First of all I want to say that I loved this series. It was really enjoyable. Recovery of an MMO Junkie is a story of a complexity skit love from an everyday gamers perspective. It’s 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.
For the first time since graduating high school, 30-year-old Moriko Morioka is unemployed—and she couldn’t be happier. Having quit her long-standing job of over 11 years, Moriko quickly turns to online games to pass her now-plentiful free time, reinventing herself as the handsome and dashing male hero “Hayashi” in the MMO Fruits de Mer. With the pesky societal obligations of the real world out of the way, she blissfully dives headfirst into the realm of the game, where she promptly meets the kind and adorable healer Lily. Befriending each other almost instantly, the two become inseparable just as Moriko herself becomes more and more engrossed in her new “life” as Hayashi. Eventually, Moriko adopts the reclusive lifestyle in its entirety, venturing out from the safety of her apartment only when absolutely necessary.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Moriko, a timid 28-year-old corporate worker named Yuuta Sakurai has also logged onto Fruits de Mer from the other side of town. Coincidentally bumping into each other at the convenience store one night, both write off their meeting as no more than just another awkward encounter with a stranger—however, fate has more in store for them than they think.
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. The switching of genders in the game made it even more interesting to watch.
The chemistry between characters is also 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. The character devolopment of Sakurai and Moriko is amazing.
As soon as Homare Koiwai realises that Sakurai is in love with Moriko, he decides to help out a bit and tries to get them together. After that the story gets a lot funnier and complex, so make sure u watch it. At the beginning I thought he was going to steal Moriko from Sakuri but it all ended well.
I actually stayed overnight to finish the final episodes. Although there really aren’t many you can find from the comedy as well. The soundtrack is quite memorable but I rather like the riff from “Saturday Night Question” by Megumi Nakajima.
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 quite boring, we really accepted what mediocre really was.
If you want to find something like a story about the main character against the demon lord or something, you should check something else. 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. I wish there was a season 2 for this because it was really good and I wanted to see how Sakurai and Moriko go into a relationship.
I do recommend this anime for people that play online games and appreciate comedy & romances, and absolutely to everyone that likes to DREAM!