Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Light Novel Volume Six Review

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I’ve been very determined to not look at spoilers of this manga but unfortunately the excitement and curiosity got the better of me. However I was literally on the edge of my seat with Volume Six and despite knowing the outcome of the War Game, I was very engrossed with the whole thing.

I saw a different side to the story from the usual dungeon prowling to an all-out war between two familias. This could have easily been avoided if Bell didn’t take the bait and retaliated to those who insulted Hestia, his Goddess.

I was happy and relieved that Bell’s allies came to aid him when he and Hestia were being chased by the Apollo and Soma Familias. My heart skipped a little when Hestia confessed her love for him. I’m not sure what Bell was going to say but it doesn’t matter now. =D

My favourite part was the War Game.

Hestia’s and Lilly’s strategy was brilliant and cleverly devised. Usually I’ve been able to predict outcomes and moments in manga in general but there were a few twists in this battle that I did not see coming. I didn’t expect Ryu to use the Crozzo magic swords and I didn’t expect Lilly to disguise herself as that prum guy.

Lilly has shown in the War Game that she is more than useful and she played a very important part in Hestia Familia’s victory. Lilly may not be powerful but she out-smarted a lot of members from the Apollo Familia and crucially tackled Cassandra to the ground when she had a hold of Bell’s leg. Off topic for a moment, I’m happy that her situation with Soma has been resolved peacefully. =)

I liked seeing everyone’s point of view during the battle but I definitely would have liked to see more of Bell’s training with Aiz and Tiona. The two top class Adventurers played a crucial part in Bell’s growth and it was great to see more of Tiona.

Speaking of Aiz, it was a nice and cute moment to see Bell and Aiz dancing. I didn’t recognise Aiz being on the front cover, I thought that was a completely different person dancing with Bell. XD

I have my suspicions once again surrounding Freya. It seemed like she didn’t do anything apart from stare at Bell. However, I have a feeling that she had something to do with that amulet that Syr gave him that protected him from Hyacinthus’ magic.

I think that picture that’s been shattered in that golden amulet could actually be Freya herself. It’s the only explanation I can think of as she’s the only one who is helping Bell indirectly.

What do you all think of the book? Overall I think it was awesome and it’s definitely up there among of my favourite novels. As nervous as I was about Bell’s defeat, realistically Apollo was never going to win, even if he did, Freya would crush him and claim Bell for herself. XD

I could literally talk about this book forever but for now I will just leave it here and if you want to chat about it, I’d be happy to talk about the big things and little things of volume six.

 

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

Monster Musume: Volume Nine Review

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I’m very happy in the direction that Monster Musume is going in. Before it was mainly about the monster girls being introduced and becoming a guest in Kimihito’s house as well as becoming a bride candidate. The candidates, aka Miia’s rivals, just kept coming and coming and at one point I thought it was only a matter of time before Kimihito earned the nickname ‘Casanova.’

However, in the past few volumes the story has been branching out and is exploring the other monster girls and their culture without them becoming a bride candidate for Kimihito. I think that’s good because the last thing Kimihito needs is another trip to the afterlife. Haha.

Book nine was especially good and there were quite a number of twists that I didn’t see coming. I think the most unexpected twist for me was when Mero gave Kimihito CPR, or to put it another way, a kiss. If anyone was going to give him his first kiss I expected it to be Miia. Unless he already had his first kiss and I missed something? I know Miia kissed him in the second anthology book to turn him back from squid to human but I don’t think that counts somehow. Haha. =D

I don’t think it was ever a secret that Meroune was a Princess but I’m very pleased that we got clarification on this and the background of her family. We also learned that the Merfolk’s and Mermaids’ obsession with The Little Mermaid was the Queen’s doing.

The sudden change from the tension to light-hearted innocence is as funny as ever, especially the water based puns that I initially thought were grammar mistakes. Haha. =D I genuinely thought Octo was a villain but as turned out, she was the victim of a bad rumour caused by the Queen. In the end I felt sorry for her but I did enjoy the battle between her and Rachnera. You couldn’t call her battle with Cerea and Miia a battle as they were completely one-sided. XD

I liked the change of story too at the end which will become the main focus of Volume 10. I initially thought Yuuhi was a wandering spirit but it turns out that she had an incurable decease. I was a little sad because I anticipated she was going to die which I didn’t think would fit in this light-hearted story. However, I found out later on that Lala snipped Zombina’s tooth and turned Yuuhi into a zombie. Because of that Zombina and her MON colleagues are now all under house arrest.

