Okay, I’m super behind the times on this one.
But I think it’s a truth that at the end of the day, working adults still want a housewife to come home to. Heck y’all, I want a housewife to come home to, and I barely qualify as a working adult.
It puts me in mind of something I read about the survival factor of the Donner party seems not to stem from the number of young male workers, but whether or not they had an older female social lynchpin. In other words, survival is society, and society is den mothers.
I mean, there are shitloads of problematic things in here under the surface of this anime, the least of which is the loli being 800 years old expressly so you don’t have to put your dick in jail. Granted, most of the otaku-bait loli shit is performed by Shiro, while Senko is mostly our repository for the Jungian mother archetype (with some veiled ecchi moments I find fairly easy to ignore and by God I am going to ignore them.)
Another reviewer already said something about how he appreciates that Senko is grounded in the reality of the shitty working adult experience, and I feel that. I do want to build a community with a den mom and maybe we can all live in a sharehouse and pay our den mom a salary so that she can continue to den-mom to us without burning out. Because late-stage capitalism is getting to me, y’all. And if she wants to cosplay as a Taisho-era housemaid, I am a-okay with that (deffo superior to the overused generic maid outfit.)
Heck, you could sum up my feelings about Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid in much the same way. Gimme a cute, quirky den mom.