It’s still a month away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ready for it. Independence Day down at the Baltimore Harbor from 7PM to 10PM gives people a chance to bring in America’s birthday with the flare of Baltimore’s own. It’ll take place at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Amphitheater, showcasing the fireworks that will like up the sky. And since we’re celebrating something old and true, let’s pick up our habit of review the otaku multiverse. This week’s review covers Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou.
Starting off this review with a bit of a warning about this manga. While portraying an harem story, this manga is considered an ecchi. Ecchi refers to is the softcore hentai nature; in this sense, in manga and anime. Take note that many countries don’t view nudity or partial nudity the same way that this country does and ecchi manga are an example as there are quite common through the otaku universe. This part is again added to allow you, the reader, to know that this manga is of an ecchi nature.
Now to the main story. Monster Monsume no Iru Nichijou is a kind of fantasy romantic comedy/harem manga portraying the interrupted life of the man we come to know as “Mr. Darling.” We never find out his real name, which is fine since you actually end up not caring at all. By random happenstance, he ends up in a kind of foreign exchange program with a lamia (half snake girl) named Miia. She is instantly taken with him as he is the first human that didn’t shun her simply because of her snake half. As time passes, ‘Darling’ is thrown into more outrageous and inconveniencing situations in which usually ends with him getting another monster girl added to his home. And Ms. Smith, the case worker for the exchange program, simply keeps dropping more problems on him, from inviting herself over for food to remodeling his house constantly. She also stands as the enforcer of rules for the girls invading Darling’s home.
Now on the surface, this series may seem to be summed up to just another harem manga, albeit very funny and hooking. But the series also has you look of the nature of people around the protagonist and how despite how different they are; they seem to coexist mostly fine. Not that you should be looking out your window for monster girls, because I hope you don’t find any. But there seems to be an underlying meaning to this tale (like with many tales). It’s covered up nice with cute anecdotes and great humor. Plus there are a lot of gravure shots that show you the designated audience, but it adds to the manga’s charm. The ecchi nature of manga never goes past its limit and is kept in good humor as to not have parents worldwide freaking out. Unlike a lot of harem stories, there are pretty straightforward and spelt out reasons why the women stay with him. It’s not simply because they need a place to stay, but each of them has a specific reason that they are attracted to Darling. In the case of a lot of harems, a new women is added and you rather forget why she keeps coming back. For this reason, the number of women around Darling doesn’t build quickly and up to present is only at six.
As for the art work, it’s great. In a harem style manga, it’s important to hook your audience with a style of “cuteness”. Because humans love cute things; cute face plus an amazing body is a definite attention grabber for most people. The same principle works in this manga for all the monster girls (at least their human halves). Admittedly, their faces have a kind of child cuteness to it, but it’s surprising how many are drawn to that. Plus, that’s just something common in the otaku universe.
Wrapping things up, Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou is a manga without a story. It’s a tale as you go as each chapter adds a new view of these people’s everyday lives. So if you’re looking for an amazing story, this likely isn’t the manga for you. If you’re looking for something that makes you laugh and don’t mind its ecchi nature, this one definitely comes recommended as it will put a smile on your face. Until next time and as always, keep laughing, smiling, and experiencing the otaku universe.