Monsters—they're real, and they want to date us! 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 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. Unfortunately for Kurusu, Miia is undeniably sexy, and the law against interspecies breeding is very strict. Even worse, when a ravishing centaur girl and a flirtatious harpy move in, what's a full-blooded young man with raging hormones to do?!
What does a harem tend to be filled with? Girls, girls, girls, and the guy surrounded by them, but what can we do to mix it up in a market filled with plenty of generic harems and bland characters? I present to you, a harem filled with not just any girls, but monster girls.
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is an ecchi harem manga that has everything you'd expect. Comedy, Boobs, accidental sexual encounters and of course, plenty of girls in love with our MC. The fantastic part about Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou however, is the twist on not only the girls being Monster
girls, but the characters themselves(personalities), the events that take place and the way we see the rest of the world looks at them. To say the least, I began reading this not expecting much, but came out loving it more then I should and I really don't know why.
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou actually has an interesting set up for its story then most harem manga I've read or heard of. Japan has just started to slowly integrate their society with other species(Monster girls) and it's the job of the government and hosts whom house and take care of these sub-species to help them mix in. Our lucky MC, has become a host against his will and so the trials of him and the girls he takes care of begin, with of course some good comedic and sexy twists here and there as well. What caught my eye, as perhaps others as well, is the twist on the girls. Lamia, centaurs, harpies, we see it all and while it focuses on them and the interactions with the MC, it also has a strong focus on them and society, for while some may be accepting of these girls, other humans may see them as freaks, or even the other way around. The manga does a fantastic job showing itself as a comedic ecchi harem, but displaying some serious undertones of how society responds to something different from what it is used to.
The art is well done and clean, it's easy on the eyes and so are the ecchi scenes you will be encountering.(If you know what I mean)
So this one is a big one when it comes to harems, considering we'll be focused on the characters the whole way through. While I won't go as far as saying they're completely unoriginal, the characters do have very similar personalities to other characters you will or have encountered in other harem manga. Now before you blow up on me, that being said, the characters have a nice twist to each of them that make them their own, giving you a satisfying feeling of originality in each character. The characters themselves can be anywhere from being the airhead, to aggressive to one another just for the MC's attention, but the best part of these girls are the little things here and there that make them hilarious, but original. One whom loves BDSM, another whom could be said to love dramatic loves(Even imagining NTR). Each character has their own unique taste that you can't but help enjoy. Oh, and did I forget to mention they are all part animals? Now, we just talked about the girls, but as for the MC, it's the same deal. While I think most will be proud our MC isn't a complete airhead or wimp, he also(forgive my language) gets shit done.
There's no complicated plot, or anything, it's all simple to its core. Comedy that can make you laugh, tasteful ecchi and can be real light-hearted as well. It's a manga that you can just sit back, relax and enjoy.(Which I have on multiple occasions)
Maybe I'm crazy for giving it a 9, but like I said, I enjoyed this manga far more then I should have and I just don't know why.
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is what I like to think, a gem in its genre. It takes a lot of the things that have been overused in a lot of harems and makes it its own, while not perfect, making it very enjoyable. Even if ecchi isn't your thing I'll recommend this, as it's done in good taste and moderation.
So if you're looking for a nice fresh comedic harem manga, stop searching because Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is what you've been looking for.
