Geez for a short anime review Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? (And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online?) sure is a long name! I decided to give this 12 episode series a watch last night after seeing a clip of it on YouTube. I’ve included the clip below for reference.
The background noise can be annoying for sure, but I figured any anime with a pseudo-yandere like Ako must be worth watching.
Teenager Hideki Nishimura plays a massively multiplayer online role-playing game called Legendary Age (LA), but one day he proposes online to a girl who tells him she is really a man, so he swears off online marriages. Two years later, he has been involved with a guild and eventually accepts an in-game marriage offer from his persistent guildmate, Ako. When the guild has their first-ever real-life meeting, Hideki is shocked to discover that his teammates are not only all girl gamers, but they also attend his school. The story follows their adventures as they form a school club to play the game while Hideki tries to help Ako, who is infatuated with Hideki as his game character, try to separate fantasy from reality. – Wikipedia
First off this anime has a lot of fan-service, and as much as I wish this wasn’t such an iconic thing in anime it doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon. That said this show is hilarious from start to end, and takes the best aspects of online-world anime into account. You’ve got MMORPGs, FPSs, phishing scams, online marriages, guild battles, etc etc all packed into 12 short episodes. I’m only hoping that since this anime only came out last year that there’s a chance for a season two.
Although the school club they create’s main mission is to help Ako separate the online world from the real one, it’s pretty clear it has the opposite effect on all of them. For example, more and more often they begin referring to each other by their online names. They also exhibit in-game behaviors during real life activities like going to the beach. It takes a lot of high school anime cliches and gives them an otaku twist.
Considering the only thing I can really hold against this show is it’s overuse of fan-service,
I give Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta?
4/5 Murderous Akos
Granted that aspect of her is hardly important to the show, but it’s easily what I found the most enjoyable.