Creepy or Kind: Recovery of an MMO Junkie and exploring boundaries in relationships

“There’s no such thing as a love story that isn’t problematic in some form.” I don’t agree with that, but sometimes it’s a feeling I get when reading romance that they tend to be looser with personal boundaries than other fiction. Because romance is a part of sexual intimacy, it’s important to pay extra attention to any lessons on behaviour it might impart, so a lot of people are quite sensitive about it. This is good though, because it’s true that bad fiction can leave people with warped ideas about courtship and expressing romantic feelings. However, there’s no such thing as universal standards, only an idea of a consensus about how you should behave, and because of that it can be hard to gauge if something is dodgy or not. So when a romantic comedy anime I liked was criticized, I immediately went back to see if I could puzzle out and identify any problematic or troubling elements. I think this is a worthy quest and should be taken seriously, and it’ll teach us more about story construction regardless. So, let’s take a look at the currently airing MMO Junkie and see what we can discover.

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