Well I Liked it…
I don’t really know what possessed me to pick this show up, but I did. Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?, MILF Isekai, or as I’ll refer to it as, Mom Isekai is an odd duck that really doesn’t look like it would have anything that would interest me. However, after completing all 12 episodes, I have to say that I kind of liked it.
The story is pretty nonsense, but the premise is that Masato is chosen by the government for a special program where he gets to live in a video game world. The only problem being that his mom is joining him for the adventure, oh and she’s way stronger than he is too. Hijinks and shenanigans ensue as Masato and his mom grow closer to each other while helping others grow closer to their mothers at the same time.
A lot of folks dropped this one after episode 2, and I can totally see why. Mom Isekai pushed its luck twice in its run and this was one of those times. It was just too much. For a show that jokes around in exactly the way you expect it to (I mean, just look at who authored the source material), it was actually a fairly tame show outside of these two exceptions.
Putting those aside, I actually felt somewhat reminiscent of KonoSuba while watching Mom Isekai. They are completely different shows, but I just couldn’t help but feel that this gave off similar vibes. Things like the transitional screens, some joke structures, character roles, etc… However, KonoSuba is the better show here but not by much for me at least.
It’s always difficult to explain exactly what makes a show funny, and this is one of those cases. Mom Isekai is repetitive, dumb, and isn’t being particularly innovative with its approach to anything but I found it funny nonetheless. I know this isn’t the most convincing review I’ve ever written, but there was genuine charm to the show that I’m struggling to convey properly.
Perhaps the best way to explain what I’m getting at to some degree can be seen in the cast. Masato, Wise, Porta, and Medhi all play well off of each other. Even the side characters have their own little quirks and gags that play well into the core cast. Of course there’s Masato’s mother, but she’s really just there to act as a paragon of motherhood while being the basis for several jokes.
Now don’t get me wrong, the cast can be rather one-note and the jokes can be drawn out, but something about this just worked for me. They felt dynamic, like a real group of people. Just people who are really dumb.
The exception in this is Porta, who is pretty background as far as main cast members go. She’s the group’s pack mule with her magic bag and merchant skills, beyond that, she’s pretty useless because she can’t fight. Throughout the show she does some cute stuff and is fairly helpful, but something about her is totally off.
Unlike the other cast members, Porta’s mother is never mentioned or shown throughout the entire show. Additionally, the last episode being the best example of this, she dodges any moments where this could be brought up by anybody. If I’m disappointed by anything in this anime, it’s that this is never given any explanation.
When it comes to the actual story, it was surprisingly robust given what this show is. Masato finds that his mom really isn’t so bad when stacked up against the other mothers of his comrades that he encounters. You can really see his growth in the final episode. Speaking of, it leaves off at a good stopping point but could allow for more fairly easily. Given the reception though, I’m not hopeful.
Before we wrap up, I wanted to mention that the OP was particularly amusing to me. I love the idea of Masato going about his day when his mom keeps popping up out of nowhere like a yandare stalker. Thought this was one of the more clever bits of the show, so at least check that much out even if you ultimately pass on the show altogether.
When all said and done, Mom Isekai was a decent time. It’s not going to make any top lists and really isn’t anything special, but I enjoyed it. While I understand why folks dropped this at episode two (really, I didn’t like that either), I do think that this got a bad reputation for no real reason. It’s a decent show that’s nice to put on between things and casually enjoy. Sometimes, that’s good enough.
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