「あなたと俺とキミとわたしと」 (Anata to Ore to Kimi to Watashi to)
“You and Me and You and Me”
The buildup is starting to kill me.
Before diving into things, let me preface the post with the fact that I think we’ve hit the apex of just how much the story can build things up. That and even though I might sound like I’m complaining a little, I’m thoroughly enjoying being toyed with as the story starts to drop all kinds of hints.
Okay, on to the post itself! Starting with the more serious part (and one that I didn’t really want to talk about due to my own embarrassment), I thought this episode did a great job at demonstrating just how real an in-game relationship can be and just how stressful it is when two worlds collide. With Sakurai’s character personifying the struggles of having a character mismatch between your in-game character and real life, his battle between keeping his identity a secret or revealing everything really struck a chord with me. Thinking about my early MMORPG days, I remember a friend of mine getting really invested into a fellow player only to get bamboozled in the end. While the circumstances might be a little different in Netojuu since everything kind of works out in terms of gender, the memories of what happened really helped me throw myself into Sakurai’s shoes as he worried about destroying what Lili had built up with Hayashi.
The thing is (and I’m hoping this is where the story is heading), I feel like Sakurai has this amazing opportunity to take his two worlds and smash them together into an amalgamation of happiness. He already has a fantastic relationship with Moriko in-game and their experiences out in the real world have for the most part went pretty well. I can already picture it now, some fabulous scene where Hayashi and Lili talk things out in-game and it transitions to Moriko and Sakurai staring into each other’s eyes. Boy, what a wonderful world that would be am I right?
Anyways, let’s close things out before the post gets too long. With only three episodes left, I think the show is in a great position to close things out with a bang. What’s amazing though is it looks like we’re about to get a peek into Moriko’s past. Something that I’ve been dying to see since not only would it help flesh her out, but I can’t help but feel that it’d be the perfect opportunity for the show to make us cry our hearts out. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!
P.S. OMG WE FINALLY GOT TO SEE NICO. LJASDKLFJALKJF SHE’S SUCH A GREAT PERSON AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.