And you thought there is never a girl online? (Japanese: ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?, Hepburn: Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta?, lit. "You Thought Your Online Game Wife Wasn't A Girl?") is a Japanese light novel series, written by Shibai Kineko and illustrated by Hisasi. ASCII Media Works have published nine volumes since 2013 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with art by Kazui Ishigami began serialization in ASCII Media Works' seinen manga magazine Dengeki G's Comic from August 30, 2014, and has been collected in two tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Project No.9 began airing on April 7, 2016.
Teenager Hideki Nishimura plays a massively multiplayer online role-playing game called Legendary Age (LA), but one day he proposes online to a girl who tells him she is really a man, so he swears off online marriages. Two years later, he has been involved with a guild and eventually accepts an in-game marriage offer from his persistent guildmate Ako. When the guild has their first-ever real-life meeting, Hideki is shocked to discover that his teammates are not only all girl gamers, but they also attend his school. The story follows their adventures as they form a school club to play the game while Hideki tries to help Ako, who is infatuated with Hideki as his game character, try to separate fantasy from reality.Hideki Nishimura (西村 英騎, Nishimura Hideki)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese); Dallas Reid (English)
The viewpoint character of the light novels, Hideki is a first-year high school student who plays Legendary Age
), under the name Rusian (ルシアン, Rushian)
, a male knight. He distrusts girls online after having been rejected by a girl who told him that she was actually a guy in real life. Outside of LA
, he is an otaku
Ako Tamaki (玉置 亜子, Tamaki Ako)
Voiced by: Rina Hidaka (Japanese); Trina Nishimura (English)
The cover girl of the series, Ako is Hideki's schoolmate who goes by the game name Ako (アコ)
, a female cleric, in LA
. She is Hideki's in-game wife as a result of her repeated in-game proposals to him and his reluctant acceptance.LN 1
In real life, she attends the same school as Hideki, but is often absent due to her heavy addiction to the online game. She is shy and a loner at school, but is extremely happy to meet Rusian in real life. She has a hard time distinguishing between the gaming world and reality, casually calling her guild mates by their character names at school, and going into psychotic trances in reactions to non-gaming "normies", saying that they should die.LN 1
Akane Segawa (瀬川 茜, Segawa Akane)
Voiced by: Inori Minase, (Japanese); Jād Saxton (English)
A petite twin-tailed blonde classmate, she despises otakus and scolds Hideki whenever he acts like one or tries to interact with her. However, she is actually a gamer herself under the moniker Schwein (シュヴァイン, Shuvain)
, a male knight (sword dancer). Her character name is German for pig, which she did not know until Kyo informs her offline, much to her chagrin. Although she is popular at school, she has turned down many boys so she can have more gaming time.LN 1
Kyō Goshoin (御聖院 杏, Goshōin Kyō)
Voiced by: M·A·O, (Japanese); Mallorie Rodak (English)
The student council president at Hideki's school and the leader of the Alley Cats guild in LA
. She has long dark hair and goes under the character name Apricot (アプリコット, Apurikotto)
, a male mage at the beginning of the series. Her guild mates call her Master. She comes from a wealthy family; her father is on the school board, and her family has several companies. She often uses in-game purchases to boost her game attributes, but does not depend on her family's money but on her personal investments to fund it. Outside of the guild, she does not have any friends as her family does not give her much chance to socialize. She sponsors the creation of the school's game club.LN 1
Nanako Akiyama (秋山 奈々子, Akiyama Nanako)
Voiced by: Hitomi Ōwada (Japanese); Tia Ballard (English)
Akane's friend who discovers she plays online games, and agrees to keep it a secret. Shortly afterwards, she begins playing LA
under the character name Sette (セッテ)Ep. 5
, who is a summoner. She has pink hair in the anime.
Yui Saito (斉藤 結衣, Saitō Yui)
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjō (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
Hideki's teacher who watches over him and the girls, and becomes their club's advisor.Ep. 3
She gives him advice on how to interact with girls and balance his gaming life. It is later revealed that she was the LA
player Nekohime (猫姫)
, a catgirl who rejected Hideki's in-game proposal two years prior, stating that she was actually a guy.LN 1
She has a large fan following in LA
The first light novel volume was published on July 10, 2013 by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. As of June 2016, eleven volumes have been published.
An anime television series adaptation by Project No.9 premiered on April 7, 2016. The opening theme is "1st Love Story" by Luce Twinke Wink☆, and the ending theme is "Zero Ichi Kiseki" (ゼロイチキセキ, lit. "Zero One Miracle") by Yoshino Nanjō.^ "LN" is shortened form for "light novel" and refers to a volume of the And you thought there is never a girl online? light novels.
^ "Ch." is shortened form for "Chapter" and refers to a chapter number of the And you thought there is never a girl online? manga.
^ "Ep." is shortened form for "Episode" and refers to an episode number of the And you thought there is never a girl online? anime.