With his parents abroad, Kimihito Kurusu lived a quiet, unremarkable life alone until monster girls came crowding in! This alternate reality presents cutting-edge Japan, the first country to promote the integration of non-human species into society. After the incompetence of interspecies exchange coordinator Agent Smith leaves Kimihito as the homestay caretaker of a Lamia named Miia, the newly-minted "Darling" quickly attracts girls of various breeds, resulting in an ever-growing harem flush with eroticism and attraction.
Unfortunately for him and the ladies, sexual interactions between species is forbidden by the Interspecies Exchange Act! The only loophole is through an experimental marriage provision. Kimihito's life becomes fraught with an abundance of creature-specific caveats and sensitive interspecies law as the passionate, affectionate, and lusty women hound his every move, seeking his romantic and sexual affections. With new species often appearing and events materializing out of thin air, where Kimihito and his harem go is anyone's guess!
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is a highly perverted ecchi harem anime. If you don't like that kind of thing, you might as well stop reading right now because this show is not for you.
That being said, Monster Musume is *not* a generic anime however. Rather it has a quite fresh take on the genre with a very unorthodox character cast which indirectly makes the ecchi elements very unique. It's very creative for a fanservice anime, and thus manages to stand out from the crowd quite a lot. As a result, Monster Musume is one of the more noteworthy series in the ecchi harem genre.
of all though, I'd like to make a general statement here. Given how many complaints you see about how many bad ecchi harems there are nowadays, have you ever stopped to ask yourself what exactly it is that makes a fanservice-oriented ecchi harem *good* then? Of course this is an entirely subjective question, but personally I can think of a number of things as signs of one. I'm going to go through them one by one and then compare Monster Musume's performance to those standards, and in that way analyze the contents of the anime.
1. A good ecchi harem should not have any sort of cheap excuse story. Such a plotline is only going to suck anyway so don't even try.
Monster Musume's premise is rather simple. Due to a new law, various kinds of monster girls have been allowed to move to human countries as long as they are taken care of by a human host. This is in order to see if different species are capable of living alongside one another in the future or not. And thus the story is about an ordinary guy who gets tasked with taking care of a bunch of sexy monster girls of various species by cohabitating with them. Unfortunately for him, it's still highly illegal for humans and monster girls to mate with each other, and thus he has to muster up all the mental strength he has in order to resist the girls' rather forceful attempts at seducing him.
And that's about all there is to it. No complicated overarching story, no "dark past", no stupid out-of-place action scenes or anything along those lines. Just plain and simple lewdness in a comedic setting. That's all it is, and that's all it needs to be. If you watch an anime for the sake of ecchi... well then you don't need much more than ecchi as long as it is executed properly.
2. A good ecchi harem requires some sort of originality. There needs to be something to make the anime stand out, otherwise it will only come across as generic and repetitive.
Monster Musume's heroines are very unique, for obvious reasons. We have a lamia, a harpy, a centaur, and tons of other species making up the female cast of this show. While this is unusual in and of itself, it also provides an almost infinite possibility for creative fanservice. Since different characters have completely different body parts, physical abilities, reproductive functions, and views on common sense, we end up with a show which has sexual content that I can guarantee that you've never seen before in an ecchi anime.
3. A good ecchi harem should have a respectable male lead. We don't want an annoying pervert, a spineless coward or a rapist feeling up the girls exactly.
The protagonist of Monster Musume is called Kurusu Kimihito, and while there's nothing remarkable about him, I still consider him to be a pretty good harem protagonist. To start with, he is reasonably mature, and manages to keep up with all the girls advances fairly well... as long as he's physically capable of resisting them that is. He's also got a rather admirable personality and simply feels like a good guy all-round.
4. A good ecchi harem benefits greatly from having well-written and likeable heroines. You're going to be way more interested in seeing a girl you really like strip for you than a girl you couldn't care less about do the same.
Here I think a distinction needs to be made: I already clarified that the heroines of this anime are very creative and unorthodox. However that is solely because of their physical appearances and the high potential for fanservice which comes along with that fact. But that is also the only thing which makes them special. As far as personality, character development and simple likability goes... they really don't have that much despite everything. Of course you might argue that an ecchi anime doesn't need those elements, but I'd like to disagree. Would you feel exactly the same if your girlfriend did lewd things to you as you would if your girlfriend's identical twin sister did the same? I'm going to say no. I think that if you like someone on an emotional level then whatever erotic things that person does would come off as way sexier. And for the same reason, despite their interesting physique, the girls of Monster Musume fail to establish any deeper connection with the viewers, and thus are unable to live up to their full potential in terms of eroticism.
5. A good ecchi harem must absolutely have good art and character designs: When your goal is to make the heroines appear sexy, they should obviously look good as well.
Monster Musume's art looks fantastic however, so there is no need to worry about that. While it looked good in the manga, I think it looks even better in the anime due to the crisp and vibrant colors. Everything looks incredibly clean and detailed, and consequently all the girls also look amazing.
6. A good ecchi harem should have intense enough ecchi elements to actually be hot, at least if it's a fanservice-oriented one such as this. Just some minor teasing every here and there just doesn't cut it, it's too softcore.