Monster Musume is always funny from the get go but I’m always pleased how the story branches out and introduce other monster girls in different scenarios.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

New Game! Anime Review

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It seems that most of the anime that I really enjoy and connect with are the ones that I initially don’t plan to watch. I watched KonoSuba 3 episodes in and I had very low expectations of Non Non Biyori before it started and I ended up really liking them both.

At the time when I looked at the New Game! promo posters I did think that the girls looked cute but will I find the story entertaining if it’s based on real life? I added it to my watch list because I wasn’t satisfied on just watching Food Wars and Hybrid x Heart so I decided give the first episode a go.

I can tell you that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was completely captivated with both the story and the characters since episode one. I honestly couldn’t tell you the amount of times that I re-watched each episode on a weekly basis and it does a great job on lifting my spirits and relaxes my mind at the same time.

The story is just so simple and light-hearted and really it’s actually my kind of story. You have a bunch of only girl characters working on a game in an office. Yep, you heard right, not set in a school, but in an office! I think that’s definitely a nice change of pace.

Whilst New Game! doesn’t really have a plot like Non Non Biyori it does have an end goal, at least in this series. That end goal involves all the girls working really hard on their respective job roles to complete the Third Instalment of Aoba’s favourite childhood game, Fairies Story.

When I watch this anime I find that I really connect with the characters. Despite their funny-but-cute facial expressions, this anime feels very realistic and reflects how people feel in real life. All the girls that work in the office are nice but some of them are socially awkward, some more so than others. I can be socially awkward myself, especially in unfamiliar circumstances, so it’s probably the reason why I appreciate them as characters and why I can relate to them so strongly. Haha.

I did sense or detect minor sad elements regarding Yagami’s past but the comedy and light-hearted nature of the show completely overs-shadowed it. Whilst she did have a sour past involving her previous co-workers she persevered and grew as an artist and as a person.

There are elements of character growth, most notably Aoba and Hifumi. Aoba’s growth came with confidence and skill as an artist and with Hifumi is her social confidence. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that she started to come out of her shell since Aoba joined Eagle Jump. Yagami clearly had a lot of character growth too but they all happened before the anime began so she probably doesn’t count. XD

As well as the humour, good story and characters my favourite thing about this show is the camaraderie and affection that the girls show to each other. It’s not often that you see regular staff like Aoba mingle with management like Yagami and Hazuki. I think it’s really nice how they support each other as co-workers and as friends. The best part of it is that their relationships as co-workers and friendship are equally balanced which is why I think they’re very successful with their game making.

Speaking of making games, I feel that I got a good insight on how games are made. I knew that a lot of work went into games by many people but I didn’t necessarily know what teams worked on what. I didn’t realise that the roles were delegated to certain areas to that extent. If I were to work at Eagle Jump with Aoba now I would specialise in creating characters but I would probably fall short with debugging and programming.

I’ve learned a lot about game making in this anime. It may not be set in a school but I’m still learning new things from every episode. =D

This might be impulsive on my part but at this moment I feel that this enters into my top five all-time favourite anime, possibly coming to a close second behind Non Non Biyori. For now, let’s say that this is my favourite new and current anime. =D I’m now waiting for the day when Seven Seas announce that they’ve licensed the New Game! manga. I don’t see any signs at this moment that they’re going to license it but for now I will dream. =)

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 5 Light Novel

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I thought this book was very dramatic and it felt as though everything was happening at once. Bell experienced the dark side of humanity and faced the most dangerous monster that the dungeon had to offer to date, a floor boss. It felt very realistic as this was the first time that they experienced the true horrors of a dungeon. Lilly’s wits and dungeon prowling experience proved to be useful in this life and death situation.

It was filled with interesting twists like how Bell and his party had to deal with a “pass parade”, how they overcame the odds with a floor boss and how Bell coped when he watched the naked ladies in a hot spring…

As well as experiencing the dark side of humanity from loathe-filled adventurers this book also showed that even in the dark, there’s a radiance of light that can lift you and comfort you. There’s a reason why adventurers have issues, some more severe than others, but these troubled issues doesn’t mean that they’re bad people.

