“You and I, the Cowards”
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Yuta digs around and learns about Moriko’s previous job. In-game, Lily gives Hayashi an expensive gift, making him question if she has ulterior motives.
I’m slightly surprised they decided to bring up the challenges of playing as a female character in an online game. While I’d argue they could have gone a little further in calling out toxic behavior, it was a step in the right direction. It makes me wonder why Yuta chose to play as Lily in the first place. Alternately, maybe that was part of Moriko’s decision to play as a male character. I think it’s mostly just the writer gently poking at gender expectations in a way last seen in our much beloved Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, especially considering Moriko’s own misconceptions on how she’s supposed to take the lead as the “man”. It’s all light hearted but still makes you think a little.
Yuta choosing to play as a little girl healer may also play into my new theory that he’s the friend Moriko had in the last game. It would make sense if he was trying to reconnect with her (him???). I’m also going to say it’s highly likely that Yuta’s work friend and the guy at the convenience store are secretly in their guild. Can anyone else see his work friend being the guild leader, because I sure can. Net-juu has decided to embrace its unrealistic circumstances so I don’t think it’s a stretch. Personally I’m not crazy about making us suspend our disbelief that far in a show that is supposed to be relatable, but I’m not going to get too worked up until we see how things pans out.
Then we get to the relationship business, which has turned into a minefield of potential problematic circumstances. They came close to stepping on one when Moriko walks into the “of course she’s a girl so there’s no romantic feelings!” line, but her overall reaction tells the real story. Besides that, her freaking out was the highlight of the episode. It was a reminder that even as you get older, you are never immune to dumb high school crushes. Or giant stuffed cats. That feels particularly sweet after getting another glimpse into how burned out Moriko really was. This girl deserves some happiness, no matter what crazy plot circumstances it takes to get there!