12-year-old middle school student Koushi Nagumo is left homeless after his house burns down in a fire and his father abandons him. While starving on the streets, he gets picked up by a college student to her dormitory and is offered to work as the dorm mother there. The Goddess Dormitory as it is known, though, has a reputation as a problem dorm inhabited by eccentric girls. Thus begins Koushi’s new life living together with a group of older women that leads to many bawdy situations.
Halimun Muhammad (The Indonesian Anime Times)
It’s still quite surprising to think that this season has not just one, but two adaptations of oneshota manga (the other being The Duke of Death and His Maid). Mother of Goddess’ Dormitory is kind of similar to Sunohara-sou since both involves a boy surrounded by older women at a residential place for students. But unlike Sunohara-sou where the main heroine is the caretaker of the place, here it is the boy who gets the responsibility of taking care of the place. This provides the gap between Koushi’s dutiful sensibilities and his lack of maturity to cope with older people that is played for comedy and cuteness.
Voicing Koushi is newcomer seiyuu Misuzu Yamada. Although her performance could still be polished more, she already brings just the right kind of boyishness to the role; not too rough, but still firm enough to deliver tsukkomi or straight man responses to the other characters’ quirky antics. Another part of story’s comedy is also the risque situations happening between the boy and the girls. But aside from the uncensored version having nipples bared, the accidental pervert and teasing scenarios are still in the usual tamer levels to be expected from this kind of cohabitation comedy.
The first episode adapts the first two chapters from the manga as two segments separated by a credit roll (not sure yet if this placement of the credits will be the standard for the rest of the episodes), and the next episode preview confirms that episode two will adapt the next two chapters. Some bits have been moved ahead, though, with Atena’s declaration to uphold public morals in the dorm from chapter four and her censorship sticks from chapter five get brought in to make the concluding scene of the first episode. The staff has also added neat details here and there that give extra layers of comedy to the setting and characterizations, like mad scientist Mineru’s suspiciously squirming trash bag outside of her room.
In brief, this anime is looking to be a good adaptation of the manga to entertain oneshota fans who aren’t averse to the more bawdy side of the genre and have been waiting for more oneshota anime since Sunohara-sou had its turn three years ago.
Facts and Figures
|Alternate Title(s)||Megami-ryou no Ryoubo-kun
|Original Work||Manga by Ikumi Hino|
|Cast||Asaki Fukuyama as Frey
Ayaka Nanase as Atena Saotome
Chiaki Takahashi as Mineru Wachi
Hikaru Nanjo as Sutea Khoroya
Misuzu Yamada as Koushi Nagumo
Risako Murai as Kiriya Sensho
Yuki Yomichi as Serene Hozumi
|Scenario||Masashi Suzuki (Kanokon, Shuffle!, Minami-ke: Okawari)|
|Character Design||Maiko Okada|
|Opening Theme||“Naughty Love” by Megami-ryousei|
|Ending Theme||“Zettai! Kimi Sengen♡” by Megami-ryousei+α|
|Studio||Asread (Shuffle!, Minami-ke: Okawari)|
|Broadcast Date||14 July 2021 (1605 GMT/2305 WIT), 15 July 2021 (0105 JST)|
Screenshots and Trailer
The Indonesian Anime Times