(Review subject to change once the manga has been completed)
How would you react, if the first thing 'you' woke up to was a Lamia (half human, with half snake sub species)? Or a household of monster girls that consisted of a Harpy, Centaur and lord knows what else. Oh, one more thing before I forget, you even have to pick one of them for marriage, and they are in to that ecchi business as well. *wonders how they would have sex and where you would have to put the thing*
Now before I get a little grossed out (no offense), this story is all about a boy who has all of these subspecies all in
his home. First, starting off with Miia, a sweet, naive and a carefree individual who has totally fallen for our lucky male protagonist by the name of Kimihito Kurusu. Oh, and did I mention the first thing is that, they are both in bed together and Miia is doing ecchi things with those lovely big oppai's that, let's be honest, arouses your senses a little. Although by doing so, our now not so fortunate male protagonist nearly dies from suffocation due to the immense strength she has. Unfortunately though, their lives living alone together shortly get interrupted, and afterwards many other subspecies begin to join the fray. Thus, begins a harem of Monster Girls after his love and affection, which is quite sweet, but they definitely know how to go about it with their bodies. Especially Miia and Rachnera, the way Miia uses her body and seduces the male protagonist while turning on your manly lower half is quite amazing with those big oppai’s, lovely body, that lovely long snake tail and most cute of all, her flushed red face and her adorable behaviour. As for Rachnera, it’s the way she uses are seductive voice and speech that can just reel you in, and the thought of just been suddenly caught in her web, just makes you wonder if you was the catch of the day, also the way she pins you down, and whispers certain things in your ear can certainly get you going. It makes you forget the fact they’re even sub-species. Is there something wrong with me if I say something like that?
Story (7/10) – It’s pretty good, despite the fact it has no real direction, it's kind of like any other real ecchi with no real plot, which is a shame. What this manga sets out to be, is to be something that someone could read for more fun fun times and have something nice to read. There is no real deep plot, but as you get further through the manga you do end up having a warm feeling towards the characters due to their characteristics, but they have no real proper connection to the male main character in anyway, apart from Miia, although they do begin to create some connection with him as the chapters go on, and between each other as well, which really makes your heart feel nice a warm inside because you can definitely see the group acts as a whole.
Now the fact they are monster girls and that, they still don’t have any past that I know of yet, just straight up romance, harem and ecchi goodness, nothing more and nothing less, it does amazing for what it's meant to do; although, the fact that they are monsters, I thought it could have been a little deeper than what it was. Monsters just suddenly being accepted in to the world, and yet everyone just sits there and accepts it, even though they announced this out of nowhere just doesn’t seem logical. There are a few who don't, but they still make no impact on the story, they were just there to help the romance, or to shorten the relationship between the monster girls and the male protagonist. I find that wrong in my eyes, I wish it was a little more controversial and all sorts of problems arises, but nothing of a sort happens which left you thinking if there was more to be desired, which there was, I guess, that's not what it sets out to be, but the fact it was there, this manga could have certainly been better.
When they introduce the new character Ranchera (a half spider), it was the first time to really see something deep, as I did complain the fact that everything can’t be as easy going as how other species are having it, and when she was introduced it was something I really liked and looked forward to. I will leave treading in on her territory for a bit, because I don’t want to be caught by a web full of hate, due to the fact that I might ruin the only really part of the manga that tells a story that not all species have it easy going, although don’t worry, you will still get outrageously funny and bonerific scenes. Also due to her character, others were brought closer together, and really added a sense of depth to everything and their lives, I honestly feel, thanks to her this manga is just that little more amazing, and also has filled in a little bit of that gap that this manga was missing. This manga definitely now feels more of a whole, than just straight-up ecchiness and funny times.
Romance is lovely, the guy isn't a dick, which suits me fine, I actually found the guy quite funny and understanding. Talking about funny, this manga will make you laugh your ass off when you read the first chapters, but as you continue on for a bit it dies down, then when you get to around chapter 16 then things start to pick up again as they introduce a new character, which I must say definitely added to everything, and definitely improved it in some ways as well. The manga is amazing experience to read, and also so very enjoyable.
Now for the bad areas, apart from what the author could have done with the story, there is more, the romance literally and I mean, literally goes nowhere for 17 whole chapters (that's as far as it goes so far, there's 17/19), you don't see no progression, you don't see no indication that the male is falling for any particular girl, and they still seem to be introducing more characters which makes me think that this manga will finish all too quick and awkwardly. Now some of you may like the fact that you still don't see any signs, but at least some hints or something or another would be nice, I mean animes with no romance in, and we still at least have an idea if the character likes a certain someone, plus some parts of the story were a bit out of nowhere and left you thinking, “where the hell did this author come up with this idea?” kind of thought, but in the end you don't care, because the scenario was awesome, funny, and holy shit sexy oppai's all over the place! So I will overlook that, yeah got a problem?
