Neto-Jū no Susume Manga About 30-Year-Old Woman Playing an Online Game Inspires Anime
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
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.
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 cast for the real world is as follows:
Takahiro Sakurai as Yūta Sakurai
Tomoaki Maeno as Homare Koiwai
The cast for the game world is as follows: (Note: Name romanizations are not official.)
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:
- Clothing Design: Mebachi
- Prop Design: Asuna Imahashi
- Color Plan: Miho Tanaka
- Art Director: Izumi Hoki
- Director of Photography: Yoshiyuki Anzai
- Editor: Yuki Honda
- Sound Director: Hozumi Gôda
- Music Production: Flying Dog
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.