“We Don’t Know a Thing”
Fridays at 11:00 am EST on Crunchyroll
One of Moriko’s guild members asks about her personal life and, unsure how to respond, she lies about her age. This comes as a shock to Lily, who is apparently “older” in real life. Later, Moriko literally runs into the mysterious hot blonde dude she saw at the convenience store and the two make a connection.
As someone who knows all about being in your 30s and hanging out online with kids nearly 10 years younger to escape a soul crushing job, this struck a nerve. I’ve never lied about my age but I understand why Moriko would want to. Fair or not, there’s a feeling of guilt that you should have accomplished more by now, or that you should be doing more “adult” things in general. Hiding behind the anonymity of the internet is a lot easier than confronting those feelings.
Net-juu is tackling this topic in a really balanced way. Moriko rightfully feels guilty about lying to her friends and, to a certain degree, abandoning reality. You still feel sympathy for her though because, well, adult life sucks. Hopefully the show will continue to be about finding balance in life and not just focus on the escapist fantasy of quitting your job to play video games and randomly bumping into a hot guy who hands you his phone number.
Speaking of which, we can all but confirm Sakurai is Lily right? That kind of dumb coincidence would normally make me angry but in this case I think it works. Net-juu has already asked us not to think too hard about how Moriko somehow survives without a job because those details are not important. This is definitely going to be a show about characters and themes more than plot. It also creates a interesting mess of age and genders that I doubt will go anywhere significant, but it’s certainly more fun than your average “boy meets girl” setup.
So while I might love this show because it seems to apply directly to me, I do think they’re handling the material well enough for anyone to appreciate it. I’m going to try to do full write ups each week and maybe share some of my own experiences as we go along. Stay tuned!