Another thing I didn’t like is the new chapter (17). Now, I don’t mean as in it was a terrible chapter or anything, not by any means, far from it in fact, but the thing is this manga seems to be ending soon and we should be seeing signs of the manga entering its final stages and begin to enter into its conclusion, but instead we get a fan-service chapter of swimsuits, sexy outfits and a swimming contest which turned out to be an absolutely pointless chapter. They have a race which had no real meaning to it, and this entire chapter is just focused on fan-service. Literally, even when it ends, nothing happens, it was all just so pointless in the end, the chapter did nothing to move the manga forward, it didn’t help anything progress, apart from the fact he didn’t know they could swim so well, but that doesn’t do anything, and the fact we are quite the ways through this manga, I honestly feel this should have been done a lot sooner, if even done at all. It was just a fan-service chapter that should have just been put on the side, because this late in the game, this chapter certainly didn’t help improve the series, to be honest with the content that has already been released, it was a let-down.
Honestly, and I hate to say this, but I really do think this series will end weirdly. By what I see there is still only just 2 chapters to go, and I still see nothing of a sort happening, and I don’t want this manga to be rushed, or have an awkward ending.
Art (8/10) - The art was very good, the girls art was very arousing, I mean come on you'll all end up with a boner weather you like monster girls or not, I'm not fond of them but even I got a little aroused. *blushes* You had sexy, cute Harpy for the loliness, Lamia that is just the best character, love her character, adorable sexy and lord knows what else. And there were many more that could tickle your tastes.
Backgrounds weren't so detailed, but I guess they wanted you to be more focused on what's going on, I mean why would you be focusing on the backgrounds when Lamia's getting help shedding her skin and given off arousing noises, there must of been something wrong with you if you did that, are you mad?! The characters were sweet and lovely. No depth, but I'm thinking that this manga wasn't aiming for depth.
Characters (8/10) - There is no background on the characters (expect one) for you to fall in love with more, or at least care for them at least. They're monsters for crying out loud, they must have some kind of bad or tragic background. But now thanks to Ranchera, she added a certain depth to all the characters around her, and she definitely brought something new. Still, I’m talking about each character individually, not just one character, but I guess, one person makes all the difference, and Ranchera did just that.
The characters were all fun and awesome, clueless (which suits them funny enough) and funny, but that's all your getting I'm afraid, if you're looking for anything more I suggest you just look away now before you waste your time, or if you're still having thoughts on reading this, but what is shown to us, the readers, is nice! It's relaxing, they're all funny and they never seem to fail to impress you. The male, which I'm proud to say is, not a douche but a totally awesome character, who when sees shit, takes action when things go too far.
The newly introduced characters are not bad either, matter of fact they’re awesome, we have Rachnera, who is just funny and seductive as ever, and she really helps to start scenarios off, and there was one moment of really nice bonding between Rachnera and Centorea, which really added depth to their characters, and thanks to Rachnera, I think this manga has a new light. As for the new mermaid, well she is a weird one I must say, she seemed to have something up a sleeve, but in the end she is in to this really tragic love stories and all that, which is actually quite amusing, and funny at times, but her character tends to die down, and ends up being more of a back end character once her attention is over.
I think the characters for this manga thus far are all well respected in some aspects, and thanks to Rachnera and maybe even Meroune (Mermaid), that you might start to have a connection to some of the characters now as well, as before it was more, I like this character because of this, this and this. Now, you like the character, because her feelings or connection they have, and thanks to Rachnera, it’s the first real character which hasn’t had it all so lovely and charming which was nice. So, really all the characters are all very memorable, and each one for different reasons.
By the way, I'm wondering who's supporting him. All of the food he has to get for the people staying at his house respectively makes you wonder, is the government helping him? If that's the case then they better get ready for another big recession.
