Bonus points if you can guess any of the manga series I will be going over today without looking past this part.
Though you were probably already spoiled by the picture(s) and/or tags for the post.
Anyway this shall mark my second manga dedicated blog post. Enjoy!
First up. Monster Girls! Or if we feel like being specific in our naming…
So for those who do not know of Monster Musume first off, I feel sorry for you, secondly here is the plot (via wiki since I am lazy tonight)
For years, the Japanese government has kept a secret: mythical creatures like centaurs, harpies and lamia are real. Three years before the start of this story, the government published the existence of these creatures and passed a legal bill, the “Interspecies Cultural Exchange Act”. Since then, the ‘liminals’ have become a part of human society, living with ordinary families like foreign exchange students and au-pair visitors, but with other duties and restrictions (the main one being that liminals are forbidden to harm humans and vice versa).
Kimihito Kurusu did not volunteer for the exchange program, but when Ms. Smith delivered the very scared and embarrassed Miia to his door by mistake, he didn’t have the heart to send her away and they started living together. As the story continues, Kimihito meets and gives shelter to other female liminals, each of a different species. Some arrive more or less by accident, some are forced upon him by Ms. Smith—or force themselves in, and it does not take long for him to find himself in a hectic environment where he struggles to live in harmony with his new housemates while dealing with both their constant advances and the dramas of helping them get along in the human world. The situation takes on a whole new twist after he is told that because of expected changes in the law dealing with human-liminal relationships, it is hoped that he will marry one of the girls.
In short: Monster Girl Harem!
And yes… I will warn you now if you don’t already know of the series (seriously why don’t you know?) this is an ecchi series. I mean it is uncensored and showing its full glory within the first like two pages of the series.
Anyway! This will be about the most recent volume, volume 6, with the introduction of yet another monster girl onto the cast of like… 6 in the main house… and the other like 8 (9 if we include Smith-san) girls who show up occasionally. In this volume we are introduced to Lala, the Dullahan, complete with detachable head and scythe! Essentially she is considered a poser by official translation, but looking up the raw translation as well as fan translated versions of the volume… she is a Chuuni.
Honestly it had been awhile since I read the last volume… but the first page of the volume… quickly reminded me why I loved it…
Heh… anyway the first half of the volume is essentially introducing Lala and getting her into the family. The second half is used to show the answer to the question of how they deal with food with so many in the house as well as some back story for Rachnera with the visit from her previous host, who was a little brat I must say, and finally the cliffhanger of the volume being Miia, Papi, and Cerea’s mothers will be visiting.
Sadly the next volume will not be out until mid August if I recall correctly because this is one of those very few series where the English translation is actually caught up with and comes out shortly after the Japanese one comes out. Oh well it should be worth the wait at least. BUT! There has finally been a greenlit anime, that I believe comes out… this summer? I just hope it isn’t censored to death…
On with the next title!!
Next we have Vampire Girl! This one also comes with some aliens, devils, angels, werewolves and probably some more I am forgetting… For this case I am speaking of:
For Jitsu wa Watashi wa ([Actually,]I am) I will be speaking generally of the entire series, as well as some more details for closer to the recently released chapters. Unfortunately I can’t be lazy and just use the wiki to give a plot here so I will try my best to make one:
Kuromine Asahi is “the boy who can’t lie.” as such his friends know his “secret” about his crush on Shiragami Youko. But his love life as well as his talent for not being able to lie take a wild turn as he accidentally walks in on Shiragami stretching her wings out in the classroom. …wait wings?! It turns out Shiragami is actually a vampire and to get on her good side and be closer to her Kuromine swears he will keep Shiragami’s secret. Things get even crazier for Kuromine and Shiragami as more insane and crazier people show up in their lives.
OK OK I get it stop laughing I am bad at making summaries I know. Anyway this series is what I would call a comedy romance series. For every moment of good romance that happens two moments of insane comedy happen. One could argue that the series deserves a harem tag as well… and I suppose it could because there is at least three girls interested in the main guy.
Essentially though the series is about keeping secrets and falling in love with supernatural creatures, like vampires or aliens, and other crazy cliche manga things. Though cliche sometimes I am absolutely in love with the series and have loved it since the first chapter, and even though the harem element is really starting to show up more in the recent chapters since the kiss happened I would still highly recommend this series to anyone. I also give this manga the reward of best faces I have personally seen.
Also like Monster Musume above, Jitsu wa Watashi wa has also been greenlit for an anime series to come. Unfortunately (maybe?) the faces seem to look RADICALLY different than their manga counterparts. I do know this can happen but sometimes it can completely kill a series doing it, especially when some of the facial expressions used in this series is like half of the enjoyment of it. Though it might be even funnier if they go from the normalish look they seem to have planned to the crazy facial expressions during the show then revert back to the normal look after facial expression is used… Anyway we shall see.
Finally we shall have… Chef Girls!
Shokugeki no Soma, or Food Wars as its English title, is essentially what you get when you get shonen-esque exposition (long lengthy details, sometimes not needed at all) mixed with cooking. I just recently picked up the fourth volume though the chapters from Weekly Shonen Jump are high enough for I think 10 or 11 volumes. Also even though I do call this Chef Girls (at least this section) really… the girls are not a big part of it. They get their spotlight for a chapter or even a few chapters, but after that they end up as background characters primarily.
This series is a lot tougher for me to say “Hey! Go read this!” compared to the other two in this post. It isn’t bad exactly… but it was a tedious and slow read I felt since all the exposition used to explain the foods and how they were made perfectly got a bit boring, even as a wannabe chef myself. Best I can say is try out the first volume, which is the first 5 chapters, and if you like it keep with it cause it is roughly the same thing throughout the rest of the series other than the fact that it changes from the MC winning all his cooking battles to losing some and learning how to get better from the losses, rather than usual shonen way of getting ass kicked then sudden power up at the last moment to demolish the one that just kicked their ass.
I will admit though the art is pretty good for the series and if you do enjoy it the series is pretty enjoyable overall. Also the food they make is absolutely drool worthy. Also like the other two series on this post it has just recently been greenlit for an anime and I do believe this one is slated for next season as well. So it should be an interesting one to see animated and unlike most shonen series I shouldn’t instantly gag and drop the series like I do for almost every other shonen series. Though I have called this seasons Gourmet Girl Graffiti “Food Porn” before… Shokugegi no Soma DEFINITELY takes that title once it comes along…
That shall conclude the post for today which… honestly went a bit longer than I expected it to do. Probably because of that Monster Musume plot quote… eh anyway. Hope you enjoyed reading the post and I hope I may have somehow convinced someone to pick up a title they were not currently reading before!