「私たちは何も知らない」 (Watashitachi wa Nanimo Shiranai)
“We Don’t Know Anything”
After what I would have considered a rocky first episode, Netojuu no Susume returns this week with an extremely strong second episode. Plus bonus story at end.
So, let’s get back to business. First off, can we all talk about how cheesy it was watching Moriko and Yuuta meet each other? I don’t think I’ve ever considered the idea of someone getting smacked in the face by someone else’s elbow. Much less getting smacked by someone’s elbow and getting completely knocked out as a result. However, as much as I want to rag on the story for throwing something so damn lame at us, I must admit that I found something a little endearing about it all. With the lead up of Moriko and Yuuta being sleep deprived from a long night gaming session (I’m assuming Yuuta is Lili at this point), I think the whole idea that there was a tiny itsy bitsy possibility of Yuuta and Moriko figuring out each other’s identity saved the interaction from turning into a throw away one.
Moving on from that interesting first (or second at this point) interaction, I wanted to talk a tiny bit about what would happen if Yuuta and Moriko figure out each other’s identity. In today’s world, it’s not too much of a stretch to become real life friends with people you’ve met on the internet (I’ll include a story of mine at the end of the post). With a good chunk of the population building relationships and developing friendships through a screen instead of in-person, it isn’t too hard to believe that Yuuta and Moriko would be able to it off using all the time they’ve shared in-game as the catalyst to bring their two world together. If anything, I think I’ll be devastated if the show ends without the two bridging the gap because based on their interactions in-game, the two obviously have strong feelings about each other.
Besides that, I don’t really have much to say about this week’s episode since it feels like everything is building up to some kind of mini-climax next week. Moriko seems to be on the cusp of finding something special in her life (online and IRL), we’re slowly getting glimpses of her past where she had to deal with the shitty reality of working in a rough environment, and the Guild Members outside of Lili have been slowly breaking out of their shells and giving us a compelling reason to see them more as just faces on the screen. Until next week, I’ll reserve giving out any kind of opinion since I think things could go in just about any direction from here.
Story Time: In the past I was an avid League of Legends player. One time while I was playing Top Lane, I ended up going against someone who was obviously not used to the lane. After scoring a few early kills and realizing that they’re also learning how to use their champ, I told them we could make a peace treaty and that they could farm until the mid-game. Along the way I tried explaining to them some basics about the creep wave, lane management, what to look out for, and where the optimal places for vision were. Fast forward to the end of our game (we won) and this person decided to add me as a friend. We chatted for a bit, realized we got along with each other pretty well, and eventually became friends in real life when we went out to grab some food at a AYCE ShabuShabu place in Rowland Heights.
P.S. Lindsey, if you’re ever reading the site, this was about you. Hi!