「ネトゲの旦那を諦めると思った？」 (Netoge no Danna o Akirameru to Omotta?)
“I Thought I Was Giving Up On Being a Net Game Husband?”
Was the drama forced? Yeah. Did it still work? Pretty Much.
Damn the Mundane Solution
It’s weird to talk about how events would work in reality when the basic tenants of this series—a guild of mostly girls, all conveniently going to the same school unknowingly, a teacher who goes nyaa—so strain credibility. Yet I couldn’t help but thinking through the entire early drama—couldn’t the GMs just restore his account? Couldn’t they even try that first? Or at minimum, couldn’t they have mentioned that Rusian couldn’t be restored until they had proof? Though that seems an odd requirement when the unusual activity should have been so clear from the logs. I feel like he should have had his character reinstated within the hour.
So the drama was manufactured, up to a point. Not overly manufactured though, since Netoge avoided pulling a full Sword Art Online, thank gods for that. The question is how much it worked past that. For me? It worked pretty well, though I feel this is a more YMMV (trope!) arc than previous ones. It was satisfying to see them catch the scammer, and it was gratifying to see Ako realizing that the faker was an impostor almost instantly. I also very much enjoyed how they back dated so many real-seeming posts to make the guy believe their ruse—oftentimes the authorities have to work much harder to catch the criminals, so that had the ring of truth. It had its uneven elements, but over all I enjoy this episode and this arc. Netoge has earned enough latitude for that.
Ties Deeper Than Games
When Ako realized that she and Rusian were no longer married—on account of Rusian no longer existing—I was damn near screaming for Hideki to go for the IRL relationship upgrade. They’re practically already dating, but it seemed like such a perfect chance. What I found especially gratifying about this episode is how clear it’s become that Ako doesn’t love just Rusian, she loves Hideki (who is also Rusian), as epitomized by how he asked her to love the real him a little more during their wedding, and she replied that she couldn’t because she already loves him too much. Set phasers for D’AAAAWWWW! I feel like a chance was missed to “correct” Ako, but, well. Isn’t this fine? To a point. She does need to know the difference so she isn’t taken advantage of by others, but their relationship, though strange, is still real. They’ll get there in real life eventually too. They can take their time.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Netoge avoids the SAO trap, & opts for a slightly rocky anti-scammer episode instead. It mostly worked #netoge 08
- “Okay, you got it.” No hesitation! You can’t help but like Kuro no Majutsu-shi, and even Cloud and co to a (scary) point. They’re good people.
- “Buhi!” is the new censor sound. Never has a pig sounded so modestly moe.
- Poor Akane is using an old CRT. No wonder she’s so fond of War Machine.
- Goofy waifu material confirmed. Marry her! Marry her now!
- Harem route confirmed dead, Akane is crushing on Gamemaster Nyack. Who I can only assume works at the school as well.
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