Episode starts, black screen, snow falling next to a colorfully lit city. Christmas special? No, it’s sakura petals falling from the trees. A creepy blonde schoolgirl, uniform and all, sings outside a tall building in the middle of the night. Hot guy walks by, hands in his pockets. I’m already enjoying this.
Japanese Original Episode Title:高橋鉄男は語りたい
Tetsuo Takahashi, biology teacher and awkward tall muscular god with paranoid eyes and I-am-almost-30-years-old discreet eyebags, is writing his thesis on half-humans, also known as ‘demis’, while working as a biology high school teacher, and complains to his turtleneck-wearing colleague that he doesn’t really know any. Not turtleneck-wearing colleagues; half-humans. Apparently their demographic is pretty low. Crazy lady walks in screaming, wearing a red tracksuit, and introduces herself. She’s the new math teacher, and she’s a succubus. That escalated quickly.
In a world where demis are socially integrated -and even have their own care system!- they can live along with normal humans without any trouble. Tetsuo, fascinated by them, tries to approach his new colleague to get an interview with her. She is not impressed. Obviously worried about seducing him (and probably eating him, or whatever it is a succubus does to her victims) she acts completely clumsy and avoids him, not very discreetly. She moves away doing the crab walk and making weird noises. Tetsuo is disappointed.
A few days later, they meet again and she acts exactly the same. The creepy girl from the first scene butts in screaming ‘SENSEI!’ all over the place. Hikari, blonde with golden eyes, looks very much like the estranged child of Edward Elric and that blonde chick he married. Uh, spoiler alert. Sorry. Apparently she got caught snooping around the school that night and ran away from him. She accuses him of being a weird old guy. Tetsuo is disappointed.
Surprisingly, her high-pitched voice does not annoy me just yet. She drags Tetsuo over to a classroom to help a dullahan student who has hypothermia. While he’s carrying her to the hospital, Hikari admits to him that she is a vampire. Hikari. Got it? At the same time, a ‘snow woman’ (what?) is casually being rushed to the nurse’s office like a sack of potatoes.
We later find out Hikari has a twin redhead sister (Himari) who by the way is not a vampire. Tetsuo asks Hikari to be interviewed by him, and she agrees asking to be granted permission to hang out in the biology prep room. As they are both there, we learn that demis tend to be born because of mutations, rather than genetics… and that vampires get hot very easily. Revelation! Hikari is happy to be in a dark room because she constantly feels hot everywhere else. She considers it her ‘fee’ for giving him an interview. As she’s being interviewed, we are introduced to the norms of her little world: she does like garlic, she considered crosses fashionable in middle school, and a stake through the heart would probably kill her… again, no surprises there. Also, turns out vampires are very much like anemics, so they do need lots of liver to get by. And onions. She gets actual blood every month by the government, but vegetarian vampires don’t. All pretty standard stuff.
It is when they start talking about her liking blood, where it gets slightly kinky. She admits to wanting to drink the snow woman’s blood quite openly, and adds a little “I’d love to see her struggle and the pain in her face”, totally not creepy. Her reason for not doing that is because her classmate would probably hate her. Tetsuo comments he thinks that’s quite dirty (or ecchi) and Hikari seems uncomfortably shocked. Who on earth would have thought biting a person’s neck to be EROTIC?
He then proceeds to make the conversation even more uncomfortable by asking her if she wants to suck boys’ blood. She says no, explaining that it’s probably she hasn’t ever really fancied anyone. Tetsuo considers biting to be a sign of sexual desire, and that her wanting to do it with girls can pass as a joke rather than something erotic, so she feels safe fantasizing about that, being hesitant to approach males. Awkward explanations follow. Tetsuo stares all cute-faced, but come on… we all know he’s aroused by now. Hikari, oblivious to how erections work, think he’s having ‘old mens’ thoughts’ on how she’s enjoying her youth. Awkward.
Ever more awkwardly, on her way out, Hikari seems to be fantasizing about dipping her teeth in his neck. I mean, I don’t blame her. Instead, she pierces him with two pencils, making a joke about it. He freaks out big time. Hikari leaves and meets th dullahan, Macchi, and the chat about the struggles of being demis. She encourages her to get interviewed by Tetsuo too, and she appears on his office door holding a letter asking to be interviewed, while Hikari holds her head right outside. Tetsuo puts a note on her hand saying her accepts and her head flushes. The body leaves and Tetsuo overhears them talking outside the door, looking very confused.
The girls plan to hang out this afternoon to celebrate. Yay.
Themes & Trivia
Seinen anime: Demi-chan wa Kataritai is categorized as a seinen anime, appealing to a young male demographic that can read kanji. Expect lots of sexual innuendos and a harem aesthetic.
Hikari: Her name means light. Get it?
Sakura: Sakura, or cherry blossoms, are Japan’s unofficial national flower, its petals falling on the first scene. Among other things, they symbolize hope.
A light-hearted comedy anime is always a pleasure to watch. The characters are adorable, the dialogues witty, the animation smooth and fluid, the light effects beautiful, and the protagonist hot. What else could I ask for?
I am looking forward to the next episode, and so should you. Tune in for the next one. And for the next review. Also, don’t forget to check the rest of our Winter 2017 episodic anime reviews!
NEXT TIME: Dullahan-chan Wants to be Coddled, “Deyurahan-chan wa Amaetai” (デュラハンちゃんは甘えたい)
Chris is an art student, usually confused and upset. She takes it out on food and the unfortunate people who exist around her. She enjoys complex storylines and hates unnecessarily prolonged action scenes. She firmly believes Naruto is everything that is wrong with humanity.