Interviews With Monster Girls is a very sweet and endearing show about monster girls in a very down-to-earth school setting. While that may sound rather plain and uninspired, the show utilized a more thoughtful approach in how they presented the characters, both human and non-human. The main character follows (quite refreshingly) in the theme of Gate – a mature character that is more of a good guy, rather than a nice guy. Instead of relying on dim-witted naivete, the main character takes an active role in shaping the dynamics of the group and outcomes of a variety of situations. This isn’t to say he’s an all-powerful superman, but his stable and empowering character ends up being a catalyst for positive change in other characters. Because of the grounded tone of the anime, it ends up having a very real feel, lending credibility to all of the interactions. With that setting, they end up addressing some very deep issues, such as how individual differences can affect a group as well as the struggle a teacher faces in trying to guide their students. Not to say the anime’s necessarily all lofty and high-brow – there’s lots of fun and cute moments. While there aren’t any crazy harem antics like other shows of a similar type, Interviews With Monster Girls ends up serving as a very low-key counterpoint to others in the genre. A surprisingly simple, yet very satisfying anime to watch.
World: Very Good
Pace: Very Good