「臆病者な君と私」 (Okubyoumonona Kimi to Watashi)
“You and I, the Cowards”
The writers for this show should be sent to jail for leaving us on such terrible cliffhangers every single week.
With the plot advancing a lot quicker than I expected, this third episode ended up sealing the deal for me when it comes to whether or not I was going to continue coverage. It’s hard to say specifically what it was, but everything that we’ve seen up to this point managed to leave a very positive impression on me.
The biggest of which has to be the dynamic between Hayashi and Lili (and hopefully an eventual dynamic between Moriko and Yuuta). As characters, I can’t get over how cute the two are together. They’re literally the embodiment of what I think every single MMORPG player wishes to achieve once they get past the whole min-max thing. A male playing a female character and a female playing a male character end up becoming something more than simple Guildmates — sounds almost too good to be true right? But in the context of Netojuu, it works so well that I found myself nearly in tears when Lili managed to express her feelings to Hayashi. What’s funny about the whole thing though is that we still don’t know how this will all play out when Yuuta and Moriko eventually meet. Luckily, it looks like the strings of fate are strong between them and if this foreshadowing of that old MMORPG that Moriko used to play means anything, I’m hoping that everything by the end of it all comes together in a huge mashup of disgusting tears and feelings.
That said, it’s probably those exact same points that probably have caused this show to fall off some peoples’ radars. For those of you who expected this to be a show that focused more on the MMORPG elements and less on the romance — I sincerely apologize if I ended up misleading you. I too thought things were going to play out differently than they have, but if it’s any consolation I think it would be great if we got a little more time devoted to the whole RPG thing.
Overall, not too bad for a third episode to really get us into groove. I hope you’ll be joining me as we figure out just what’s going to happen to Moriko and Hayashi!