Review of Interviews with Monster Girls

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Interviews with Monster Girls taught me that not every show featuring Demi-Humans is a boob fest. This series is much more wholesome than the likes of Rosario Vampire or Monster Musume. Based on the manga created by Petos, Interviews with Monster Girls is set in an alternate Earth where some people are born with traits similar to those of fictional creatures. Tetsuo Takahashi, a biology teacher who possesses the physique of a PE instructor, is fascinated with the rare percentage of folks who are born Demi-Human. Luckily for him he works at a school where the student body and staff contain a quartet of monster girls.

OVERVIEW

Unlike the abovementioned Monster Musume, many of the characters in Interviews with Monsters Girls could easily pass off as regular humans. No one has arachnid or serpentine body parts that advertise their Demi-Human status. The only person who clearly isn’t normal is dullahan Kyoko Machi, whose noggin is detached from her chest. Machi is a brainbox who is “head” over heels in love with Takahashi. Her best friend is a mischievous vampire named Hikari Takanashi. The blonde bloodsucker would best be described as a hyperactive prankster, although Hikari’s trademark energy seems to desert her when it comes to waking up in the morning… something most of us can relate to!

Completing the trio of Demi-Human pupils is snow woman Yuki Kusakabe. When the series begins Yuki comes across as a loner. Yuki keeps to herself, as she fears that her ice powers could potentially harm anyone who gets too close. Thanks to Takahashi’s guidance she however manages to overcome her anti-social ways. Yuki reminds me a little of her Persona 4 namesake. Both characters act respectable, for the most part, but on occasion will burst into bouts of uncontrollable laughter. One thing that I found odd about Yuki is that she is a closet manga fan. Given how popular comics are in Japan, why would anyone over there conceal that hobby?

VERDICT

My rating for Interviews with Monster Girls is four stars. It’s a light and fluffy comedy that will put a smile on your face. Although I commented that the anime is more wholesome than other monster girl shows, it does feature a tiny amount of eye candy. Episode twelve’s poolside instalment is clearly a pretence for showing off Takahashi’s pecks. The series also stars a succubus math teacher named Sakie Sato, although she subverts expectations by not being your stereotypical man-eater. Sakie actually tries to hide her sexiness under a plain tracksuit and specs. To avoid unwanted attention she even commutes outside of rush hour, to reduce the risk of arousing passengers. That’s a good idea, because hentai has taught me that Japan’s railways are rife with molesters.

One problem that Interviews with Monster Girls suffers from is that the series loses steam as it goes along. Early on things are fun because each episode introduces a new character to the mix. Once the cast is fully established though the pace slows down to a slice of life crawl. There isn’t much story or banter to maintain your interest. Some conflict could have spiced things up, but alas everyone is too darn nice and polite. Perhaps this flaw illustrates why other properties rely on tits and harem infighting to keep their audiences’ attention? Oh well, nothing that season two can’t remedy by adding a jealous lamia transfer student to the class.

25 thoughts on “Review of Interviews with Monster Girls

  1. I’m honestly not really too much into comedies. It is the one genre that I usually tend to avoid when watching either movies or anime. There are very few comedies that I like, but that said, it doesn’t mean that I never check any of them out. I do like the premise for this one, so I guess I just will note it down for future reference. And I guess it really is refreshing to see a series that doesn’t head into full fanservice mode for a change. As always this was a great review! 😊

    • I can understand your point of view. Comedy is a subjective and in the case of anime there’s also the added hurdle of humor getting lost in translation. This series is okay because the gags are more amusing than goofy. I personally don’t mind eye candy, but I understand that it puts off some viewers. For people in that camp this monster girl show should be more palatable than the others I mentioned.

      • Yeah I think the only anime comedy that I really enjoyed and that I can think of is Urusei Yatsura. It is an older show, but wow seriously it is so amazingly funny that I still have to laugh at it when I think back on it. But this as far as comedies go doesn’t sound too bad which is why I have at least noted it down 😊

  2. This series was an absolute delight. In fact, the whole season that this was part of was wonderful — we had this, Dragon Maid and… something else I’ve forgotten offhand but really enjoyed at the time.

    I enjoyed this series for just how overwhelmingly nice it was. It didn’t try too hard with the comedy, it didn’t overdo the monster stuff, it was just a nice warm hug of a show that it was impossible to walk away from feeling sad about.

    For some, that meant it might have felt a bit dull or boring — I have a monstergirl-loving friend who had no interest in it because he adores the overblown fanservice of stuff like MonMusu — but I had a lot of time for it.

    • This series won’t cater to viewers who watch monster girl shows for titillation, but it is certainly nice and sweet. One of those shows that perks up your mood after a stressful day at work.

    • I liked Rosario Vampire’s comedy, even if the formulaic episodes got repetitive after a while. Years ago I read the manga and was surprised to see that it transformed from harem humor to a Dragonball like fighting series.

  3. I remember watching this when it first came out. The first 2 episodes perked me up, the third one still made me chuckle, but by Ep. 4 I just sort of lost interest in it. I always meant to go back it and watch the whole season but after a while, it no longer seemed to matter. Maybe one of these days I’ll try again. Thanks for highlighting this series.

    • By episode four I was still enjoying the series, but I tired of it towards the end. Probably my fault though, as I marathoned the whole thing in a couple of sittings. Interviews with Monster Girls might be one of those shows I would have liked more watching on a weekly basis.

  4. Hahaha.. “…hentai has taught me that Japan’s railways are rife with molesters.” I would have to agree with you. Japanese shows in general have taught me, there’s a lot of creeps using their rail services.

    Interviews with Monster Girls, sounds really cute and funny πŸ™‚
    I must try and give it a watch, since the anime I’m currently watching is so brutal.
    After watching only 5 episodes, the main characher’s father has abandon them, mum has died and he tryed satanism. Which lead to him losing an arm and a leg and accidentally turning his brother into an armoured ghost.
    But most brutal of all, a little girl and her puppy got frankensteined together by her father, than murdered by a weirdo, right after he murders her father and let her watch. I could really do with watching something cheerful πŸ™‚
    Great review, as always πŸ˜€

    • Full Metal Alchemist has its fair share of funny moments, but at times it can be heart wrenching. That chimera arc was really bad and there are some equally depressing scenes, as you will soon discover. Stick with the show though, as it is one of the better anime I have ever watched.

  5. I almost passed this one up since I’m more into darker/action filled anime, but have been trying a few shows out of my comfort zone each year. Most of the interactions between Sakie and Takahashi were hilarious, and I loved Machi, Yuki, and (especially) Hikari. It was unexpectedly enjoyable for me. Though I totally agree with you on the show’s issue. I kept expecting it to go deeper, but in that way it disappointed me. Great review!

  6. When I saw the title, I was expecting an anime version of space ghost coast 2 coast and I’m not sure why. A comedy anime always sounds good, last few anime I’ve watched have left me in a void.

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