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Ginko: Interviews with Monster Girls

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    When your workplace is home to some people that come from very different backgrounds than your own, how would you react? Do you isolate yourself from them, or introduce yourself and try to understand them? Biology teacher Tetsuo Takahashi prefers the latter.

    Synopsis

    In an alternate modern-day Japan, demi-humans as they're called, have been integrated into society. These are mythical creatures and the like that all have a human form, but are definitely something else, too.

    At a nondescript high school, the biology teacher is curious about them and uses his unique position as an educator to research the challenges that demi's face.

    His first encounter is with a fellow teacher who is also a succubus. She tries very hard to keep her sexual powers at bay so she can be taken seriously as a teacher, going so far as to wear a track suit to keep every inch of skin covered up. One of his students is a habitually tardy vampire, and he spends a little time getting to know her and what it's like to be one in polite society where all the legends say she's supposed to be a predator.

    And so it goes as Takahashi meets more students of different demi persuasions. He sits down with each to learn more about them, and hopefully make their daily lives a little bit easier.

    Analysis and Impressions

    This anime is a not-so-subtle nod to progressive movements around the globe that promote social equality in all its forms. In the first moments of the series, it's pointed out that being a demi is just another dimension to one's identity. It's not a big deal. The whole thing is about closing the distance between people of different backgrounds.

    To that end, the anime uses the cutest, most playful girls designed to kick in the protective instincts of the viewer. And it works. Teacher Takahashi is more father figure than educator to these girls, involving himself in their private lives. He bends over backwards just like any concerned parent would to make sure they have everything they need, while maybe spoiling them just a bit.

    At its core this is a slice-of-life, and so adheres to many of its conventions, including obligatory episodes dedicated to New Year's and swimming. Despite that, the charm factor is turned up to the max, so it hardly feels cliche even if it is. I couldn't help but grin like an idiot through most episodes.

    Vocal performances in a slice-of-life usually aren't anything to write home about, but there's actually some good stuff here. Notably, Cris George plays the inquisitive and compassionate Tetsuo Takahashi to the letter. Morgan Garrett as the reserved succubus Sakie plays the nuances of her pent-up sexuality hilariously. Last but not least, Bryn Apprill as the energetic vampire Hikari is both adorable and devious.

    Who is it for?

    Interviews with Monster Girls is nothing but good vibes all around. It might be perfect for a rainy day or anyone needing a little pick-me-up.

    It's light on drama and conflict, but frankly anyone who likes feeling warm and gooey on the inside will have plenty to enjoy.

    Availability

    Interviews with Monster Girls is 12 episodes and available on JustDubs.

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    #1 Ginko, Apr 13, 2017
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