable big brother figure who stands out with his short height, dark skin, and facial hair. As Master of the guild, he is more caring of the members of his guild than anyone, though he can be a bit strict at times.

He has a bit of a sharp tongue, but his harsh words are usually just part of his humor. Kanbe’s character class is “Assassin,” but because of the guild’s lack of a vanguard, he can often be found equipping a shield and standing on the front lines…


Lilac
Voice: Yuka Aisaka

Lilac is played by a slightly strange girl who loves cat ears and small busts, and has designed her avatar to match these tastes. She’s a chatterbox who’s basically a walking megaphone when it comes to keeping secrets, but she’s not a bad person. Her character class in the game is “Curse Master.”


Pokotaro
Voice: Kazuhiro Sunseki

The Sub-Master of the guild “@Home Party.” His character was made with the maximum height and weight that the game’s character would allow, and he’s just as gentle and laid-back as he looks.

He’s one of the older members of the guild, and as such has ended up taking up the position of everyone’s parent. He’s Himeralda’s husband in real life. His character class is “Shaman.”


Himeralda
Voice: Takanori Yagi

A tall and slim male character. In the game, Himeralda is a male character who speaks with plenty of femininity, but his player is actually Pokotaro’s wife in the real world.

He has a mischievous and nosy personality, and always puts his nose into places he doesn’t necessarily belong because of his love of anything interesting. His character class is “Jester.”


Where to Watch

Crunchyroll

Links

Official Website
Official Twitter

Staff

Original Creator: Kokuyorin
Director: Kazuyoshi Yaginuma
Assistant Director: Saori Den
Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Character Design: Senbon Umishima
Costume Design: Mebachi
Prop Design: Asuna Imahashi
Color Design: Miho Tanaka
Art Director: Izumi Hoki
Director of Photography: Yoshiyuki Anzai
Sound Director: Hozumi Gōda
Music: Cornelius
Sound Production: Flying Dog
Opening Theme Song: “Saturday Night Question” by Megumi Nakajima
Ending Theme Song: “Hikari, Hikari” (The Light, The Light) by Yuka Aisaka
Animation Production: SIGNAL.MD

Cast

Mamiko Noto as Moriko Morioka
Takahiro Sakurai as Yūta Sakurai
Ryota Suzuki as Hayashi
Reina Ueda as Lily
Tomoaki Maeno as Homare Koiwai
Takuma Terashima as Kazuomi Fujimoto
Yuichi Nakamura as Kanbe
Yuka Aisaka as Lilac
Takanori Yagi as Himeralda
Kazuhiro Sunseki as Pokotaro

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