It’s demihuman fan-service galore as Tom, Andrew, and I explore Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, a 2015 TV anime based on the manga of the same name by Okayada.
We discuss our favorite visual puns, the mixed reactions that the show inspires among anime fans, and a brief but surprisingly serious critical interpretation for a sex comedy starring harpies, lamia, and centaurs.
CLICK HERE or on the key art above to download our review of the show.
I do not recommend using Google image search for “Monster Musume” with your Safe settings turned off.
If you’re going to do movies like this, Paul, why don’t you discuss why the Japanese make so many movies about guys freaked at having a number of adoring women hanging off him…?
It’s weird to me to hear you describe the protagonist of this man’s-porn anime as “wish fulfillment from a female perspective”. I get what you’re going for with it, that he’s actually kind of a caring person, as opposed to most shows of this type where the same guy would be either mostly self-centered or with no real personality to speak of. Still, if you compare the type of guy that appears in stories written by women, for women, as the portrayal of the ideal boyfriend, it’s pretty clearly a completely different type of character.
The protagonist of Monster Musume is still absolutely a fantasy written primarily for guys, and not just because he’s surrounded by cute girls. He is the representation of what guys want women to want from them–a white knight caretaker and protector. Not the dark and mysterious vampire boyfriend type.
(Disclaimer: Yes I realize everyone’s different and not all guys or women want the same things from their partners. I’m speaking primarily in terms of what gets the most sales, here.)
This is just typical harem comedy anime to me.
I just saw this and now I can’t unsee it https://twitter.com/meemoo1470/status/869511664240087040