Every now and then a show comes along which looks like it’s going to be a heartwarming delight and turns out to be a salacious festival of naughtiness.
This one’s the other way ’round.
What is it?
Interviews With Monster Girls is a 13-episode anime based on an ongoing manga series.
What kind of story is it?
The stories about strange humanoid monsters are real! Well. Kind of. Some of them. A bit. Maybe not the way you expect. And one man wants more than anything else to know everything that he can learn about “demi-humans.” Lucky guy: Several of these “demis” show up at the school where he teaches! Hilarity ensues.
Why do you like it?
The characters are each fun in their own way, and each achieves some kind of emotional growth over the course of the series. Interviews also plays with viewer expectations in some interesting ways. It being anime, there being cute girls, you assume naughty hi-jinks of some sort will take place. And yet, every time it looks like they’re going to take something in that direction, they find a way to “nope!” back away from it, usually in tongue-in-cheek fashion.
Trust me, it works better than I’m making it sound like it should.
Another fun aspect is that our demi-obsessed teacher tries to apply logic and reasoning to the myths and legends surrounding the “monsters,” such as what effect sunlight and garlic really have on the vampire girl, how much of the snow fairy’s scary reputation is based on confirmation bias, and so on. You can’t really take this as a serious exploration of the subject, of course. It’s just that this approach helps sell the teacher/student relationships as staying within the bounds of professionalism more than one would originally have expected from this kind of setup.
What might one not like about it?
The jokes and dialog sometimes verge on the squicky. They usually avoid going too far, as noted above, but in order to achieve the “nope!” they have to veer toward the naughty enough to sell it. It’s an odd technique and your mileage, of course, may vary.
Other thoughts about it?
Om nom nom nom nom.
There’s an interesting little plot beat late in the show where someone in the school’s administration starts to ask, much as a viewer might, “Is this actually appropriate behavior for a teacher?” And it’s handled… remarkably well actually. It doesn’t turn the show dark, nor is it overly saccharine.
Where can I watch it?
Crunchyroll, here you go: Interviews With Monster Girls