Are regular high school girls from regular slice-of-life anime getting a bit boring for you? Do you wish the protagonists of the next show you’ll be watching could have non-human abilities but still live completely normal lives without making any use of them and instead waste their time going to school? Then look no more – Demi-chan wa Kataritai has the monster girls you’ve been looking for.
Takahashi Tetsuo is a biology high school teacher that is fascinated by half humans, also known as ‘demis’. It so happens that three of his students are actual demis, and Tetsuo attempts to approach them and learn more about their lives. While doing so, he develops a personal relationship with them and realizes that they might be much more than half-humans after all.
Plot & Story
Tetsuo first starts talking with Hikari, and in exchange, she gets to hang out in the biology prep classroom with him, because, being a vampire, she hates the heat and sunshine. Hikari is the exact opposite of what a vampire should be; she is loud and bubbly and playful and enjoys lecturing people about staff nobody really wants to hear. She seems hardly affected by her bloodthirst and the only thing she seems to care about is food and staying away from the sun.
Later on, Tetsuo gets to meet Machi, the dullahan, whose head is detached from her body; Yuki, a ‘snow woman’; and a teacher, Saki, who is a succubus. He has long talks with each of them and assists them in better understanding their nature through research of the folklore written about them and experimentation to which they happily participate. The girls, especially Machi and Saki, all seem attracted to him, as he has quite the muscular physique. While Machi’s feelings are more of a crush, Saki thinks of Tetsuo as her only hope of finding love, since he strives to understand her hypersexual existence and doesn’t judge her for it.
Though the show, the characters get involved in minor antiques and uncomfortable situations. They form bonds of friendship and discover how to better fit in with non-demi people. It’s as boring as it sounds, with the occasional laugh here and there.
Art & Music
The animation is okay, most of the time. As is usually the case, the quality is not very consistent, so if you are the sort of viewer who pays attention to such things, you will notice body proportions being a bit off at times, and a certain variance in the flow of movement. Since apparently most things demis do around school is sit and moving moderately, don’t expect any spectacular animation that will make your jaw drop. But comparing it to what a good animation of that kind would be, like the amazing rotoscoping technique used in Hiroshi Nagahama’s Aku no Hana (The Flowers of Evil), admittedly, there is absolutely nothing interesting about the art seen in the show. It’s acceptable and pleasant, bright, with appropriate colours and light, but all these are elements are to be expected, not praised.
The opening theme is the usual J-pop that you get in that type of show. The closing theme sounds like a pre-schoolers’ anthem and I can’t bear to listen to it for more than 10 seconds. There is no trace of interesting music and sound throughout the whole show whatsoever.
Themes & Trivia
Demi-chan wa kataritai is an attempt to spice up an overworked and overpopulated genre that is mostly uninteresting. It’s a seinen/slice of life/comedy/gag anime, with a supernatural twist. But the twist is so non-existent and subtle, the show could have kept going without it. You know when you order a dry martini and there’s only one olive in the glass? That’s how this show feels. There’s not enough of what is supposed to make it special, and it ends up being just another series about the awkward sexuality of Japanese high school women. In this category, Azumanga Daioh does so much better, as it embraces what it advocates much more clearly and to the point.
Did I enjoy this show? Meh. Was it amazing? Far from. Would I recommend it? Nah. I really don’t see the point in watching something like this more than once, if at all. There were a few good moments but there was seriously no content. I don’t want to go into that mode where I start analysing how I feel this whole genre is directed to middle aged men who just want to watch something that will provide them with a giggle and a bonus side boob in the context of teenage women discovering adulthood and sex through complete and utter nonsense of an experience, but there you go, I said it. The show is crap. It’s almost as bad as that stupid show with the girls’ high school band that was incredibly popular a few years ago and now I can’t even remember its name. *googles it* I mean K-On!, ugh. What a waste of time.
tl;dr: I wish there was either more sex or more blood in this show.
Tetsuo’s muscular piece of ass
Saki-chan was a real doll. Her sex life was the most intriguing part of the show
The physics dude that was unexpectedly moaning and had no facial expressions.
Hikari – typical, uninteresting, unreasonably blonde, and way too high-pitched and loud.
The fact that NONE OF THE DEMIS ACTUALLY USES THEIR POWERS AT ALL.
Lack of continuity throughout the show
Lack of originality
Bear in mind – the show is not horrible, but I would rather watch something really, really bad rather than something really, really mediocre. At least you can get some laugh out of the bad quality, but there is no recipe to fix a boring show.