This is especially true in the case of Ryu Lion who played an amazing but important role. She’s the one I wanted to know more about and see in battle and my wish came true. I always thought she was cool and after reading this, I think she’s more cool than before. =D

In some ways I feel that the dramatic situation was a work of Gods and it could have potentially been avoided as the Loki Familia took care of Bell and his party. The dynamics of the story changed completely because of Hestia’s and Hermes’ involvement…

 

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!

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  1. REVIEW

As of late I like the concept when the main characters are transported to a roleplaying/fantasy world from the “real world”.

I literally enjoyed every minute of KonoSuba, especially the characters. At times I felt Kazama and Aqua were hot and cold. One minute I thought they were cool and funny but other times I thought they were rude and self-centred. However, I still found them likable despite their occasional faults and because of their past lives and circumstances, it was always going to be a challenge for them to adapt. In fact, I actually think they’re coping well considering that they were dragged to a new world without warning.

Megumin and Darkness are both nice ladies but they’re both very eccentric in their own ways. You have Megumin, an enthusiastic girl who loves Explosion Magic but knocks herself out whenever she uses it. And you have Darkness, who seems reasonably sensible, but is clearly not trained in sword combat and is a massive masochist. I bet she didn’t hone her skills so she would deliberately and naturally lose against a monster. Haha.

I even liked the supporting cast, Wiz, Luna, Eris and even Verdia, who I thought was hilarious and badass at the same time.

In this roleplaying type of setting I felt that Kazama and his fellow teammates were accommodating each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I feel that it’s refreshing that Kazama isn’t overpowered; rather, he literally worked his way up from the bottom along with Aqua. He uses his whit to beat his opponents rather than power. He’s proven to me that you don’t have to be the stronger fighter to win a fight.

This is party is balanced, yet, unbalanced at the same time. They managed to get the job done in the end but it isn’t without severe repercussions, mostly caused by Aqua. Haha.

What I liked the most about this show was the comedy. I think the comic timing is used brilliantly and very unexpectedly. There were some moments that I thought was going to turn into a sad/cliché scene, yet, something humorous happened and completely undermines the serious moment from before. I thought those moments were absolutely glorious. =D

The battles were very engaging too. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the fights despite the fact that this show isn’t really a battle anime. I was really engaged because I enjoyed the story and humour that went with the action. My favourite moments came when Kazama and co fought Verdia the Dullahan.

This is my favourite anime of the winter season. It went to the point when I kept on re-watching certain episodes over and over again and no doubt in the future I will keep on watching this show over and over again.

I reckon it’s only a matter of time before YenPress licences the manga and light novel as they have license to the Dragon Age publishers and KonoSuba are published by Dragon Age. They recently licensed Grim Reaper and Four Girlfriends and I’m completely over the moon about that. =D

 

  1. RATING

TWO THUMBS-UP (My Rating System) (My Anime Series Rankings)

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Dragons Rioting Volume Two Review

Dragons Rioting VOlume Two

  1. REVIEW

I’m on Volume Two and already I think Dragons Rioting is a brilliant battle manga. There’s even a little page at the back of Okayado’s drawing of Ayane as a “Dragon Girl.” I thought that was a brilliant touch. =D

It seems that the main fighters are pretty much over-powered. I know Rino was holding back when she fought Ayane but was Ayane holding back in that fight?

Mell was a brilliant addition to the series and because of her we learned more about certain characters, the connections between certain characters and the introduction of a quirky one. The way she punched Kyouka and the way Kyouka punched Mell was pretty darn awesome. The story progressed because of Mell’s introduction and involvement.

I did like Ayane’s training with Rintarou but my favourite part came right at the end when Rintarou and Mell competed against each other when they had to knock down the school building first. That was fun to read. I did wonder if Rintarou could become a dragon and I think it was fitting that Mell was the one who broached the subject.

Ayane is still my favourite. She’s cute, even when she is serious. I get the impression that she’s been given the Piccolo and Kakashi treatment. By this I mean that Ayane is super strong but so far her battles are all about making her opponent look powerful. However, Ayane is still strong, even in defeat and/or when she’s at a disadvantage.

There weren’t as many battles in this book but the story and funny moments made up for it. =)

  1. RATING

Two Thumbs-Up. (My Rating System) (My Manga Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Light Novel Volume Four

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Is it me, or is Bell prodding Hephaistos’ boob on the front cover? Well, she is burying his face in her other boob so I suppose it’s a “tit-for-tat” kind of situation, excuse the pun. Haha.

