July 12, 2015

Proof That Civilization is in A Declining Phase

Vast sums of money were spent getting top notch animators and talent to bring a sumptuously produced adaptation of a comic book to television. "Wait."You may ask. "Why is this unusual?"

Because the comic book is Monster Musume, and....well, if you're alone and not at work...look...

There were rumors that this was going to have very short episodes and that gave me some hope that this was actually going to be along the lines of the long discontinued web comic as opposed to the manga. That is not the case. This is a full length series and is faithful to the manga almost line for line. 

The first episode though, is very similar in tone to the webcomic that always revolved around some monstrous mythological abomination and her boyfriend trying to deal with the various complications their relationships entailed. In this case said monstergirl is Milia, an approximately 20 foot long Lamia (snake girl) who is perfectly charming...

...if somewhat grabby...

... and is part of a cultural exchange program between Japan and various fantastical Fortean races that have recently come out of hiding.  Due to a clerical error she is placed with a student living alone. The two of them hit it off quite well, which is a complication because of some asinine anti-miscegenation clause associated with the program.

This pilot episode is in its own weird way, both cute and charming. It is NOT safe for work or the kids as the show is surprisingly brazen regards nudity.

The big problem moving forward is that this is very faithful to the manga, which quite soon became a harem comedy, and that rather destroys the charm of these two trying to overcome the many societal, logistical and mechanical obstacles they face in their romance. A review of the manga that sacred honor forced me to do can be found here

If this is your cup of tea, then you are in luck, because this is a top of the line production which is beautifully produced, has excellent voice talent and a soundtrack by Manzo and Hiroaki Tsutsumi. The flip side to this is that people whose job it is to know these things believed there to be a large enough market for softcore monstergirl porn that this high end project got greenlit. We are surely in the end times.

This was a well produced and enjoyable episode, but I'm unlikely to follow this show closely. I'm even less likely to admit to to doing so. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 07:25 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 The cyclops sniper is hellaciously cute.

Honestly, the manga needed the Mon Squad - something where they could roll with the hook ("here is yet another monster girl") without necessarily landing her in the guy's bed. The harem had grown to improbable size, even if half the participants weren't "really" in the harem.

Ai Yori Aoshi had the same problem - interesting romance that got a lot less interesting with four more girls in the mix.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Mon Jul 13 03:52:50 2015 (uqQHL)

2 Nearly the whole SWAT team is neat and deserve their own show. The Centaur is a delightful nutbar, There is a lot of cool here that's watered down to check off the trope boxes. 
One thing that bugged me: In the comic, Kimihito is a young adult who has a day job, I believe he works in construction. In this its stated that his parents are overseas and its at least implied that he was a student.
They've taken one other element from the comic that was cool and trashed it, apparently trying to avoid alienating the NEET demographic. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Jul 13 08:26:37 2015 (1zM3A)

3 Nearly the whole SWAT team is neat and deserve their own show.

Moreso than the actual show, actually. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Jul 13 17:31:06 2015 (jGQR+)

4 That was the SWAT team in the end credits?  I see a Dark Skin/White Hair girl, but I can't tell what kind of monster she's supposed to be....

I was a bit surprised with some of the dialogue, with Millia referring to him hurting her and doing whatever he wants to her multiple times. That seemed kind of... off.

Posted by: Mauser at Sat Jul 18 12:44:42 2015 (TJ7ih)

5 Her name's Doppel, short for doppelganger, but there's apparently more to her than that.


Posted by: J Greely at Sun Jul 19 00:29:57 2015 (ZlYZd)

6 Or possibly more OF her than that..... :-)

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Jul 19 19:43:15 2015 (TJ7ih)

7 She has the power of Comics Code Compliant Hair.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Jul 19 20:08:30 2015 (ohzj1)

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