Net-juu no Susume Breaking the Romantic Mold

Unpopular opinion but I never liked romance anime. The narrative was generally very bare-bones and melodramatic. There was not much creativity put into them, considering the majority of them take place in high school and look very plain overall. Net-juu no Susume has chosen to conceptually divert its attention to how 2 MMO junkies come to meet and fall in love through gaming and how the anime uses its otherworldly advantage to create a more colorful pattern in its background feels like there’s a more cheerful vibe which I think suits a romance show a lot better than a lukewarm interpretation of Japan or high school that was made to be dramatic for the sake of amplifying drama. Conflict is fine; even necessary a lot of the times. However, I do not favor playing up the dramatic effect by making things look dark and depressing. It just reminds me of Spanish soap operas.

And really, that’s it. I could talk more about the characters but I’d like to watch more of the series and talk more on it as there’s not much to talk about. I just wanted to express that really quick. Maybe I’ll do more shorts like this.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. magicconan14 says:

    Don’t think I’ve ever commented on your blog and I’m not that familiar with you, but…hello!

    Aside from the bit about Spanish operas, I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    Netjuu no Susume gives me a tonne of warm fuzzies, and so far, the only other romance show to win that distinction would be Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!), which has a strong comedy bent to leverage the romance, plus it’s told from the dude’s perspective. (Sorry if you’ve watched it already…)

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    1. theanimeprince says:

      No, I haven’t. I mean, I kind of know where it comes from. It subverts the idea of both characters being attractive and tells a more light-hearted romance story. Which is fine; much more preferable than romantic dramas. However, still not my cup of tea.


  2. Irina says:

    I have very similar views of the romance genre in general. I look forward to watching this

    Liked by 1 person

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