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Anime Review: Interviews With Monster Girls

With a name like ‘Interviews With Monster Girls‘, you would be excused to think this is an ecchi. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term ‘ecchi’, this is effectively the same way as saying ‘sexy’. As such, I clicked on this one thinking it was going to be yet another harem anime and that I’d turn it over and look for something different. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case for this particular anime, although I’m sure there are enough people who would watch it purely for the fantasisation of lady monster nibbling at necks and losing their heads. No really, this is something that happens a fair bit in this anime. Let’s have a look and see what I really thought of it.

Overview

Release Date
7 January 2017
Genre Comedy, Supernatural
Crunchyroll Link
Crunchyroll Link

Review

Story

Various Demi-Humans

Various Demi-Humans

Monsters in this age, known as Demi-Humans, are relatively uncommon but still an accepted and well integrated part of society. Biology teacher Tetsuo Takahashi has been looking to interview these Demi-Humans, intending to learn more about them for a project he’s working on. Although he takes a studious interest in the Demi-Humans of the world, he learns to not only be interested in them, but that he wants to do what he can to help them. In a world not built for them, he looks out to try and document what makes them unique and what life is like for them.

The story revolves around the idea that these girls are all gifted in their own way: From the Vampires who get to sneak around and drink blood, the Dullahans who can walk around without a head attached to their bodies and the succubi who are able to make men fall weak at the knees, the world is full of different Demi-Humans. It’s up to Tetsuo to not only find one of each, but to understand and help these different races of Demi-Humans as best he can.

Animation

The animation and artwork of this show is really simple and really rather nice. It’s nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s just a nice and easy to watch series. As always, we believe you should be allowed to afford your own opinion on the artwork of a show, so here’s our regular gallery:

Audio

The opening theme to this show is nice, if a little bit forgettable. I mean there’s nothing wrong with it at all, but there’s not too much to be said about it. Same, unfortunately, for the closing theme to the anime too. It’s all fine and dandy and the voice acting is really rather good – But there’s nothing too interesting or unique in this.

Overall

When Hikari met Tetsuo

Whilst the anime was a little bit on the silly and cutesy side, I will admit that there was a decent enough narrative in here. There was nothing confusing, nothing to really sink your teeth into (get it?) However, what you did get out of this little series was… Well… A cute, laid back story. If you’re looking for something to watch when you’re bored at some point this weekend, then why not consider Interviews With Monster Girls? It’s easy watching, it’s pleasant and it’s overall thematically quite nice. If there was one major flaw in this show however, it’s put all of its eggs into one basket. The vampire girl, Hikari, is said basket. She’s the goofball that you’re supposed to love, she’s the cutesy ditsy one who gets into amongst the most fanservice-esque segments, she’s also the one who wants to help out the most. It makes her likeable, but at the detrement of many of the other characters – Especially the Dullahan whom you meet rather early on.

But now, it’s over to you – What did you think? Have you seen Interviews With Monster Girls, or is it a little too close to ecchi for your liking? As always, leave us a comment below, or over on the social media channels: Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.

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5 responses

  1. Mejiro

    “Monster girls as metaphor for disabled people” is new ground at least – Hikari is not a million miles from a diabetic, in that she basically has awkward dietery rules she has to follow, the dullahan needs some special equipment (her eating harness) and can do most normal things but it’s a lot easier if other people help her a bit (e.g. letting her have a rucksack rather than a satchel, so she doesn’t have her hands full all the time). The succubus must be really lonely, what with the whole ‘not being able to touch anyone’ thing, no wonder she wants a hug! And if the yuki-onna looses control, it’s really obvious and could cause problems/danger to those around her.

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    February 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    • Huh, very interesting analogy of it. I took it more literally in that they’re a bunch of people from different backgrounds. The only issue with my version, which yours addresses really nicely is the lack of issues other people gave them.

      The only one the disability angle struggles with is the succubus – Is hers more of a ‘social anxiety’?

      Very interesting points :)! Gives the show a whole new light.

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      February 6, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      • Mejiro

        I try to avoid thinking about the succubus, because the whole ‘has to live by herself, on the edge of town and never touch anyone or dress up’ gets into some rather fucked up IRL stuff with slut-shaming and so forth. But yeah, hers is basically an invisible disability that she has to arrange her entire life around.

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        February 7, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      • See, I didn’t want to think that would be what they’re going for. Still: I love this interpretation of the show. Is it the official interpretation/what the writer was going for?

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        February 7, 2017 at 9:17 pm

  2. Mejiro

    About half and half I think? Some of it is a fairly obvious reading of how the characters are treated and stuff like the Dullahan’s eating harness. Some of it is a bit of a stretch (I’m guessing we won’t get an episode about how fucked up the succubus’ childhood implicitly was, assuming her powers have always been active)

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    February 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

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