Note: This review contains mild spoilers. While nothing too major is given away, your discretion is advised.
"Interviews with Monster Girls" (AKA "Demi-chan wa Kataritai") is a slice-of-life anime about a biology teacher that somehow ends up meeting a number of demi-humans (nicknamed as "demis" for short) and deciding to interview them (or at least try) to learn about them alongside the lores of their species.
Storyline Like many other slice-of-life shows of it's ilk, this doesn't have too much of a plot, but as the characters are followed within it, it becomes a rather interesting show as it goes along. The pacing is in a neutral to slow zone and makes it without bogging the show down much and there happens to be a good amount of working realism with the problems and events that Tetsuo (no, not THAT one!) and the demis each face, which ends up becoming more focused than the "doing cute things" events. One thing that does irk me in the overall tale was that the episode before last ended up feeling far more like an better ending to a show than the actual last episode, which felt like a filler episode most of the time with the pool antics. Other than that, this is a very solid storyline for it's genre.
Characters The main part about the show and most of the characters are actually well-developed here as the things that each of the main ones go through are unveiled. Not only that it broke the norms and traits of the monster girls at hand, it became enough to shatter the harem-looking image it had at first, especially within the mature and father-figure-like behavior of Tetsuo Takahashi, which combined with his overall personality is the best of the characters overall while the best of the girls turn out to be Hikari for her antics as she picks on her close friends while also having her developing moments as a vampire become quite entertaining and heartwarming. Machi and Yuki also are on the good side for their developing moments and while Machi's the most "normal" of the bunch despite being a dullahan that always has to look after her own head to survive, Yuki is also a entertaining character for having a hidden perverted side to her. She also retains the mostly light-hearted air aside of her species (snow women) having dark and depressing lores, which actually get explored here alongside the lores of the other demis and how they work in the show.
Sakie was dodgy in between times, but due to her full-on development alongside her motives to live while suppressing her succubus powers (and her other motives involving Tetsuo), she remains as a neutral character. The side characters all are neutral with the exceptions of the two normal student females deserving death and far worse for bringing an bratty and condescending attitude that ruins the mood every time that they appear. However, there is also the exceptions on the good side for Kurutsu and Ugaki for their personalities and actions.
Pros and Cons Both the art style and the animation happen to be a tad lower on the standard side (most likely due to A1 Pictures handling it), but it has some CGI events that actually blend very well with the art style instead of muddling it. The music has mostly light moods to mesh with the atmosphere that the aesthetics give out. Both the opening and ending themes are equally nice, but the ending theme is stronger for how it conveys an "end-of-the-day" effect in a good way. There is fanservice about, but it's very mild and doesn't get in the way of the show one bit and some of it worked well with the humor, which ended up having more hits than misses overall. The analysis on the biology of the demis displayed like how a dullahan is able to eat is a good bonus for those interested.
Said vibes aside, this also means that viewers are out of luck if they thought that this would be among the ecchi-harem crowd of shows, which it actually strays far away from aside of some events like Machi's day out with Tetsuo or Sakie's personal feelings for Tetsuo. The same goes for those that wanted a bit more variety with the demi-humans (aside of the problems with a total of four monster girls being nonexistent) or wanted some more world building and wondered what led up to the acceptance to the existence of said demi-humans.
Dub and Sub Comparison The subbed version wins in this department. Within the two versions, while the voices for the Japanese dub turned out to be very easy to get used to from being very fitting to the characters, the same cannot be said for the English dub due to some characters, especially Hikari and Machi, whom sound a bit older than they should. The other remaining English voices like Tetsuo's and Sakie's voices are ranged from either fair to fitting.
Final Verdict For being a very charming slice-of-life show on the most part, this obtains an 8/10. This is a good choice if you want a light-hearted show to watch, this is a good bet, but be mindful that this seriously isn't an ecchi festival at all like some would fear at first glance for having monster girls about.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
Yeah it was lot of fun, also yeah the episode before the last felt more like a proper last episode instead of the obligatory pool episode.
That being said it was overshadowed by Dragon Maid which just did a more consistent job at doing wonderful the slow moments. Plus despite they all being dragons, they still felt like they ad more variety compare to Interview with monster girl.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT