Mother's Basement is a Youtube channel led by Geoff Thew. Here he mostly talks about anime in the form of reviews and analysis. On occasion, he makes videos about other media than anime, such as movies, tv-series and games, although anime stays the most prominent topic. He's also a fan of video games.
His earliest videos on the main channel date back to 2015, starting with a series called "What's in an OP?" Here he breaks down the meaning and layers of anime openings. Later on, he would do a couple of reviews, although most of these were about certain movies, tv-series or games. In early 2016, he did the first Weebcast with Digibro, Best Guy Ever and Subsonic Sparkle, which was hosted by Digi. During fall 2016, he would start to feature the series on his main and later on his second channel. The Weebcast is a podcast consisting of multiple anime YouTubers talking about and discussing certain trends within the anime community, most often seasonal anime.
As of March 2019, he has gained over 800 thousand subscribers on his channel.
Mother's Basement contains examples of:
- Accentuate the Negative: In "The WORST Isekai Anime" he does this with The Master Of Ragnarok And Blesser Of Einherjar.
- April Fools' Day:
- In 2016, he made an "What's in an OP?" for Cory in the House (or as he called it: Kourii Howaito Hausu de Cho Taihen!) as if it were an actual anime, and a masterpiece at that, even though it's not an actual anime.
- He decided to do an Affectionate Parody of the Game Theory format from MatPat in 2017.
- Did something similar in 2018, where he made "the REAL Top 10 Anime Betrayals", in which he called his channel WatchMoba and did a Top Ten List of anime betrayals. While some of the entries were anime-related (and Spoileriffic), a couple of those were not. Cherry on top being number one:Geoff: When I was twelve a girl borrowed my anime DVD and never gave it back to me.
- For 2019, he made a "What's in an OP?" for Shrekku: Sonzaishinai Saikou no Otogibanashi, analyzing the title sequence and its references to the original Light Novels.
- Basement-Dweller: He used to be this, before moving out to live with his girlfriend.
- Berserk Button:
- Anime Piracy. While he states that there are moments where it's justifiable, Geoff gets very heated about the subject, and tends to be quite vocal about his distaste for it when the anime is legally available.
- Faux Symbolism being used for the Rule of Cool. If you have an intent to make a work that commentates on real world events, but not actually use the symbolism or meaning behind it beyond window-dressing, Geoff will for sure be very upset about it. This is why he dislikes most of David Cage's games; they rely on imagery and themes from real world history, but Cage is quick to always claim that they are not commentating on anything behind what in game they talk about.
- Canada, Eh?: Largely averted, he's a Caustic Critic with an accent indistinguishable from an American.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can become this when he's criticising something or is just being cynical.
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: The point of the "There's NO GOOD REASON to Pirate Legally Available Anime" video.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Comes up in his first two videos of the My Hero Academia OPs. In the first video, he repeatedly claims that Tooru Hagakure appears in a shot where she couldn't be seen, which led to some people getting confused. The joke? Tooru Hagakure is invisible.
So at the beginning of the second video, he resorts to explaining but does so by a comedic visual representation of the saying "the joke goes over one's head", using the second My Hero Academia OP. He didn't intend to have to explain the joke but eventually feels to do so anyway in the form of another joke.
- Fix Fic: "Fixing Alfheim: the WORST part of SAO", where he takes the Alfheim Arc of the anime Sword Art Online and tries to make it a better story (if nothing else, a more narratively cohesive story) by reimagining the arc's scenario.
- A God Am I: Downplayed for laughs whenever he calls himself the Anime Pope.
- Insult to Rocks: Given his well-known dislike of Sword Art Online, it says a lot that he considers it better than several other lazy and trope-y Isakei series. Overlaps with I Can't Believe I'm Saying This.
- Otaku: He qualifies, being into anime (and gaming) with most of his content focussing on this. When he appears on screen, most of the time he's posing in front of a shelf cabinet with merchandise.
- Poor Communication Kills: Why he accidentally played Resident Evil 2 instead of MediEvil as an eight year old.
- Product Placement: In most videos, he'll find a moment to interrupt his story to promote for some brand, service or new product. This has gotten to point that his promoting became somewhat of a Running Gag and has attained a memetic status.
- Public Service Announcement: Parodied in his Public Service Anime video series, with episodes such as "Your Transforming Body and You", "Is Your Daughter A Magical Girl?" and "The Waifu Wars".
- A Rare Sentence: He describes the ending of SAO's Alicization arc as "trainwreck", like "a flaming, horny clown humping an armless woman to death.""'Golly, Jeff! That's a weird image to pull out of nowhere!' Boy, is it!"
- Running Gag:
- Geoff never refers to Naruto as such, instead referring to both the character and the show as "Boruto's Dad".
- Referring to Haruhi Suzumiya as God.
- His self-described dislike of everything to do with Sword Art Online and the sheer number of videos he's put out on the subject. Fans have started to joke that SAO-bashing is what's paying his rent most months.
- Self-Deprecation: Geoff's jokes frequently target both his own nerdiness and his shilling of various anime related web-services.
- Serious Business: Apparently, one of the bloodiest and most dangerous wars of all time continuing to this day is the Waifu Wars.
- Shout-Out: His Fix Fic of SAO's Alfheim arc is split into sections with titles that he reads aloud in a voice that imitates Mr. Plinkett's patented throaty monotone.
