(Seven Seas -2013)
Story & Art by Okayado
Summary: It’s every day life with Monster Girls in this ecchi comedy, telling the harrowing tale of a young man named Kimihito Kurusu who builds a harem of young, attractive girls with animalistic features. From a Lamia (half-snake, half human) to a Centaur (half-horse, half-human) and more.
In this world, a new law has passed allowing for the co-habitation of these “monster races” and humans, and but some races are still in need of human contact before things become truly normal. Thus Kimihito is unwillingly thrown into the role of “host family” for these girls – sort of like exchange students; whether he likes it or not.
Review: Honestly, I don’t know what to make of this chapter. It was fun, but it wasn’t great. It was also much shorter than we’re used to monthly chapters being. It begins with a short colored story about Miia attempting to get cool on a blazing hot summer day. The A/C is out and her temperature is rising. Being that of a snake and all.
The story is short and fun, and we get some good back and forth between Miia and Suu as she attempts to use Suu’s liquid body to cool down. It at first doesn’t work since Suu is absorbing the heat but later we find Suu in the fidge attempting to get cool for Miia’s sake. Unfortunately this cool down also causes Miia to become cool and distant in her personality as well, leaving Miia out high and dry.
Then we get to the main story and it would be easy for you to feel, going in, that you may have missed a chapter. I know I thought so for a moment. The main story begins well after the moment where last chapter left off, with a vampire monster biting into Zombina. But we’ll learn more about in a moment.
Majority of the story sees Smith and the MON Squad leading Kimihito and the girls to a descreet spot to get them away from the dangerous monsters that have been after them recently. They attempt to figure out what’s going on but come to no specific conclusions. We find out however that this “discreet location” is a new reality-show competition featuring monsters that the organization Smith and MON work for is putting on, and she’s forcing Kimihito’s harem to be a part of it.
There reasoning is to put the group some place where they, and the world can keep a collective eye on them so hopefully it steer the bad guys away. This new arc Okayado’s setting up could be fun… but honestly I was more excited to see who the vampire monster was. We’ll still get that answer soon enough I’m sure, but overall this new turn feels very out of place with what we’d been getting the last several chapters.
The final pages of the story use Zombina to recount what happened to her at the end of the last chapter. The vampire-type ended up finding out that Zombina uses a man-made solution to act as blood to keep her going. Being surrounded, the vampire-type flees.
Again, it was an okay chapter. But we’ve had far better. I’m not sure what to think of this new arc just yet and I’m curious to see if Okayado is planning on doing anything special for the 50th chapter. Very rarely do manga-ka do anything special to commemorate important milestone chapters but I would’ve hoped; I do hope. We’ll see.
Art is still on point however. I love Okayado’s art.
Final Score: 2.5 Artificial Blood Substitutes out of 5
Derrick is a born and raised otaku with a love for comics, anime, manga and movies. The full list is pretty long, but that’s just the basics. Stories set in space are his bread and butter.
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