Manga / Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Recovery of an MMO Junkie, or Net-juu no Susume, is a web manga series by Rin Kokuyo.

The story follows Moriko Morioka, a 30-year-old woman who recently quit her office job and has become a NEET. In her pursuit of something more fulfilling, she eventually stumbles upon the MMORPG Fruits de Mer, and gives it a try.

Moriko starts the game as a male character under the handle Hayashi. After a rough beginning, a girl named Lily eventually comes to her aid. The two become fast friends, and Moriko even joins a guild. Meanwhile, in real life, Moriko would have a chance encounter with a salaryman named Yuta Sakurai.

Has a 10-episode anime adaptation by Signal.MD, which premiered on October 6th, 2017 and is simulcast on both Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Recovery of an MMO Junkie has examples of:

  • 108: In the loot boxes, the booby prize of health potions is ranked 108th.
  • Adorkable: Moriko is adorably awkward almost any time she socializes, usually fretting over what she's saying and how it may be interpreted by others.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Moriko created a male character because she wanted a hot guy as eye candy. That said, she absolutely Squees when Lily asked to be partners, and has lots of Ship Tease regardless of them both being female (and not knowing that Lily is actually Yuta).
  • Art Shift: Hayashi’s Imagine Spot in Episode 3 after receiving Lily’s gift is portrayed with art reminiscent of 80’s shoujo manga like Rose of Versailles to emphasize Moriko’s skewed/idealized view of how a man should treat a woman, especially in regards to gift giving.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Yuta is half British which explains his blond hair.
  • Christmas Cake: Not referenced by name, but Moriko states that because she's 30, she is practically an old maid. So she wonders why anyone would be interested in her, let alone two men.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Lily and Hayashi first bond because he finds bracelets that are identical or hers. Later, Lily buys Hayashi a matching outfit in episode 3.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Moriko and Yuta meet when the latter turns a corner running while talking on his cell phone and knocks Moriko over. He ends up taking her to the hospital and paying for her care.
  • Cross Player:
    • Moriko is a woman playing as a male character, and Yuuta is a man playing as a female character.
    • One of Lilac's college friends plays a male, which really surprises her.
    • Himeralda is also a woman. Not only is her character male, she sometimes plays as Pokataro.
    • Koiwai after joining the game. His avatar is a buxom, muscular giant.
  • Crush Blush: Moriko gets this in real life pretty much every time Lily says something sweet or cute.
  • Emote Animation: After Lily chides Hayashi for asking about Lily's age, Hayashi begins crying. Lily tells Hayashi she was joking and to stop spamming the cry emote. Cut to real life, where Moriko is crying while jamming on her keyboard.
  • Evolving Credits: At the end of Episode 6, Moriko's post-date appearance replaces her NEET look at the end of the ending credits.
  • Fate Drives Us Together: For Moriko and Sakurai. They first meet online as Hayashi and Lily and hit it off and they meet in the real world trying to buy a piece of chicken for Christmas. Then by accident Sakurai bumps into Moriko on his way to work because he oversleep because he was talking to Hayashi aka Moriko all night. Turns out Sakurai's friend Koiwai is an acquaintance of Moriko.
  • Fictional Video Game: Fruits De Mer, where much of the series takes place.
  • Friendship Trinket: Hayashi and Lily wear matching bracelets from the first boss Hayashi defeated after Lily trained him.
  • The Gadfly: Koiwai really likes pulling Sakurai's chain. He specifically set up a drinking date with Moriko so Sakurai could meet her again but not before teasing him that he got a date with her.
  • Happily Married: Turns out, Pokotaro and Himeralda are married in real life.
  • Holiday Mode: It snows in Fruits De Mer around Christmastime, along with displaying other cheesy festive decorations.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Sakurai likes Moriko, but is convinced that Moriko and Koiwai like each other and doesn't want to interfere. Koiwai is pretty transparent about being a Shipper on Deck for Sakurai and Moriko, and Moriko seems to like both guys equally but not to the point of having romantic feelings for either one of them. Meanwhile Moriko has a crush on Lily, not knowing its Sakurai.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Moriko using a Fruits De Mer cash card is made more awesome by her drawing and holding it in the air as if she's playing Yu-Gi-Oh!.
