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A story set in the near future, about a middle-aged loser whose only refuge is a virtual bishoujo game.
Takuro, the main character, is a stereotyped, low self esteem, adult male in a dead end job. Because he feels he has nothing to live for, he let himself go, becoming fat, miserable, and lonely. The only shining thing he lives for is the occasional visit to a brothel where his savings will allow him to at least not be completely sexless. This is when, through a real life friend of his, he is introduced to the virtual reality world of "The Unreal". Where, after spending $6000+ on equipment, you can purchase a virtual girlfriend who only thinks of you. Only the girl, Tsukiko, that Takuro purchases, seems to have come with a few defects.


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v.4 c.48-49 (end) by Mangascreener & Kotonoha over 7 years ago
v.4 c.46-47 by Mangascreener & Kotonoha over 7 years ago
v.4 c.45 by Mangascreener & Kotonoha over 7 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)
2 Volumes (Shinsoban, 2012)

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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (278 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.41 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 21st 2018, 5:58am PST



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Original Publisher
Shogakukan (2004; 2012)

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

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What the hell, yall?   
Rating: N/A
by Daxisheart
July 12th, 2010, 6:51am
Like seriously, where the hell are the pedophilia accusations are coming from? The girl has freaking tits. She looks a fair bit older than a literal child. Seriously, wtf?

Not a revolutionary idea, but pretty nice in its execution. realistic in art and story, as well as characters for the most part. Main character sucks ass in real life, but honestly gives one hell of a feel as a character- nothing close to flat.

I fail to see why everyone is so effed up about it, or why it's even rated mature (besides the themes and whatnot)
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love it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lorgeinoh
February 3rd, 2010, 7:15am
one thing is, it has unique
style and the romance
the innocent girl
the funny guy who
has a problem being old
and no girlfriend at all.

well still if you read
this manga, the more you
read it the more you'll hook up.

trust me you'll love it ^-^
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Realistic loser   
Rating: N/A
by ththth13
December 6th, 2009, 9:04am
This is good manga. Bit too realistic in drawing main character, but it adds to humour. And comedy is great when two main characters play in virtual reality, and same time they are shown in real life, in their real bodies(which look really different)

I really don't understand comments about lolicons, main girl is not little child unlike some othern mangas I have seen. She looks like high schooler, meaning she's legal in japan, at least. There are numerous manga and anime where main girl looks much younger, and nobody seems to object that.

Well, it must be because main character looks so ugly. Double morals, I guess.
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quite intriguing.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Communist_Rob
August 20th, 2009, 9:40pm
ostensibly, this is viewed as a pedo/loli manga, which is kinda is, but the underlying theme of this is an altruistic determination to garner the affection of the one you love most [even if she is an artificial intelligence].
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Neither that nor this   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Hell_Clues
June 30th, 2009, 4:53pm
People have varying opinions on this(like most things). Here's mine: this is not about a pedophile, this isn't about being a lolicon, this isn't promoting such things.

What it is about is a person whose life has ended up being rather sad and pathetic, and the escapism he turns to. While the guy can be disgusting, in my opinion, he often tries to do right but like in life, sometimes you screw things up badly.

This look at a sad life is what makes this a good manga. Its along the veins of NHk but further in that type of person's life. Give it a try, and then maybe it'll motivate some people to not end up like this a bit harder.

Except the ending is ultimately pessimistic, at the very end the character suddenly does a 180 and does something stupid that isn't explained, and despite not initially seeming like he did anything wrong, is taken as such(and apparently he meant it as such).

I've been thinking about this today and I decided to come back and explain why the ending is bad: Character motivation. In the end, the character makes a decision that has nothing to do with his character or his motivation and it throws the logic the manga has explained just to either give a very artificial bad ending or to stick it to otaku, except this character isn't one.

This man is somewhat respected at his job, he has friends, people that know him like him. Aside from what happens during the course of this manga, he doesn't live escaping reality, and this manga takes place under a relatively short time compared to his entire life. This guy isn't a man child otaku that collects figurines and watches anime, he isn't a pedophile that covets little children. He has a co-worker that he looks to as having a good life, this co-worker is just married with a family. His motivation is that he doesn't have much confidence and he wants very basic things. Once he starts to get them, he puts these things away.

I'm not saying he didn't deserve some punishment or to make a amends or even end up getting dumped, but the decision that causes these things was out of nowhere and doesn't match everything that's been built up. The lady randomly taking part at the end when she barely knows whats happening is a bit odd.

... Last updated on August 2nd, 2012, 4:13pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by deli53
July 7th, 2008, 1:46pm
uhm wow giving it low ratings is pretty brutal. What just because the guys in this manga r total losers? I think this mangaka wanted 2 show the world what it would b like if something like a virtual world was created and the guy is doing a good job at it. But I have to say so myself... the guys are pretty pathetic but its interesting to see how they live their lives like this. Its seinen and mature for pete's sake. Compared to other things I have read this manga isnt that nasty to give it such low ratings. I'd give this around an 8 or so. highest would be a 9
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Rating: N/A
by guri73557
June 15th, 2008, 4:46pm
This manga was pretty... wrong. I understand that it is meant for mature audiences, but this was really more like some preverted pedophile's dreamland. The only part I enjoyed about this manga was the fact that it's art was so realistic and...disgusting.
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by jackal47
May 2nd, 2008, 12:25am
Thank god they don't have this stuff in real life. i could already imagine how many pedophiles there would be. I would fear for the younger generations
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Someone check the mangaka's basement for children...   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by isamarsh
April 7th, 2008, 3:55am
If a real live pedophile ever managed to get his deepest insane fantasies published, this manga would be it. I have read guro and loli hentai that did not make me as sick to my stomach as this turd. About the only manga that makes filth like sakura tsuushin look golden in comparison.

I regret that this is the lowest score this place will let me give it.
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good manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by brunzwickw
March 12th, 2008, 4:07pm
this is such a cute story. though i hope this story has a good ending in it, because reality is a horror in this story and the unreality is a nightmare. This story lacks redemption, and tries to cover it up with humor. Yet it is suspenseful and will entice most readers. I feel the most for the main character, and each piece of mystery seems to make him more and more interesting.
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