Stream of Thought: Recovery of an MMO Junkie – Episode 1

Stream of Thought is Warui Deshou’s “episodic blog,” our takes on currently airing shows as they air, one episode at a time.

Subs and Shadon discuss episode one of Fall 2017’s Recovery of an MMO Junkie.

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4 thoughts on “Stream of Thought: Recovery of an MMO Junkie – Episode 1

  1. Finally something good.

    Even for those who noticed that this would be a josei I think they were surprised. This episode wins the first episode rule, the very first scene is enough for anyone to notice that this isn’t an average otaku anime of this gamers fad. I had gone watch the episode just because I saw an image of Morioka and she remembers me of Kuroki Tomoko (plus eyebrows), but that quiet beginning won me.

    The only bad thing is being an anime, so I can’t trust it yet.
    I understand that Sakurai is the main character, the destined pair for Morioka, but why? They have interactions inside the game, but is that enough? She plays to hide things, and Sakurai try a bit too hard to impersonate a woman (his keyboard is pink, pink!). Outside the game they don’t have much going on, on the contrary, he is just creepy. Sakurai became a true stalker. He is strange, very strange, living in that empty house… I not saying that I want to see Morioka ending with Koiwai, but for something to happen between her and Sakurai I believe that they need a bit more time than the series has.

    A shame that this will have only 10 episodes, and even the original comic was dropped out (I think because of author’s health problems). I like everything about this, even the simply game scenes, a delight for those who likes anime faces.

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    1. Ah, I forgot.
      Apparently the anime will not really deal with the problems that Moriko suffered in her workplace.
      I thought this could get between her an any romantic interest, but whatever. Less drama, more embarrassed faces.

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  2. I’ll be disappointed if that’s the case. There’s kind of a boomerang effect in narrative satisfaction tied to characters overcoming their issues; the better (to a certain point) that we understand what’s caused them to sink so low, the sweeter their victory. Subtlety is always welcome but if Morika and Sakurai meet and hook up without her work issues being delved into, then it begs the question of why they’re a thing in the narrative in the first place?

    The proof’s in the pudding though, so we’ll see what happens.

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  3. As regards to your thoughts on Sakurai, I have a specific point about his “stalking” behaviour that I’ll be saving for a future Stream of Thought. But furthermore, it being strange him living alone in that house is a point that can apply equally to Morika (although hers is an apartment). It’s not an unheard of thing, and speaking from personal experience living arrangements are sometimes products of choice, sometimes out of necessity. The anime doesn’t make a big deal of it; Sakurai’s home serves only as his “home”, compared to the great pains it takes to show us various details of Morika’s.

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