The Monster Musume manga is one of the best ecchi manga currently going, so the anime had a lot to live up to. Lerche’s adaptation came with high expectations, and yet still managed to exceed them.
Production Company: Lerche and Seva
Vintage: Summer 2015
Nipple sightings from other Lerche produced anime:
Unbreakable Machine Doll , Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!! (Majikoi)
Other notable / recently relevant mainstream anime from Lerche:
Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
Sora Amamiya as Miia
Sora Amamiya is also well known for her roles as:
Yu Kobayashi as Sumisu (Smith)
Yu Kobayashi is also well known for her roles as:
Haruka Yamazaki as Meroune
Haruka Yamazaki is also well known for her roles as:
Mayuka Nomura as Suu
Mayuka Nomura is also well known for her roles as:
Ari Ozawa as Papi
Ari Ozawa is also well known for her role as:
Natsuki Aikawa as Centorea Shianus
Atsumi Tanezaki as Lilith
Sakura Nakamura as Rachnera
Thoughts on the anime
Monster Musume presented the anime fanbase with a new and unfamiliar dilemma. It had softcore porn levels of fanservice but disarmed us all with a warm and fuzzy feeling throughout. Even among mainstream anime, you won’t often find very many anime with as many “awwww that’s cute” moments, and among nude-ecchi shows this level of cuteness is almost unheard of. The warmth and cuteness of the series left ecchi-haters conflicted over whether or not to automatically label the show as trash, and as a result the series enjoyed something only rarely seen within the genre- mainstream acceptance.
As for me, I’m glad that the anime was successful and appears to have made money. But at the end of the day, all that I really care about is how much R-rated content we can look forward to on BDs. Monster Musume did a good job of staying true to the manga, but missed some glaring opportunities to take liberties, and also declined to add disc specials, even though Lerche’s two previous nude-ecchi series had them. So as a dedicated perv I was left with a bit of a mixed feeling on the whole experience, despite the anime being a pretty big success.
That’s not to say that Lerche didn’t do an amazing job. Monster Musume had some of the best artwork of any anime in 2015 and you’d probably have to go back to To Love-Ru Darkness in 2012 to find a prettier nude ecchi show. I can only speak for myself, but I thought the anime did a better job than the manga of pulling me into the story and caring about the characters.
Almost all of the characters were likable. Centorea was big, tough in battle, bound to her sense of duty and honor, but maybe a bit naive. Suu got emotion out of us without showing much emotion herself. Miia was actually pretty annoying, but her constant injuries to the MC drove home the hilarious absurdity of how dangerous his unwitting love life was becoming. Every character did pretty much what they were supposed to do- Lilith and Doppel were tricksters, Papi always had more energy than brains, Sumisu was incompetent but still somehow kind of clever, which fit nicely into stereotypes about government.
This was a show about characters more than story, and characters were colorful with enough depth and likability to carry things.
There were a lot of other things this show did to up the fun. It’s always exciting when a TV show goes for the redraw method of TV censorship as it forces us to play detective every week trying to figure out which shots will go for glory on BD. It was pretty cool too how they had an uncensored preview midway through the season, as well as the low-def online releases on the uncensored episodes via Nico Nico.
Don’t forget the online “daily life” shorts either. All in all, Lerche did a pretty incredible job of marketing their product, and all that effort paid off with an anime that competed with To Love-Ru Darkness 2nd and High School DxD BorN in disc sales.
The OVA for the series doesn’t come out until very late this year, which is likely to connect this series to a yet unannounced second season.
As an ass-man who likes flat chests I don’t feel like this is really a fair question. It has to be Papi for me. I also liked that Papi was very young at heart and brought youthful exuberance to every scene she was in.
I think Centorea deserves a mention as well. For all her strength and her dedication to honor, she was a bit of a clumsy dork when it came to love.