A mysterious dungeon called the Solo Player Killing Tower appears and several young warriors have not returned to their mothers. Looks like it’s up to Masato and Mamako to find out what happened to them. Prepare yourselves for a new adventure and some maid cosplay!
Plot & Story
Masato, Wise, and Medhi are once again stuck trying to figure out how to level up and gain more skills than Mamako. Masato runs into a suspicious advertisement promoting a dungeon called the Solo Player Killing Tower. If any adventurer reaches the top of the dungeon, one wish of theirs will be granted. Many young adventures have disappeared there and not returned to their mothers. Masato’s party bumps into Shirase in town and together they investigate the dungeon. After clearing away a floor that gave them special items, they encounter Amante – the culprit luring all the adventurers into the dungeon to join the rebel group Ribele. She tells them that they’ll not be controlled by their mothers and that Masato’s party should give up on convincing them so. In order to fight back, Shirase suggests to them that they should find a place to establish a guild. They do so and Mamako names it the ‘With Mommy Guild.’ As Masato, Medhi, and Porta head to a store to buy items to renovate their headquarters, a concerned Wise storms over to warn Masato that Mamako is in trouble.
The Return of Mom Puns
I missed pointing out the very cheesy mom puns in this anime. Thankfully, they’re back. This episode finds out heroes in the town of Ommym (an anagram of ‘Mommy’.) We also have Mamako being called a ‘Momaster’ which is just a corny maid thing I guess. Hey, at least we know of another mommy power Mamako possesses: Mother’s Wake Up. Mamako basically uses it to kiss awake a slumbering Masato.
Medhi and Wise
It seems Medhi has inherited a bit of her mother’s deviousness after the last arc. Seeing her interactions with Wise is just plain funny, as she secretly vies to be the one true mage in the party. Her dark, passive aggressive personality is savage to her foes, so Wise better watch her back if she doesn’t want to be replaced.
Amante: The Betrayer of Mothers
The new villain of the arc is a klutz and is part of the Four Fiends – the top warriors of the rebel group Ribele. She trips over stairs and knocks over displays. She also vows never to divulge important information, even though she unintentionally does. Amante is a walking comedic disaster and I’m curious to see how she handles herself in the next episode.
While nothing too significant took place in this episode, there are a few bright spots to be highlighted. First, it’s funny seeing the characters shop at a makeshift Home Depot in the game world. That random aspect of modern life in a virtual world is just too amusing to pass up. Especially when Medhi is muttering curses at everyone.
Second, there’s a little moment where Mamako is cleaning up Masato’s room in the guild and Wise asks her why she does it, considering Masato doesn’t appreciate it. Mamako answers that she’ll always take care of his room, regardless if he returns to it or not. This scene gives us a second to pause and think about the main theme of the new arc. With the introduction of Amante and Ribele as people resisting the idea of deepening their relationships with their mothers and Masato’s own feelings of independence, it’s easy to see a parallel of sorts between these plot lines. It’s a short scene, but there is still a precarious distance between Masato and Mamako. It’s a natural rift because Masato isn’t her little boy anymore and views himself as a manly hero who can do things on his own. Mamako realizes this, but is still a bit sad when she has to think about it. It’s a very relatable issue when mothers have to see their own children leave them and risk being forgotten. Whether the anime expands upon this in the next few episodes remains to be seen, but I suspect it’ll be revisited if Amante manages to convince Masato to join their side.
Aside from that, much of the same happens. Mamako once again proves herself to be the ultimate character and the show wouldn’t work without her presence. She kills monsters so easily that it gives Masato and the others no opportunities to shine. It can be an annoying thing to sit through and much of your enjoyment of the anime so far will depend on your love for Mamako. Nevertheless, the anime delivers similar comedic beats from its cast, an interesting dynamic from the overtly savage Medhi, and a glimpse into the show’s broader message on parent-child relationships. Do You Love Your Mom still has entertaining things going for it as the anime closes in on its last few episodes.
Previews of the next episode promises us the sight of Mamako in a maid costume (much to Masato’s dismay). This week’s episode left us on an obvious cliffhanger suggesting Mamako is in trouble, but I think it’s just a fake-out. We’ll just have to see how she handles her assassins.
What did you think of the episode? Are you looking forward to seeing the female cast in maid costumes? Do you think Amante and Ribele are a threat to Masato and Mamako? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check our other Summer 2019 Anime Reviews on MANGA.TOKYO.
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