Morioka Moriko is 30, single, and a NEET. She has dropped out of the real world. Searching for a safe place, the place she ended up… is the online world!! In this online game, Moriko starts a new life as a handsome young man with silky hair named Hayashi. However, she’s an obvious noob and ends up dying numerous times when a lovely girl named “Lily” lends her a helping hand. Meanwhile IRL, she ends up having a shocking encounter with a mysterious handsome salaryman named Sakurai Yuta. After meeting him, the real world starts to change and starts affecting her online world as well?
– From Crunchyroll
I don’t know about the ‘shocking encounter’ mentioned in the synopsis but maybe a guy letting you buy the last piece of chicken at a convenience store is shocking. Who knows?
The set up here isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. Character drops out of the real world (becomes a NEET) and then becomes obsessed with an MMO. The kind of gimmick here is she’s playing a guy who meets a girl in the online world who is actually a guy in the real world.
Anyway, if you don’t mind the usual set up, the generic character sucking at quests and then getting better, listening to characters discussing quests and levelling up, then this first episode works well enough. However, there is very little focus on the real world at this point and anything this anime is going to do thematically is pretty much to come at a later date or isn’t happening. There’s certainly a number of ideas the show could take on, but this first episode really just wants to give the moe girl a rose.
I didn’t actually dislike this episode and I intend to watch the next one, but I’m not finding a lot that would actually make me jump up and recommend this to someone after the first episode.
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