 

  1. REVIEW

This was exciting to read.

 

I’m happy that Bell finally managed to become a level 2 but I do get the impression that from now on he has to watch his back. Bell’s growth (thanks to the Realis Phrase ability) was under the radar all this time but now that he has levelled up, the Gods and Adventurers alike have suddenly taken notice.

Hestia needs to be careful as well, especially as Freya defended Bell during the Denatus meeting. It does make me wonder if Freya will try another scheme to make Bell her “property”. I do think that she genuinely harbours love and affection for him and she is the reason why Bell more or less overcame his fear of Minotaurs and is able to cast magic. Is she helping him out of love, or out of selfishness? I don’t know what to make of Freya, I like her but at the same time I don’t like her. She’s fascinating yet complicated. XD

I was impressed with Welf Crozzo’s introduction. I really like him and I think the history of his ancestors is especially interesting. I watched the anime so I am somewhat spoiled but I still had no idea that his family’s origins were that deep. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his views and philosophy on forging and creating magic weapons and regular weapons. I think it’s more than appropriate that someone like him is the exclusive blacksmith for Bell. I think it’s awesome as well that he forged Bell’s Minotaur horn into a dagger.

At first I wasn’t really keen on Lili but I discovered that throughout this book Lili is actually growing on me. She’s very street wise and she’s the type of, “it takes one to know one” kind of her person. She knows a con-artist when she sees one and this was demonstrated when Bell and Lili took on Nahza’s request.

Speaking of Nazha’s request, I really like the extra stories that this book offered at the end. Learning about Nahza’s past was insightful and it made sense why she was over-charging Bell’s potions and doesn’t go dungeon crawling. It’s interesting to know when these events happened. I actually wondered how he managed to squeeze in this quest during his training with Aiz without Hestia or Lili sussing him out. XD

I always had the vision of Bell buying Hestia a pair of cute ribbons with chimes and I came to learn that this actually happened. =) I thought it was a nice moment when Bell gave Hestia her ribbons for the first time. It just shows the strong bond that Hestia and Bell have for each other.

Hestia wanted to do something “God-like” and buy him the sword that he wanted but whilst she didn’t achieve it then, she certainly achieved it later on when his dagger was hand-crafted by Hephaistos herself. So, one could argue that Bell in fact got an “upgrade”, all thanks for Hestia. =)

I’m hoping that these short stories continue to appear in the Light Novels as I want to learn more about the supporting characters like Ryu, Syr, Aiz and Hephaistos. =)

  1. RATING

Two Thumbs-Up. (My Rating System) (My Light Novel Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

Dragons Rioting Volume One Review

Dragons Rioting Volume One

I got this book for Christmas and I can’t express how happy I am that I’ve finally got my hands on the Dragons Rioting manga. =)

  1. REVIEW

To me, this manga offers something different. Instead of the standard of the main male in this ecchi/harem type of story you have a guy, Rintaro, who has a rare life threatening condition called “Hentai Syndrome.” This condition surfaces whenever he is sexually aroused and makes him go into a cardiac arrest. So, he underwent many years of training to discipline his mind and body, under the guidance of his Father.

 

Rintaro’s training was a success and he enrols in a school, however, to his horror, 99% of the students consist of girls. Oh well… R.I.P. Rintaro, it was nice knowing you.

 

I think this is unbelievably refreshing. You have plenty of girls, and certain girls, who are not afraid to show their skin in front of Rintaro. Whilst I do feel sorry for the chap I must say that the way he gets out of situations, like avoiding physical contact with the girls, utterly hilarious.

 

He avoids these “life threatening” situations by using the special techniques that he learned during his training with his Dad. These techniques are part of his Moon of the Reflected Lake. He uses these techniques in the most comical and mundane ways but he also uses them in serious situations and battles. Some of his skills and moves are both quirky and badass.

 

All the battles and little fights are exciting to read, and the art makes it even more engaging. I think Kyouka is especially cool. I think she’s like the female version of Kenpachi Zaraki as they’re both bloodthirsty during fights and they’re both incredibly powerful as well as durable. She’s scary but I think she’s strangely attractive. Does that make me strange?

