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.
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?
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.