Enjoyment (9/10) - You will enjoy yourself so much! It's a blast to read! You will laugh in soooo many scenes and finding yourself turning more and more pages over, and by the time the day is out you probably be finished and still be unsatisfied, and be looking for more because you'll be wanting to blow off some steam cause of Miia's sexy figure.
You will love everything about this manga, if you are just looking for a good time and 'if' that's the case then you came to the right manga my friend! I guess there is more to say, but just go read it yourselves, it really is fun and I don't want to spoil that experience.
Overall (8/10) - Very Good. I think this time that's a perfect description for this manga thus far. There are still chapters waiting to be translated and published but nonetheless what I have read so far, I totally recommend it to anyone who just wants to have fun reading and wants to get away from the serious stuff and have a laugh, and experience a manga that is refreshing and in my eyes original, although similar to To Love-Ru in this sense, but Lala doesn't have any half in her, just human with immense strength.
Now I would normally say, "stay away from this if you’re a person who hates monster girls that show off stuff and their bodies and want an intimate relationship with a guy and the guy seems to be aroused off what the girls do and even maybe fancies one of them", but in this case no, I would still recommend it to you to at least still have a go at reading the manga. Trust me! You will really just end up forgetting that they're not all human and to be honest, in the end, you don't even care. I'm not in to all that monster stuff either, I think it gives me the creeps but this manga gave me different perspective on such a monster themed show. Although it won't be suddenly, let's go over to the hentai section to look up tentacle rape, no! I wouldn't go that far, but definitely gives you a surprise just how fun this manga can be. I really do wish in the future that this gets animated but I doubt it.
IN THIS MANGA MIIA IS BEST GIRL, AND I WOULDN'T MIND HER WAKING UP IN MY BED IN THE MORNING, ALTHOUGH I WOULD PROBABLY BE DEAD BY THE TIME I EXPERIENCE ANYTHING ACTUALLY GOOD AND WORTH REMEMBERING.
Harem is a typical genre being overused in Japan since the start. To ether cater to the male, and sometimes female demographic. All of the shows/manga that has been produced as a harem have always been a huge hit, or a massive failing miss. Monster Musume is somewhere in between, but it tilts towards the good side more. Here's why.
This series is straight up bizarre. There is a bevy of sexy women who are half animals. And their cup sizes range from A, all the way to P, and beyond (Whoa, lots of bazonkers!). So any ecchi fan will be satisfied while
reading this manga. A really strange thing about this manga series is that it actually can teach about how animals use their bodies. Like at some point a factoid gets weirdly shot out like "Male seahorses are usually the ones to give birth", etc. If this ever gets to be a dubbed anime, then National Geographic should consider showing it on their cable channel for more *research*.
Thorns are spread out on the road for this manga series (Literally, and figuratively). One thorn that really takes a chunk out of it is that sometimes the author seems to be forgetting what kind of dialogue should Cerea have. Sometimes she sounds like a normal woman, then other times she sounds like a complete Norse mythology Goddess. Shouting "HALT!", "THY!", and for comedy reasons "Zounds!". "Zounds!" sort of makes her look really cute. Speaking of "Zounds". There are also puns, A LOT OF puns (Dirty jokes too). That isn't much of a hassle. But it can get really ridiculous sometimes. One of the books even has "Fifty shades of neigh" written in the back. Another thorn to be found is that it sometimes feels repetitive. How? Well there's always breast feeding, accidental nip slips, funny dates, and the occasional softcore hentai.
However eventually that repetition gets more interesting because the author starts adding some new things to the mix. Like a monster brawl, and a newer batch of monster girls. There is also some action like a hostage situation being disarmed by a SWAT team of monster girls. The characters are super cute, and the monster girls each have their own really unique design. The anatomy is superb on each of them. It all works, and there is variety. The only thing that is bothersome is that the main character (Kurusu Kimihito) barely has any facial expressions at all. All he does is look shocked/scared, and that's it. Oh, and the boobs look really wonderful too (Yes, can't forget about that detail... that's really important). The coloring is neatly done. And the backgrounds are structurally sound (It's not important as the big luscious milky honkers, or the round plump booties, but still). This series has almost everything. Sometimes it does have a main story, but usually that story gets canned to the curb.
