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Demi-chan wa Kataritai
Interviews with Monster Girls is another of a number of anime milking off the popularity of the recent "monster girl" trend popularized with Monster Musume. But whereas said series is made mostly to pander to its audiences and gets too over the top exploiting the unique abnormalities of its "monster girl" gimmick, Interviews with Monster Girls aims to be more grounded and down-to-earth in its focus on biology teacher Tetsuo Takahashi bonding with several of his demi-human students and tending to their needs due to their unique traits effecting them in varying capacities. The series offers a solid amount of world-building and character focus in this aspect as the series shows how normal students come to regard demi-humans in their school and how the traits with each student affect them in their daily lives such as vampire Hikari and yuki-onna Yuki being sensitive to heat, and succubus teacher Sakie trying to make precautions to avoid having the aphrodisiac effect of her body leading her to get unwanted attraction from men. This helps the series avoid the standard trappings of both the "monster girl" gimmick and slice-of-life comedies as the series still offers a solid balance of comical and serious moments without going too over-the-top and the characters get enough dimension as such where they don't feel completely one-dimensional. |
I suppose you could think of Interviews with Monster Girls as a character-driven series with how it explores each of the demi-human girls handling their unique traits, and each one receiving development in some form thanks to Takahashi's support in respecting them both as people and for their unique demi-human traits. Rather than pander to its audience, the series instead opts to offer a unique premise in believably exploring how demi-humans would be affected by real-world settings and social interactions with others, mixed in with character development. If you want a nice example of the "monster girl" gimmick done effectively within anime, Interviews with Monsters Girls is a series I'd recommend checking out.
Last updated Wednesday, June 20 2018. Created Wednesday, June 20 2018.
Demi-chan wa Kataritai
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Well here's the problem: we have girls with supernatural powers, but little or no personality. Maybe not everyone thinks the same as I do, but as I see it there are no shortcuts that can be taken to avoid character development. Unless a show is uproariously funny (and this one clearly isn't), the characters will need to be fairly interesting in order for the show as a whole to be interesting as well. Another problem was that Takahashi's first interview with a Demi-human (a vampire) was pretty quick and dull. You would think that a person who has been fascinated by Demi-humans for years wouldn't waste any time if given a chance to interview one, and would ask probing questions, but that didn't exactly happen. We learn a thing or two which are modestly interesting, but all-in-all the ED sequence, where we learn a little about how anime frames are colored, was as interesting as the interview. If a show isn't going to be terribly funny (One decent joke was the way the Dullahan (a decapitated person) responded to a question) it needs to have an interesting story, but I'm not sensing that here. And a story needs to be fairly plausible. That's a problem here, because while the premise of Demi-humans might work in a well-written comedy or drama, in a so-so one like this the viewer is liable to notice that it makes little sense. I guess the lesson is, don't adopt a wild premise if you don't have writing quality to match it. This show is not terribly bad, just not all that good either; at least it tries.
Last updated Saturday, April 07 2018. Created Saturday, January 21 2017.