Youta, who is the stereotypical loser in the classroom, find his life changed when a video girl from a VHS tape he rents comes to life.
Raise your hand if you even knew of this property. I see a few in the back. Anyone else? Hmmmm… I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
Anyways. I have had this anime on my radar for quite some time, and I’m glad that I finally was able to watch it. Why?
There is a lot to talk about when it comes to this property. At first glance, it might come out as a generic, romantic anime. However, once you look at it closely, you’ll find a show that is more than meets the eye. It tackles a subject material that is more common than what most people fail to realize: the anxiety of being alone.
The anime truly demonstrates the reality of an individual feeling depressed, alone and desperate for attention. While this problem existed even back in 1989, you could make the case that Video Girl AI is more relevant now due to social media, and everything else in the modern era that puts the pressure on people no matter the age group.
This show is something that I highly recommend, even if you are not an anime fan in general. It also made me cry, which is uncommon for stories no matter the medium. However, in this case, it might not be so surprising considering I see myself in Youta. Because of that, and the month we are in, I want to end this review off with this:
I want you to know that there’s nothing wrong to be afraid of social interactions, and or if you have a hobby people look down on. No person isn’t a mountain. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t feel like you’re crumbling to pieces if you have no one around you. I understand how someone on the internet can’t replace a real hand on the shoulder, comforting you when your world is at it’s worse. I understand that it can be scary to get into a relationship, no matter if it’s platonic or romantic. I understand how something connected to a fictional character can feel like a temporary fix for what you so desperately seek.
No matter your gender, race, or faith. I want to say that you are okay. You are okay. You’re not a freak, worthless or any other similar word that might come in mind. You are a bigger fighter than what you think you are. But first and foremost, you need to know that you are okay.