Welcome everyone to our next review, and our 25th review! Today we will be covering a fairly notorious series Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou (Monster Musume for short), or Everday Life with Monster Girls in English. We have few special announcements at the end of the review, so please stick around until then. As always, please beware of minor SPOILERS.
Now without further ado, let us begin the review.
Summary: Three years ago, the world learned that harpies, centaurs, catgirls, and all manners of fabulous creatures are not merely fiction; they are flesh and blood – not to mention scale, feather, horn, and fang. Thanks to the “Cultural Exchange Between Species Act,” these once-mythical creatures have assimilated into society, or at least, they’re trying. When a hapless human teenager named Kurusu Kimihito is inducted as a “volunteer” into the government exchange program, his world is turned upside down. A snake-like lamia named Miia comes to live with him, and it is Kurusu’s job to take care of her and make sure she integrates into his everyday life. -Anime News Network
Monster Musume does not itself too seriously, impressively maintaining a lighthearted mood throughout. This helps weakens many of the flaws of the plot’s impact. However, this does not eliminate said problems. The show is more or less divided into two halves, with the first half having more premise than plot, and the second half having a very crammed plot. The initial premise/plot narrows more as the series goes on, but still falls victim to the classic harem hell, where there is no real conclusion or solution to the initial plot. The second plot is very time crunched, but does have a conclusion. It also is poorly introduced and consumes more time than it should. However, this series clearly disregards any heavy focus on a plot anyway, preferring to opt for moments of fanservice.
This anime does a good job with characters, notably the girls. Each one was introduced with good context and developed appropriately. They also had unique personalities to help them stand out more, as if their very different anatomies did not do that already. Parts of the girls personality even contain references back to their mythological and traditional fictional depictions. However, the crowded cast does limit the time for character development, meaning some characters showed more development than others. The main male, Kurusu, is also a rather weak character outside of some significantly rare moments. This is not surprising, as it is fairly common in an ecchi anime. The girls were also heavily used in fanservice, which takes away from their character. As mentioned before, the show also falls into harem hell, with the no strong romantic relationship developing between any set characters.
The animation is really good for the series, with lots of detail being given to the girls. However, Kurusu is typically portrayed in a more cartoon style, which may be off putting to some viewers. While this appearance for him matches with the tone of the series, it does not mesh against the rest of the good animation well.
Monster Musume’s soundtrack is not especially spectacular, and is pretty general. One notable flaw is the placement of the ending, which introduces many characters that do not appear for several episodes. As such, it does not make a lot sense until they actually appear.
The anime offers some surprising themes, given its genre as an ecchi. The series focuses quite strongly on the discrimination some of the monster girls face. As such, it deals with discrimination, appearance, and acceptance as themes. A prime example of this is shown in the interaction between Rachnee, the spider girl, and Kurusu. Obviously, a person with a spider body would terrify people, but Kurusu is unfazed by this. In fact, he treats all the girls as normal humans, instead of as monsters or freaks. Many of these themes are lost in all the fanservice, however. The show maintains its genres really well, having many classic comedy, romance, and fantasy elements.
Final Score: 6.6/10
Final Grade: D
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou was a very ecchi comedy. The anime did know what it was and was not afraid to make fun of its own ridiculousness. The characters had fun personalities, but they were constantly over shadowed by the over whelming ecchiness. That being said they did a good job with not over whelming watchers with all the characters by introducing them slowly. The show did a good job keeping the show in a light hearted manner that was until the end when they tried to force a plot into the show. This lead to a poorly put together plot that was not done well at all. It also had some good themes, but they too like the rest of the show were lost in the fan service. Over all I would give it a 5 out of 10. I recommend this to people who are looking for a light hearted ecchi anime, but be warned if monster girls aren’t your thing the show may be hard to get through. – B-Ro
Where do I even begin with this one? Monster Musume is a very… ridiculous show. However, it is also an extremely self-aware show, and for that I give it my somewhat approval. Right from the start (I’m not going to even try and describe the first scene…), you know what kind of show this is, with ecchi and fanservice and not so subtle innuendo elements ramped up to 11. It’s not meant to be taken too seriously, and the creators thankfully seem to realize that. This show revels in its ridiculousness, and as a result produces some of the funniest anime moments I have ever experienced. Part of me wishes they had a little more restraint (insert joke about restraints and Rachnera here), but there was certainly never a dull moment. It almost became a contest of “how far will they go?”. I must commend this show for its consistency in tone. If they had tried to make things overly serious or try to have a deep storyline, this anime would’ve completely flopped. It does have a few “serious moments” but it handles them quite well, doesn’t make them too serious, and quickly returns to ridiculous. The anime even dives into some interesting themes such as acceptance and diversity while largely maintaining this tone. I’m surprised how much the characters grew on me (though they can be pretty stupid at times…). Each of the monsters have interesting quirks. The monster designs are quite interesting as well, and the sheer premise of a world with them all existing together is quite awesome. Darling kun (I’ll be honest, I have no idea what his name is…) grew on me a bit as well. The blank white eyes design that happens with him a lot was annoying at first, but it grew on me. Can I nitpick about the closer real quick? I do like the closer, and it does a great job at introducing Mon (I seriously loved Mon by the way. Great addition to the cast of characters), but the song should’ve been introduced when Mon was introduced, rather than having it close each episode. It would’ve been so cool to have this new group of monsters be introduced, and follow it up with a new, awesome theme song. Oh well… The opener is quite good in my opinion, fitting the show perfectly. The rest of the music isn’t stellar, but gets the job done. You’ve got your piano compositions, your joke tracks, your something sexual this way comes tracks… Basically, Monster Musume is a very ridiculous show. However, it is also an extremely self-aware show, and for that I give it my somewhat approval. Of course, you cannot take things too seriously here, but I found myself quite entertained and overwhelmed with laughter when going through the 12 episodes. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but here’s hoping for a season 2! With more Mon hopefully…
Final Comments: Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is a semi-unique ecchi anime that offers well developed characters who are also monster girls, but it is lacking heavily in plot. The main positive points of the series are overshadowed by excess fanservice also.
Thank you all for reading! As of our 25th review, we will be adding a few additional features to the site. We will begin to bring you “Bonus Posts” which will contain a variety of material, from soundtrack analyses to lists of our favorite anime. So look forward to that! If you would like to support us more, be sure to check out our FaceBook and Twitter, and follow our blog. Our next review will be a bit special, as B-Ro and LowKev will be covering it, and I, RishRaff, will be absent from the analysis. The next anime we are doing is Another.