Recovery of an MMO Junkie follows Moriko Morioka, a 30 year old NEET who recently quit her job and proceeds to start playing an MMO. She decides to play the roll of a male named “Hayashi” and ends up meeting a cute girl named “Lily” who is played by a salary man that lives near by named Yuuta Sakurai. The two quickly become close in game but if they live near by they’re bound to meet up in real life right?
The first thing I want to praise this anime on is how well it does in game and in real life moments. Typically in anime that are based around games they focus more on issues within the game with maybe some events taking place outside (maybe a short arc if we’re lucky) but here we get Sakurai and Moriko meeting fairly early on and their relationship developing. Moriko also meets another character from their guild (won’t reveal who for spoilers) and she seeks advice from him a few times. At first this worried me we would meet every single character from their guild nearby (as another is hinted to be in their general area) as that is also an issue with these shows somehow having a large group meet in a game that happen to all live within the same city.
I like that we get to see the two characters develop 2 different relationships as well. It helps show just how different people can be online as Hayashi and Lily can be a lot more forward than Moriko and Yuuta are.
Obviously a show based around a gaming group would be boring with just two characters (or four?) and luckily there is quite a large cast. From irl characters like Yuuta’s coworker Homare Koiwai and the shop clerk at the convenience store Yuuta and Moriko go to the large amount of characters met through the game I don’t think there is anyone inherently annoying or unlikable which is nice. Since a lot of MMO style shows are action there’s usually some kind of villain as well as rival that frequently just cause more annoyance to the story. Luckily since this is more a romance/slice of life that happens to take place in a game that isn’t the case. No character exists solely to be an obstacle for our protagonist(s).
The writing in general was pretty top notch as well. One of my favourite scenes involved the crew going to a gotcha area and partaking in trying their luck. It looked so great from an in game perspective. In general the animation was fine. I didn’t have any huge issues with it looked good but I wish some parts looked less plain.
The soundtrack was really good as well with the opening song being one of my favourites this season and the ending being pretty enjoyable as well. voice acting in the subtitled version was pretty good as well and the actress the got for Moriko sounds almost too perfect for the role.
Overall Recovery of an MMO Junkie was a pretty enjoyable experience. I wasn’t totally sure what the expect going in but I really didn’t expect to enjoy the show as much as I did. If you’re looking for a pretty good romance I’d suggest Recovery of an MMO Junkie.