Do you remember Monster Musume, that other show about cryptids and half-human amalgamations? Did you want more? Well a completely different studio heard the world’s collective cry for more and made a completely different show with only the most superficial resemblance to 2015’s smash hit series, i.e. it also has monsters in it who happen to be girls. And just like its estranged cousin, it’s surprisingly not shit.
Interviews with Monster Girls, or Demi-chan as I’ll be referring to it from here on out, follows a milquetoast biology teacher who wants to walk and talk with demihumans such as succubi and vampires in order to better understand them and/or write his thesis. It’s an effectively simple setup for elaborating on how the likes of vampires survive without murdering everyone around them, and the first episode makes me excited to see how it validates other demihumans getting by without them being too inconvenienced by their differences.
I like how Demi-chan portrays these differences with levity without downplaying them, making them seem like key parts of the characters’ lives, but not in a way that’s socially or physically crippling. The humor is driven by neat little visual touches, most notably the dullahan girl who carries around her head, nodding or shaking it with her hands in order to convey a response, or the succubus teacher having to go to great lengths not to touch men or look remotely attractive (though this largely fails), or the vampire sneaking up on her teacher and pricking him on the neck with pencils as a classic “Hurr hurr I didn’t really bite you even though I’m a vampire” prank after talking to him about how she drinks blood, without actually hurting anyone in the process. It’s cute in the right way without being cloying.
Long story short, I can really tell that it’s a show with its heart in the right place, and thus it comes with an appropriately subdued recommendation.