Recovery of an MMO Junkie Episode 1: Another In-Game, Real-Life Comparison Discussion Thing



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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Karandi James.


11 thoughts on “Recovery of an MMO Junkie Episode 1: Another In-Game, Real-Life Comparison Discussion Thing

    1. So far the characters have been fine. We don’t really know anything about them and I don’t particularly like any of them yet, but none of them were too annoying for words which is usually what happens in these kinds of shows.

      1. I think there was enough there to roughly grasp the personalities of the two main characters, and both of those personalities I rarely see as main characters, so I’m looking forward to seeing how they get fleshed out

  1. Lol, if that is shocking for someone, a guy letting you buy the last piece of chicken, I guess some people must really live a very interesting life 😂 I guess this doesn’t sound half bad though, maybe I will give it a go at some point.

    1. At least this one isn’t another death match or game. Not that I’m opposed to violence or death, bt there seem to be a lot of those this season. Could they space them out a bit more next year?

        1. Last season I was stuck with all high school comedies really and if they’d mixed some of these titles up between last season and this one, there would have been more variety in both.

  2. Is it me or does this sound like a reverse setup of “And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online?”

    I had some mild interest in this and may check out a couple episodes as well.

    1. It has kind of a similar set up and might go that way. The characters are older though so I was kind of hoping slightly less high school romance and maybe something a little more serious. Hard to tell from this first episode.

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