The purpose of this review will be to hopefully shed some light on how great this Chinese cartoon really is, therefore this review will contain both seasons of Monster List.
Just finished watching the second season and I cannot believe the negative bias surrounding this anime, judging from first season's reviews. With a rating of only 6.73 of first season(7.13 of second) as of writing this review, this anime is criminally underrated. With any luck, that will change for the better.
Story's unique, very fluid and gets gradually more elaborate, as shows moves on, especially in second season! Characters are very vibrant, cheerful, goofy and easy to
separate one from another, just as you would expect from such a series, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. It's just so easy to get into, and to digest it, again very fluid, amusing. The atmosphere is very lighthearted and colorful, though it gets sad at times, which provides viewer with heartfelt feelings of joy and sadness. Nothing feels insincere, artificial or cringy, which is a big plus in my book. The series exceptionally show great promise when it ended in such a fashion that it makes you crave for more.
Only real downside, which I personally had absolutely no problem with, would be the obviously inferior voice acting, it sounds much less impactful comparing to an anime with Japanese voice actors. This is a Chinese anime, after all, and debatably, artwork feels more of a mediocre quality rather than what standard modern Japanese anime artwork looks like, though, again, in my opinion looks just fine, not 'mediocre'.
Openings and endings of the show are very enjoyable, even more so the second season. Both seasons have episodes slightly shorter than your usual 20 min run-time, so you can pass through the seasons quicker than you may anticipate.
I'm very eagerly anticipating third season, for more joyful moments and crazy adventures of our cast.
SEASON 2 placed me with sweet memories of Yaoguai Mingdan. A MASTERPIECE like this with many good stories and awesome characters has turned me into a Chinese anime fan. First, I'd like to thank the Yaoguai Mingdan team for this wonderful Chinese anime experience. After seeing the Yaoguai Mingdan staff interviews in the episode 16 special, I feel their fiery love, everyone wants the best for Yaoguai Mingdan including me. I am proud of this notion that Yaoguai Mingdan will continue to be a rocking success bringing together fans across the world, a season 3 will continue, and Chinese anime too will grow popular!
Now to introduce Season 2, there are 21 episodes broken down into 3 arcs each around 15 minutes long. The first arc eps 1-4 is a small arc with Feng Xi joining the Taoist sect, Guo Shuang, Su Jiuer, and Yan Chaoxue (Senior) teaching him how to use magic, and their first mission where they take on a Cafeteria demon. Guo Shuang and Su Jiuer gets good screentime in this arc. Slight change you would notice is that Guo Shuang is more girly like. She wears brighter colors, speaks in a cuter voice, and is less serious. I think it is really cute how she realizes she likes Feng Xi and can now be cuter with him.
The second arc, eps 5-15 is a major arc beginning the story of a virtual demon girl born in cyberspace. Pretty, pure, and innocent, she exists as an app as a virtual girl so she can be everyone’s idol. She just wants to be with everyone, talking, singing, and dancing through the smartphone screen but in the process, not knowing right or wrong, she also starts absorbing people’s vitality. Her fanbase deeply in love with her cheers her on and that soon causes trouble when people drained of their vitality still continues to cheer for her until they start losing their consciousness and are in danger of dying. I think this arc was a bit long, but it was interesting to see a demon girl that has advertently gathered too much power who almost couldn’t be stopped, with even Shen Lei the Eye Yin falling to her mesmerization and his strong subordinates losing to her. Yan Chaoxue brings an aggressive blade to battle, but Feng Xi who is the Eye Yang, can he see his way through this fight? The resolution of this arc was really happy for me, there was a good lesson to be delivered, I liked what happened, and is part of the sweetest takeaway I got in Season 2.
Episode 16 is the Special with the interviews.
MAN I want to emphasize, the third arc, eps 17-21 the last 5 episodes, The Dragon Princess arc really HIT ME HARD. I cried a whole bunch of tears when I was watching the last episode. IT was touching and moving. In this arc, you will finally understand Long San Yuan, who is the doctor in Feng Xi’s school her story with Feng Xi. When Long San Yuan was a child as the Dragon Princess, she also met Feng Xi in another past life of his. She was sooooooo cute as a child. It was also back then that she met Su Jiuer. Feng Xi’s past life then Ah Feng had a promise with Long San Yuan. When she grow up, he will marry her, but as you know dragons age slowly, while humans age at a much faster speed. In Ah Feng’s lifetime, he did all he could with Su Jiuer for his promise to Long San Yuan, but it was really sad. To the present, where Long San Yuan has grown up, you’ll see just how long she has been waiting for Feng Xi. This was my favorite arc in season 2 because it was cute, and also heart-breaking to feel this love story.
Once again, the Opening song is a cute, catchy, and pretty song that you’ll get used to. The ending is a nice mellow song. I hope there is more Yaoguai Mingdan! I wonder which girl Feng Xi would choose, but how Feng Xi is fated with so many, this could possibly be a harem as things continue and it would still be proper, the girls deserve the guy, and the guy deserves the girls. I’ll wrap up this review with I LOVE YAOGUAI MINGDAN !!! 10/10
I would agree to the people that says, "this anime is underrated". This is because, as a general anime fan, Chinese anime had been many steps behind Japanese anime however, I would say that this anime is one baby step behind Japanese anime.
I'm sure many people have anime that they really enjoyed and wished for another season, it is the same with this anime. It is an anime that you don't want to end and can pretty much be enjoyed when binge watching because the arcs require a lot of attention however, the increased attention allows you to, practically, fall in love with the
anime just like I did (Not weird at all).
Therefore, I would honestly say that this anime is one of the greatest fantasy, superpower harems I've ever watched.
BTW, This review is for both S1 and S2
By the time I wrote this, it seems like the ratings of the anime has heightened reaching 7.16 (S1) and 8.04 (S2)