“G.I.R.L” Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta Review and Recommendations

“Life is suckware. I want to quit playing.”

Life beyond reality is something that envelops a lot of the creativity and innovation in today’s society. A common view point is that of virtual reality. Though as technology advances this blurs the line between what is real in reality and what is real in real life. The story of Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta (Netoge) follows one Hideki Nishimura (Rusian), his “online” wife Tamaki Ako (Ako) and the members of the Alley Cats guild. Being a student and playing video games is quite common and through Nishimura and Ako we learn the differences in which people can accept reality or try to believe in the other reality, the virtual one.

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Though it may seem like a dramatic, psychological premise, Netoge takes the light-hearted route with the relationship of Rusian and Ako being the forefront of the difference between reality and virtual reality. It was always funny to see the differences in how the two behaved, whether it be Rusian trying the distinguish the two as separate or Ako questioning why the two are different, it led to an interesting design of characters that flowed well into the story line. However, it’s not just about those two, with the other members certain areas of games and how they impact reality, from there being no “girls” online to Real Money Trading (RMT) to the use of Premium currency, and game etiquette, it was nice to see these areas touched upon throughout the season.

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The whole show seemed to be pretty lighthearted, with the animations mainly using a variety of colorful animations, whilst the music in the background matched the mood, but was generally on the more energetic side. When it all came together, it came to be a show that shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but something fun to watch and enjoy.With all the different references in each episode it was nice too see the comparison between both views of reality and virtual reality especially when, knowing what the characters were talking about (if you have knowledge of “game” terminology) adding that little bit extra.

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Mizuki Best Girl!

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OP/ED: The OP/ED provided both energy and a variety of bright, pretty and soft colors in its animations. The songs were quite suitable towards the whole relationship between Ako and Rusian, reinforcing that this show is a comedy.

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Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta Was it Good?

For a show that takes the more light-hearted comedic route it provides a fun and enjoyable season of anime to watch. From Ako to Rusian to the Alley Cats members, the culmination of all of them along with the story line created a good balance in the end.The way it portrays itself is something not to be taken too seriously and provides a good basis which made it easy to get into and follow.

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Recommendations: Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta is a Rom-Com at its heart, added in with a bit of game knowledge, it provides a little nice story line and characters to watch, thus I recommend the following:

  • Ore no Imouto ga Konanni Kawaii Wake ga Nai
  • Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
  • Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai
  • Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo
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