 

The uniqueness and quirkiness of the characters make the battles and manga more enjoyable. That brings me nicely to my current favourite character of Dragons Rioting, Ayane.

 

Ayane reminds me a lot of Kirin Toudou, adorable to look at, sweet personality but deadly. To put it another way, I wouldn’t want to get on their bad side in a dark alley… or any kind of alley for matter. She is very likable and is extremely powerful. I like it how she displays her power to crush Asuna’s fighting spirit rather than beating the snot out of her. It’s very admirable how she’s willing to endure pain to protect her friends. She doesn’t really need Rintaro to train her but I do think it will benefit her from learning his art of fighting. =)

 

The battles are brilliant, the art is eye-catching, the girls are beautiful but the plot is refreshing. The three “Dragons” are gunning to be number one in the school but it isn’t without its politics as the Disciplinary squad demonstrated at the end of this volume.

 

It’s an on-going battle for supremacy and a personal battle for Rintarou to keep his sexual arousals intact.

  1. RATING

Two Thumbs-Up. (My Rating System) (My Manga Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

 

THANKS FOR READING

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I’m recovering nicely but I’m still poorly. However, Dragons Rioting has completely cheered me up and suddenly my illness doesn’t seem all that bad. Drawing Ayane has especially kept my spirits up. I could literally draw her all day. The latest picture of her, which you can see just above, is my newest DeviantArt profile picture. I may make it my Twitter cover but I will see how I feel.

 

For now, I will continue to rest up. Thanks for reading.^^/

 

Ryan.

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Review

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime

  1. EPISODE THOUGHTS
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode One Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Two Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Three Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Four Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Five Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Six Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Seven Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eight Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Nine Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Ten Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eleven Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twelve Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Thirteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Fourteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Fifteen Thoughts! (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Sixteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Seventeen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eighteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Nineteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-One Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-Two Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-Three Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-Four Thoughts (LINK)
  2. REVIEW

I really do like the trend of alternative battle shows where people battle each other but without fighting physically, like No Game No Life. In No Game No Life Sora and Shiro battle other rivals by playing games. I really, really like that concept of a battle and I’ve been on the lookout for a similar type of setting for some time and I found it in the form of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma.

 

I would say that Food Wars is pretty much as it sounds but I would describe it as a battle of chefs. So, think of this like Hell’s Kitchen or the Great British Bake Off but the competition is on a much bigger scale. The main guy, Sora, applies to enter into Japan’s most prestigious cooking school where the pass rate is 10%… or was it 1%? Either way the school has high standards.

 

I didn’t really know what to expect from Food Wars but I do know that I’ve really enjoyed this anime. Some of the battle scenes were intense and I found plenty of moments really funny.

 

I have to admit and say that I crack up every single time Soma smirks or grins. It might annoy Erina but it certainly makes me chuckle. I actually thought that I wasn’t going to like Soma. I thought he was going to be cocky and weird. However, I find him to be very daring, fearless, but above all, really funny. Erina, a high class lady chef, puts him down many, many times but he either doesn’t get her sarcasm or he just doesn’t care. Haha. I think it’s good that he’s not intimidated by all the high class students and I’m really pleased that he managed to blend in and make a few friends, especially those from the Polar Star.

 

I thought he was going to be a bad chef as well judging by his loss record against his Dad. However, it turns out that Soma is pretty good and it just meant that whilst Soma is good, he is completely outmatched by the much experienced Jouchirou. It’s pretty funny how they go out of their own way to create bad food and they find victims to eat it. Haha.

 

I think one of the quirkiest and funniest things of this show, apart from the wit and Soma’s facial expressions, is the female cast. By this I mean that when they eat delicious food they ‘visualise’ how they feel and either dress up in flattering clothes or they are stark naked. The girls showing their skin are easy on the eye but I also find it really, really funny. It’s ridiculous but hilarious. Haha.

 

The character growth should also be noted. Soma’s growth as a character is good and he becomes more mature and open-minded through cooking battles and during the field trip. I would say the biggest growth goes to Megumi, not necessarily through cooking abilities but her confidence and self-belief grows.

 

I enjoyed many battles in this show but my favourite battles involved Soma vs Ikumi, Soma and Megumi vs Shinomiya and whenever Soma battled his Dad.

