My Stepmom’s Daughter is My Ex is worthwhile rom-com

2022 appears to be a promising year for anime fans, and My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex so far has seen very solid ratings amongst viewers.

My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex, or Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Motokano datta, is a romantic comedy that was released on July 6, 2022, and ran until the final episode, episode 12, released on Sept. 21. The show, as did a handful of other anime, was adapted from a novel series originally written by Kyōsuke Kamishiro, with illustrations done by Takayaki for the light novel series. 

The series revolves around two main characters, Mizuto Irido and Yume Irido, who become step siblings after Mizuto’s father remarries to Yume’s mother. Throughout middle school, Mizuto and Yume dated each other, but after a series of misunderstandings and insecurities between the two, they broke up. Throughout the show, the two of them frequently mess with each other, trying their best to outdo each other. 

Other characters are introduced during the duration of the show, each adding their own thing to the table and forcing the main characters to think about their actions, all the while romantic tensions between Mizuto and Yume spark up once again. 

The tensions between the two characters are done very well, frequently making it difficult to know how a character will respond to the actions of another character, and building off of each other. 

The use of flashbacks is a good way to learn about the pasts of both Mizuto and Yume, in how they met, how they interacted with each other, and what eventually led to their breakup. However, some might find the show to be a bit on the controversial side with hints toward relationships between step siblings.

Overall, My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex was an enjoyable watch and one to check out if you are someone who enjoys the rom-com genre.

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