There was an anime in 2015 called Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, about a young man who lived with a bunch of different monster girls and their daily lives together. The show was a straight up ecchi anime that concentrated on pure erotic situations. The one good thing that the show had going for it were the different monster designs. Even though the show had one thing on its mind, it was still interesting to see the different creatures that would pop up.
Almost in the same vain—minus the ecchi—Interview with Monster Girls takes the premise of a world filled with these types of beings and how society would interact with them. It is an interesting idea that hopefully gets fully fleshed out as the show continues. As of the first episode, it has me intrigued, even if it does fall short on a few aspects.
The protagonist, Tetsuo Takahashi, is a teacher that has never met a demi-human (what the beings are called in this universe) before. He is curious about them and so when he finally encounters one, he is generally interested in them and is even surprised by how many are so close to him. He is not some spaz though, he treats the demi-humans with respect and is a well mannered teacher, fitting into the role nicely.
The show does a good job of introducing the cast of characters that will be a regular part of the anime. It gives just enough screen time to most of them to get viewers familiar with who they are, but not enough to overshadow the main ones. Because of this the show does not feel bloated. You look forward to learning about the other characters while still getting a feel for who the main ones are.
Among the main cast is Hikari Takanashi, an over-active vampire who is a student at the same school Tetsuo teaches. She tends to make friends with people easily and is not afraid to speak her mind. She balances Tetsuo’s laid back nature perfectly, so it will be interesting to see how the two of them continue to interact with each other.
Tetsuo wants to write about demi-humans for his college thesis. The only problem is that he has never seen one, and all of his attempts at trying to interview one have fallen through. This is mostly because demi-humans are still relatively new to the world. A mutation causes people to become these beings, and because of the sensitive nature of this topic, most people do not know a lot about them.
Tetsuo’s bad luck with them changes one day when a new teacher arrives at the school he works at. It is revealed that she is a demi-human, and through pure coincidence he discovers that there are many students that are also demi-human. He becomes close with one in particular, Hikari, a vampire, who decides to help him out by allowing herself to be interviewed.
With most of the cast comprising of females this is pretty much going to be a harem anime, which would not be a problem if all the females, minus one, were not students. So far, there has not been anything too romance based in the show, apart from one joke, and the title reveal of episode two. If, however, the show does go down in that direction, it could turn away audiences because of the age gap between the characters.
I understand that Japan has different laws, but they are still teacher and student, which I assume is still frowned upon. If the show is going to tackle these types of subjects, it might make for a far more interesting show down the road, but so far it seems to just be a simple slice-of-life anime, so hopefully it does not take that path.
I should also mention that the monster designs are not all that memorable. The one thing that Monster Musume had going for it were those great designs. If you were hoping for something like that than you are going to be disappointed.
The first few episodes are going to be about the different girls and their interaction with Tetsuo. After that we will probably get conflicts surrounding school life, such as events and festivals, and we might get problems with how people view the demi-humans. I do not think the show will go down a very thought-provoking path, but as a simple slice-of-life story, this is not bad either.
It may have some potential looming problems, but so far I really enjoyed my time with Interviews with Monster Girls. If you want a nice, calming show without anything too heavy in it, I say this is the perfect anime for you. As long as it keeps its hands to itself, I do not mind partaking in further interviews.
If you’re interested in watching Interview with Monster Girls (Demi-chan wa Kataritai), you can find new episodes Saturdays at 9:30 AM PST simulcasted on Crunchyroll.