 

I’m not sure if Food Wars was how I expected it to be but I do know that I most certainly enjoyed watching it. The major bonus of this series is that the food on this show looks absolutely delicious and they are designed in high detail. Every time I see Soma and co cook or bake or prepare a dish I immediately get hungry.

 

One of my life goals now is to cook a dish that’s been shown in the Food Wars anime. =D. Will I be able to do it? That remains to be seen.

 

  1. REVIEW

Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

 

THANKS FOR READING

Soma, Megumi, Ikumi and Kanichi Eyecatch

I’m lagging behind uploading my reviews for each episode but I felt that I could upload my review now as what I have summarised is relevant enough to share. It really is a good anime and I’ll be keeping my eye out for a Blu-Ray or a DVD collection in the future. =)

 

Thanks for Reading.^^/

Ryan.

Monster Musume Anime Review

 

Monster Musume Anime

  1. REVIEW

As a Monster Musume fan I was very excited when I learned that it was going to receive an anime show. However, I was half nervous especially when the official MonMusu[1] Twitter page was doing a survey asking us fans what scenes we definitely wanted to see from the manga. If they were doing this survey did this mean that they were going to omit certain scenes from the manga?

 

I’ve been watching this TV show very keenly and I must say that it’s much, much better than I thought that it was going to be. I was very impressed with it and I found myself laughing just as hard watching the anime as I did when I was reading the manga books. The anime does include a lot of scenes from the books but in order to make it flow they mixed it up a bit.

 

This really is a funny anime and it is very self-aware and it does take the mickey out of itself. I especially like it when the monster girls make a pun or a quip referring to their animal body parts. I think that’s one of the underlining charms of the series. The animal parts are not just the funny part of the series, what also does it for me are the characters and the well-timed lewdness. Haha.

 

I do think that there is more to MonMusu than the comedy aspects. The whole point of the story is for the Subspecies[2] to integrate into human society. That was made possible due to the Interspecies Cultural Bill which allowed the Subspecies to live in a human’s house as their guest to learn about human society.

 

The main guy, Kimihito Kurusu, was not chosen to be host but became a host for a lamia, Miia, due to Sumisu’s error. However, instead of complaining, he embraced Miia with open arms and became a very good and gracious host. Eventually he welcomed more additions to his non-blood family such as a harpy, a centaur, a mermaid, an Arachne and even an illegal subspecies, a slime.

 

I was somewhat concerned how the anime would handle Kimihito. Main guys in this type of show tend to be portrayed from one extreme to the other. However, like the manga in this show he has the perfect balance of the sort of chap that I like to see more often in an anime. He’s very aware that all of his beautiful guests love him dearly but he doesn’t cower away from their feelings, even if they do nearly kill him time and time again. Haha. He’s also very interested in them but he’s holding himself back due to his morals and he doesn’t want to break the law. What I especially like is the fact that he is not perverted in the slightest. You can be interested in a lady without being perverted. =)

 

All the girls in this show are brilliant and there isn’t a single character that I don’t like… apart from the racist couple and that dodgy chap from episode 6 but I consider them irrelevant. 😉 Kimihito accepts all the girls for who they are and I especially like it when he has those tender and affectionate moments with those girls. I find them very touching to the point where I nearly shed a tear. =)

 

To conclude, Monster Musume is very lewd but it has much more to offer than rudeness and I think that’s what makes MonMusu very special. I’ve been waiting for an anime adaptation for a very long time and not only did it meet above my expectations it has entered my top ten favourite anime of all time. =D

 

  1. RATING

Two Thumbs-Up

Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Series Rankings)

 

THANKS FOR READING

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I want to say a big thanks to Okayado for bringing Monster Musume to life and he has actually inspired me in many ways, especially human relationships with mythical creatures. In my stories I always wanted to have a human man marry a mermaid/lamia/harpy etc but I never went through with the idea. I automatically assumed that the reader’s reaction would be negative towards me and my story.

 

Since Okayado introduced MonMusu and the manga became a hit in the western market he inspired me and encouraged me. Ever since MonMusu I’ve been getting epiphany after epiphany and I’m actually getting closer to getting my main story finished.

 

Thank you Okayado, you’re one of my favourite Mangaka[3] of all time. =)
Thanks for Reading,

Ryan.

[1] MonMusu is the abbreviation of Monster Musume.

[2] A political correct term to refer to monster girls and boys.

[3] Mangaka is an author and/or artist of a manga.