- Alt. Name
- Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou
- Release Date
- Summer 2015
- No. of Episodes
Monster Munsume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls is a 2015 Fantasy Harem anime series from Japanese animation studio Lerche. While the studio has had some popular series like Assassination Classroom and Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun, they’ve also created some downright terrible series like Danganronpa. Though studio Lerche hasn’t been around like its competition, sometimes the best creations come from a studio that’s considered an underdog. However, sometimes even the underdog isn’t the best thing an audience should be rooting for, but only time will tell.
With his parents abroad, Kimihito Kurusu lived a quiet, unremarkable life alone until monster girls came crowding in! This alternate reality presents cutting-edge Japan, the first country to promote non-human species’ integration into society. After the incompetence of interspecies exchange coordinator Agent Smith leaves Kimihito as the homestay caretaker of a Lamia named Miia, the newly-minted “Darling” quickly attracts girls of various breeds, resulting in an ever-growing harem flushed with eroticism and attraction.
Unfortunately for him, the ladies, sexual interactions between species is forbidden by the Interspecies Exchange Act! The only loophole is through an experimental marriage provision. Kimihito’s life becomes fraught with an abundance of creature-specific caveats and sensitive interspecies law as the passionate, affectionate, and lusty women hound his every move, seeking his romantic and sexual affections. With new species often randomly appearing and events materializing out of thin air, where Kimihito and his harem go is anyone’s guess!
If one is reading this synopsis and questioning where’s the plot? Well, there isn’t one, nor does this series try to produce one. While this series does have a few areas where there could be a plot, those quickly evaporated into nothing more than fanservice. For instance, some touching moments within this series deal with speciesism and how they have to go through life without doing anything. But unfortunately, Monster Munsume quickly evaporates this concept for either a quick, easy laugh or poorly done fanservice.
Another negative aspect of this series is that it hasn’t aged well, and even upon its release, this series shouldn’t have received praise if it did at all. This series’s main comedic element is that these creatures want to fornicate with the main character, who doesn’t want to, without Kimihito’s consent. No matter how great a series may be, the moment any series uses nonconsensual intercourse as a comedic element would hopefully turn away most if not all of its viewers. If this series decided to make it where it was part of character development or to progress the series into something bigger, that’d be acceptable. Still, Monster Munsume went towards the lowest hanging fruit.
When it comes to Monster Munsume’s art style, this series is best described as lukewarm at best. Though this series does have solid character design and beautiful backgrounds, these are on par with other ecchi harem series. The art style is decent, but it’s merely just another anime series where the female characters have huge breasts when one boils it down a bit. While there are some scenes that the viewers will potentially love, overall, this series has a decent art style, but at the end of the day, it’s nothing to write home about. Though if one is interested in seeing female chests, this art style may satisfy you, but the vast majority of viewers will agree that it’s a lukewarm attempt. The only arguable saving grace comes from the monster’s designs.
However, the Animation Production of this series was rather surprisingly good. The voice actors for both versions fit the characters pretty well, though the original Japanese voice actors were significantly better. The opening theme will be a hit or miss to the majority, but I slightly feel there could’ve been more done with the opening animation to match the theme. However, the ending song is by far the superior of the two. However, the best part is that this also counts as an opening theme and sequence simultaneously. Outside of these areas, the production was above the rest. Which was an utter shame that they were wasted on such a tasteless anime.
Throughout this harem series, the one decent portion was the characters. These may not be the best, but some are adequately rememberable. For instance, the female monsters are quite exciting and are each different, which can be very pleasing for the viewer. Miia is a Lamia, a creature whose part woman and part snake. While she is the first liminal to live with Kimihito, she is also the tallest group measuring eight meters (26 ft) long. She has red hair, golden eyes, and red scales. Her best character trait is her pleasant personality, as she always tries to help people and befriend everyone – except when it comes to her crush.
Centorea Shianus, also known as Cerea, joins the household after a dangerous encounter between her and Kimihito. She is downright a stereotype of Nordic people: yellow-blonde hair, pale blue eyes, and a colossal bust. While the days of kings and protection have long past, her historical roots refuse to let go as she continuously tries to protect her master. Like all horses, she’s a herbivore, but her absolute favorite thing to eat is carrots.
Papi is a harpy and the most petite of the household. Her appearance gives her a much younger look than other girls, even though she’s the same age as they are. While she may have the slenderest figure, halfway down, her upper arms turn into feather-covered wings. Much like most creatures, her hair matches something of their feral appearance; hers happens to be blue hair and feathers. While she may not be the brightest character, with a literal bird brain, she does seem to care for everyone just as much as the rest.
Suu is a Slime, an amoeba-like creature that can change shape and color without any effort. Much about her isn’t entirely known due to her highly classified information within the Interspecies Exchange. Still, the most exciting portion of her character is that she’s considered an “illegal alien.” Though it is impossible to determine her age and if gender even exists with this Slime, her initial appearance was of a young woman, and quickly befriended everyone in the home.
The last two characters are the least developed within this series, either for lack of writing or appearing over halfway in the show. Meroune Loreil, also known as Mero, is a mermaid with pale human skin and blue eyes. Her hair and tale are pink with yellow-fins, and when she’s in the house, she tends to wear a two piece bikini, though still able to give off her Gothic Lolita appearance. Rachnerea Arachnera goes by Rachnee, an Arachne and one of the last girls to live in the house. She is best described as “the kinky one” of the household, sexually tying up anyone with her web, which she deems amusing.
The male character, Kimihito Kurusu, is a Japanese student living in Asaka, Saitama, with a part-time job. His parents are temporarily away working abroad during these events, but the strange aspect of this series is that Monster Munsume never states these. Outside of him being a nice person who happens to be a male, nothing else is said or given to the audience. Overall his character is only here to produce the sexualization of the series; if the series erased him, then there wouldn’t be a show.
Throughout this series’s multiple viewings, the negatives within this series quickly became more straightforward and more transparent. Albeit the majority of male viewers could care less as long as their phallus is raging. For most viewers, Monster Munsume is a series that was purely made for the fan service and sexual fantasies of its male audience. From a series that could include so many different areas about life as an alien creature, they go for the lowest hanging fruit on the tree, sex! Having to watch this series multiple times was nothing short of a chore, and I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone.
Outside of this outdated ecchi comedy, it must be stated that there are far better ecchi series than this. With its unoriginal and nonexistent plot, this series can only be watched if one is drunk from a college bender and wants to help sober themselves up. Monster Munsume is tasteless series that gives anime, in general, a bad name and its audience. Anime fans deserve better than this and should demand better entertainment.
Cody Senpai is the creator of BakaNow, an anime review website that specializes in spoiler-free reviews for everyone. He is an avid anime watcher who has traveled to Japan numerous times to not only experience the culture and history but also to build friendships with people through a common interest. He is an avid animation fanatic from birth and even went on to major in communication to help share the importance of the stories we love to watch and listen to. Cody lives in Denver, Colorado and loves to do anything adventurous.