- Take That!:
- His channel's claim to fame is mostly around giving multiple Take Thats towards Sword Art Online, to the point where he changed things up a bit by making a video on its positives.
- Similar to the above, in his video about Detroit: Become Human, he gives various creators "Rekis" on a "Kawahara scale of god-awful writing." David Cage gets 5 Rekis for his involvement in the game, and you can see the full list in the video (pause at 7 seconds). Tim Buckley and Chuck Lorre top the list. He also then says David Cage's "ability to direct actors and compose a scene is rivaled only by Tommy Wiseau and Uwe Boll."
- His "Top 10 Anime Betrayals" April Fools' Day video is a big one towards WatchMojo.
- In "Welcome to Amestris - Fullmetal Alchemist Travel Guide", he makes a jab at Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico by saying that the Briggs wall would be "a colossal waste of time and money" without alchemy.
- This Is Unforgivable!: The number one biggest anime betrayal? A girl borrowed Geoff's anime DVD when he was a kid and never gave it back.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Downplayed with Digibro. Despite occasionally taking shots at each other, they have said to actually be good friends. That being said, the past few years have strained their friendship greatly, as the two's difference of opinion has made it difficult for them to get along.
- We All Live in America: Parodied from time to time, in reference to 4Kids Entertainment, though Geoff himself is Canadian.
Tropes discussed on Mother's Basement:
- Doing It for the Art: His summation of the late Stan Lee's foray into anime and manga is that they're all So Okay, It's Average at best. But what Geoff found remarkable was how willing Stan was to experiment with mediums he was fascinated with when he really didn't need to.
- Gateway Series: In his video where he points out good things about Sword Art Online for once, he explains that this trope is ultimately the show's biggest strength. For as divisive as the series can get, even its strongest detractors begrudgingly admit it (at least its first season) is what got them into anime in the first place.
- Incest Is Relative: Anime finds a way and Geoff is never happy about it ("DON'T FUCK YOUR SISTER"). However, he willingly plays Devil's Advocate and attempts a Tropes Are Tools for this by keeping it in his Fix Fic for SAO's Alfheim Arc, pointing out that at the very least Suguha's attraction to her brother/cousin is portrayed in a negative and tragic light in the story.
- Jerkass Dissonance: He theorized about the reasons Aqua, Darkness and Megumin from Konosuba are generally well-liked despite them having unlikeable characteristics. Eventually, he concluded that this is not only because their antics make them funny but also because their personalities are genuine, which creates a sense of them being comfortable around the audience and the audience feeling familiar with them. That, and possibly because their designs are cute.
- Most Annoying Sound: Besides the Cliché Storm plot, part of the reason he dislikes the anime adaptation of Black Clover is because the main character, Asta, is so loud and grating on the ears, that watching the show is borderline impossible. It makes attempting to watch after a few episodes not worth it because Asta is painful to listen to.
- One of the many reasons he detested the fight scenes in Master of Ragnarok was the poorly drawn anatomy of the characters even in Limited Animation shots.
- A rare example of this not being bad, this is why he loves the anime adaptation of Konosuba. The Off-Model animation works well for comedy, and since the series is mostly that, it helps create some of the funniest moments in the show.
- Rape as Drama: One of the biggest criticisms Geoff gives to SAO is its rather tactless usage of sexual assault, i.e. serving only as Kick the Dog moments as opposed to actual plot or character advancement. One of the few positive points he gives to Alicization is its usage of sexual assault to actually drive the plot forward, but even that he considers mitigated by the fact that not only is it presented in a somewhat comedic manner (intentional or not is unknown) initially, but it creates a giant Plot Hole in its World Building as a result.
- The Scrappy: Discussed in his "What's in a Scene? — How SAO Became the Worst Anime Ever" video. Geoff heavily dislikes Yui because in his opinion, she was responsible for setting up the downfall of the show for him, since the scene of her "death" caused such massive amounts of Fridge Logic and an Ass Pull from Kirito to save her that the series ultimately went downhill and never recovered from. In a way, Yui, at least for Geoff, ended up being something of a Franchise Killer in terms of his ability to enjoy it, and for said reason, he heavily dislikes her character.
- Second Season Downfall: Discussed in "How DARLING in the FRANXX Wrecked its Worldbuilding", and the follow up video; "DARLING in the FRANXX — What the HFIL Happened!?". The second season of the series went so drastically into a different genre for several of its run-time, than shifted to explaining as much about the setting as possible, before becoming a copy of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Any good will people had towards the series effectively died after the second half of the series started, and the ending basically trampled any hope for a good conclusion.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: One of the reasons he hated the Alfheim Arc of Sword Art Online was that the story never even remotely addressed the Big Bad and his evil plan to create mind control technology using the still trapped SAO players. In Geoff's eyes, it was simply used as a way to raise the stakes, but never actually mattered since the plot point itself had no usage at all. Another important plot point he discusses being wasted was how Kirito himself points out that Asuna is as strong as he is, if not potentially more, and argues that the story really seems to suggest a fight between the two will happen, but never actually does. In his "Fixing Alfheim: the WORST part of SAO" video, he addresses these by combining both plot points by having a mind controlled Asuna fight Kirito.