May 2022 Anime Challenge: Recovery Of An MMO Junkie (Net-juu no Susume)

Our challenge for May might be totally relatable to many of our fellow AnimeFanatiks that are both working stressful jobs and MMORPG gamers. The anime is Recovery Of An MMO Junkie (Net-juu no Susume). You see our anime is about 30-year-old Moriko Morioka, a successful but stressed office worker in a corporate capacity. She decides to quit her job, which she had for 11 years. She discovers MMORPGs and joins an online game called Fruits de Mer, and starts playing as the male hero ‘Hayashi’. Little does she know that somewhere in the same city a timid 28-year-old office worker named Yuuta Sakurai also joins the game with his Avatar Lily. Their new lives both in-game and IRL (in real life) begins, an adventurous journey we are bound to enjoy watching.

Recovery Of An MMO Junkie (Net-juu no Susume) is a manga series by Rin Kokuyo. In June 2018, Comico ended the manga due to Kokuyo’s failing health. The anime adaptation of the manga ran from October to December 2017 and was broadcasted on Tokyo MX and other stations across Japan. According to My Anime List, the anime’s score is 7.57, proving that it is a much-loved series.

Week 1 May 02 – May 08

Episodes 1- 3

While we watch our challenge anime, it is a good idea to look at some other series also dealing with gaming. Our first recommendation his month may be an unexpected one. Hunter x Hunter. Yes, Hunter x Hunter is a fantasy anime but it has RPG elements as well. In Hunter x Hunter, Gon’s father is a Hunter and he never met his father so Gon leaves his island life to become a Hunter in search of his father. He is joined by three great characters and they travel the world and have awesome adventures. On one of their adventures, Gon and Killua play an RPG called Greed Island, and they both discover that it is actually set in the real world. It is a great arc in the series, making the series perfect for a game anime theme.

Week 2 May 09 – May 15

Episodes 4- 6

We bring you another game anime this week that you may not expect in a game anime recommendation. Did you know there is a game anime so dark that it hits you deep in the soul, an anime that shows that there are always consequences to one’s actions… Many game anime is light and fluffy compared to this anime, Death Parade. This anime is a series that deals with the five stages of loss (denial, anger, bargaining, grief and acceptance) on a whole other level, as you will see…

In Death Parade, we first meet the characters: they have amnesia and look innocent at first. Then as the story progresses, the darkness starts bubbling through the cracks. They play a game with Death that already has won anyway; this is just to decide their fate: Void or Reincarnation. It has the elements of dealing with choices and consequences, this time after death. It may sound like a horror story but it is more a story of cause and effect, a moral commentary on humanity.

Week 3 May 16 – May 22

Episodes 7- 8

This week we bring you a more traditional game anime recommendation, Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense. (Itai no wa Iya nano de Bōgyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu.) which is based on the light novel series of the same name written by Yuumikan and illustrated by Koin.

In Bofuri Kaede Honjō is urged by her friend to play the VRMMORPG New World Online and she starts playing under the name Maple. Not wanting her character to get hurt she opts to make Maple a shield user with maxed-out defence stats, and thus continues to put every status point she earns into increasing only her defence level. This makes Maple left with almost no speed, thus slow-footed and with no magic, but having such a crazy high defence allows her to endure most hits without taking any damage. She becomes one of the strongest players in the game and her antics are a fun story to follow.

Bofuri ran for 12 episodes and to Bofuri fans we have good news, it seems a second season will be released later this year.