On A Personal Note: I really enjoyed reading this series, and I will continue to do so. This is one of those rare ecchi treats that actually have more things to show other than cleavage. I did like the ecchi that is has though, and I was pretty depressed when it started to get toned down (Puts away the lotions, and tissues)......but then the ecchi came back again, and I was celebrating (Brings back lotions, and tissues)! Monster Musume also has these really cool bios of all of the girls in the end of each book. That is one of the reasons why I am not going to return these books to the store, I'll keep them in my library for many years to come. At first I was daunted when I started reading this. I mean I saw a centaur girl? And all I thought was "Okay. She looks good. Her boobs are gorgeous..... and huge.......how are the mechanics going to work on banging her though?". But.......then I resolved that issue......eventually, after a few rounds of fa- actually something tells me that this series could turn people into furries. I am not one, of course..........until I see Cheetara from the ThunderCats, the 2011 version that is. I am really glad that there is more comedy ecchi, than serious ecchi out there these days. Because ecchi can't be a serious genre no matter what. I mean when boobs flying for no reason are the main point, then why would I be interested in the lackluster writing, and dialogue? Monster Musume does not have terrible writing, just dumb jokes (Which is a really good thing). And the dialogue is not bad at all. It's solid. Thank goodness.
If you're looking for something different in terms of ecchi. Give this a go. It's quite the ride (Cerea is too).
This manga got me so hooked that I can't stop reading one chapter after the other. Now, those reading my review would probably think that it's because of the "Ecchi" and "Harem" elements highly present in it but putting these aside Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is really good manga if not one of the best ever.
Certainly while reading the manga you will get a sense of deja vu since the "Harem" part is almost as the same as the others except that our main character isn't a pervert and is pretty much a good person at heart who wouldn't hesitate to put his
life at stake to protect others. The female characters however are pretty straight forward with it comes to sex and other explicit stuffs. All of them try their best to compete against each other as rivals in order to gain the affection of our male protagonist.
However, what I personally found really refreshing is that the females in the story are non-human species who are mainly based on creatures of various mythologies. Somehow it changes the "Harem" atmosphere a little bit and showing off its infamous side about compassion and equal treatment. Yet they aren't humans, the female characters are really well designed and each of them have a special trait that makes them unique. Some are genuinely cute, some are beautiful and some are... well... "original". They all have there own uniqueness that really makes them stand out and will surely give you a spoil of choice to determine which one is actually the better than the other to be your favourite character.
The plot of the manga isn't complicated at all featuring lots of comedy and gags which are genuinely funny. There are also a lot of cute and awkward moments. Well pretty much what you'd expect from the usual Harem Manga but do trust me that when you'll read it you won't find the stop button.
Obviously you'll find adequate amount of nude scenes with lots of "boobies" which are often accompanied by explicit languages which makes them intense and arousing. However, the mangaka has effectively made use of "nudity" when deemed necessary and not entirely for fan servicing.
"Harem" and "Ecchi" or not, Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is a really refreshing and interesting manga which really deserves the attention of many. As previously mentioned it is not the very best but it's certainly a very good one with a lot of elements effectively used as the story proceeds.
I would really love to see an anime adaptation of the manga soon! :)
Cheers... Keep calm and give Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou a try! ;)
We love cute couples and following the development of their relative relationships in our favorite manga series. But let's turn up the heat, and see what happens when characters have more than a singular love interest. Let's enter the wild world of the harem manga!
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijo (Life with Monster Girls) is a delightful series about monsters in our world. Kimihito finds himself taking in several attractive monsters. But can he resist them? Find out in this interview with director Tatsuya Yoshihara.