  • NEET: Moriko becomes a recluse after quitting her office job.
  • The Nicknamer: Koiwai gave Moriko the nickname Morimori-chan and Sakurai the nickname Sakura-chan.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: @House Party has a policy of not forming in-game romances which is enforced by Kanbe, but there's still a lot of Will They or Won't They? between Hayashi and Lily from episode 1.
  • Office Lady: Moriko was an office clerk before she quit due to overwork and depression.
  • Passing the Torch: @House Party's previous guildmaster gives Kanbe the leadership role after being reassigned overseas.
  • Pixellation: Played for Laughs. Kanbe's chest is pixellated while he tries on a corset for the amusement of the others.
  • Red String of Fate: The level of coincidences between Moriko and Yuuta stretch beyond ridiculous, best friends in multiple MMOs without knowing it, fated meetings (including a Crash-Into Hello), and other coincidences make them fate's plaything.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Sakurai seems to really like pink, having a pink cellphone case and pink keyboard.
  • Reality Ensues: In a heart-to-hear with Lily, Moriko tells "her" about the events of her meeting and trip to the hospital with Sakurai, except that she flips the genders to avoid being mistaken for a girl as Hayashi. Contrary to what you might think, Sakurai deduces there isn't a way the same situation happened to Hayashi but gender flipped, mainly because of how specific Moriko was about the situation and that it can't be a Contrived Coincidence. This allows him to figure out that Hayashi is actually Moriko since only Moriko would be able to know the specific information about what happened.
  • Repetitive Name: Moriko Morioka. Moriko herself realizes that her name is a bit unusual.
  • The Reveal: In episode 5, the clerk, at Morioka's local convenient store is revealed to be Kanabe.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Lily has pink hair and is incredibly kind to others.
  • Secret Keeper: Once Kazuomi learns that Hayashi's player is Moriko in real life, he promises to keep that secret to himself.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Episode 5 has Moriko putting care into her appearance again after being asked out on a date by Koiwai.
  • Shipper on Deck: Koiwai may enjoy teasing both Moriko and Sakurai but he's definitely a shipper for the two of them.
  • Significant Haircut: Moriko gets one in Episode 5. Unlike most, she has a stylist do it instead of cutting it off herself.
  • Sneeze Cut: While Moriko and Homare are out chatting and having drinks, Homare mentions that Yuta is a completionist when it comes to games even if he doesn't look like one. Cut to Yuta suddenly sneezing in his apartment.
  • Stepford Smiler: Lily usually acts like a sweetie, but she's also jaded, typically having a more sour look when talking to players other than Hayashi. As a support role, she gets tons of party invites, and even has to contend with people who assume she's having affairs with other players.
  • Team Dad: Kanbe, as the guildmaster, looks out for the well-being of the members of @House Party. Ironically he's one of the younger members of the guild, working as the convenience store clerk.
  • Under the Sea: Hayashi and Lily hang out in an underwater map in episode 1.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Moriko and Yuta; Hayashi and Lily.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • Fitting for an MMORPG, a good number of the Fruits De Mer players have hair colors from all points in the spectrum. Most of the "male" guild members have some shade of bluish or greenish hair.
    • In real life, Moriko has purple hair, Homare has blue hair, and Kazuomi has green hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki:
    • Lilac's typical outfit includes thigh-high socks and a skirt.
    • Lily wears a skirt and thigh-high socks as part of her coordinated outfit with Hayashi.
  • Zonk: Fruits De Mer's loot boxes have exclusive cosmetic items, but can also award things like common healing potions.

Alternative Title(s): Netojuu No Susume