So I've been hearing a lot about this anime and yes, as most of you are aware, it's because of the Pouting MILF memes. They trace to this anime so I want to know if it's good and worth checking out. Thanks.
You are watching: Do you like your mom her normal attack is two attacks
There are currently three light novels available in English, and I've read all of them.
I like the series quite a bit. It's kind of a subversion of the stereotypical power fantasy isekai. Protagonist Masato gets sent into a computer game where he expects to be the overpowered hero saving the day and building a harem, except his mom is there to pretty much ruin everything by doting on him, judging him, or generally being far more useful in the game than he is. So the story follows a guy essentially playing second banana to his overpowered, clingy hover-mom while they build a party and go on adventures.
The series also has its share of fanservice, enough that it gets meme'd and dismissed as an incest show. The series does regularly make jokes like that, but so far they remain only jokes. What usually happens is that Mamako will end up in “typical fanservice moments” and then Masato is mortified because it's his own mom and not literally anyone else.
The fanservice is mainly for the reader's benefit, not Masato's, and it's just cringeworthy embarrassment for him. His romantic interests lie elsewhere, and, apart from Mamako's lack of modesty and disregard for personal space, she doesn't appear to have any of those feelings for him.
The first novel (covered in anime episodes 1-4) was easily the best of the three, and the second book felt like a large misstep with jokes that ran too long and writing that felt like it was trying too hard to be funny. The third book recovered considerable ground, and while it wasn't as good as the first, it was definitely better than the second.
Now, with alllll that rambling out of the way, I have some misgivings about the anime. The direction it takes is somewhat disappointing, because it cuts out a lot of character development. The main female character (besides Mamako) has a ton of moments in the first book, and they're almost all removed just to leave more time for mom shenanigans. Similarly, Mamako's most-invasive behavior is curbed or omitted, but Masato's angry outbursts are left in, which makes him look like much more of a whiny, petulant shit than he actually is.
What the anime does adapt is fairly close to the book, and it's still marginally entertaining, but I feel like a lot of the soul and spirit of the series has been removed all for the sake of mom gags. Had I not read the books, I would feel like Masato's personality makes almost no sense, and I would feel like Wise's character was a largely squandered opportunity.