“Monster Musume,” also known as “Monsuta Musume no Iru Nichijo” in Japanese, is a manga series authored and illustrated by Okayado. The manga is published by Tokuma Shoten in Japan and appears in the magazine called “Monthly Comic Ryu.”
In the United States, the foreign adaptation of the manga is published by Seven Seas Entertainment, encompassing fifteen chapters to date.
The storyline revolves around the life of Kimihito Kurusu, a Japanese student whose world is turned upside down when he inadvertently becomes involved in the Interspecies Cultural Exchange program.
An anime adaptation, titled “Monster Musume: Everyday Life With Monster Girls,” was produced by Sentai Filmworks and aired from July to September in 2015.
The first season of the anime received favorable reviews, earning a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon and an IMDb rating of 8 out of 10 stars.
In the world of “Monster Musume,” mythical creatures such as centaurs, harpies, mermaids, and lamias, collectively known as liminals, have existed in secrecy among human society for many years. The Japanese government eventually revealed their existence to the public and enacted the Interspecies Cultural Exchange Act, integrating liminals into human life through living arrangements similar to foreign exchange programs. However, the exchange program comes with strict rules, prohibiting harm or procreation between liminals and humans.
The story begins in Asaka, Saitama, where Japanese student Kimihito Kurusu finds himself unexpectedly housing a liminal named Miia, delivered accidentally by Kuroko Smith. Despite not volunteering for the exchange program, Kimihito takes her in, and over time, he ends up sheltering other female liminals of various species, some arriving by chance and others placed under his care by Kuroko. He must navigate this newfound and bustling environment, assisting the girls in adapting to human society while dealing with their amorous advances.
As the tale unfolds, Kimihito’s life becomes even more complicated when he learns that changes in the law require him to marry one of the liminal girls, leading to a fierce competition for his affections. Moreover, other liminals beyond his household express interest in him due to the special attention from the government.
After a poll on the Monster Musume website gauged interest in an anime adaptation, an announcement confirmed the anime series would premiere in July 2015. The series is directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara and scripted by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, animated by Lerche studio, and aired in Japan on various platforms.
The voice cast for Monster Musume includes Junji Majima as Kurusu Kimihito, Sora Amamiya as Miia, Ari Ozawa as Papi, Haruka Yamazaki as Mero, Ai Kakuma as Lala, Mayuka Nomura as Suu, and Natsuki Aikawa as Centorea, among others.
Monster Musume Season 2:
The beloved anime series has been renewed for a second season. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the release date for Monster Musume Season 2 has not been officially announced, although speculations point to a possible release in the third quarter of 2021. No trailer has been released yet for the upcoming season.
Where to Watch:
Japanese viewers can watch the anime on Tokyo MX, Sun Television, KBS, AT-X, and BS11. Online streaming is available on Hulu, Crunchyroll, Tubi, and Niconico, with some regional restrictions in place.
For viewers in Latin America, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand, the series is available on Daisuki. Crunchyroll offers free streaming for viewers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Latin America, Australia, Scandinavia, Turkey, and the Netherlands.
DVD releases of the original anime were made available with the manga volumes, and the English version was launched for Western viewers on July 25, 2017.