This category is rather hard to properly analyze as of yet in Monster Musume's case, because unsurprisingly the TV-airing of this anime is censored. As usual, you'll have to wait for the BDs to see this anime in all its naked glory. Though I have to say that the censorship in Monster Musume is very tastefully done compared to what I'm used to seeing. There are almost no light rays, steam/smoke or weird graphics blocking up the screen in this anime. Instead they resort to having nipples just barely blocked from the camera by having objects in the way, or zooming in the camera in order to leave the NSFW elements just barely outside the edge of the screen. These actions can then simply be reverted on the BDs. As a result, the censorship doesn't really distract you when watching the show, which is something I appreciate very much.
Censorship aside, Monster Musume has a lot of quite high quality lewdness. Although I doubt I'd use it as fap material exactly, I've definitely gotten some hard-ons while watching this show, and I think that speaks for itself pretty well.
7. A good ecchi harem should also have sexual content with appropriate timing. Don't throw in random panty shots when it doesn't make sense or the mood just isn't there; the story should support the fanservice, not the other way around.
Given that the girls' relentless sexual assaults on the protagonist is one of the core elements of the entire story, the ecchi segments are most certainly justified and believable for what they are. Of course some scenes might be a bit more far-fetched than others, but they never feel poorly timed or distracting from any other aspect of the show.
So if you put all that together, I think Monster Musume passes every single category except for #4 (#6 can't really be judged properly yet though). And that is the only reason I'm not giving this a higher overall rating than I am. I think what Monster Musume really needed to have in it is a girl like let's say Momo from To LOVE-Ru Darkness whom in addition to being sexy also has an enormous impact on the entire story as a whole and makes every moment more interesting. But it doesn't, and as a result Monster Musume eventually starts feeling somewhat repetitive. It basically runs on a "girl of the week" type formula where new monster girls keep being introduced to the cast and their unique ecchi potential is investigated. But once that is done... well then the characters don't really feel very interesting anymore because again, they don't really have anything going for them beyond their physical characteristics, and thus many of them are just tossed aside afterwards. And because of that I feel like the show lacks longevity.
However that being said, this is only a 12-episode anime, and it still certainly manages to keep you interested for that long at least. If it had been like 50 episodes long then it would probably have been a lot less impressive as a whole, but for what we've gotten thus far I don't have very much to complain about overall. Monster Musume is one of sadly few ecchi harem series which actually tries to think outside the box and deliver a fresh viewpoint on the genre as a whole. It's both fun and exciting to watch, and almost never fails to make you smile when watching it. And really... I don't think you can ask for a whole lot more than that from an ecchi harem anime.
That is the main question I had while watching "Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou". It didn't succeed as a romcom, yet it was far too tame to be hentai. What little story actually existed was smothered between copious amounts of shameless (yet unsatisfying) fanservice. The main protagonist is some boring twenty-something surrounded by a bunch of cute girls who have no defining characteristics other than the various degrees and reasons for wanting the D. The twist? They're all monster girls! Different flavors for every fetish imaginable! Do you like constriction play? There's a lamia, just for you! Care for
something a little more compact? Why not go for the harpy? Do you have a kinky side? We have a spidergirl, too! Do you want to watch a cast of female characters that have motivations, aspirations, and lifestyles that don't revolve around singlemindedly pursuing a man? Well... sorry. We don't have any of those.
The main issue I'm getting at is that the monster girls don't have any sort of identity that doesn't revolve around the protagonist, Kurusu. Sure they may have their individual personality quirks, but none of it matters in the long run. The monster girls serve as nothing but objects of desire; they have no reason to exist other than to fight for Kurusu's attention. So what kind of message is the writer trying to convey? That women absolutely need men in order to live a fulfilling life? That women's only purpose in life is to cater to men? The reasons they fall in love with Kurusu can hardly be justified, either. They all follow the same formula:
Monmusu meets Kurusu by chance -> Kurusu isn't a complete jerk -> Monmusu falls head over heels and literally cannot stop thinking about him for the rest of her life
"Monmusu no Iru Nichijou" is nothing more than sexually charged wish fulfillment. The writer understands this perfectly well, and so story is pushed aside in order to make room for as many boob shots as possible. Later in the series, they introduce a special monstergirl police force, but lo and behold, they all fall for the protagonist as well! Who could've seen this coming? I wish I could comment more on the story, but there was literally no story to be found. There are a few instances where the girls have to deal with this one blond dude and his friends that taunt them for being different (does he even have a life outside of taunting monster girls?), but they are brushed upon in the most superficial manner. After all, nobody who watched this show was looking for anything but softcore hentai.
+ Monmusu has a unique, recognizable art style
+ Characters are gorgeous, and animation is consistently good
/ Backgrounds are plain, but they serve their purpose
+ Voice work is cheesy, but emoted well
/ BGM is completely forgettable, but they fit the scenes
/ SFX are okay
- OP and ED are awful
- Nothing more than a monster girl collect-a-thon
- Civil issues are barely touched upon
- There is no story other than the basic setup in the first episode
- There is no conclusion. The show just stops at the last episode
+ Character shenanigans are enjoyable at times
+ Rachnera is the best girl.
