HAPPY LESSON: MOM-AGEDDON
represents a variation on the "multiple babes adoring a dubious nerd" format, in the tradition of Love, Hina
and Steel Angel Kurumi
. Chitose thought he would be living in his parents' old house alone while he attended high school; instead, he's sharing it with five youthful, attractive teachers, all of them vying to be his principal mama. The premise is no flimsier or more improbable than many popular series, but director Iku Suzuki keeps everything moving at such a feverish pitch, Happy Lesson
quickly becomes Annoying Lesson
. The teachers screech and squabble like preschoolers. Periodically, Chitose declares affectionately that everyone's a member of his family, yet he's needlessly rude to student council president Fumitsuke, who would clearly like to join that mismatched clan in a non-maternal role. Happy Lesson
makes Tenchi Muyo!
feel Chekhovian. (Rated 15 and older: cartoon violence, brief nudity, risqué humor, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon