Updated: Apr 2, 2019
The recent popularity of isekai series like Re:Zero and Sword Art Online underscores the enduring appeal of Final Fantasy-inspired MMORPG games. That, for better or worse, “starting life in another world” is not a actual life choice can cause some serious rub. We already saw this in N.H.K. ni Youkoso (Welcome to the N.H.K.); in that case though, the moral message was communicated through a story almost as NSFW and depression-instilling as the likely contents of a real-life hikikomori‘s online perusings. One time I recommended Welcome to the N.H.K. to a more sensitive friend, as a great anime about the problems of life in the Internet age. My friend ended up being turned off to anime as a whole after four episodes.