Animation: Weak
Depth: Fair
Design: Fair
Characters: Fair
Story: Fair

Type: TV   (12 episodes)

Vintage: 2017

Category:

» supernatural
Verdict: meh
Review:

Interviews With Monster Girls


Summary: >

Tetsuo is a high school teacher fascinated by demi-humans: people who have characteristics of creatures of lore. In modern times society became more accepting and allowed them to integrate. They're very rare however, which is why Tetsuo has yet to ever meet one.

That changes with the enrolment of three demi humans at the school: a vampire, a dullahan (headless person), and a yuki-onna (snow woman). Tetsuo has always been curious from a academic standpoint, but discovers a more human relationship with the students he mentors.


Thoughts: >

I'm not sure what you'd do with a Monster Girl anime aside from silly comedy, so trying the concept with another direction is worth a shot (although it still has a fair amount of humor). Instead this anime just happens, and that's about it. It offers unusual topic points mixed in but is otherwise unremarkable. I wouldn't say it's not worth watching, depending on a few features which you might like.

There isn't much plot in Interviews With Monster Girls, but it's not slice-of-life either. The characters are hit and miss, but none of them are strong enough to energize the show, making this one seem like an inevitable dud.

But eventually I figured out what this anime was actually trying to do. Tetsuo's curiosity about demi humans has manifested in many theories, but never any practical study until now. Now that he can interact with them, he can better understand how reality diverges from legend, but also has his own theories on their unusual natures. I'm sure that's interesting to someone, but that wasn't me (not in this context anyway).

That's not to say that it totally fails. The succubus teacher's situation works very well. She's ever vigilant in proactively avoiding unwanted attention. She dresses in the most unappealing way possible, and takes the early/last trains to avoid touching people. This level of isolation makes it awkward when she falls in love with Tetsuo, and realizes she has no idea how to pursue a relationship. Although occasionally tempted to ero-bomb him with her powers, she wants a more sincere romance. In contrast, the other girls have minor issues which aren't very compelling. I didn't care about the problems a headless girl encounters. Yes it's weird, that doesn't automatically make it interesting. The vampire girl's situation is hit and miss, but she's given a pass with her upbeat personality compensating for otherwise dull aspects.

While it's not a bad anime, Interviews With Monster Girls lands at a "pleasant watch" but nothing more. I wouldn't recommend it, but if anything about it piques your interest, it's probably worth checking out.


Quote: >

Tetsuo: It isn't how you're born that makes you "like" something. It's how you live with what you are.


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reviewed by archen in 2017