You can love your love doll, just don't ~love~ your love doll.
What They Say
Everyone falls in love at least once during college, but not everyone severs all connections with actual humans in favor of an illicit romance with a life-sized plastic doll.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Our nameless lead is once again in pursuit of love and happiness and has found himself in an unusual position. His search of the right club initially leads him to a Hero club where he gets to dress up as Mochiguman and entertain the kids with fun little matches against suited villains. His first gig has him helping out Akaishi when he sees her out in the audience being accosted by a couple of punks who want to party with her. With the help of the kids in the audience, they're able to drive back the punks and he makes a good impression on her, though he ends up back in his normal mode not long after that.
His normal mode of course being a descent into the weird and unusual as he ends up helping out Jougaski by watching over his doll. The life sized doll is quite beautiful, well taken care of and filled with a sense of elegance. But the owner takes it to the extreme with a full menu of things that needs to be done while he's away and that kind of freaks out our lead. He wants nobody to know about this, but a certain demon faced friend knows all and it puts him in a mild panic over anyone else finding out. At the same time, he's realizing that there may be more to this doll as he's starting to hear her voice and wondering if she may really be real and he's just not noticed it all this time.
It gets even stranger for him when Kaori ends up moving in with him, seemingly temporarily at first, for an undisclosed reason. What's surprising for our lead is that he starts to find having her there as a soothing thing and looks forward to seeing her at the end of the day. There' even a sense of calm and rightness about it all that comes up through the fog he's living in and he spends more and more time with her, visualizing her as the raven haired goddess he's always sought. When our lead starts blowing off potential dates with Hanuki so he can spend time in his apartment with Kaori, his descent is almost complete and it doesn't take much for him to go further over the edge.
Our leads' love affair with a love doll is rather amusing as we see him cutting off almost all contact with everyone and sticking to just the doll. It becomes something that's constant and safe within his life and he starts to see her as the thing he's been looking for all this time. Even when real options present themselves, he doesn't really see them and sticks with Kaori instead. And by doing so he has to deal with Jougasaki's behavior and oddities, but it becomes worthwhile so he can be with what he thinks is his real love. It's an amusing descent into mild madness but it makes sense considering the way his life has gone in college and how disconnected from reality he already is. And unsurprisingly, it all ends with a reboot, one that's called out for in fact.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.