Sentai Filmworks has released the complete Season 1 of the 2015 animated show Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls. It comes in a 3 disc Blu-ray or 4 disc DVD set. Does it deserve a spot in your collection? Read on to find out!
As odd as it may be to say, Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls sounds exactly like what it is. The show is about monsters being recognized as existing by the government and regulated by a placement program. You have mythical creatures that are half beast and half well endowed ladies.
Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls specifically follows Kurusu Kimihito who was selected to be a “Host Family” and has to share his apartment with six of the feminine creatures. There is the snake girl Miia, the bird girl Papi, the horse lady Centorea, Suu the slime, Mero the mermaid and Rachnera the spider. It’s now Kurusu’s duty to watch over all these girls and see they cause no trouble – but all these girls have fallen in love with Kurusu and will do anything to be with him. The problem is it is illegal for those kinds of Monster/Human relationships.
As it probably comes across in the description this anime is a romantic comedy. It’s a direct adaptation of a manga. The series is directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara (his debut) but he has been key animator on a number of series previously (Seitokai Yakuindomo, Qwaser of Stigmata, and even an episode of One Punch Man).
The series is written by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu who has written quite a few modern anime series including: Beyblade, Is the Order a Rabbit?, Denki-Gai no Honya-san, Strawberry Panic, Ichigo 100% and a few episodes of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. The scripts seem nicely written, with funny dialog and situational comedy.
In my effort of expanding my film horizons I have learned that this type of anime is called “Ecchi”. Ecchi is an often used slang term in the Japanese language for playfully sexual actions. As an adjective, it is used with the meaning of “sexy”, “dirty” or “naughty”. Going into a show like this blindly will just come off as bizarre but after watching a few from Sentai (and playing Hunie Pop) I’ve started to get the hang of these kinds of shows. I think there are enough different types of characters to where you will likely be rooting for one (or a couple) to actually get their romantic wish. You really have no idea how difficult it is to write one of these reviews without making tons of sexual innuendo jokes.
Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls fits snugly between typical anime stereotypes. The lead is a male who is thrust into this situation that he did not agree to but eventually a deep bond is created. By the first couple of episodes you should know if you will really like it or not. It’s completely due to the relationships and character interactions. There is quite a bit of fan service in the writing and many sexually suggestive situations. I personally was amused by the show as it treats the material as fun and entertaining. The animated looks pretty solid and the character designs are well done. There is a hint of dramatic undertones but the show really doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously and therefore I did not take it that way either.
All 12 episodes + OVAs (350 minutes) are included in 16×9 1080p HD. The picture quality is pretty much what you would expect of a new animated show in this genre would look like. The colors really pop and the art itself is nice although sometimes a bit simplistic. Audio is English DTS-HD Master 2.0 and Japanese DTS-HD Master 2.0 with English subtitles. The show is mostly dialog heavy with a light score. It sounds like other shows from this same time period recently released by Sentai.
Clean Opening and Closing Animations
Japanese TV Spots and Promos
Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Final Thoughts:
This is a show I found entertaining and I did find myself at the very least smirking during some parts. It’s hard to know exactly who to recommend this show to blindly. If you’ve read this far you probably already know whether or not you’d be into this sort of thing. It seems like a quality show to me, so it’s certainly worth checking out if it sounds interesting to you. You can purchase it here on Amazon or other fine retailers.
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