More recently I haven’t been very aware of what is coming out in the new anime seasons unless it’s a second season of a show that I previously watch and enjoyed. So as I went into finding shows to watch in the winter 2017 season, I was flying blind.
So how do I choose? Look at the graphic and read the brief description on Crunchyroll. That’s about it. If I have been active on my blog and reading other’s posts, I will sometime take cues from there as well.
There were two surprises for me this season. Neither grabbed me on the first episode necessarily, but grew on me over time. They both ended up to be enjoyable shows that surprised me at how much I liked them.
Interviews With Monster Girls
On the surface, this is just a moe sort of show. Cute girls that just happen to be monsters. And I suppose on the surface that’s what it is. But underneath that it held a nice heart.
The show centers around Sensei Takahashi getting to understand more about his demi-human (“demi”) students and what it is to be a vampire, succubus, snow woman, or dullahan. He starts this somewhat out of academic interest, but later sees the unique challenges that each of these students (and the succubus teacher) face.
The underlying heart of the show (to me) was more about the struggle many face in adolescence (and later in life for that matter). Finding your place in the world. Finding people who accept and understand who you are. Being accepted, not by ignoring your differences, but accepting them as an okay part of who you are.
That, to me, is the heart of the show. Acceptance and friendship.
While this may be a common theme in shows, I feel like they executed it well.
It is mildly fan service-y at times, but what can you expect I suppose…annoying yes, but common.
The animation is good. Not the best of the best, but well done and it fits the show.
Watch it. It’s funny, sweet, and well done. It left me wanting more.
Attention Parents: The show is mildly fan service-y. Several boob-focused moments. Some mildly suggestive talk. That’s about it for objectionable material (unless you are against stories about monsters). It’s not ecchi mind you, but now you know what to expect.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
I started out this show with great hesitation.
There were some definite early mildly ecchi moments that made me roll my eyes and question whether I was going to continue with the show.
I’m glad I did.
It turned out to be one of my favorite of the season. Once again, because it had a heart underneath that was hard to ignore.
On the surface it had all (and I mean all) of the moe trappings. Maids, cute kids, dragons, a goth butler sort, and an extremely chesty woman (dragon). It almost felt like pandering to the audience.
However it made up for it in the sweet, real feeling relationships between the characters.
I found that it had a similar theme to “Monster Girls” in that it was people seeking their place they fit in the world. Tohru (the dragon maid) leaves her other dimension of war and conflict with humans and finds a place of love and acceptance. Her other dragon friends who come to live among the humans of this world do as well. It is almost a bit of a metaphor for the feelings of loneliness in this modern world. The desire for connection and to share a life with another.
That’s what resonated with me. People finding connection and building a sense of home.
Attention Parents: There is a definite fair amount of fan service. This is mostly in the form of a scantily clad woman (dragon…excuse me exiled feathered serpent god) and a few comments from Tohru early on.
In spite of all the trappings of moe and the fan service bits this show really redeems itself. It is funny and sweet. The characters are enjoyable (including Miss Kobayashi) and you see their growth throughout the show. It’s well worth the watch!
Until Next time: Happy Viewing!