Look closely at the first shot and you’ll find another clever mom pun: There’s a hotel called ‘Hotel Haha Inn,’ which is another way of calling it the mommy inn. Anyway, bad jokes aside, the school arc continues this week with a more aggressive Medhimama in the classroom. Let’s find out what lessons Masato, Wise, and Porta will experience.
Plot & Story
On his way to school, Masato bumps into Medhi, but they are interrupted by Medhimama. When Mamako arrives to join them, Medhimama declares to be her new rival. They all head to a special cooking class soon after, where they’re tasked with crafting ordinary ingredients into delicious food. Medhi seemingly crafts up some beautiful looking food, but it is revealed to be an illusion cast by Medhimama. Mamako steals the spotlight by cooking up some delicious dishes and enhancing her party members’ skill points using a special ability called Mother’s Breath. The class then heads to a swimming pool, where they must defeat various sea monsters for extra skill points. Meanwhile, Masato hears some strange curses from someone as the special lesson begins. After a brief altercation with a sea anemone and some encouragement from Mamako, Masato somehow ends up being the number one hero in class after defeating a giant monster. Because of this, Medhi is scolded by Medhimama, who runs out of the pool. As Mamako and Masato chase after her, they see her kicking a wall in frustration, much to their concern.
A New Rival
It’s crazy seeing just how different parenting styles Medhimama and Mamako have adopted. Medhimama obviously sees Mamako as a threat of her ambitions for Medhi and a formidable rival. Her frustration mounts every time Mamako shows her up, so we’ll have to see if they’ll head to an eventual confrontation.
Mamako’s Mom Service Returns
As soon as I saw a giant sea anemone with tentacles, I already knew where this scene was going. Of course, we’d see her struggle with tentacles wrapped around her. That must explain the censor bar. She easily defeats the monster anyway. On the bright side, we also see her power up Masato, Wise, and Porta using Mother’s Breath. Mom service doesn’t always have to be lewd.
Medhi Reaches a Boiling Point
One person to keep an eye on is Medhi, as I think she’s just about ready to flip her top against Medhimama. Dark Medhi is on another level compared to sweet Medhi. Whether she actually follows through with it is still uncertain, but I’m hoping she at least gets some special time with Masato next episode.
Some developments from last week’s episode are further made as Masato suspects there’s something wrong with Medhi. The two establish somewhat of a friendly rivalry between each other in their chase for skill points, despite Masato’s crush on her. This is hindered, however, by Medhimama’s involvement in her personal life, scolding her to focus on powering up instead. It’ll be important to see where the relationship between Medhi and Medhimama ultimately ends up.
I’ll be frank to say that the comedy has been subpar in the last few episodes, but the anime makes up for it with some good character rapport. It also still runs with the gag that Masato is still not comfortable having his mother follow him everywhere, especially at school. Her presence there will be important later on. On the other hand, Mamako’s personality, as well as the anime’s Mother complex schtick, is kinda wearing thin for me at this point, so I’m hoping it does something to make things fresh again. At least we get to see just how useless Wise and Masato’s skills are in non-combat tasks. Who knew Porta was such a great cook?
Returning to Medhimama and Masako, it’s fascinating seeing the differences in how they treat their children. Medhimama’s expectations to achieve the best results, no matter the methods, has fractured her relationship with Medhi. She constantly pressures her daughter to be exceptional and above all others. As such, I think she’s withholding a lot of anger and resentment towards her, but doesn’t show it when Medhimama’s around. In some scenes, we see that she suffers from some sort of low self esteem.
These plot points connect with how Masato’s uselessness is depicted. A strong point of the anime is how encouraging Mamako is of him, as she cheerfully cheers on her son, regardless of the result he achieves. I appreciate seeing how this contrast plays out in opposition to how Medhimama treats Medhi. It’s a relatable issue because we’ve all definitely felt pressure from our parents to live up to their expectations and be better than our siblings or friends. Thankfully, Mamako (like any other good mother out there) reminds us that we just need to try our best and hope for success.
The School Festival Begins
We’ve yet to see any sort of drama, but that may change very soon. Judging from the next episode’s preview, we’ll be seeing Masato and Medhi spend some time at a school festival. I predict Medhimama will scheme and try to meddle on their time together. and take on Mamako as well.
Are you looking forward to the school festival? Will Medhi lose her cool against her mother? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check our other Summer 2019 Anime Reviews on MANGA.TOKYO.
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