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I have wanted to watch this one for the longest time. I did see it want to watch when it first came out, but Autumn is stressful for me with exams and starting school. However, I was hooked by the look of this one, due to the fact that is was about an MMO player, and how they interacted with people in real life.
As always here are the rules:
Well, let's see what the world of MMO's has to offer us. This is: Recovery of an MMO Junkie.
I love the opening, Saturday Night Question doesn't feel like a J-Pop opening, which is it's biggest strength. The visuals themselves are hard to make sense of, but I like them anyways.(No links this time, the song is hard to find on YT.)
"I'm not your average NEET schmuck."
"I chose the NEET life"
"I'm a elite NEET."
Those are the words of Morioka Moriko, a thirty year old corporate drop out. For those not in the know, a NEET is someone in anime who is Not in Education, Employment or Training(Thanks Maku). Does bring into question how she is paying rent, but whatever. She has to find a new MMORPG to play because NanterSG has shut down and she finds a game called Fruits De Mur.
Anyways, she makes a hot guy character.
After getting her ass kicked, she meet a cute girl named Lily, who helps her with the missions(Don't worry, this is Yuri, we'll to get that soon) and some time passes to where she becomes skilled at the game, and ends up falling for Lily, to the point where she wants to get a gift for Lily.
Nothing much else happens, however, where this shows shines is the moment to moment humour and character interactions.
When I saw Hayashi interact with his guild, it felt like they were a family. Shows how games can bring people together, though I will knock MMO Junkie for the fact it doesn't real show the effect in the real world. I understand that this can be seen as bad pacing, but the show is only 10 episodes. However, the one scene we do get of Moriko going to a shop is really funny, where she is hungry for chicken, and gets in the funnest circumstance.
I also don't talk about ending themes in first impressions(They don't play them, they either use the OP, or just let the show roll), but here they play one. Hikari,Hikari is such a good song. The visuals also complement the song so well, showing off characters we are going to meet along the way.
Overall I am really looking forward to where this goes. Let me know what you guys think of the first episode in the comments below!
Thanks for reading, have a great day/night, share if it's not too much trouble for you, and take care.
Written by Nana Marfo
Recovery of an MMO Junkie(Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life)(C)Comico
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No real story for how I got into this one, but the idea was interesting at least. I know I am a year late, but I just got into Anime.Here are the rules again:
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it. Spoilers are here.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW. I have a warning for an image I use, but you should be ok here outside of one scene.
3. I am watching the subbed version. Kamen Rider has got me used to reading subs off a screen, and I am sticking with that.
This is my first impressions of New Game!Season 1.
"I've graduated high school, and I start my new job today."
"I'm going to be working... at a game company!"
"Today's the day I become an adult."
We start off by watching Aoba Suzukaze, a high school grad, going to her first day working for Eagle Jump, a developer who made the Fairies Story games. Naturally, she is scared of going in to the company, and it takes one AD(Art Director, not Assistant Director) Toyama Rin to help enter. This feels relatable right off the bat. Why? First of all, she just finished school, meaning that is 18(this is also told to us later), so she is trying to put her foot in the industry. Secondly, working at any company for the first time is nerve-racking, so it makes sense that she would not want to work there.
THE INTRO IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT. Not just the song Sakura Skip, which is a great song in it's self, but the visuals really top it off, getting excited to watch the show. I loved how it started with the characters singing the song. I urge you to check it out here(sorry for the quality, it was the best I could find).
Anyways, we go to the company and Aoba is introduced to her desk. She then asks for black coffee. Even as a coffee drinker, that is a bit much. Do you want to choke yourself from bitterness? Then again, I don't drink coffee that much, so maybe I am exaggerating a bit. Aoba wants to be seen as an adult and is glad that Rin seems nice but this is when things start getting fun and weird. (Warning: The image below may not be safe for work).
You see the women in the pants with the blonde hair? That is Yagami Ko, or Yagami-sensei as Aoba calls her(See the metaphor?) who worked on Fairies Story 1 and 2. After a quick intro to the team, we learn she is the only new recruit this year. Knowing there is a season 2 of this, it would be interesting if the dynamic was Aoba teaching another new recruit.
After being freaked out by the team around her, we meet Takimoto Hifumi, who has social anxiety problems. Somehow, I relate to more than one character now.
Anyways more introductions! Hazuki Shizuku, the director of the game. Mozoku, the cat. Umiko, Shikuku's higher up,and has a small ball gun for anyone that pisses her off. Like I said Hifumi has social problems,meaning leading to some very funny interactions.
Also, I know licences are weird, but Autodesk Saya? Just say Autodesk Maya.
Aoba begins to learn fast on how to use Ma-Saya, and meets Ijima Yun and Shinoda Hajime over lunch. After some bathroom problems and a tea party, the end of episode reveals that they are work on Fairies Story 3, the original game that got Aoba into the industry.
Aoba is amazing, and I like her already. She has character, and she fits into the team very well. However, we don't get plot threads to create an obvious arc for the season. I do think it will be more about Aoba in adult life. Seriously, the next episode is a drinking party, which I am looking forward to.
Overall I enjoyed this episode a lot! I can't wait to see what will come next. Tell me what you thought in the comments below.
As always, thanks for reading, have a nice day/night, share if it's not to much trouble and take care.
Written by Nana Marfo
NEW GAME!(C)Kadokawa Pictures Inc.