Oh good. Another isekai anime.
You also got to stop with these long titles, anime. Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit, Multi-Target Attacks?. What a mouthful that is! Frankly, I think the shortened name, Okaa-san Online, sounds way better.
Of all the isekai anime premiering this summer, this one I was most hopeful for. Look, I just thought the premise was too silly to not be funny. I mean, a boy getting isekai’d with his mom? That’s a pretty amusing spin when you consider that isekai is generally all about the power fantasy. Having any semblance of home sounds counterproductive. Maybe this still is someone’s fantasy…but the less we think about that the better.
I will say this, the mom character is proving to be the best part of the show so far. Mamako (Ai Kayano using the same register as March Comes in Like a Lion‘s Akari Kawamoto is really throwing me on a loop) is exactly what she should be. She loves her son, Masato (Haruki Ishiya) and just wants to spend some quality time with him. Getting zapped into one of them video games? That’s the perfect excuse for her to go on an adventure with her son! It’s so overwhelming how positive she strives to be that you can’t help but let a laugh or two escape. The best part is that the show even makes her the overpowered one. Masato has a legendary sword but Mamako has two and they can hit multiple enemies at once (hence the title drop). There is still the possibility of fights being too one-sided or anti-climatic but I’ll give Okaa-san Online some points for effectively subverting from the usual power fantasy angle out the window.
I wish I could say the same thing about Masato. To be frank, he’s kind of a brat. He’s not at all thrilled to be stuck in a game with her mother and the fact that she’s already way stronger than him depresses him. To be fair, you kind of need this character to exist with this personality. The show would be sapped of comedy or even conflict if Masato was just some momma’s boy. It’s something viewers will probably have to roll with.
Oddly enough, I’m most curious about the inevitable harem if only because Mamako is curating the roster herself. Now there’s a funny image — a mother interviewing various girls to see if they’d be the right ones for her son. The dialogue even acknowledges that it might as well be for marriage (…maybe it is). So long as Mamako exists outside of it, I’m fine. And I know that sounds weird for me to say but trust me, this is kind of stuff anime forces you to think about.
Out of all the isekai anime premiering this summer, I’d say I enjoyed Okaa-san Online the most. For what it’s worth, the premise is kind of funny, both on paper and (so far) in execution. I don’t know if I feel that pleased that my hopes are being met (it’s like being glad that Justice League was just average) but with how saturated isekai has become, I’ll take it.
OP: “Iya yo Iya yo Mosuki no Uchi” by Spira Spica
ED: “Tsuujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de ni Kai Kougeki Mama” by Ai Kayano
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