DVD Review: Monster Musume – The Complete Collection

MVM Entertainment will be releasing Monster Musume as a Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack within the UK; but while you wait here is our thoughts of the series on DVD. Spoiler; it’s not a show I like but it does come with plenty of assets.

Synopsis:

No one expected the government to suddenly acknowledge the existence of demi-human species like harpies and centaurs, but when a careless Integration Agent shows up on Kimihito Kurusu’s doorstep with an attractive Lamia in tow, he suddenly finds himself designated as a “Host Family”.

This might not be so bad, except that while Miia’s top half is all girl and quickly develops a crush on her new human host, her snakelike bottom half makes that crush literal with a tendency to squeeze the life out of him! Plus, there’s also the little problem that it’s illegal for humans and non-humans to have THOSE kinds of relationships.

With woman-in-black Agent Smith always sniffing about for improprieties, things only get more hectic in the Kurusu household when bird-brained Papi the harpy and master-seeking centaur Centorea need places to roost and stable. As the house gets crowded with even more captivating cuties, can any human male survive under such tempestuous and tempting conditions?

Our View:

I am no stranger to fan-service, nor am I a stranger to anime titles that take the fan-service to ‘extreme’ levels; but Monster Musume is on a totally different level and one that I am completely uncomfortable with.

Based upon Okayado’s Japanese manga series of the same name Monster Musume, otherwise known as Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, is a series which sees Kimihito Kurusu forced by Mrs Smith to play host to various ‘monster girls’ as part of a new interspecies exchange bill.  As a result of this bill monsters, of which are half human and half animal, are allowed to transfer to the human world in order to learn more about the human culture and their lifestyle.

It all sounds relatively harmless, which is it is; but in the case of Kimihito Kurusu it soon becomes a monster fuelled harem. For clarity the series begins with Mila, a half-human half snake girl, being the only person living with Kurusu and despite a clause not allowing monsters and humans to ‘engage’ with one another Mila is infatuated with Kurusu to a point where she strangles him for affection. It’s a one side affection (and not solely because of the rule) but as the series progresses new characters, all of which are a different type animal, begin to appear in the house which causes Mila to fight even harder for Kurusu’s affection.

From here each episode introduces a dfferent type of monster-girl moving into the house with Mila, and at times other characters, fighting one another in activities for Kurusu’s affection. Other episodes meanwhile, such as the episode known as ‘Everyday with Shedding and Egg Laying”, opt to take a slightly more ‘questionable’ approach with out of context scenes and heavy usage of fan-service. These events continue throughout the series and even into the two OVA episodes; but in simple turns it is a harem where the girls are replaced with monster girls but unlike your traditional harm series it is ‘very’ fan-service heavy with plenty of ‘out of context’ scenarios being questionable; which explains the BBFC’s rating of an 18.

Extras:

Once again MVM Entertainment have opted to use disc assets authored by Sentai Filmworks; however unlike past Sentai Authored Releases, which usually feature the bare bones of supplementary content, we are instead treated to a healthy selection of content including a large selection of animated shorts. These bonus features are all on the first DVD disc of this four disc collection, with the OVA & animated shorts saved for the fourth disc.

The first notable selection of bonus features is the Japanese promotional content such as the original announcement trailer and promotional TV spots. Most of these do feature the same ‘visual’ content but its nice to see how shows such as this are prompted in time. Ironically we do have one ‘slight’ error in this portion of the bonus materials as while the menu lists ‘BD Spots’ the footage contain is actually ‘CD Spots’ – Basically instead of videos highlighting the DVD and Blu-ray TV Adverts we get footage of the TV adverts used to prompt the individual Character CD Soundtrack. It’s not big issue; but it was slightly confusing at first.

As per the norm we have the usual inclusion of textless opening and closing songs, both of which are sue to please fans of Monster Musume as these too also feature a selection of ‘fan-service’ styled themes.  Finally we have a selection of trailers for other Sentai Filmwork releases; yet again not a surprise and simply have the opening song on top of a selection of clips which may (or may not) give you an idea on what the show is about.

Some good, some standard; but a nice selection of bonus materials in general, especially the animated shorts which even at 30 seconds a piece give another 30 minutes worth of additional fan-service to those who want (or need) it.

Specs:

Media:  DVD 9 x4
Region: 2
Running Time: 1:38:04 (Disc 1, Disc 2 & Disc 3), 1:25:26 (Disc 4)
Video: MPEG-2
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 224kbps (English & Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 720 x480 (480p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Frame Rate: 25 fps

Overall:

I’ll be honest; I did not enjoy watching Monster Musume and it is definitely not a series I’ll want to watch again. However despite this I will admit that Monster Musume is not a bad series and it can provide some laughs; it is just full of heavy fan-service and questionable content that overshadows a very ‘weak’ story about monsters living with Humans.

Naturally a story is present, it’s about several different girls (albeit monsters) showing their affection for a boy and while it is different to the norm it does still fit within that harem genre; so if you like monsters, fan-service and harems you’ve got yourself a winner!

Questionable content aside this DVD release by MVM Entertainment is pretty much ‘everything’ you could ever want from a release; with both English and Japanese audio options and an extensive selection of bonus materials available.

Lets not forget this set also includes the OVA collection – so that’s the complete ‘Monster Musume’ experience within a single package – superb! But will you dare open it? All is fair in love and war but for me this is one experience I would rather forget.

Score: review-stars-3

Monster Musume – The Complete Collection will be available as a Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack from the 11th December 2017 within the UK.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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