Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Masato Oosuki’s dream has just come true: he’s been transported into the world of a video game. But for some reason, his doting mother, Mamako, has come along with him?! A whole new style of fantasy comedy, where your mom tags along on your heroic adventures! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks is one of the series I’ve been looking forward to most this season. Not because I was expecting high art, but because of the potential comedy that its long and strange title hinted at. Do You Love Your Mom’s premise is rife with potential, the idea of your mother tagging along on what is typically a male fantasy is hilarious. We clearly see some of that here, but in order to appreciate this you have to get past a sudden, rushed set up that feels more confusing than ideal, at least until the series abruptly stops to explain itself. Indeed the series is so eager to try and squeeze in some interaction between Masato and his mother, Mamako, that we rush past crucial elements. Thankfully, this stumble doesn’t last long, maybe five to eight minutes at the most, but it does leave the audience in a kind of ‘holding pattern’ unsure if the whole show is going to be so obtuse.
Linny: Do You Love Your Mom might be injecting comedy via including a mother in a typical male fantasy, but Mamako herself however is clearly designed as a male fantasy mom. Not only does she barely look older than her son but she has a fit figure and an ample bosom. To top it off, Mamako is extremely attached to her son and dotes on him nonstop. These elements of her character feel aimed at Mom-fetishists, but go so far that most real life teenagers would hate having a mother like her. Though the show initially makes it seem like Masato is annoyed by her clingy behaviour, it’s quickly revealed that he is very much fond of her and wants to make her proud, which solidly seals this series as a bit of an ‘out there’ male fantasy. This made me apprehensive, as someone long tired of shows that pander so heavily to male fantasy but to its credit, Do You Love Your Mom does try and branch out beyond that bizarre fetishistic angle with the rest of its comedy.
Tom: What really sells Do You Love Your Mom is the interactions between Masato and his mother, and the ‘dad-jokes’ that pepper the show. The ‘dad-humor’ is ever present, with several ‘so painful its hilarious’ type jokes dotting the episode, often poking fun at misunderstandings or character’s names. The other element the show capitalizes on is Masato and Mamako’s interactions. There’s a frequent air of embarrassment and exasperation around Masato every time his mother gets into things, giving the episode this fun atmosphere of seeing Masato absolutely put out by his mother either for her misunderstandings, screw ups, or brazen attitude. Yes, I agree with Linny that Mamako, as designed, seems aimed at the male gaze, MILF lovers and mom-fetishists alike. Despite Masato’s desire to prove his mother proud, I do think the series doesn’t go too hard in on that though, and there’s more attention given to his embarrassment and frustration at having his mother along for the ride.
Linny: Do You Love Your Mom definitely has fun with its premise and all the complications that could arise from having your mother/parent in a game world with you. It also is very self aware of its game world setting and employs it for comedy’s sake such as a scene where the town folks all have a generic same face because the game itself is still in beta. But on the other hand, the show makes no effort regarding the real world logistics of how they managed to put real people into an online game world, brushing it aside with but a single sentence about how they cannot explain it easily. Overall, Do You Love Your Mom has a decent start, offsetting and downplaying its “mom-con” vibes by focusing on its more humorous game elements and injecting plenty of ‘dad jokes,’ making it worth a look in for anyone intrigued by the basic premise.
Tom: Outside of a somewhat confusing first five minutes, my other issue is a freak out Masato has over his mother mid-episode. Masato is clearly put out that his mother is along for the ride in his transported into a video game scenario, who wouldn’t be, that’s where half the comedy comes from. But the series chooses to get dramatic in this first episode, with the two having to sit down for a proper heart to heart. It’s on the nose drama, and far too early for such a big moment. It’s weird we get a scene like this before the story has really even had the chance to get going, and makes me apprehensive for how often Masato and Mamako might have to rehash this mother and son sit down. That said, assuming these moments don’t crop up every episode, Do You Love Your Mom offers enough awkward and enjoyably ‘cringey’ comedy to make it one of the titles I think is worth checking out this Summer.