Real Account is a psychological adventure drama manga written by Okujo and drawn by Shizumu Wantanabe. There are two parts in the story. First is Real Account which follows a student named Ataru. The second part is Real Account 2( or II) which follows a student named Yuuma. Both Yuma and Ataru are teleported, along 10,000 others, into a virtual reality game in their phone. The game revolves around a social media platform closely relating to Twitter. If your follower count reaches zero you die, but if you lose a game and die so do all your followers.
The story at first seems like a sword art online clone. However with the twitter integration, it really puts a twist in the story. Not only do they have to worry about losing followers but they also have to worry about killing their followers. The first scene inside the game is utter chaos when Marble(the antagonist) reveals this. It brings out the truth in many people, both good and bad. Those who love and are loved by people have though choices. Should they convince others to unfollow? Or should their loved ones put their trust in them. Others who are less fortunate face the grim reality that those they knew and cared about were not willing to stick their necks out and trust them.
The writer did a great job throwing a lot of curved balls at the reader. Okujou never fails to explore different outcomes and keeps an open mind. Besides the explainable situation the characters wound up in, there’s not that many issues I had in the series. He does try and sway the reader to believing that maybe its a super advanced alien doing this, but that’s all he tries to explain. I’m sure his goal is not to explain everything at the beginning but rather build upon the story. Still I would like an explanation of how he can kill people outside of the game but it might be to important to reveal at the beginning of the story.
Now when it comes to characters in Real Account, they are simple and good. Not outstanding, the main protagonists are pure of heart and an average hero. Their goals are to complete the game without killing other people. Real noble of them but they do have their own flaws. One has psychological trauma from an early age in life. The other suffers from amnesia and can’t recal his childhood days. They both withdrew from their school lives and relied heavily on the social app called Real Account. As for the rest of the cast, they too have their own flaws. Okujou went for an almost realistic set of characters. Some are unsure, some are crazy and a few have really hard times coming to terms with the reality that they were abandoned.
Lastly we have Marble, the antagonist. Hes strange and never attempts to reveal his motives. He also has many clones so I’m not quite sure we ever get to see the original Marble. Still, his strange character was good. I believe Marble is playing a game, whether its for the better of society or not is not his main objective. I think he just wants to see people try their best to beat the elaborate games he created. He never shows any emotion but that’s largely because you can’t see his face. However whenever someone comes up with a way to beat his game in an unconventional way you get the feeling that hes irritated but satisfied. Irritated that someone found another way but satisfied that someone beat his game.
The art in the series plays a significant role. There’s a bit of foreshadowing going on in the art. Since most of the games revolve around the social app the text plays a large role in how the protagonist comes to his solution. If you pay attention to the slight change in text you get a glimpse into whats actually going on. Besides the foreshadowing in art, the artist(Shizumu) did a great job with character design and backgrounds. Specifically, the characters show a good variety in emotion and guestures. As for the background, when they are not in a large empty room devoid of props, its good. There’s a lot of background and props in the little town they live in. Anyways, you should expect well polished and refined art in this series.
I really enjoyed reading this series. From the art to the foreshadowing and lastly the story. Its unique because it puts a twist on virtual reality games using twitter. Especially when it changed point of view from Ataru to Yuuma, I could not stop reading from there. I wanted to discover when they would meet or if they would and I wanted to know now. All in all I really enjoyed the series.