- There is no character development to be found.
- The girls are very one-dimensional. Their only purpose is to love the MC.
All of the best parts are on Gelbooru. You no longer have any reason to watch this show.
Watching an anime about monster girl harem seemed to be a horrifying prospect as I sat down to try to watch this, only to be able to say how horridly stupid it was. But wow how positively surprised I was, as this was actually unbelievably funny and i hadn't had such a good laugh for ages.
The story is quite simple, there is a new program implemented that allows fantasy beings to come to our world as some sort of exchange students. Our main character agrees to take in Mia, a lamia, that means she is half human half snake. She immediately falls in
love with him but the problem is that sexual relationships between humans and monsters are forbidden. Then slowly he gets to care for many more beautiful monsters that fight over him. Anyway the story is nighter original nor particularly interesting, but the comedy is done so well that it is easy to ignore the lack of a good story. The ending episode was in my opinion a bit weak as there was no meaningful conclusion, but at the same time that hints towards a second season, which I am looking forward to.
The character are great, our main character is this average Joe, a bit dense but he has a very good heart. He wants to help his guests in any way he can and is also one of the only people in the show that sees them as normal people and not as monsters. His guests are all great, everyone is not only a great deal of fun, but they all have distinct personalities that make for some great interactions. There is only one other important character in the anime and that is agent Smith. She is the cultural exchange coordinator that is responsible for our main character getting all these girls and also for keeping an eye on him. She is shown as very manipulative and is always in control of the situation, whatever it may be.
The visuals are great, the girl, look distinctive and very cute, even if some of their body proportions are a bit exaggerated and some of the fan service does cross the line of good taste a few times. The backdrops are detailed and the animation is silky smooth. As the show contains nudity I have to say the censored version I saw was censored so well I would not have noticed it, had I not read about it somewhere. There are a few fabulously funny effects that fit in perfectly. I especially liked our main characters eyes that appear completely white or most of the time and that gives him a distinct clueless look the fits in perfectly with the anime, but when serious moments arise he gets his normal look back. The soundtrack is decent if not especially good and the opening and ending are both very listenable if a bit boring after a few listens.
My final score for Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is a low 8, which might be a bit high but it is such a great deal of fun. I have to say that out of all of the anime I was watching as they were airing, this has to be the one I was looking forward to watching it the most. Would I recommend it to everyone? Of course not, but if you are looking for a good laugh and are not going to mind a bunch of fan-service.
It is somewhat difficult to review a show like Monster Musume, because it isn't just “run of the mill” bad, but rather mystifyingly bad. This is an echhi harem anime that decided to change 1 basic element of the formula and make all of the girls "monster girls". This is a series where ecchi lovers get to try masturbate to a snake girl, Quelaag from Dark Souls, a centaur, and MANY others. Since one of the MAIN points of a harem series is audience wish fulfillment and wank material, the girls are always highly attractive and appealing. This series completely torpedoes that goal unless it
was made for about 25 people on deviantart. So it must be a clever subversion of the harem genre and a biting satire right?...right?
Plot and characters:
The government decides to randomly reveal that mystical creatures have always existed, but had been kept a secret since the middle ages and people simply forgot that they were real. Many monster girls travel to Japan allegedly to study Japanese culture, but actually many are looking for a human to mate with. The Japanese government heavily frowns on these "interracial relations" and even founded a government department to prevent them from happening. Our male lead is an average guy named Kuruso that received a monster exchange girl (snake body with human torso) as a mistake. He is very kind to the snake girl Miia and even defends her honor from some random xenophobes by beating the living shit out of them! Then the series quickly goes further downhill because more and more monster girls join and the series becomes extremely predictable and generic. During the first few episodes, you have lines like, “Japanese citizens don’t seem to actually like us foreigners, but they are usually polite because it is expected”. This is one of the things that leads me to believe that initially the writer actually wanted to use comedic satire to address xenophobia in Japan. However, there was either executive interference or his train of thought simply got derailed. Monster Musume almost immediately surrenders on any attempt to make a product with any value or purpose whatsoever. It just trudges along the tired and worn out path of harem clichés until it reaches an arbitrary point and just stops.
The art is fairly decent, but unsurprisingly it is nothing amazing. This is yet another giant tits anime that tries to milk money out of the Japanese buyers by releasing an “uncut” DVD, which is the EXACT same footage with a couple nipple shots added in! This has become a horrible new trend in anime similar to excessive DLC in videogames. If the entire purpose is to show tits, then just show tits! Don’t expect buyers to fork over extra money just to see your poorly drawn boobs!!!
Monster Musume has a sickeningly sweet and rather obnoxious soundtrack that I couldn’t recommend.
Maybe I am just being overly optimistic, but I feel like somewhere in this pile of shit, there was an idea for a decent satire or perhaps a parody/deconstruction that could have at least been halfway decent. However, those seeds were planted in toxic waste and obviously had ZERO chance to bloom into anything worth looking at. At least I almost laughed a couple times, so I have seen FAR worse!