After mustering up the courage to propose to a girl in an online game, naïve otaku Hideki “Rusian” Nishimura is devastated when she flat out rejects him. To make matters worse, the girl reveals that she is actually an older man in real life. With his dreams crushed and his heart broken, Rusian comes to an abrupt decision in the midst of his raging fit: he will never trust another girl in an online game again. Years later, Rusian is now in a guild with three other players, one of whom possesses a female avatar by the name of “Ako.” Ako is deeply in love with Rusian and wants to marry him. Although he entertains the possibility that she might be a guy, Rusian accepts her proposal, claiming that her gender doesn’t matter as long as she is cute in the game. However, after a discussion between guild members that led to all of them having an offline meeting, Rusian finds out that Ako, along with the other members, are not just girls, but also his schoolmates. – My Anime List
Based on 9 review scores:
This one’s pretty good. All characters are likable–none of them are flat, exemplars of a stereotype, or one-dimensional. Kind of fanservice-y, but forgivable for those not into that kind of thing. Reminds me of when MMOs were just starting to get popular (UO/EverQuest/AC era), and people were just learning about building online communities as well as relationships, both romantic and platonic.
And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online? is a fun little show with a terrible name that’s just one of many awkward ones designed to get you to look at the novels on store shelves. The show keeps things simple and explores an interesting area with a light touch when it comes to separating game lives from real lives, something that some people do have a real problem with. The show is very well animated, handles its fanservice better than expected, and has a good bit of fun over the course of its run. It’s not a series that will make a huge fan out of anyone but it delivers lots of smiles and works the game and real world aspects surprisingly well considering how some shows lean into the game world side of things. It spends more of its time in the real world and that was definitely a good part of the appeal. Funimation’s release is solid and coming with a mousepad as a limited edition bonus is definitely a nice little bit of color and silliness to add to your desk.
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Humor is highly subjective. If you have a low tolerance for undiagnosed mental disorders being passed off as funny, there’s a good chance that this show will not work for you, because Ako’s behavior is aggressively unfunny. However, if that isn’t a turnoff and you enjoy goofy harem comedies, it may be worth giving this show a chance to pass the time.
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In a few weeks’ time, nobody will even remember Netoge. The next generic light novel harem will roll around, as always it does, season after season. Will anime fans ever get sick of them? Perhaps. But I sure don’t want to sit around and wait.
A NICE LIGHT HEARTED ANIME.
While I ended up not having anything against the concept or the way the show presented its characters, there are still some problems you need to take into consideration if you’re going to enjoy this show. I already mentioned that Ako didn’t have the healthiest of lives, and while I did say that Hideki had an unnatural high limit for dealing with undesirable behavior, it still doesn’t change the fact that his relationship with Ako is going to bring a lot of challenges. More than someone should be forced to endure. Ako’s tendency to think her marriage to Hideki also counts in real life is one thing, but her dream is apparently to be a stay-at-home wife, because how better to spend even more time on Legendary Age. And again, therapy? Apparently not an option in this world. It’s honestly a bit unsettling, and will most likely be the main thing that chase you away from the show. If that doesn’t sound like it’ll bother you that much, though, then come in and have a laugh.
Sorry Netoge, but this isn’t working, and the promise of a beach episode isn’t enough to change my mind: I’m announcing a summary divorce!
I think the best way to really describe Netoge is that it’s the equivalent of American trash TV. It has its audience that is going to enjoy it for its absurdity, and if you need something truly mindless to indulge in as you’re in the middle of something, it’s the perfect background noise. However if you are looking for something a little more quality, stay away from it. The animation and art is definitely pretty and the soundtrack and action scenes within the game are pretty enjoyable, but that alone cannot redeem the series.