Genre(s): Isekai, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi
Age-Appropriateness: 14+ (violence, profanity, suggestive themes)
Platforms: Crunchyroll, Funimation
TheAwersome Rating: 6.6 / 10 (Fun, but executed poorly)
Premise: Forming a party with your mom in an online game seems not only unlikely but also uncomfortable to most teenagers. Unfortunately, Masato Oosuki finds himself in that exact scenario. After completing a seemingly meaningless survey, he is thrown into the world of a fantasy MMORPG—and his mother Mamako tagged along with him! On top of all of that, Mamako turns out to be an overpowered swordswoman, possessing the power of two-hit multi-target attacks! After minor tension between the two, they search for party members, meeting the merchant Porta and the sage Wise, starting their journey to clear the game.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: Despite the lower rating, this wasn’t a chore to get through. The show has somewhat of an identity crisis, which is why as a whole it doesn’t work. It starts off with a Konosuba vibe, being tongue-in-cheek, self-referential, and not taking itself any flavor of seriously. Then the next episode goes strong ecchi, which is fine and all, but then it also tries to be sincere. It makes fun of family movies and their cheesy messages and whatnot, but then goes and does the same thing, so it was hard to know how seriously they wanted me to take the show. The comedy isn’t particularly good to begin with, and I felt every joke was underlined and highlighted by the characters which was tiring. The pacing of the whole show is off: rushed in most parts, and then lingering on other jokes for far too long. The overarching plot is flimsy, which wouldn’t be an issue if the show made up for it in other categories, but it doesn’t really. Music is great though.
TLDR: An Isekai with an Identity crisis, but not a chore to get through.
I’d ordinarily complain that the trailer makes it look really boring, but it isn’t that strong of a disservice.
The final episode is a beach episode OVA that goes hard on the ecchi. If you’re going to have your Sword Mom Online turn into a MILFsekai, go for it, but the trick with that is you have to keep it all in the jokey nonsense realm. Because if you have an attempted heartfelt scene about truly appreciating your mom’s hard work and wanting to protect her despite frustrations and embarrassment, it makes the next scene where her clothes all melt off in an acid attack, complete with her son tripping on top of her, less funny and more awkward. By a lot.
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