- Alt. Name
- Megami-ryou no Ryoubo-kun.
- Release Date
- Summer 2021
- No. of Episodes
Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory is a 2021 Comedy Ecchi anime series from Japanese animation studio asread. Though this studio may not have created many anime series, their biggest claim to fame is creating Future Diary anime series. Outside of that one series, this studio has yet to recapture that spark within its creations, but all it takes is one series to get fans from all over the world talking. However, can a studio with only nine animators, seven producers, and three painters create something worth watching?
Twelve-year-old Koushi Nagumo’s life suddenly goes downhill in a blink of an eye when his father abandons him after their house burns down. Left to fend for himself, Koushi collapses on the street, but an eccentric woman named Mineru Wachi takes pity on him and brings him to the female dormitory “Megami-ryou.” Life deals us all a deck of cards; sometimes, the hand we’re dealing with at the moment is good, and sometimes it’s a bad one.
After learning of Koushi’s situation, Mineru, who happens to be the temporary manager, invites him to become Megami-ryou’s official dormitory mother. However, what awaits him are the dorm’s residents – each with their wacky shenanigans – like the androphobic yet gentle Atena Saotome, the feminine tomboy Kiriya Senshou, and Mineru herself, who is as reckless as the depths of the ocean when it comes to science. Despite all this, Koushi does his best to fulfill the duties of this crazy new life! After all, he is still trying to figure out if his hand is still good or bad.
When it comes to this type of writing style of a haram anime series, one can easily describe this as easy. The story is relatively easy to follow; the pacing has a mellow pace that is not too challenging to keep up with, which is pleasant at times. Don’t underestimate that the easiness of the tone and story is used to showcase the potentially tedious aspects, which there surprisingly weren’t any. Easy in this sense is to showcase that everything that happens within the primary setting is in a realistic timeframe. Nothing feels forced regarding character development or plot. However, the series tried to do things differently than many other harems, but whether that works for the viewer is an independent opinion.
The negatives many will have towards this series is a relatively shortlist, but a list nonetheless. For instance, the viewer may have a weird experience seeing a twelve-year-old child put into so many sexual situations, and this is nowhere near other series that went this route. Still, the way Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory consistently uses it as comedic elements that nearly half the time doesn’t land is problematic. Boobs and nudity are one thing, but when it adds little to anything, especially for an Ecchi anime series, it is weak writing, which is troublesome at times. Another negative aspect of this anime was that the series felt rushed at times, not the story but the series as a whole. One episode is charismas, but the one prior was summer, no timeline of events to keep on track.
However, the biggest problem with this story is that it adds nothing from start to finish for the viewer. The entire anime series is easily summed up as “that was it?” the viewer will want so much more from a basic cut and paste type of storytelling that it’s problematic for the entire ecchi genre. It uses the same gags repeatedly, thinking it’ll be funny multiple times, but in reality, it was at best a pity laugh in the first place. Towards the end of the series, the viewer may need to take a break from anime to give themselves a break from this overcooked cookie-cutter style of a story.
However, unlike the story, the art style within this series was decent. Of course, this studio couldn’t afford their series to look sleek and stylish, but it did where it counts! The bright colors mixed with the grim and dark atmosphere at times work exceptionally well within the anime that it’s almost shocking. However, the viewer will recognize when and where the animators cheapen the series, particularly the backgrounds. The overall experience is nowhere near perfect, but it’s suitable for the number of people working on the series. Another area in the series looks great and also does not is the character designs. Some scenes look amazing and fleshed out, and others look like the college intern drew them.
The animation production was even better than expected from such a small team; all the praise that this series gets is well deserved. The opening theme song is an excellent fit for a series such as this, with its light pop tempo and colorful animations. The song “Naughty Love” is also titled adequately for a series revolving around a child and sexual women, which is somewhat ironic if one thinks about it for too long. The ending theme sequence is an excellent end to the episodes. The clown theme the series had gone with was an interesting approach to use the characters, though it got a little stale halfway through the run.
When it comes to a harem anime series, the characters usually make or break the series, especially since everyone has their favorites. Koshi Nagumo is the main character of the series whose a junior high student who gets a job at the dormitory after his house is burned down and is abandoned by his family. He is the sole male of the series, typical for harems but not uncommon to have a male friend.
Though he tries to live a respectable life within the big-breasted dormitory, being a hormone-raging preteen is not always easy. It can be hard at times – literally and figuratively. However, he does tend to land himself into the hero category reasonably often.
Atena Saotome is another resident of the dormitory and is the unfortunate one who has androphobia – the fear of adult men. This fear causes her to have excessive nosebleeds and fainting. She is the first person to view herself as Koushi’s older sister, while Koushi seemingly develops a crush on her. She is more of a motherly figure but has taken a sisterly role to make it “be less creepy.” Her most prominent personality trait is her well-endowed chest, but she’s also a lovely person with an okay personality though she turns into the ecchi police very quickly.
Mineru Wachi is another resident of the dormitory. She is a series scientist who enjoys doing her science with only a lab coat on at all times. She often causes the biggest commotions within the dormitory due to her experiments exploding, causing side effects from her dangerous chemicals and aphrodisiacs. However, unlike Mineru, Kiriya Sensho is the most hazardous of the girls. She is the heir to a dojo and enjoys cross-dressing and shoujo manga as well as martial arts. She is often forgetful of how fragile Koshi is compared to her dojo pupils, as she enjoys putting him into martial art positions that would cause anyone pain.
Though with every harem anime series, there must be a childhood friend, Sutea Koroya is that childhood friend of the anime. She is best described as a Tsundere by her personality. She has an aversion to being touched due to her body’s abnormal reaction to heat, and this is often counter reacted by Koushi having icepacks. She is very territorial of her friend, so her façade of being “just childhood friends” is quickly transparent to the other residents, which causes her immense embarrassment.
Though the one character with the most unusual gimmick that the series could have fleshed out a bit more was Serene Hozumi. She is best described as eccentric, but in a series where all the female characters are a bit over the top, it means absolute zero. She is mysterious, and not much is known about her character other than she is a night owl and pretends to be a creature from another world. However, the series doesn’t go into her development very much. If the series somehow gets another season, they’d most likely need to have a character arc to fix the lack of depth she had in this series. However, she’s the most forgettable due to her being barely present in the series, and even when she is there, she’s not doing or saying anything, a tragic waste.
The overall experience the viewer will receive from Mother of the Goddess’ Dormitory is a bit of a mixed bag of compliments and complaints. Of course, this series had an okay storyline that is not unique, and other series have done similar ideations, but somehow this series was able to give a tad bit more to the actual series as a whole. However, the story is by no means perfect with a plot that sometimes becomes more of a slice of life anime than anything. However, when a series can create something simple yet charming, that’s what sets this series apart.
The story may be flawed, the art style may even be a bit generic at times, but the animation within this series was good enough to keep the potential viewer as the series advanced. A studio with a small budget and a small team behind it gives this series a little more credit than others. Suppose the masses overlook this series; it’s obvious why, and rightfully so at that. However, the ones who want something out there that is a little weird and not too hard to follow will be theirs to claim. This series was never made for the masses, and the creators most likely knew that going into this project. But what they created was an underground series that is likable to some extent and even loveable to the other.
Cody Senpai is the creator of BakaNow, an anime review website that specializes in spoiler-free reviews for everyone. He is an avid anime watcher who has traveled to Japan numerous times to not only experience the culture and history but also to build friendships with people through a common interest. He is an avid animation fanatic from birth and even went on to major in communication to help share the importance of the stories we love to watch and listen to. Cody lives in Denver, Colorado and loves to do anything adventurous.