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Neto-Jū no Susume Manga About 30-Year-Old Woman Playing an Online Game Inspires Anime

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Mamiko Noto, Takahiro Sakurai star in October anime from Signal.MD

Manga website and app Comico announced on Wednesday that Rin Kokuyō's Netojū no Susume (Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life) manga will get a television anime adaptation this October. An official website opened, debuted a trailer, and announced the staff, cast, theme song artists, and premiere date.

(Note: The video below is region-locked in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. A region-free version is below.)

The trailer first teases a meeting between an "innocent boy" and "pretty girl" in a fantasy world before revealing the main character Moriko Morioka, a 30-year-old woman playing an online game.

The video also previews Megumi Nakajima's opening theme song "Saturday Night Question." Yuka Aisaka is performing the ending theme song "Hikari, Hikari."

The cast for the real world is as follows:

Mamiko Noto as Moriko Morioka

Takahiro Sakurai as Yūta Sakurai

Tomoaki Maeno as Homare Koiwai

Takuma Terashima as KAZUOMI Fujimoto

The cast for the game world is as follows: (Note: Name romanizations are not official.)

Ryouta Suzuki as Hayashi

Reina Ueda as Lily

Yūichi Nakamura as Kanbe

Yuka Aisaka as Lilac

Takanori Yagi as Himeralda

Kazuhiro Sunseki as Pokotarō

The series will premiere on October 9 at 25:40 (effectively October 10 at 1:40 a.m.) on Tokyo MX, and it will air later the same night on Yomiuri TV. The television anime will have 10 episodes, plus and 11th episode that will bundle with the Blu-ray Disc box set on December 8.

Kazuyoshi Yaginuma is directing the anime as Signal.MD (Ancien and the Magic Tablet, Atom The Beginning), and Saori Den is serving as assistant director. Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Yatterman Night, Monster Musume) is handling series composition, Senbon Umishima (Black Bullet, She and Her Cat -Everything Flows-) is designing the characters, and Conisch (Hetalia: World Series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal) is composing the music. Other staff members include:

The story follows Moriko Morioka, a 30-year-old single woman who quits her white-collar job to abandon "3D life" in a "crappy society" and play online game. She begins her adventure "reborn" as a handsome male swordsman.

Kokuyō launched the manga on the Comico app in October 2013 and Kadokawa published two compiled volumes in 2015. The manga has been on hiatus since July 2015 due to the author's health. The Comico editorial department recently updated to confirm that Kokuyō is not yet in good enough condition to resume serialization.

Thanks to Dennis R. for the embedded video.

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